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Code Clubs – After school coding clubs for children aged 9-11

The mission of Code Club is to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code. It is their aim to have Code Club in 25% of primary schools in the UK by the end of 2015. Teachers or volunteers can  run Code Club after-school at their local  school or community centre. Children attend […]

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Mix Science with ICT and win some once in a lifetime prizes.

January 17th, 2011 by Victoria

Google has partnered with CERN, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific America to create an exciting global science competition- the Google Science Fair. The competition is open to students all over the world who are between the ages of 13 and 18 and runs from 11 January to 4 April 2011.

Whilst the idea of a Science Fair is distinctly American don’t let this put you off. Your students build and submit their project (either alone or in a group of up to 3) entirely online using Google Sites.

Taken from Google Science Fair FAQs

A science project is an in-depth investigation of a scientific question that involves forming a hypothesis, testing your hypothesis with an experiment, making your observations, drawing conclusions and presenting the findings.

While there are different ways to break down the steps of the scientific method, the Google Science Fair asks students to complete the following sections:

  • Project Summary
  • About Me
  • The Question
  • Hypothesis
  • Research
  • Experiment
  • Data
  • Observations
  • Conclusions
  • Works Cited

For further information visit

http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/index.html

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Be part of the world’s biggest birdwatch!

January 14th, 2011 by Victoria

Big Schools Birdwatch 24th January- 4th February

The RSPB is hoping that schools nationwide will take part in the 10th annual Birdwatch. This free, fun and simple activity only takes an hour to complete, is rich in curriculum links, and is open to all UK schools and youth groups. It’s also a great way to get to know more about the wildlife visiting your school grounds, or a local park.

To take part is relatively simple, watch birds for a total of one hour, keeping count of how many birds of the same kind you see at any one time. You only need to record the birds actually in your grounds or in the park, not those flying over. Once you have done this submit your results to the RSPB- simple!

The RSPB site also contains a number of resources for teachers from Early Years through to the latest member of the birdwatch family- Really Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which is designed specifically for Key Stage 3. There is a lively community where teachers can share ideas, including a great one to have hot chocolate and biscuits whilst counting!

In addition your pupils could choose to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on January 29th and 30th. This follows exactly the same format as the school birdwatch with the only difference being that it is done at home. A great way to promote home school links.

To register or find out more visit

http://www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch/

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Free KS2 Science & DT resource

October 12th, 2010 by Victoria

Screenshot of the guitar challenge for pupils.

This is the latest in the very popular Young Science Investigators series (see the other resources in the series here: www.bp.com/bpes/ysi) of free teaching resources for 7-11 year olds. YSI: Cool Creations is an online set of materials to teach Science through exciting Design and Technology projects. The materials include skill-builder videos, animations, worksheets, photos and detailed teacher guidance notes – including extensive curriculum and cross-curricular links for Key Stage 2 (KS2) and the Second stage Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

How can I use Young Science Investigators to enhance teaching and learning?

The short skills builder videos are an excellent way of demonstrating a range of skills such as ‘How to use wire and change its pitch and tension’ when making a guitar.  They can be used with a whole class through the interactive whiteboard to introduce a key idea or as reminder sessions for homework or individual study. Each section is divided into real life visuals, skills builder videos, example images and animations. The animations are particularly useful for prompting planning and suggesting key questions that need to be covered. The resource would work with the whole class or as a topic based approach to homework.

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Design your own animal…

June 11th, 2010 by Victoria

Colour drawing of girl with animal features

On this fantastic site from the New York Zoos and Aquarium you can build yourself as a wild animal. Choose headgear, ears, facial features and so forth to turn your character into a very mixed up animal! Once you have completed your new animal you get a list of each of the attributes and some key facts about them. You can also print a full colour copy of your new creature. A great site for looking at animals and their different features.

http://www.buildyourwildself.com/

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Young Science Investigators: Online experiments

April 27th, 2010 by Victoria

The BP Educational Service has created 12 free step-by-step online Science experiments for 7-11s to help pupils develop investigative skills. Each experiment includes two levels of difficulty, audio hints and tips for differentiation, photos and film clips of real-world science and includes teachers notes and curriculum links.

You do need to register to use the site but it’s completely free.

