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Symbaloo December 14, 2007

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Lots of different sites try to get you to select them as your homepage. Symbaloo is certainly well worth a look as it allows you to create an extremely streamlined page where your favourite websites and feeds have their own buttons.

You’re given a very useful set of starting icons and it’s extremely easy to add your own links. If you’ve got a lot of sites you want to include (or just want to categorise things a little more) then you can use multiple “desktops”. There is also a very cool news wall where stories are presented as picture buttons.

I’m definitely going to give it a try…


Fiery Ideas Freebies December 13, 2007

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Primary software developer Fiery Ideas have a great collection of free downloads available on their website.

There are some really useful whole class utilities such as a timer, tablepoints total keeper,  peer assessment “chillimeter”, customisable dice and a noiseometer!

There are even two seasonal “Advent Quiz” activities (one for KS1, one for KS2).

Note: Some downloads require (free) registration to access.

Mr Men Games December 12, 2007

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I recently came across this collection of Mr Men games on an unofficial fan site. There are some fun activities for younger children including one where you can create your own Mr Men or Little Miss character.

If, like me, you remember the Mr Men from your own childhood then you probably need to prepare yourself for the new Mr Men TV series coming to Five (and the US Cartoon Network) in 2008.

Although the characters will be voiced by British actors (in the UK version), traditionalists may find the redesigned Mr Men difficult to accept. The changes include Mr Nos(e)y without his big nose, a triangular Mr Strong,  an orange Mr Small, an elongated green Mr Lazy and… even worse… Mr Fussy becomes Mr Persnickety.

(I feel old now. 🙂 )

LittleLearner December 11, 2007

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Brian Huxley, a teacher at Ryton Park Primary School in Workshop, has produced this website aimed at teachers of pupils with EAL.

If you have Polish children at your school then you might already by familiar with Ryton Park’s Polish Speaker, an interactive powerpoint containing over 200 Polish words or phrases related to school. It’s a paid download, but there is a free trial available as well as versions of the software in Lithuanian and Romanian.

Storynory December 10, 2007

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Storynory produce free audio tales for children. You can listen to the stories on the Storynory website, transfer them to your MP3 player or even subscribe to their podcast feed so a new story arrives automatically on your computer each week.

There are over 75 stories on the website including classic fairy tales, greek myths and adventures staring Storynory’s own Prince Bertie the Frog. Teachers might also find the Christmas stories particularly useful at this time of year.

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MAPE Christmas Crackers December 7, 2007

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Now hosted by NAACE, I particularly like the first two resources on this site that present “Santa Sorting” activities based around the ICT topic of databases.

Christmas Links December 6, 2007

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The Petone Foreshaw Cluster wiki features a huge collection of Christmas Internet links. You could spend hours looking at all the websites!

Christmas Resources December 5, 2007

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The super Woodlands Junior School website has a comprehensive collection of Christmas resources and links including their world famous advent calendar. An essential site at this time of year.

Batteries Not Included December 4, 2007

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The Children’s Society have produced a free (UK only) collection of family activity ideas for the Christmas period. It’s a really sweet collection hints, tips and stories that should give you plenty to do with your own children over the holidays and there are also a few activities that you could adapt for classroom use.

If you’ve got young children then it is well worth filling in an online request for the booklet. I sent off for one them myself after seeing an advert running for it on the main Primary Resources website (of all places!)

Cracking Ideas December 3, 2007

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The Wallace & Gromit-themed Cracking Ideas site has been produced by the UK Intellectual Property Office. It ties in with an annual competition but there are plenty of standalone resources on the site targetted at the upper end of KS2.

For teachers there are three units of work (Year 6), a great one hour lesson plan (Year 5/6), details on copyright & patents and handy tips on how to encourage innovation in your classroom.

For students there are profiles of ten famous inventors, examples of current innovations and crackpot ideas, home invention activities and tips on how to create, improve and market cracking ideas.

The only slight grumble I have about the site is the tiny text!