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Learning Clips

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

I stumbled across this site, Learning Clips.

I am not sure what i was looking for but it is really good.

This is what they say about themselves…

Learning Clip is an online resource to support teachers, teaching assistants and parents implementing the renewed primary mathematics framework.
Click to try some Learning Clips now

The resources are structured to follow precisely the learning objectives of the renewed framework. For ease of navigation the resources are also listed by topic.

The clips are being offered free of charge to all schools during the development phase. In return we aim to encourage feedback and make the material highly user driven, focusing especially on:

  • reducing preparation time
  • enhancing the learning experience for pupils
  • providing opportunities for delegation
  • resources that match precisely the requirements of the curriculum
  • a standardised easy to use format
  • ease of access and availability on demand

Learning Clips are delivered entirely online, on demand. This approach results in a very flexible resource – teachers can access what they need when they need it and the resources are easily updated and enhanced to meet changing requirements.

I hope you find it useful…

Mr W.

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Downloading videos from Youtube etc.

Posted by watseducation on December 15, 2008

Video Download Tools

I thought this might prove useful.
I have been throught the use of Mozilla Firefox as a browser and using the Download Helper add-on, and it is good but as they have improved the service that add-on provides, it has got more compliacted and doesn’t always do what I want it to do!

I have found this link though and it is great!

It is to Downloadtoolz.com
It gives download programs for Youtube, Teachertube and other video hosting sites. (I must tell you though it gives them for other more ‘unsavoury’ videos sites too)
But the Youtube, and Teachertube ones are excellent, and gives you an flv file (flash video file) that you can then insert into a SMART file to watch as part of a lesson – just what I want and it is FREE too!

Hope it is useful to you too!

Mr W.

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Free Sound Effects!

Posted by watseducation on October 8, 2008

Now this Visual Literacy thing….

I have been looking at myths and legends with my Y3 class and wanted to focus specifically on settings and description so I created an Interactive PowerPoint starting with an Island map.

 

Each area on the map linked to other slides with a photograph (Thank goodness for Google!) with a description of the setting. I then added some links in those pictures to more places on the island, a temple in the jungle, a tunnel behind the waterfall. It looked great (I am biased!) but it lacked some thing as I wanted not just to appeal to the visual element so I had a hunt for sound effects to go with each area, bats in the cave, howling apes in the jungle, crows in the graveyard, you get the idea! The children loved trying to find the hidden places and the oral story telling was amazing!

I found these sites with LOADS of free sound effects that are absolutley brilliant!

Sound Snap – To get the most out of it join, it is free and you can search and download 1000’s of sounds!

Media College – Loads of organised sound clips

Between these two I could add sound to every slide and it really came to life! They now want to watch every literacy lesson! (I indulge them if they work hard!)

If you want any further information – just let me know!

Mr W.

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Memory Sticks 4 Teachers – FREE!!

Posted by watseducation on September 30, 2008

 
 

If you re like me and love the idea of something for nothing, then register with this site:

http://www.memory4teachers.co.uk/teachers_registration.asp

It is a new initiative where all teachers and support staff can get a free memory stick.

Cool!

Here are some of the details:

The project has been developed to support teachers and educators in addressing their ever-increasing workloads by funding the provision of 750,000 USB memory sticks across the UK. The memory sticks have a capacity of 1 GB and include free educational resources for teachers to utilise, through a user-friendly embedded interface that appears on screen immediately as the memory stick is plugged in. These free resources cover all major subject areas and include lesson plans and ideas, worksheets and much more.

 

There are many other benefits too:

  Teachers can save work to take home easily and efficiently.
 Free embedded Educational Resources
 A calendar that teachers can utilise and update.
 Education Directory
 Links to select websites
 Link to a supporting web channel with additional resources and downloads.
 Ongoing savings for schools as use of consumables drops dramatically.
 Reduced threat of theft as teachers no longer need to carry laptops.
 Environmental benefits of reduction in waste.
 Teachers can share resources easily with colleagues.

 

This initiative is provided completely free of all charges to schools and teachers. There is absolutely nothing to pay. To find out more about the initiative, please have a look around the rest of the site or contact us.

To receive your FREE USB memory stick simply complete the form and we will dispatch your memory stick to you ASAP.

It really is that simple!

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A good looking Maths Site

Posted by watseducation on September 24, 2008

http://www.supermathsworld.com/

I stumbled upon this when looking for ideas for interesting homework.

Thought I’d share it.

Mr W.

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Maths is Fun!

Posted by watseducation on September 19, 2008

The “Maths is Fun” site is a really good place to find games and resources for all kinds of strands of maths.

Maths is Fun Website

It has everthing from quizzes and puzzles to an illustrated maths dictionary.

Well worth a click!

Mr W.

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Escapa!

Posted by watseducation on September 19, 2008

WARNING! Addictive!

I was looking for something quick and fun to fill 10 minutes today and tried this out on my Y3’s, they LOVED it and got really competitive! I thought that some of you might like to have a go!

Escapa!

Click on the RED block

Now move the RED block to avoid crashing with the BLUE blocks. Simple!

Don’t touch the BLACK edges.

If you can manage 18 seconds, you are a genius!

US Air Force pilots are expected to last 2 MINUTES!!

“My best is 61 seconds” – Mr Watson

I was thrilled when Bailey, a 7 year old scored an amazing 10.871 seconds?

WARNING!! This game is seriously addictive!!

Play Escapa now!

Mr W.

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