Free Gifted and Talented Education Kit

Developed in 2004 by GERRIC (the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre) based in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the Gifted and Talented Education Kit is a comprehensive and completely free CPD package for teachers available online.  It’s a must for any educator who wishes to explore the area of gifted education while gaining insight and practical strategies into how…

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Global Education Conference 2017 (November 13th-16th)

Founded by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the Global Education Conference Network (formerly the Global Education Collaborative) has grown from strength to strength since its relatively humble beginnings back in 2007 to a 22,000 plus worldwide online community of teachers, students, education innovators, organisations and stakeholders. If you’re considering linking up with a school in another country for a collaborative learning project, then this is a great place to find…

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Finding the right Tool – Common Sense Education

Sometimes it feels that we’re swamped by choice when it comes to Edtech. Apparently there can be too much of a good thing! There’s so much of it available across multiple platforms that it can prove overwhelming with the result that sometimes potentially great learning technology or resources can go unnoticed or undiscovered. It’s often sometimes easier to go with what you know rather than invest time and money (and…

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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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