Useful and/or interesting links

(Created 22/01/13)

Free multimedia resources (updated)
ARKive has over 100,000 wildlife photos and videos that can be used in a wide range of science, ICT and literacy projects as well as over 40 science learning resources.

(Created 21/01/13)

A search engine for Key Stage 2 Mathematics

(Created 23/08/11)

Three new posts at

(Created 13/06/11)

'Interesting ways'

People keep asking me for a link to Tom Barrett's excellent crowdsourced series of ideas so here it is.

(Created 05/01/11)

Great, free e-safety book for teens

Download from Microsoft

(Created 26/10/10)

Free audio files for schools

From Audio Network

(Created 25/10/10)

Looking for the old National Whiteboard Network pages?

Here with resources

(Created 23/10/10)


A useful source of advice and further links regarding fraud and identity theft.

(Created 25/08/10)


There are lots of great live webcams around.One of my favourites is Africam. Watch live if you've got the patience or use the recorded highlights.

Mapskip This needs investigating as a medium for storytelling of all kinds.

(Created 14/07/10)

The Isle of Wight Primary Curriculum Conference blog

(Created 06/07/10)

Oh Dear!

(Created 22/05/10)

100 inspiring ways to use social media in the classroom.

African wildlife webcam

Brilliant site with recordings of special moments.

(Created 03/05/10)

Visitor map

I like this!. Am I easily pleased?

Get Your Own Visitor Globe!

(Created 21/04/10)

Web 2.0 tools

Three sites indexing useful web 2.0 tools for all types of activity.

For a more detailed search see my social bookmarks at


A visual Boolean search tool

(Created 13/04/10)

National Archive Images

A range of historical images on Flickr.

Purple mash

The new online offering from 2Simple. It includes some good free stuff too. 

National Digital Resource Bank

Curriculum focussed 'open' content. Well priced!

(Created 17/03/10)

From Greenpeace

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Naace 2010

Read my live record of the Naace 2010 Strategic conference. 


Read my live record of Becta's 'Empowering children and young people in a digital world: 2010 conference.'

(Created 15/03/10)

Free book download

 Click the image to go to the download page.

(Created 12/02/10)

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey have a wealth of free resources available. Have a look at Get-a-map and Mapzone.

English Heritage

This excellent site has resources, lesson plans and whiteboard files for all ages. 


Posterous is possibly the world’s easiest way to post text, sound files and video online. It’s free and you get 1Gb of space. Check the FAQ for information about privacy and group use.

E-safety audit

“The NEN is the UK collaborative network for education, providing schools with a safe, secure and reliable learning environment and direct access to a growing range of online services and content.” They have developed a very useful audit tool which will help schools in all sectors identify gaps and plug them. 

New Primary Curriculum

The new primary curriculum is now online at with full information, advice on planning and case studies. It will become statutory in 2011.

Free ICT training

ICT CPD 4 free is a new web site, sponsored by TDA, offering ICT teachers FREE on-line continuing professional development opportunities.

CBeebies Stories is the link to a range of stories suitable for very young children. Included is useful information for grownups.

Integrating E-safety in Primary Schools

As well as many other useful things SEGfL have published a link to a scheme of work that suggests ways e-safety can be embedded into the primary ICT scheme of work.


Animoto is a free tool that allows the production of presentations from photos and text with copyright free background music. The education version gives more scope than the standard free version. It can be found at:

(Created 28/12/09)

10 for 10 - Predictions for 2010

  1. Didactic lessons and tests decrease
  2. Creativity is on the rise
  3. Web 2.0 Apps become more commonly used
  4. Creative Commons becomes familiar to users
  5. Sharing in the cloud
  6. Collaboration in all its forms
  7. Wires begin to disappear
  8. Teaching on web 2.0 – Live streaming
  9. Handheld learning – Schools embrace the mobile ‘phone!
  10. Virtual worlds are used to learn

My own first reserve - an awakening of the potential of Augmented Reality (AR)

With thanks to Rodd Lucier @

(Created 15/12/09)


Polls and surveys
If you would like to set up a poll or survey or maybe let your learners do it to gather their own data here are a few free online poll creation sites.


(Created 24/11/09)


Videos for education

A great resource providing links to videos.

(Created 21/10/09)


British Pathe

The vast resource of British Pathe is now available for download and use for school based users. Don't forget you can only download for free from a computer in school.


Safer Internet Day 2010
Next year's event is on 9th February. Visit the SID site for details and information on previous years.


Next Generation Learning Charter

Has your school made a commitment to Next Generation Learning? Find out what that means and the route to excellence in ICT at


Tiny URL
Tiny URL is one of many sites where you can paste a really long URL and it will convert it to something much shorter that is more easily copied or emailed.


