Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Head over to ICT4Learning for free resources, ideas and other great stuff for teachers wanting to use technology in the classroom.  IT is a great site I have been using quite often and gives some great stuff so I would recommend to subscribe!

Sunday, 9 March 2008


A new site has been set up for teacher to help them with the eLearning revolution which is taking hold.

It is called eLearning4schools.net and promise to provide some excellent tips, guides and ideas.

Click here

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Moovl product Review

Moovl is a unique online tool that creatively embeds ICT across the curriculum. Both teachers and learners can use it to draw, animate and apply physical properties to objects, bringing pictures and words to life.

Delivered online and accompanied by lesson plans and pre-drawn screens, Moovl can be used flexibly across the curriculum.

Use Moovl to investigate concepts in science; children can explore gravity by creating a simulation of a man walking on the moon. Moovl also supports visual literacy; children can create their own animated storyboards and make words come to life.

Moovl supports the capabilities of A Curriculum for Excellence by:

  • engaging and motivating all learners
  • supporting the development of problem-solving and thinking skills in an open-ended environment
  • helping learners to make meaningful links between subjects and enabling teachers to use ICT across the curriculum
  • encouraging children to hypothesise and discuss what might happen, aiding the development of talking and listening skills and a collaborative approach to learning
    suiting a range of learning styles: thereby supporting personalised learning
    giving children a unique means of communicating and developing their ideas.

Moovl was developed through a partnership between Rigby and Soda, with support from Futurelab, who carried out research into the use of Moovl in the classroom.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial at Moovl now.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Not strictly ICT related but made me chuckle!

I chuckled at this when I came across it....all about the cost of our holidays and how it is not only families of our students who suffer but also us teachers!


Oh and aside while I was on the site I had a search around and actually saved some money following the advice namely on Utility bills and i changed my Broadband.....so take a look!


Let me know if you managed to save some money like I did! Good Luck and enjoy the rest of the Easter Holidays!
Sorry for the 2 Month absence but I am now back. I have been busy applying for new jobs and getting the ICT coursework marked....life of a teacher......

Anyway....Below are some great links that have been together which you may find useful!

BBC Webwise If you don't know the first thing about web publishing but find yourself responsible for building a school site, try the BBC Webwise guide.

Becta A government agency which promotes the best use of ICT in schools, Becta runs the annual school and college website competition and ICT in Practice awards, recruits teachers for its focus groups, administers a support network directory and publishes regularly on school-related subjects.

CNet Builder Relatively hardcore technical tips for those using HTML and other programmin languages to build their own sites. It may not be intelligible when you start out, but later on the advice should prove useful.

Edex Edex specialises in broadband technology, and was responsible for the 'virtual, hologrammatic teacher who can teach in one classroom and be artificially generated in another. The 'briefcase technology' caused a great stir at the 2000 BETT show.

Glusburn Primary Glusburn is participating in the Leeds university NIMIS project, and a class of 23 KS1 children are experimenting with a huge touch screen and five computers. During a lesson on shapes, for example, some of them draw on the screen with a finger, others manipulate shapes on the smaller screens with an electronic pen, while the rest take part in more traditional activities.

ICTeachers A useful site for teachers by teachers that reviews new products and offers resources and support for anyone implementing ICT in the classroom. The resources section looks particularly useful, with a range of file types catering to genuine difficulties beyond the ICT brief. Standouts include suggestions for dealing with literacy planning in vertically grouped classes, recommended extracts for Year 4 literacy planning and a topic plan on Invaders and Settlers.

Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education High-level publication concerned with the classrooms of the future and the role played by AI in developing new technologies for education.

Juniors Juniors.net is a colourful, interactive website for seven to 11-year-olds, their parents and teachers. Slick graphics and funky colours combine to create a visually appealing site. Children log on to complete curriculum based activities, earning J-points which they can then use to create robots or pop stars to do battle with other children on the site. Parents log on to their own section to follow their child's progress and to read tips for motivating children and becoming more involved in their education.

Light on the net project Often it takes a single, well executed idea to make a website, and this is a case in point. Simply put, a camera points at a bank of lights in a Tokyo lab. By clicking on the lights in the picture the user can turn them on or off, writing messages or drawing pictures. it's fascinating to see the children grasp the idea that other changes are being made at the same time by other people from around the world. Teaching control in ICT can be a tricky exercise, but this very simple tactile model will delight pupils and will communicate far more in five practical minutes than would be possible in an hour of theoretical teaching.

Managed Services If your school is about to invest in new ICT equipment and you would prefer to delegate the job, the NGfL's Managed Services will take care of choosing and buying it.

Managing ICT in schools and colleges A site for all ICT teachers to hold up to sceptical members of staff asevidence that computers don't always increase workloads. The advice to ICTmanagers and co-ordinators is solid and intelligent, whilst the freedownloads for reducing bureaucracy are nothing short of inspired. Who coulddoubt the genius behind an Excel spreadsheet which records homework excuses(including those all time greats, 'Felt too depressed' and 'Ate too much')and alerts teachers to pupils using the same excuse more than once?

