Online Reading Books for Children

25 October 2012 by

Oxford Owl Library is a free website with access to over 250 online e-books. They are a great way to get children interested in reading, to use in guided reading groups or for children to read with parents at home.

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Literacy Shed

20 October 2012 by

The Literacy Shed contains a large collection of visual resources and great ideas of how to use them.

The sheds are broadly thematic and can be used in KS1 and KS2. The aim of the site is to provide high quality resources that can be used in stand alone literacy lessons, can form the basis for a whole literacy unit or can support literacy units that you already have in place.

E Safety – Let them have their say.

4 October 2012 by

Working with those aged between 7-18? Encourage your school or group to take part in the Have your Say survey and their ideas will be presented to the government on Safer Internet Day.

What’s it all about?

For Safer Internet Day 2013, the UK Safer Internet Centre is giving children and young people the opportunity to tell the government and internet industry what they believe their online rights are.

How can we take part?

SWGfL have developed surveys for primary age (7-11 years) and secondary age (11-18 years) pupils. The survey shouldn’t take longer than 30 mins to fill in, and is available for completion or download, with guidance notes on the Safer Internet Centre’s website at:

Sheppard Software

14 September 2012 by

Sheppard Software is an American website packed full of free, online, interactive educational activities. They cover a huge range of topics all with lots of different levels.

Try Comma Chameleon to test your punctuation here

or Math Man for a fun arcade style maths game here

Telescopic Text

10 July 2012 by

Telescopic Text is another great literacy tool to support writing. It works by expanding on words to produce a more descriptive text and can be used to build vocabulary.

Here is an example of how it can work.

Class Dojo

29 May 2012 by

I have just seen Helen demonstrate Class Dojo a great  tool  that can be used to support behaviour management in school.
Class Dojo enables you to easily award and record points, achievements and rewards for behaviour and performance. This is done in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop.

Google Education Posters

18 May 2012 by

These posters from Google could help students and colleagues with handy tips on improving search results and using Google products like Google Earth. As an example see Google Search Tips.

Topic Box Update

1 May 2012 by

Topic box, a website which provides quality links to free resources, has updated the look of the site. There is a clearer home page which now works on any size screen and includes a list of Top 5 and Random 5 resources.

Cool Math Monster Mind Reader

25 April 2012 by

How does the Cool Math monster mind reader  read minds? Perhaps you could ask your class?

Animoto for Education

23 April 2012 by

MS Photo Story 3 is a firm favourite for turning photos and music into stunning video masterpieces to share, especially now that it works with Windows 7.

As an alternative you may wish to try Animoto which is fast, free and shockingly easy to use. It lets you easily select photos and video clips from a range of sources, then add your own words to tell your story.