Experiments can be completed for the following topics:

  • electricity
  • energy and life processes
  • protecting the environment
  • living things in their environment
  • micro-organisms
  • rocks
  • materials
  • forces and friction
  • energy

http://www.bp.com/genericResource.do?categoryId=8042&contentId=7056239&nicam=redirect&nisrc=ysi#preview

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NEN Science Resources – KS4

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS4 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Circuit World and ElectroShock
 
In Circuit World, the user can create circuits using standard symbols, animation characters or images of real circuit elements. When the circuit is run, it accurately simulates the result of the user’s design. The circuit can be saved or printed and the activity functions on e-whiteboard or standalone computer.
ElectroShock gives the user the chance to apply what they have learned from Circuit World in an Arcade Game-style challenge with a Highest Score table.
The idea for this software came from Ms Toni Roethling, Assistant Headteacher at Hodgson High School Technology College.

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Describing motion
The activities proposed develop various aspects of motion from very basic concepts and then move to high level concepts in a natural and gradual progression.

The pedagogy behind this idea is that we wanted to create a resource that learners could use at whatever stage of their development and ability. Teachers can download single sessions, but please bear in mind that the resource was designed as a progression through Key Stages and ability.

Whole resource (online version)

What is speed? (online version) –> Red

Velocity (online version) –> Orange

Velocity and Vectors (online version) –> Yellow

Acceleration (online version) –> Green

Motion Graphs (online version) –> Blue

Linear Acceleration (online version) –> Indigo

Projectiles (online version) –> Violet


Discovering Bewick
Discovering Bewick is a website devoted to the
works of the 18th century wood engraver Thomas Bewick,
featuring collections from the Laing
Art Gallery
and the City Library in Newcastle upon Tyne.

 


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student’s clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Forces
An interactive set of resources to cover most aspects of Forces, Moments and Pressure at all levels of development and ability.
We believe this resource will be a great asset for the teaching of Forces at all levels, from KS3 to KS5. This resource covers a wide range of topics and brings examples, games and interactive activities that really enhance the learning experience of pupils.
 
- What are forces (online version) –> red section
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (online version) –> Orange
- Newton’s Laws (online version) –> Yellow
- Types of Forces (online version) –> Green
- Free body diagrams (online version) –> blue
- Pressure (online version) –> Indigo
- Moment of a force (online version) –> Violet

Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne
Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Geofinder
Gain access to a huge searchable database of
rocks, fossils and minerals with Geo Finder.

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Learning about Learning
Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Picture Teller
This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a
presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in
on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline
information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs
These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use – whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.
You can download them, print them off or use them online.
 
Environment
A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.
 
Animals and birds
Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.
 
People
A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children’s faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 
 
History
Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past – Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.
 
Art, music and literature
Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.
 
Leisure time
Activities and items for leisure – from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.
 
The prehistoric world
Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.
 
Food and drink
Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink – some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.
 
Language and numbers
Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.
 
Clothes
Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children’s shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 
 
Transport
Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?
 
Technology
Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today’s technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Science Delivered: Crude Oil
Science Delivered: Crude
Oil

Science Delivered makes available science content which fully exploits the potential of ICT to provide colourful, interactive and engaging resources to aid students with their journey through science.


Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Stern Storm
A comprehensive and wide ranging resource for 16+ students based on the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Weather Forecast
The Weather Forecast application develops children’s learning to read scales, an area which they often find difficult. Weather Forecast is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard and allows the teacher or pupils to interact with dials and gauges showing a range of scales.
It provides extension material from the Reading scales application enabling children to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data as presented online.
The application provides 12 datasets for comparison and practise in reading the scales on each component:

Xeno
Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

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NEN Science Resources – KS3

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS3 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Additives
Multiple choice science quiz relating to food additives (with your score provided at the end)

Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail
Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of
Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for
KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded
forest trail.

Educational questions, activities and
projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of
Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and
ICT curriculum areas.


Circuit World and ElectroShock
 
In Circuit World, the user can create circuits using standard symbols, animation characters or images of real circuit elements. When the circuit is run, it accurately simulates the result of the user’s design. The circuit can be saved or printed and the activity functions on e-whiteboard or standalone computer.
ElectroShock gives the user the chance to apply what they have learned from Circuit World in an Arcade Game-style challenge with a Highest Score table.
The idea for this software came from Ms Toni Roethling, Assistant Headteacher at Hodgson High School Technology College.

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Describing motion
The activities proposed develop various aspects of motion from very basic concepts and then move to high level concepts in a natural and gradual progression.

The pedagogy behind this idea is that we wanted to create a resource that learners could use at whatever stage of their development and ability. Teachers can download single sessions, but please bear in mind that the resource was designed as a progression through Key Stages and ability.

