Archive for February, 2008

The Next Generation Learning campaign

February 28th, 2008

The Next Generation Learning campaign is about using technology well to make learning a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for people of all ages and abilities.

Putting technology at the heart of learning will improve education and training in the UK – inspiring learners, engaging parents, enabling teachers, motivating employees and giving school and college leavers the skills businesses want.

Evidence shows that technology significantly improves results for all learners. Despite this, technology is fully exploited by only 20 per cent of schools and colleges.

BBC resources round up.

February 20th, 2008

BBC Schools
Learning resources for home and school

Supports KS1, KS2, KS3 and GCSE exam revision

Learning Zone Broadband
rich audio visual material for use in primary and secondary schools from the BBC schools programming archive. Recently launched, very much in development and will continue to evolve and increase content over the next 3-5 year.

BBC Blast
Inspires, supports, develops and showcases the creative arts for young people aged 13-19. Lots of resources and ideas for pupils and teachers.

BBC News School Report
The opportunity for secondary schools to broadcast live news, aimed at 11-14 year olds. Fantastic supporting resources for teachers including lesson plans.

BBC Me and My Movie
CBBC me and my movie is a unique film-making initiative inspiring and enabling primary children to make movies and tell their own stories.

How to Prevent Another Leonardo da Vinci

February 17th, 2008

Nominated as one of the most influential educational blog posts this article examines the book ‘How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci’, to explain how schools are preventing the emergence of another da Vinci. A thought provoking article.

1. Curiosita (from “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”)
What? Intense and insatiable curiosity; constantly learning due to a desire to ask and answer questions
The Murder: In schools, for the most part, students learn only what the teacher decides they will learn. Student questions will often go unanswered if they lead away from the material (go off-topic), or if there are time constraints on what must be learned that leave no time for these questions in class.

2. Dimostrazione (from “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”)
What? Constant testing of knowledge through experience and persistence; accepting of and learning from mistakes
The Murder: Except in the sciences (and sometimes even then), knowledge is simply given and expected to be absorbed rather than questioned and tested. On tests and labs, wrong answers cost the students their grades, therefore it becomes unacceptable to make mistakes. Mistakes are less about learning experiences and more about losing marks. Questioning societal norms is a very negative thing, even if they don’t make sense.

Read the full article here.

February 15th, 2008

Ever needed to download a Youtube video for classroom use? Or need a Youtube video in a different video format? is a dynamic web 2.0 application, that offers a better way to search and watch YouTube videos. Not only but you can download YouTube videos! You can use the site to search through a huge collection of videos from various video sharing sites and when you find something you like the site will download and convert it to a file type of your choosing all from the same website. You can also use the site to store and group videos for use at your convenience.

Features / Benefits
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National Education Network Resource Booklet

February 12th, 2008

This booklet has been published by the National Education Network and features a wide range of educational resources from the 10 Regional Broadband Consortia.

NEN Brochure

What is the NEN?…. » Read more: National Education Network Resource Booklet

ICT BETT Show, Olympia January 2008

February 8th, 2008

A video round up of some the new developments at BETT 2008.

Internet Safety Day

February 8th, 2008

12th FEBRUARY 2008

Key stages 2 (8-10) and 3/4 (11-16)

This is the perfect opportunity to introduce internet safety to learners.

To mark European Safer Internet Day, your school can run the FREE DOWNLOADABLE CEOP school assemblies, ideally during the weeks beginning the 11th and 22nd February.

They are creative and innovative assemblies addressing internet and mobile safety that only take a maximum of 15 minutes!

There will be individual assemblies for Key Stage 2 (8-10) and Key Stages 3/4 (11-16), targeted and relevant for these age groups.

To register and receive a free assembly packs go to

e-Safety roundup

February 6th, 2008

Increasing provision of the Internet in our education centres brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe. We have all heard the scare stories – but the sad thing is that many of them are true, or at least possible. Internet development is always evolving into ever more innovative areas. Blogging and Wikis are just two brilliant creations which are becoming more commonly used. They are great tools which allow amazing creativity and interaction between peers.

There is also the issue of increasing home access for pupils, with many schools and colleges providing learners with computers..

The downside is that such developments open up a whole new set of risks and challenges. As with most things, awareness and education are central to safe Internet usage and YHGfL have some useful links to help you identify and manage the risks.

These are not exhaustive and are just a means to get you started.
» Read more: e-Safety roundup

Museum Box

February 6th, 2008

museum box

This site provides the tools for you to to build up an argument or description of a person, event or issue by placing items into a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life or the life of a Victorian Servant? What evidence would you collect if you had to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? And what would you include if you had to make the case for or against climate change? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

National Year of Reading

February 5th, 2008

National Year of Reading 2008

2008 is the National Year of Reading.

Whether it’s film scripts or manga, sci fi or song lyrics, we want to get everyone reading more.