Facebook Live for Learning – Education DESTY

Live streaming video has taken the world by storm allowing everyone from individuals through to groups, organisations, news providers and companies to tell their story from their own perspective in real time without edits. It’s that instant share that can of course cause problems, but that’s another story. I’m far more interested in the learning opportunities it can provide, particularly for schools and even teacher training. Having used a variety…

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Drug Education Resources

Drug education and prevention remains a challenging area of the school curriculum; beyond programmes such as Walk Tall it can be a delicate tightrope walk between what can sometimes appear as scare tactics (drugs = death) to an information based approach (here are the facts = make an informed choice). Few would argue against the premise that we should equip each generation with the skills, knowledge and resilience to make…

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Biophilia Educational Project – Listen, Learn & Create

And now for something completely different! Biophilia. This app may not appeal to everyone but it certainly offers a different approach to STEM/Arts education where music, nature and technology all merge into an extraordinary interactive multimedia smorgasbord. It’s weird, wonderful and totally unexpected comprising of a suite of original music compositions along with 9 interactive learning experiences that you discover as you zoom through a three-dimensional galaxy which you navigate via…

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Teachers Matter

I still have the photograph tucked away in a drawer – occasionally I come across it when looking for something else – and it always makes me smile. It’s a picture of me in the early seventies, gap toothed, grinning like the cat who got the cream in my first communion confection of a dress. I’m only partly smiling because of the dress – oh that dress! – but rather…

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World’s Largest Lesson – Development Education Resource

2016 has been a year of turmoil, uncertainty and divisiveness. Sometimes it’s difficult to see how we as individuals and communities can make a difference when events seem so overwhelming. Young people and children in particular without a vote or a voice can feel impotent when it comes to tackling the big issues. But now more than ever we need our youth to feel empowered to be the change makers…

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Typeform

By now most of us are very familiar with Surveymonkey, the online survey and questionnaire tool. Even if you’re not, chances are you’ve been asked at one stage or another to answer a bunch of questions online – whether it’s a course evaluation, expression of interest form, course signup sheet or general feedback questionnaire. The ability to design and share surveys online and crucially analyse responses is incredibly useful, not…

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NGA Kids – Visual Arts Resource

A few years ago, back in what now seems like the dark ages of the internet – I know 2009 isn’t that long ago but in web development it’s light years away – I came across a great kids’ art website from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, NGAKids.  Even then it was impressive; interactive and highly entertaining with a colourful suite of engaging art based activities for…

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ArtBabble.org – Art Related Video Content for Educators

One of the joys of internet browsing is discovering quietly brilliant websites that consistently deliver high quality educational digital content. Thanks to museums across the world sharing their archives in a variety of engaging multi-media formats online we now have finger tip access to huge libraries of learning material. This is a far cry from the school library where I sat hungrily scouring aging encyclopedias for visual references for school…

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Adaptive Learning Platforms – Knewton Beta

A glance through Helen Bullock’s brilliant crowd sourced eBook “How I Learn” and you quickly see how many different learning styles there could potentially be within the “average” classroom. In fact there is little “average” about a classroom; it is a diverse mix of needs, abilities and interests. We all see and engage with the world in our own unique way yet we sometimes expect students to process, understand and…

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Noteflight – App for Teaching & Learning Music

Noteflight is a fantastic website and mobile app which allows users to write, store, listen to, print, search, share and collaborate on notated musical compositions right in their browser or on their mobile device. With plans from free to premium the aim of the developers is to provide an easy, accessible tool for budding composers and performers, whilst providing an online community for sharing music resources from original compositions to…

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