Whole resource (online version)

What is speed? (online version) –> Red

Velocity (online version) –> Orange

Velocity and Vectors (online version) –> Yellow

Acceleration (online version) –> Green

Motion Graphs (online version) –> Blue

Linear Acceleration (online version) –> Indigo

Projectiles (online version) –> Violet


Discovering Bewick
Discovering Bewick is a website devoted to the
works of the 18th century wood engraver Thomas Bewick,
featuring collections from the Laing
Art Gallery
and the City Library in Newcastle upon Tyne.

 


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Far Away Fruit Salad
An interactive resource that promotes healthy eating whilst encouraging pupils to consider where the food comes from and its effect on communities and the planet Earth.

Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student’s clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Forces
An interactive set of resources to cover most aspects of Forces, Moments and Pressure at all levels of development and ability.
We believe this resource will be a great asset for the teaching of Forces at all levels, from KS3 to KS5. This resource covers a wide range of topics and brings examples, games and interactive activities that really enhance the learning experience of pupils.
 
- What are forces (online version) –> red section
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (online version) –> Orange
- Newton’s Laws (online version) –> Yellow
- Types of Forces (online version) –> Green
- Free body diagrams (online version) –> blue
- Pressure (online version) –> Indigo
- Moment of a force (online version) –> Violet

Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne
Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Geofinder
Gain access to a huge searchable database of
rocks, fossils and minerals with Geo Finder.

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Learning about Learning
Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Picture Teller
This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a
presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in
on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline
information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Reading Scales
Children frequently find difficulty in interpreting data by reading scales. This demonstration supports their learning and provides a range of different scales, numbered marks and unnumbered marks on a scale. It also provides opportunity to discuss the different units of measurement.
The application provides a set of animated illustrations for use in demonstrating how to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data presented on the NEN Weather Station.
Individual elements of the monitoring scales may be operated manually to illustrate how increased activity affects the reading for each component

Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs
These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use – whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.
You can download them, print them off or use them online.
 
Environment
A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.
 
Animals and birds
Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.
 
People
A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children’s faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 
 
History
Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past – Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.
 
Art, music and literature
Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.
 
Leisure time
Activities and items for leisure – from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.
 
The prehistoric world
Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.
 
Food and drink
Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink – some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.
 
Language and numbers
Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.
 
Clothes
Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children’s shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 
 
Transport
Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?
 
Technology
Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today’s technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Seed To Saw
Designed to demonstrate how schools can use the forestry and timber industries within their curriculum, illustrating how pupils can learn the sequence of sowing, growing, harvesting and processing wood – literally from ‘Seed to Saw’.

Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Weather Forecast
The Weather Forecast application develops children’s learning to read scales, an area which they often find difficult. Weather Forecast is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard and allows the teacher or pupils to interact with dials and gauges showing a range of scales.
It provides extension material from the Reading scales application enabling children to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data as presented online.
The application provides 12 datasets for comparison and practise in reading the scales on each component:

Xeno
Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

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NEN Science Resources – KS2

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS2 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail
Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of
Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for
KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded
forest trail.

Educational questions, activities and
projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of
Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and
ICT curriculum areas.


Circuit World and ElectroShock
 
In Circuit World, the user can create circuits using standard symbols, animation characters or images of real circuit elements. When the circuit is run, it accurately simulates the result of the user’s design. The circuit can be saved or printed and the activity functions on e-whiteboard or standalone computer.
ElectroShock gives the user the chance to apply what they have learned from Circuit World in an Arcade Game-style challenge with a Highest Score table.
The idea for this software came from Ms Toni Roethling, Assistant Headteacher at Hodgson High School Technology College.

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Colin CO2
An interactive story and games to help children aged 4 – 8 understand climate change.

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Discovering Bewick
Discovering Bewick is a website devoted to the
works of the 18th century wood engraver Thomas Bewick,
featuring collections from the Laing
Art Gallery
and the City Library in Newcastle upon Tyne.

 


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Far Away Fruit Salad
An interactive resource that promotes healthy eating whilst encouraging pupils to consider where the food comes from and its effect on communities and the planet Earth.

Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student’s clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne
Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Geofinder
Gain access to a huge searchable database of
rocks, fossils and minerals with Geo Finder.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Imagine – The Beach
A fun interactive looking at the history of
holidays at the seaside.

