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NSPCC: How It Is September 27, 2007

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http://www.howitis.org.uk/
There are quite a few images, in this collection from the NSPCC, that could be used to develop teaching aids and other resources for PSHE lessons.

Bible Stuff for Kids September 26, 2007

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http://www.shepmedia.com/Paul’sCorner/biblea.html
Paul Dallgas-Frey’s website contains versions of Bible stories, psalms and prayers rewritten especially for children. The stories work well as the basis for assemblies or daily worship in class.

Newsmap September 25, 2007

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http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/
This is a site that teachers will find interesting, but it’s not one that you’d use in the primary classroom. Newsmap displays the news stories that Google News gathers together from various sources on the Internet. Instead of presenting the reports in a list it shows them graphically, colour coding them by subject and adjusting the size according to the amount of coverage the story is receiving. It’s fascinating to see which events are generating the most articles and how the perceived importance of each story varies from country to country.

emsource September 25, 2007

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http://www.emsource.org.uk/
The emsource project aims to promote the educational use of archives in the East Midland area. Despite the local focus, there are several sections that would be useful no matter where you are in the UK. “What did East Midland children eat during World War Two?” features an adult ration book, advertisements, menus and recipes from the period. “Was it exciting or boring to be a child living in the East Midlands during World War Two?” has quite a lot of material on the evacuation of children.

Portrait Detectives September 24, 2007

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http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/portraits/
This site features some of the Tudor portraits from the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. You can explore the paintings to find clues that reveal more about the historical figures.

Tale Time September 21, 2007

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http://www.taletimestories.com
Tale Time is a super new site from Victoria Parsons. She’s combined her love of writing, stories, kids, teaching and radio to produce a selection of free audio stories. My favourite part of the site is the Whose Tale Is It Anyway? section which explores classic fairy tales from the point of view of different characters. At the moment you can listen to five versions of the story of Cinderella. The recordings are really entertaining and the production values are superb. Well worth checking out.

The Potato Story September 20, 2007

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http://www.thepotatostory.com
The Potato Story from McCain Foods looks at how potatos are grown, harvested and how they can form part of a balanced diet. It covers a lot of KS2 science (Life Processes and Living Things) objectives through four fun, interactive activity sections. It’s very well put together with lots of nice touches (such as having the sound turned off by default and having no mention of McCains on the pupil pages). There are a collection of useful teaching aids, information sheets and lesson plans on the site as well.

Devices of Wonder September 19, 2007

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http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/devices/flash/
Explore the ways our ancestors entertained themselves with this fun site from the Getty Museum in the US. You can ‘play’ online with a lot of cool toys and gadgets, many several hundred years old.

Storyline Online September 18, 2007

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http://www.storylineonline.net/
Like an American Jackanory, Storyline Online presents lots of childrens’ stories read by members of the Screen Actors Guild members.

It’s a great site, even if the celebrities (apart from Tia and Tamera) are likely to be more familiar to teachers rather than students Each video presentation comes in a variety of sizes and is accompanied by some activity ideas.

(Thanks to Siobhan for sending in the link)

Google Docs: Presentations September 18, 2007

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http://documents.google.com
The Google Docs service, that allows you to create and share documents and spreadsheets online, has just been expanded to include presentations. You can choose to create a new presentation, upload one, email one in or grab one from a website location. At the moment there are no fancy (or even basic!) transitions accessible but it’s still a good tool for simple slide creation, especially if you’re working collaboratively. As usual, you’ll need a (free) Google account to access the service.