Learning for tomorrow, today / ICTTALK consultant - adviser / Education Technology
Resources for parents
I will be adding a resource every day. These are for parents whose children do not have work from school to do and would like some learning to happen without having to turn themselves into teachers. It would be great to see anything children produce to show their learning.
The latest resource will be at the bottom of the page. Check the growing reource list here.
One of the first things on a parent's mind is safety. The website below from the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command and Parent Zone is an excellent source of support and information.
Let's start easy. It might not be the most exciting idea but this site will generate all the worksheets for maths that you need (and it gives the answers on a serpate sheet too!)
Although download costs money (sadly the days when schools could do so for free are gone) British Pathe has the most remarkable collection of news film that you can watch online.
This page has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, ThinkUKnow (CEOP) will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
Khan Academy was set up when its creator was aked to help a relative with maths. It has blossomed into a huge site and demonstration videos accompany each topic. Ideal if you want to repeat a lesson or pause it. The are lots of exercises to track progress too.
The Film Space say:
“We are pleased to advise that all our online educational resources will continue to be available, free of charge, for use in or out of schools and colleges, during the enforced shutdowns. The resources include interesting activities, worksheets involving analysis, research and critical thinking.”
A personal favourite. Visit African wildlife where they should be, in the wild.
Go to the live channels where the live streams from the webcams are. Of course the animals do not appear to order so you might have to wait and listen to the sounds. When you first go to a webcam expect adverts but I've never seen anything other than normal TV ads. If concerned give yourself 30 seconds before letting the children watch.
Some great Scratch programming resources from Sheffield eLearning Service. If your child uses Scratch at school these resources cover all the key concepts of the KS2 national curriculum with regard to programming.
A great resource for learning about graphs. At its easiest plot graphs like f(x)= 2x+4 and f(x)= 3x-1. Which is steeper? where do they cut the y axis? Do it for several pairs (or more). What can you tell about graphs? does it help you sketch them? Now on to f(x)= x^2 and f(x)= x^2+5x-3 and so on...
This is a really interesting site. It requires a bit of investigation of the icons at the top of the page (pictured left) to find out how it works but when you do put an OS map of your area on one side of the screen and one from the 1930s on the other side. As you zoom in and out they will both adjust. How has your area changed?