Learning about Learning
Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

Material World
A number of themes look at the different types of materials used to
create the objects held in the 5 museum collections. The module will
enable pupils to discover the processes artists went through to turn raw
materials into priceless works of art and find out where the artists
sourced these materials from. Pupils will be able to explore materials and
their properties through exciting interactives.

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Operation Sustainable Future
Through the scenario of an adventure game, pupils make lifestyle choices which can influence global warming, air pollution, deforestation and the future of planet Earth.

Picture Teller
This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a
presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in
on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline
information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Reading Scales
Children frequently find difficulty in interpreting data by reading scales. This demonstration supports their learning and provides a range of different scales, numbered marks and unnumbered marks on a scale. It also provides opportunity to discuss the different units of measurement.
The application provides a set of animated illustrations for use in demonstrating how to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data presented on the NEN Weather Station.
Individual elements of the monitoring scales may be operated manually to illustrate how increased activity affects the reading for each component

Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs
These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use – whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.
You can download them, print them off or use them online.
 
Environment
A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.
 
Animals and birds
Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.
 
People
A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children’s faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 
 
History
Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past – Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.
 
Art, music and literature
Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.
 
Leisure time
Activities and items for leisure – from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.
 
The prehistoric world
Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.
 
Food and drink
Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink – some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.
 
Language and numbers
Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.
 
Clothes
Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children’s shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 
 
Transport
Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?
 
Technology
Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today’s technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Seed To Saw
Designed to demonstrate how schools can use the forestry and timber industries within their curriculum, illustrating how pupils can learn the sequence of sowing, growing, harvesting and processing wood – literally from ‘Seed to Saw’.

Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

Swiggle
Imagine a search engine designed for KS2 children… What would it look like? It would be easy to use, allow safe internet searches and filter inappropriate results to give KS2 relevant, child-friendly online resources, helping children to find valuable sites with an appropriate educational focus. It would also ensure that children don’t interpret the search as ‘boring’ or ‘restrictive’. It becomes in short an ideal place from which children can explore the web.

The Birdbox Project
The SEGfL Bird box project 2010 is providing schools with an
opportunity to share video and data streams collected from nesting
boxes fitted with video cameras and other data gathering equipment.
Schools are currently providing test broadcasts.
We would expect nest-building activity to pick up at the end of March -
beginning of April. Who will be first to broadcast pictures of nest
building?

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Great Plant Hunt
Free resources will be sent out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to all State Primary Schools in Spring 2009 in a programme funded by the Wellcome Trust celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. The Great Plant Hunt invites school children aged 5-11 to explore the natural world around them in a series of activities, all clearly linked to the primary science curriculum. The Darwin Treasure Chests are packed with fun activities – which take place in the classroom, online and in the great outdoors – including exploring habitats, collecting seeds and growing plants.

The Red Squirrel
Eight interactive activities, suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils. They range from labelling the squirrel to recognising leaves and are designed to enhance the pupil’s learning experience through studying the Red Squirrel in its natural habitat.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Visual Literacy
Six Harrow Schools from Key Stage 1 and 2 completed an exciting multimedia project
using digital video cameras to express the visual literacy ideas of the students in their schools.
The topics vovered included Poetry, Fairy Tales, the Romans and Circuits.
All ctopics ome with full lesson plans and examples od children’s work

Weather Forecast
The Weather Forecast application develops children’s learning to read scales, an area which they often find difficult. Weather Forecast is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard and allows the teacher or pupils to interact with dials and gauges showing a range of scales.
It provides extension material from the Reading scales application enabling children to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data as presented online.
The application provides 12 datasets for comparison and practise in reading the scales on each component:

What to Wear
The What to Wear application provides a world map outline designed to promote discussion about climate in other countries. The activity is based on choosing suitable clothing for an adult male in a range of locations.

Xeno
Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

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NEN Science Resources – KS1

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS1 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Circuit World and ElectroShock
 
In Circuit World, the user can create circuits using standard symbols, animation characters or images of real circuit elements. When the circuit is run, it accurately simulates the result of the user’s design. The circuit can be saved or printed and the activity functions on e-whiteboard or standalone computer.
ElectroShock gives the user the chance to apply what they have learned from Circuit World in an Arcade Game-style challenge with a Highest Score table.
The idea for this software came from Ms Toni Roethling, Assistant Headteacher at Hodgson High School Technology College.

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Colin CO2
An interactive story and games to help children aged 4 – 8 understand climate change.

