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Analysis of a Shoe - Downloadable activities

Downloadable activities and teacher resources all about shoes!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe - Shoe Designer

Using this brilliant interactive, design your own shoe!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe - Shoe Gallery

Browse through shoes from across the world and throughout the ages!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe- Shoe Analysis

Find out more about the history and design of shoes throughout the ages and across the world!

Published by: Northern Grid
Audio Network

The Audio Network Education Licence has been developed to provide Schools with world-class music recordings over the National Education Network and the UK's national education broadband networks.  It is hosted at London Grid for Learning and delivered to schools throughout the UK over the NEN.

Schools have FREE access to the same high-quality music resource that is used by professional film, television and media producers. Just right for ICT and digital video projects across the curriculum. Works for Primary, Secondary and FE. Ideal for vocational courses and developing a sense of the world of work.

The service enables the FREE download of Audio Network music files for use in school and college projects including ‘synchronisation’ use in audio-visual productions together with general guidance on music copyright.

Summary of benefits

Ease of use: digital and on-line over the education broadband networks. Standard file type.
Free: school and connected college users do not have to pay.
Choice: huge range of types of music.
Quality: industry quality recordings.
Clean: no viruses...non pop-up advertising.
Legal: all rights cleared for education use in school/college.
Creative Licence: resources can be used creatively.
Restrictions: can’t be distributed or performed outside school/college or on the WWW without additional licences...but...
Additional licences: provide a one-step process for public performance/distribution.
Curriculum relevance: meets the needs of e-learning and 'Harnessing the Technology' and supports many areas of the curriculum in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.
Examinations: meets requriements of examinations and the new generation of e-assessment.
World of work: uses industry procedures and supports of vocational courses.

 

 

 

 

Published by: NEN
Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail

Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded forest trail.

Educational questions, activities and projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and ICT curriculum areas.

Published by: Northern Grid
CookIt

CookIt is more than an online recipe book. Learners can submit their own recipes, watch short videocast programmes, find out about food in the past and link recipes to festivals and seasons.

 

Published by: E2BN
Copyright website

NEN launches a new website for schools 'Copyright in the Digital Age'

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on 'Copyright in the Digital Age' to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people's materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools' wider community activities:
 
  • While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is 'OK' for education use and what is not
  • Digital technologies, in particular schools' VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the 'reuse' of other people's copyright materials
  • The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
  • Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, 'cloud services' and activities such as 'podcasting'
  • Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
  • And last, but far from least, 'copyright' for creators - an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing 'code' 
'Copy Rights and Wrongs' brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school's point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as 'Creative Commons', and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on 'Good Practice' covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how 'Wikipedia' manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of 'speedy intro' to it all, so 'Quickstart' was provided - though even here 'Copyright' remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a 'Student View' of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media - websites, images, film, music, etc. - and provides another way into the subject. 
 
'News and Updates' feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright - and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
'Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
 
NEN 'View of Copyright' and the 'Copy Rights and Wrongs' project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 

Published by: NEN
Crossover Project

All the resources you need to run a successful, collaborative D&T project.

In brief, one site designs and builds a bridge and another site designs and builds a buggy to cross the bridge. Both are designed and built to a pre defined specification and the work is supported with the use of videos and worksheets available on this site.

Published by: WMNET
Discovery Box

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Published by: E2BN
Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student's clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.

Published by: SWGFL
Flashmeeting

FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash 'plug in' and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The 'booker' passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.

During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the 'unique' replay url.

FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Published by: E2BN
Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne

Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Published by: Glow
Higher Order Thinking Skills

Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine

Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000 images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The Jewellery Trail

Find out about the history and design of jewellery with this great interactive.

Published by: Northern Grid
Learning about Learning

Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

Published by: Glow
Liitle Village (Pentre Bach)

A colourful and stimulating set of thematic resources based on the S4C television series Pentre Bach and Sali Mali.

The resource is navigated by visiting the different characters houses in the village and can be used as whole class activities or accessed by individual children.

The activities cover every aspect of learning from mathematical to creative development.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
Making Ganesh

 

Making Ganesh is a kaleidoscopic cross-curricular exploration of Sumit Sarkar's Arts Council commissioned work at Lantern House International in which he created contemporary 3D images of Hindu deities associated with Lord Siva. Sumit takes the learner through a series of video tutorials in the open-source software, 'Blender' that he used to produce his work. Year 5 pupils retell the story of how Lord Ganesh got his elephant's head, year 7 students question Sumit about his work, a year 8 Hindu student answers Muslim students' questions about her faith and a Hindu community worker explains the role of Lord Ganesh in contemporary Hindu Dharma.

Published by: CLEO
Material World

A number of themes look at the different types of materials used to create the objects held in the 5 museum collections. The module will enable pupils to discover the processes artists went through to turn raw materials into priceless works of art and find out where the artists sourced these materials from. Pupils will be able to explore materials and their properties through exciting interactives.

Published by: Northern Grid
NEN Gallery

A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.

Published by: E2BN
Picture Teller

This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Published by: E2BN
Pneumatics
This resource provides guidance and ideas for ways in which pneumatics can be utilised in model making. The ideas are provided within the context of creating a monster but the skills learnt can be easily applied to other projects.
Published by: NGfL Cymru
Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs

These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use - whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.

You can download them, print them off or use them online.

 

Environment

A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.

 

Animals and birds

Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.

 

People

A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children's faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 

 

History

Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past - Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.

 

Art, music and literature

Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.

 

Leisure time

Activities and items for leisure - from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.

 

The prehistoric world

Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.

 

Food and drink

Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink - some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.

 

Language and numbers

Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.

 

Clothes

Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children's shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 

 

Transport

Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?

 

Technology

Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today's technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Published by: Glow
Study Skills

Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings - Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

Published by: Glow
Tanks!

Every soldier receives vehicle recognition training as it is vitally important that they are able to identify their own and enemy vehicles. Do you have an eye for detail? Could you identify military vehicles? This exciting resource puts you to the test!

Published by: Northern Grid
The Birdbox Project

The SEGfL Bird box project 2010 is providing schools with an opportunity to share video and data streams collected from nesting boxes fitted with video cameras and other data gathering equipment. Schools are currently providing test broadcasts. We would expect nest-building activity to pick up at the end of March - beginning of April. Who will be first to broadcast pictures of nest building?

Published by: SEGFL
Virtual Work Experience

Within this resource you can discover and explore a variety of job roles in a range of businesses and other organisations, some of which will be familiar to you and others that you might not be aware of. Virtual Work Experience aims to enhance and support work placements by enabling you to step into different workplaces through a computer, whether in school or at home.

There are six virtual worlds each with a number of job roles for you to explore.

Published by: Glow

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