The Mouse Club A fantastic resource for teaching young children the basics of IT. Through interactive games such as noughts and crosses, hide and seek and dot-to-dot the site cunningly disguises the teaching of keyboard skills and the rudiments of mouse control. With bright colours and humorous animation it's fun for adults too. Excellent.

National Association for Co-ordinators and Teachers of IT Explains the Association's history and reason for being - 'To advance for the public benefit by promoting and assisting in the promotion of the teaching and co-ordination of Information Technology in schools'. Six editions of the in-house journal Integrate are available to read online, and - if you decide to join - there is also a member's area. Email addresses to the ACITT executive are provided.

National Curriculum (ICT) Outlines the National Curriculum requirements for Information and Communications Technology at all key stages.

The NIMIS Project The homepage of Network Interactive Media in Schools, which with EU help is currently funding Glusburn (op.cit.) alongside similar projects in Portugal and Germany.

The Node The Node is a US non-profit organisation promoting the use of technology in education. The site itself is a terribly serious affair, with a database of technologies involved in online education, a set of technology trainers and a huge range of articles on many aspects of the subject. For ICT teachers, particularly those looking for help in teaching web authoring and multimedia applications, this could be of great use.

Performing with ICT Impressive new site that sets out best practice examples of schools using ICT to enhance the performing arts. Click on Resource to access the classroom activities.

Sense Internet Sense are a team of designers who have developed homes on the internet for a huge range of companies, not the least of which is Yorkshire Electricity, whose Claude the Sheep game has developed something of a cult following. While corporate sites aren't usually featured here, this has such a crisp and clear design that it could be a useful exemplar for pupils designing their own pages, and it features an excellent online glossary of internet terms which could prove useful either for staff training or to support pupils not yet au fait with the key concepts.

Superhighway Safety The government's official guide to using the internet in schools. Good for beginners and those concerned about pornography, paedophilia and other bugbears.

Survey of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Schools The 1998 survey was carried out on a representative sample of 1,211 primary, 1, 452 secondary and 594 special schools in England. 938 primary, 977 secondary and 453 special schools replied to the survey giving response rates of 77%, 69% and 76% respectively. See the results here.

Teach Me Online Online training courses for ICT skills are becoming more and more common, but this is one of the few which is kind enough to offer a free trial. The courses range from very simple introductions to the internet to more complex tutorials on HTML and Graphic Design. For stressed out ICT co-ordinators trying to train a whole staff at different levels of ability, this could be a very useful resource.

Think.com Think.com provides older children with a password-protected space where they can develop their own websites. Children can access their account from any internet connected computer and the idea is that they will work on their site at home and at school. This is a site that will require some computer confidence for parents to really get to grips with it, although free online training is available. Using Think.com at home would be valuable if your child already uses it at school, otherwise web design is probably best left to the very computer confident.

Webmonkey Kids As more and more emphasis is placed on the internet in the ICT curriculum, teachers are under increasing pressure to introduce children to HTML and its attendant trials and tribulations. Webmonkey have recognised this need, and put together a fantastic site, taking children through a step-by-step process towards creating their own web pages. The delivery is simple and fun, but it never shies away from tackling more advanced issues such as frames and animated GIF's, and before you know it your child will, as the monkey says, be ready to send their weird ideas out into the world.The adult version, Webmonkey, is just as invaluable for adult learners.

Web Sites That SuckHow not to build a webpage - and the most common errors to avoid. Vastly entertaining, this site links to some of the worst abuses of cyberspace.

Enjoy surfing!

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

What is a blog and can I use it in school?

A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

You can use weblogs in all sort of different ways across the curriculum. You can simply use the to publish students work to the world, as an alternative group project about a specific topic or subject or as I am doing with the 6th Form a way of logging students learning by using a blog as a personal learning blog (this has been successful as students write openly about what they have learnt, what has gone well, what has not gone well and as well as allowing them to reflect it also helps to inform my future teaching). Here is the link to the example blog I put together for the students as a scaffold so they knew what I was looking for http://personallearningblogexample.blogspot.com

You can also simply use blogging as a way of gathering further information from new perspectives. Quite often you can get the latest information from industry through a blog which can really help to bring a live a subject and use up to date information.

