Times Educational Supplement Online

imageA key aim of the TeachNet blog is to keep readers up-to-date with what’s new and exciting in the world of technology in education and a browse through our archive will  provide evidence of same. However I think its important to remind ourselves every once in a while of some of the old reliables, tried and tested digital tools. In this post I’m going to look at the Times Educational Supplement (TES), an online resource that’s been around since the early days of internet, the king of all educational resource sharing sites and one I’ve been using on weekly basis for years now.

Currently TES boasts over 670,000 resources @ www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources which are free to use in your classroom and school today, all you need to do is register for a free account. TES  also offer a Pro account for £20 annually but this isn’t necessary to access any of the online resources.

TES screenshotOnce registered you can access all resources which are categorised into 5 subsections and once in your area of choice you can download a myriad of teacher designed resources including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, interactive whiteboard flipcharts, worksheets, activities and planning tools. Whilst it would be impossible to cover the sheer scope of what’s on offer  across the curriculum in a blog post so I’m just going to mention one resource area  I’ve used and that’s Music(an area I think most teachers find challenging to find suitable resources).

TES search results

For instance a search for music appreciation returns over a 1500 relevant resources for senior primary and I can then easily drill down through the results in seconds to access quality content, the screenshot below is a PowerPoint presentation with imageaudio and video on the  Carnival of the Animals,  a brilliant supporting resource for introducing and exploring this classical piece. Also returned in this search is a five week lesson plan and a printable listening and responding activity sheet on the same Saint Saens’ composition.

And literally I’m only scratching the surface here so  if you haven’t already, head on over to www.tes.co.uk and delve deeper into this treasure trove of digital resources, happy hunting!

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