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student’s clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne
Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Learning about Learning
Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

Material World
A number of themes look at the different types of materials used to
create the objects held in the 5 museum collections. The module will
enable pupils to discover the processes artists went through to turn raw
materials into priceless works of art and find out where the artists
sourced these materials from. Pupils will be able to explore materials and
their properties through exciting interactives.

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Reading Scales
Children frequently find difficulty in interpreting data by reading scales. This demonstration supports their learning and provides a range of different scales, numbered marks and unnumbered marks on a scale. It also provides opportunity to discuss the different units of measurement.
The application provides a set of animated illustrations for use in demonstrating how to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data presented on the NEN Weather Station.
Individual elements of the monitoring scales may be operated manually to illustrate how increased activity affects the reading for each component

Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs
These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use – whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.
You can download them, print them off or use them online.
 
Environment
A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.
 
Animals and birds
Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.
 
People
A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children’s faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 
 
History
Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past – Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.
 
Art, music and literature
Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.
 
Leisure time
Activities and items for leisure – from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.
 
The prehistoric world
Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.
 
Food and drink
Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink – some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.
 
Language and numbers
Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.
 
Clothes
Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children’s shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 
 
Transport
Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?
 
Technology
Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today’s technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

The Birdbox Project
The SEGfL Bird box project 2010 is providing schools with an
opportunity to share video and data streams collected from nesting
boxes fitted with video cameras and other data gathering equipment.
Schools are currently providing test broadcasts.
We would expect nest-building activity to pick up at the end of March -
beginning of April. Who will be first to broadcast pictures of nest
building?

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Great Plant Hunt
Free resources will be sent out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to all State Primary Schools in Spring 2009 in a programme funded by the Wellcome Trust celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. The Great Plant Hunt invites school children aged 5-11 to explore the natural world around them in a series of activities, all clearly linked to the primary science curriculum. The Darwin Treasure Chests are packed with fun activities – which take place in the classroom, online and in the great outdoors – including exploring habitats, collecting seeds and growing plants.

The Red Squirrel
Eight interactive activities, suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils. They range from labelling the squirrel to recognising leaves and are designed to enhance the pupil’s learning experience through studying the Red Squirrel in its natural habitat.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Visual Literacy
Six Harrow Schools from Key Stage 1 and 2 completed an exciting multimedia project
using digital video cameras to express the visual literacy ideas of the students in their schools.
The topics vovered included Poetry, Fairy Tales, the Romans and Circuits.
All ctopics ome with full lesson plans and examples od children’s work

Weather Forecast
The Weather Forecast application develops children’s learning to read scales, an area which they often find difficult. Weather Forecast is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard and allows the teacher or pupils to interact with dials and gauges showing a range of scales.
It provides extension material from the Reading scales application enabling children to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data as presented online.
The application provides 12 datasets for comparison and practise in reading the scales on each component:

What to Wear
The What to Wear application provides a world map outline designed to promote discussion about climate in other countries. The activity is based on choosing suitable clothing for an adult male in a range of locations.

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NEN Science Resource 14-19/Further Education

November 9th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for 14-19 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Describing motion
The activities proposed develop various aspects of motion from very basic concepts and then move to high level concepts in a natural and gradual progression.

The pedagogy behind this idea is that we wanted to create a resource that learners could use at whatever stage of their development and ability. Teachers can download single sessions, but please bear in mind that the resource was designed as a progression through Key Stages and ability.

Whole resource (online version)

What is speed? (online version) –> Red

Velocity (online version) –> Orange

Velocity and Vectors (online version) –> Yellow

Acceleration (online version) –> Green

Motion Graphs (online version) –> Blue

Linear Acceleration (online version) –> Indigo

Projectiles (online version) –> Violet


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Forces
An interactive set of resources to cover most aspects of Forces, Moments and Pressure at all levels of development and ability.
We believe this resource will be a great asset for the teaching of Forces at all levels, from KS3 to KS5. This resource covers a wide range of topics and brings examples, games and interactive activities that really enhance the learning experience of pupils.
 
- What are forces (online version) –> red section
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (online version) –> Orange
- Newton’s Laws (online version) –> Yellow
- Types of Forces (online version) –> Green
- Free body diagrams (online version) –> blue
- Pressure (online version) –> Indigo
- Moment of a force (online version) –> Violet

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Stern Storm
A comprehensive and wide ranging resource for 16+ students based on the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Xeno
Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

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