Monthly Archive: October 2011

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Google Public Data Explorer- What Will You Find Out?

Google Public Data Explorer is a fantastic free Google product that gives you direct access to real world statistics. You can view anything from world population to life expectancy, adult literacy rates to fuel prices. It plots graphs of the data for you and even animates the graphs to show how they change through time. Check out this example of...

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Brilliant BBC podcast series- A Brief History of Mathematics

The BBC have made an excellent podcast mini-series called A Brief History of Mathematics. Each of the short 15 minute episodes presented by Marcus Du Sautoy talks about one or two influential mathematicians and how their mathematics changed the world. Excellent for sharing with your pupils. Click here to download the podcasts from the BBC website Click here to download...

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The wonderful, amazing, brilliant ICT resource treasure trove… TopicBox

I found a treasure trove the other night… When looking for an ICT resource to use as a starter I wondered to myself whether anyone had gone to the effort to collect the best of them out there, organise and then present them on a website. The answer is yes and may I introduce you to…. TopicBox

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Resources to transform your life

Teach-net.org.uk is a great place to find resources. The thing that sets it apart from other sites is that people have gone to the effort to put sequences of lessons together. You get resources for a whole topic, not just a lesson. Check out these excellent transformations resources on Teach Net.¬†Click through the lessons and download the worksheets; they’re fantastic....

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Quick Graph on iPod Touch/ iPhone and iPad

I found out that all the pupils in one of my year 11 class own a iPod Touch. This has got me thinking about how I can use these wonderful devices to improve the learning of my pupils. When surfing the web one night I stumbled across a graph plotting app called Quick Graph. First impressions are very good and...

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Class Dojo- a modern take on behaviour management

Check out this fantastic new behaviour management tool called Class Dojo. This video explains how it works: There are lots of things that I think are fantastic about Class Dojo including the engaging competitive side of the software where kids feel they have to compete to earn the points. It is worth saying now that this isn’t just for rewarding...

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Where good ideas come from

What should this mean for your classroom? What should it mean for your department or even your whole school? One of my PGCE tutors tried collaborative-working-only strategies with a class one year. In the end of year tests they outperformed the class ‘above them in ability’. When asked what she thought made the difference she said talk. It’s all about...