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.
A search engine for Key Stage 2 Mathematics bit.ly/ks2maths
Three new posts at icttalk.org.uk
People keep asking me for a link to Tom Barrett's excellent crowdsourced series of ideas so here it is.
Great, free e-safety book for teens
Free audio files for schools
Looking for the old National Whiteboard Network pages?
A useful source of advice and further links regarding fraud and identity theft.
There are lots of great live webcams around.One of my favourites is Africam. http://www.africam.com 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. http://www.mapskip.com/
The Isle of Wight Primary Curriculum Conference blog http://iw2010.posterous.com/
African wildlife webcam
Brilliant site with recordings of special moments.
I like this!. Am I easily pleased?
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 http://delicious.com/icttalk
A visual Boolean search tool http://www.boolify.org/
National Archive Images
A range of historical images on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/
The new online offering from 2Simple. It includes some good free stuff too. http://purplemash.com/
National Digital Resource Bank
Curriculum focussed 'open' content. Well priced! http://www.ndrb.org.uk/
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Read my live record of the Naace 2010 Strategic conference. http://naace2010.posterous.com/
Read my live record of Becta's 'Empowering children and young people in a digital world: 2010 conference.' http://empowering.posterous.com/
Free book download
Ordnance Survey have a wealth of free resources available. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/education/ Have a look at Get-a-map and Mapzone.
This excellent site has resources, lesson plans and whiteboard files for all ages. http://www.heritageexplorer.org.uk/web/he/default.aspx
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. www.posterous.com Check the FAQ for information about privacy and group use.
“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. http://www.northerngrid.org/ngflwebsite/esafety_audit_tool/esafety_audit_tool.html
New Primary Curriculum
The new primary curriculum is now online at http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/new-primary-curriculum/ 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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/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. http://microsites.segfl.org.uk/view_page.php?id=780
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: http://animoto.com/education
10 for 10 - Predictions for 2010
My own first reserve - an awakening of the potential of Augmented Reality (AR)
With thanks to Rodd Lucier @ http://thecleversheep.com
Polls and surveys
Videos for education
A great resource providing links to videos. http://www.watchknow.org/
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. http://www.britishpathe.com
Safer Internet Day 2010
Next year's event is on 9th February. Visit the SID site for details and information on previous years. http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day
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 http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/
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. http://tinyurl.com/
Google Motion Chart
This is an amazing facility to bring data to life. Take a look at this ‘how to’ at: http://tinyurl.com/mbzfya The most compelling example, although very hard to replicate, can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/db6clt
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: http://tinyurl.com/kw3wyl
A new resource from Childnet, well suited to years 3 and 4. http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/primary/smartadventure/default.aspx “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:
See http://www.ictcpd4free.co.uk/ for more details.
This website is a vast and comprehensive directory for finding information and resources on all things ICT. http://www.shambles.net/
Futurelab are producing some interesting and innovative resources. See them at http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources
CEOP strategic overview
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.
The Teacher Resource Exchange offers a wide variety of resources including some specifically for interactive whiteboards. http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/
The site of the National Education Network is also valuable. http://www.nen.gov.uk/tandl
Have a look at the Teachers’ TV site for their programme on the top 10 Secondary ICT websites. http://www.teachers.tv/video/4946
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. http://www.exploratree.org.uk/
http://ulearn.infomapper.com 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 http://primary.naace.co.uk/ 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 http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/focuson/film/ but do have a look at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/ 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 http://www.naace.org/354
12 things you probably didn’t know about 9 – 19 year olds:
'UK Children Go Online: Final report of key project findings' (published 28 April 2005)
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!