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Global Eye Primary August 28, 2007

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The Global Eye Primary website contains material about global issues that tie in with the UK national curriculum. Issue 11 (the current Spring 2005 issue) features articles on Mumbai and also on waste and recycling. The ten previous issues are available through the website and they include reports on places from Mexico to the Sahara and articles on everything from climate change to sports and pastimes.

Object Lessons August 28, 2007

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This great little site contains images of about 200 or so objects from the Islington Artefacts Library. Split into the areas of childhood, work, health, clothes, homes, conflicts and cultures they are extremely useful for history lessons. There’s lots of interesting information about each object and teaching resources for each time period (which consist of lots of useful weblinks and ten things that you can do with the objects).

Google Mars August 28, 2007

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Not content with bringing you an interactive map of the entire Earth, Google is commemorating the birthday of Percival Lowell (who produced many sketches of the planet’s surface) by letting you explore the surface of the ‘red planet’ Google maps style! Switch between elevation map, visual map and infrared map mode and zoom in to get a better view.

Tate Learning August 28, 2007

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The Tate Learning website is a great resource for teachers and students, both those who can make it to one of the Tate’s galleries in the UK and those that can’t. There’s plenty of information, activity ideas and games included on the site. I’ve just been having a go at the Memento Mori games and the Case of the Mysterious Object (which is great if you’re looking at sculpture in art).

Mr Belshaw’s Teaching Blog August 28, 2007

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Doug Belshaw is a secondary school history teacher whose teaching blog I’ve just come across. It makes very interesting reading even for primary specialists like us. Of even more interest is Doug’s Edupress blogging/website creation tool. Based on the popular WordPress program it’s free to download and use. It looks good and I’ll certainly be looking at it in more detail.

SEN Teacher August 28, 2007

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This site has been on our main links page for years but I thought I’d give it a mention here for those of you who haven’t come across it before. Run by special needs teacher Simon Evans, the site contains lots of free downloadable programs and printable resources that are very useful for special schools, children with SEN or just younger students in general. It’s not been update for a while but it’s still well worth checking out.

Show Me August 28, 2007

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Show Me is the 24 Hour Museum‘s section for students aged 4 to 11. It pulls together material from UK museum and gallery websites and groups them according to topics of interest. There’s plenty of games to look at, information to read and ideas for places to visit out of school.

(The 24 Hour Museum (http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/) is itself well worth checking out as it features news from museums and galleries around the UK, links to websites and educational resources, trails and a comprehensive what’s on guide.)

Turning the Pages August 28, 2007

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This excellent site from the British Library has digitised versions of fifteen important books from their archives. It’s best viewed with a broadband Internet connection and you actually get to ‘turn’ the pages of the virtual books to read them. A magnifying glass is on hand to view the texts a little closer (although I wish it magnified a little more on some of the books, especially the atlas).

Books that will be particularly useful for primary teachers are the Lindisfarne Gospels (for Anglo-Saxons or the Vikings) and the original Alice by Lewis Carroll (handwritten and with his original illustrations).

Headline History August 28, 2007

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Headline History is a super free site by Northcliffe Electronic Publishing and funded by Culture Online. Students can explore British History through ‘historical’ newspapers. The time periods available are the Romans, the Tudors, the Victorians and World War 2. Each newspaper is packed full of articles and information about the time. Students can also write their own articles using the interviews and quotes on the site. The interviews are presented as videos so it’s like talking to the historical characters directly! The creators of the site also arrange ‘hot seat chats’ where students can log in to talk to historical characters. Totally brilliant! Check it out now. 🙂

[I’d not come across this site before but it was mentioned in a discussion on the Education Media website that I linked to last week. Thanks to Chris for flagging it up.]

More Photographs August 28, 2007

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More sites for useful educational photographs and images…

Andrew Ross has mentioned our new photograph sharing section in his Primary Teacher UK Blog and has also linked to another great site for stock photographs, Stock.xchng.

Another place you may want to check out for royalty free photographs for your presentations is the eRiding Media Library. They’ve got a huge collection of curriculum linked material there.

In a past blog entry I’ve also mentioned the Dorling Kindersley free clip art site. The images there do have restrictions on what you can do with them but you are allowed to use them to create resources for use in your own classroom.