Below are a collection of links that you may find interesting:

Marketing Blog - news and commentary.
Popdex : website popularity index.
eatonweb.com - blog directory and portal.
Weblogs.com - list of recently changed weblogs.
Blogging Network - subscription network of blogs.
blogger.com : directory
Google Directory : On The Web : Web Logs
Yahoo : Directory: Computers and Internet : Web Logs
Top 20 Definitions of Blogging (subscription)MarketingProfs.com (December 9, 2003)
Putting B-Blogs Into ActionClickZ (February 19, 2003)
B-Blogs Cause a StirClickZ (February 5, 2003)
Meet the B-BlogClickZ (January 22, 2003)
Blogs Make the HeadlinesWired News (December 23, 2002)
Blogging for Dollars: Giving Rise to the Professional BloggerO'Reilly Net (August 12, 2002)
What We're Doing When We BlogO'Reilly Net (June 13, 2002)
Online UprisingAJR (June 2002)
Blogonomics: Making a Living from BloggingPressFlex (May 28, 2002)
Time to Blog OnMediaGuardian.co.uk (May 20, 2002)
Flash: Blogging Goes CorporateWired (May 9, 2002)
My Blog, My SelfCNET News.com (May 2, 2002)
Weblogs and Blogging - Part 1Free Pint (May 2, 2002)
The Tipping BlogCorante (March 12, 2002)
A Blogger ManifestoAndrewSullivan.com (February 24, 2002)
How to Write a Better WeblogA List Apart (February 22, 2002)
Blah, Blah, Blah, and BlogWired (February 18, 2002)
Weblogs Make the Web Work for YouBusiness2.0 (February 14, 2002)
The Day Blogging Came of AgeCNET News.com (September 21, 2001)
To Blog or Not to Blog... That's a Good QuestionClickZ (August 22, 2001)
Pass Me the Blog, Please?Search Engine Watch (June 14, 2001)
The State of the Blog : Past, Present, Futurewritetheweb.com (Feb 26, Feb 28, Mar 2 - 2001)
Logging On the WebInc.com (November 15, 2000)
Weblogs: A History and Perspectiverebeccablood.net (September 7, 2000)
The Blogging Revolutionbizstone.com (July 7, 2000)
Build Community With Web LogsClickZ (November 10, 1999)
Weblogs Mix Creative Expression With Practical InformationIDG.net (November 1, 1999)
Fear of LinksSalon (May 28, 1999)

Friday, 26 January 2007

Teachers Pet Tool for Teachers

I only came across this a few weeks ago but it is a great simple tool and free!!


You can do all sorts of stuff all through a macro's in Word......simple but effective...like most things in life! Don't know what a macro is.....don't worry just enjoy!

Here's the list of Teacher's Pet macros: Click on a link to find out more...
Bingo Card Maker
Verb Form Test Maker
Simple Crossword Maker
Single-sided Flashcard Maker
Double-sided Flashcard Maker
Sentence Breaker
Paragraph Breaker
Jumble a Word
Jumble a Sentence
Jumble a List
Multi Word Maker
Multi Gap Maker
Multi Choice Question Maker
Online Dictionary
Online Thesaurus
Online Multi-Word
Antonym Question Maker
Word Mover
Word Remover
Punctuation Remover
Space Remover
Vowel Remover

Discovery.com Teacher Tools

I'm sure many of you will have already come across this great set of tools but just in case you have not take a look.

The site offers a tool to make all types of different puzzles that are great for starters. Make crosswords, wordsearches, maths squares and more....

Take advantage of their pretty good quiz-making tool online. Create and administer quizzes that are graded online and that provide instant feedback to you and your students. A comprehensive set of options gives you lots of flexibility.

Create custom worksheets for almost any subject. In a rush? Use one of our ready-made worksheets created by teachers like you!

Click on this link to see the full range of tools http://school.discovery.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html

Thursday, 25 January 2007

e-Learning is galloping ever closer!!!

e-Learning can be defined as 'learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology'. It can cover a spectrum of activities from the use of technology to support learning as part of a ‘blended’ approach (a combination of traditional and e-learning approaches), to learning that is delivered entirely online. Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element.

The amount of advertisements for e-Learning coordinators and Lead Teachers of e-Learning illustrates that this is not going to go away.

I recommend that you take a look at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/jisc%20effective%20practice3.pdf to get a better idea about e-Learning and how it could shape your classroom in the not too distant future if it is not already doing so!

It's an exciting time and I will be giving you some further guidance in this area probably when we hit half term.

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Video Conferencing Part 2

As promised following up my previous post on video conferencing, in this post is links that may get your ideas buzzing on how you can use it but also to give you an Overview of the different things that are possible and where to find out other information.

As ever BECTA has a great resource giving you a full heads up about Video conferencing how to use it; when to use it; how to develop links with organisations and it even supplies you with a list of which organisations and businesses offers video conferencing and activities (this includes NASA, Science Museum in London, the National Coal Mine Museum and many more). There are also more case studies than you can shake a stick at which may give you a further insight!

Global Leap are set up to promote the use of Video conferencing in the classroom and are a not for profit organisation. They arrange many events that you can participate in which can take some of the headache out of using this technology with a regular newsletter that details upcoming events. Although there is a £250 a year subscription this is well worth it as it also gives you a point of contact and advice....also if you are not very technical they will talk to the IT technicians to make sure all is well from the computer point of view. Further Information about Global Leap