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History HKey Heritage Key Invites You to Discover and Share. You can start your online expeditions now. Get your keyboard and mouse ready for action! Read articles and blogs. Search the directory of ancient world sites and museums. View photos. Watch videos. Make an avatar and explore our virtual exhibitions.

Everyone has a dream of visiting Ancient World sites and having their own adventures.

Explore the Ancient World — hidden under today’s modern life, via media-rich online content and online virtually. Unlock the Wonders.

Follow a simple 3-step download and install process, and begin exploring places like Stonehenge using virtual tours, right from your own PC.

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PHOTOWORKSHOP.COM is an interactive community, the vast majority of which is open free to the public. We are committed to providing an education in photography, where the quest for knowledge is fueled by inspiration.

PHOTOWORKSHOP.COM also contains a private community, where serious beginners and professional photographers interact, learn about equipment, techniques, and the creative process, while transitioning their images into professional portfolios. PHOTOWORKSHOP.COM is a place where our member-driven support system inspires you to achieve your photographic goals.

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Learn how to draw, paint and design by following our free illustrated art lessons. You can also brush up on your art history in our art appreciation section.

Artyfactory is designed, illustrated and written by myself, John MacTaggart, an art teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1974 and have more than thirty years teaching experience. One day several years ago, I sat down with a library book to teach myself something about web design and just kept on going. Artyfactory is the result so far.

Artyfactory offers free art and design lessons for all. Learn how to draw, paint and design by following our illustrated step by step instructions. We are building a growing resource of tutorials, art history notes, ideas and techniques designed to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.

We currently host a wide range of illustrated lessons including African masksEgyptian artpencil portraitsacrylic portraitsdrawing animalspen and ink drawing,perspective drawingart appreciationcolor theorygraphic design and typography.

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iCT@C WikiP This 2008/9 Wikipedia DVD Selection is a free, hand-checked, non-commercial selection from Wikipedia, targeted around the UK National Curriculum and useful for much of the English speaking world. It has about 5500 articles (as much as can be fitted on a DVD with good size images) and is about the size of a twenty volume encyclopaedia(34,000 images and 20 million words).

Topics were chosen for interest to children, by relevance to the National Curriculum and including much of the very best of Wikipedia. The selection is vast, and covers core subjects but does not try to be uniformly detailed: for example it has more depth on Llandudno, which is featured in the curriculum, than other similar places.

The content is available for free download from the SOS Children website or as a 3.5GB free DVD. The content includes a shortened copy of the SOS Children website with details of projects in 123 countries.

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The UK’s leading website for educational innovation and inspiration.

Innovate My School is run by a diverse group of educationalists with one sole aim: to increase the awareness of innovative products and services available to improve schools. Learn more…


Innovate My School is a free independent educational research and review website run by a large and diverse group of educationalists. The site has culminated from the need to increase the awareness of innovative products and services available to schools whilst allowing them to write honest reviews for other schools to benefit.

By joining forces with suppliers and sharing their expertise, our education community will have access to a comprehensive list of ways to increase pupil participation, enrich their curriculum, improve exam results and Ofsted reports, strengthen community cohesion and much more.

Innovate My School will eventually be supported by an advertising business model to fund the administration of the site, meaning it will stay free to everyone involved.

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iCT@C Presentation for Yr7 parents information evening:

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So what are you doing?

This simple question is being asked by thousands of people all over the world. It is the prompt used by Tweeters that helps people with similar interests to keep up to date and in touch. I began my use of twitter back in 2009, although I never really discovered its real potential until recently. I began, perhaps, like most people, by setting up an account and posting my first Tweet. However, it was not until I started to follow like-minded people that I saw how powerful Twitter is. Soon, by carefully selecting Tweeters to follow, my personal network began to grow.

Recently prior to the annual BETT show, Twitter really came into its own. It allowed me to find out what was going on in London, at the show before I went there myself. During the show while I was there, I was able to Tweet about technologies that I discovered, in turn, sharing my findings with my followers. The power of Twitter seems to me to be about sharing, and building networks. I now follow many Tweeters, and in turn I am followed by many more, and this helps me keep in check with what is going on, locally, regionally, nationally and all over the world. The best bit, is that the Tweets that I recieve are personal to my own interests because of the Tweeters that I follow.

Many of my fellow Tweeters are related to education, or technology. It became clear that many of my colleagues (a large high school in West Yorkshire), could benefit from the use of Twitter by creating and building their own personal networks. This prompted me to ask my followers to help me create a database of Tweeters based on curriculum speacialisms. This database became know as #Tweechers.

The results came in quickly and I soon had a database of Tweechers for almost all curriculum areas. The idea is for my colleagues at my current school, and for teachers throughout the UK to be able to build their own network of followers on Twitter based on curriculum areas. In doing so, helping teachers share and collaborate on topics and information which is useful to individuals.

CLICK HERE to go to this database.

If you are a Tweecher, CLICK HERE to add yourself to this database.

Also of use to new users of Twitter, would be this helpful guide (below):

How to Twitter Effectively 09

After building my own personal network using Twitter, I saw the potential for its use as method of communication for my school. Initially, an account was created for the school, and although this is still a trial, applications and possibilities are positive. The school Twitter account has not been publicised, and Tweets posted are done so on the understanding that they may not be seen/ read by anyone at the moment. However, as the number of followers and interest grew, I decided to ask the Tweeters that decided to follow the school account if it should continue. Below are some responses gained from this survey:

@holmfirthhigh should we continue to Tweet?





The reason for the school Twitter account is to help parents, students and teachers informed and in touch with what is happening at our school. Daily the Tweets will be taken from the school bulletin, but recently on a school Skiing trip, the Twitter account was also used to help parents keep up to date with events that took place throughout the week trip in Italy. #SkiTrip2010

Other schools are also using Twitter to help keep thier community in touch. A good example is The Wellington Academy, that have also posted a Twiiter feed/ widget directly onto their school website.

A recent development in our school staff room (digital display screen), will also give scope for the school Twitter feed to be displayed inside the staff, to help keep staff informed of news and events which are published.

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Ah, webcams. Believe it or not, they aren’t just for lip synching,insane rants and stripteases that will come back to haunt you when your kids are old enough to surf YouTube. There are webcams stationed all around the world that can prove to be valuable educational resources, showing vivid, live-action details that bring textbooks alive and transport viewers to the other side of the globe — because it’s more powerful to see things than to read about them.

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Geography fs360 Full Screen 360’s give you the experience of standing in a space and looking in all directions 360 degrees. Two types of 360’s are common; cylindrical and cubic. Cubic 360’s give you the ability to look up and down as well. Object 360’s allow you the ability to rotate an object, product, or anything that can be photographed 360 degrees.


See how the volcano Mount St. Helens changed in the three-year span between 2003 and 2006 with these 360-degree panoramas.

Mount St.Helens is one of 18 different Virtual 360′ tours available on this site.

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PE Science VS Welcome to HHMI’s virtual exhibit, Vital Signs: Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases. It has been adapted from the museum-quality exhibit that complemented our 1998 Holiday Lectures on Science series. Each year HHMI hosts a 2-day lecture event for high school students at its headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Drs. Richard P. Lifton and Christine E. Seidman, both HHMI investigators exploring the genetic basis of disease, delivered the 1998 lectures, “Of Hearts and Hypertension: Blazing Genetic Trails.” We hope you will find the experience of this virtual exhibit to be rich and compelling and that it will serve as a valuable resource to you for science research projects or as a source of background information about cardiovascular disease.

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