Google Motion Chart
This is an amazing facility to bring data to life. Take a look at this ‘how to’ at:  The most compelling example, although very hard to replicate, can be found at:


Using Twitter
A lot of schools and other organisations are now using applications like Twitter and Facebook. While there needs to be an understanding of safety issues (as with all activities) if you’ve ever wondered what possible use, say, Twitter could be have a look at:


A new resource from Childnet, well suited to years 3 and 4. “The SMART Adventure illustrates Childnet’s SMART rules and includes a real life SMART Crew of young people who guide the cartoon characters in their quest and help them make smart online decisions.”


Childnet for primary schools
This is a particularly good resource from a particularly good website. Other areas offer resources for parents and older learners.


UniServity collaborative projects
UniServity who provide the cLc learning platform have a number of activities run every half term for children of all ages. They are well referenced against National Curriculum requirements and are an excellent tool for teachers to use to introduce collaborative activities without needing any special expertise in this area.


CPD for free
NAACE will be offering free online CPD for teachers. It will include modules on:
  • ICT Assessment in Primary Schools 
  • ICT Assessment in Secondary Schools 
  • A focus on the ICT knowledge and skills that are required to teach numeracy and literacy within the QCA Primary Framework 
  • Embedding e-safety into ICT work in school 
  • Modelling Activities using ICT, Monitoring using ICT 
  • Using Web 2.0 Visual Learning Collaboration Tools in both the primary and secondary classroom 
  • ICT Courseware that supports Modern Foreign Languages in Primary Schools 
  • Ways of developing higher-order thinking skills utilising ICT mind mapping and concept mapping interfaces
See for more details.


This website is a vast and comprehensive directory for finding information and resources on all things ICT.


Futurelab are producing some interesting and innovative resources. See them at


CEOP strategic overview
The latest strategic document from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre is available from

It is invaluable in disseminating their most recent intelligence. The section in the executive summary on trends is particularly interesting as it notes developments in technology and possible shifts in the nature of the risks.


Find resources
The Teacher Resource Exchange offers a wide variety of resources including some specifically for interactive whiteboards.
The site of the National Education Network is also valuable.
Have a look at the Teachers’ TV site for their programme on the top 10 Secondary ICT websites. 


Thinking guides
Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.


Find resources is a new site from Infomapper. In the free section many of the over 30,000 resources have been submitted and published by teachers and students and can be easily adapted for your own use.


Some great film and image websites


Naace primary (MAPE)
At primary colleagues will find a lot of interesting free resources particularly in the ‘Classroom Activities’ section. Big Book Maker is fun.


Learning Curve video
This remarkable website from the National Archive has extended its range of activities to include using video. Jointly funded by SEGfL the range of activities includes evaluating video as a primary source and creating responses using video editing software. You can use your own or the online tool supplied.
It’s well worth a look at but do have a look at itself for loads of good stuff for history teachers. Suitable for all ages.


A couple of years ago BECTA emailed a weekly lesson for all the primary year groups. Each week was a different subject. These lessons were in MSWord format and could be edited and used as appropriate. The scheme has now finished but if you missed out the whole resource is available for download at
12 things you probably didn’t know about 9 – 19 year olds:
  • 90% of 9-19 year olds who go online daily or weekly use the internet to do work for school or college and 94% use it to get information for other things.
  • 21% admit to having copied something from the internet for a school project and handed it in as their own.
  • 30% of pupils aged 9-19 report having received no lessons at all on using the internet.
  • 38% of pupils aged 9-19 trust most of the information on the internet, and only 33% of 9-19 year olds daily and weekly users have been taught how to judge the reliability of online information.
  • 57% of 9-19 year old daily and weekly users have come into contact with online porn.
  • One third of 9-19 year old daily and weekly users have received unwanted sexual (31%) or nasty comments (33%) online or by text message, though only 7% of parents are aware that their child has received sexual comments and only 4% that their child has been bullied online.
  • 63% of 12-19 year old home internet users have taken some action to hide their online activities from their parents.
  • 22% of 9-19 year old daily and weekly users have accidentally ended up on a site with violent or gruesome pictures and 9% on a site that is hostile or hateful to a group of people.
  • When young people encounter pornography on the internet, 54% claim not to be bothered by it, but a significant minority (14%) do not like it.
  • 46% say that they have given out personal information to someone that they met online.
  • 40% say that they have pretended about themselves online.
  • 30% have made an online acquaintance, and 8% say they have met face to face with someone whom they first met online.
'UK Children Go Online: Final report of key project findings' (published 28 April 2005)


Photo Story
Microsoft's Photo Story was the software used in the Isle of Wight Y6/7 ICTChallenge. It's a presentation medium that allows images to be imported and manipulated to give an appearance of movement. A spoken commentary is added and background music to emphasise the mood of the report is available. It's an excellent way for children to show their learning, it's very easy to use and it's FREE!