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Art Online

A resource showing you all of the art collections in the Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery.

Published by: Northern Grid
Barnaby and Belinda Bear

This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Published by: SWGFL
Barnet Migration Project

Britain and London haven’t always been so diverse. Taking a look at history can help us understand how our population has changed over time and the reasons for this. People have been moving to and from Britain for hundreds of years. This is called immigration and emigration.

Jewish people are one of the many immigrant groups that has contributed to the richness of our society both now and in the past. This group of people is the focus of our local study.

It includes the personal story of Bertha Leverton, a Kindertransportee from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. She came to England from Munich at the age of 15years with her brother and sister. Bertha dedicated a large part of her life collecting stories about other kindertransportees. For this work she was awarded the O.B.E. from her Majesty The Queen in 2005.

Published by: LGFL
Beamish Collections

Beamish Museum online is a source of classroom activity packs, online museum collections: images, video, and audio. You can also find out about educational activities on site at the museum.

Published by: Northern Grid
Big Day Out

This resource provides 15 ICT modeling, control and simulation activities set throughout the South West. Each activity is designed primarily for Key Stage One pupils, and presents a scientific, mathematical geographical challenge for investigation or exploration, ranging from building a sandcastle to flying a hot air balloon. Across the National Education Network, pupils will be able to carry out all the activities in ‘postcard mode’; completing 4 to fill a postcard which can then be sent to an email address.

Published by: SWGFL
Celebrating Languages

Celebrating Language has a number of aims:

  • To use e-learning to raise awareness of and celebrate the diversity of language and cultures in this region.
  • To promote an appreciation of language in both written and spoken forms.
  • To exploit broadband and multimedia technologies so that learners can share a rich set of resources from across the region.
  • To provide a unique resource for schools that links with many aspects of the curriculum - RE, Geography, PSHE, Art, MFL, English.
  • To provide a database of language, including words common to many languages , accessible through ICT tools.
Published by: E2BN
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
Climate Change Portal

A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Published by: WMNET
Clips

The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.

 

Published by: E2BN
Colin CO2

An interactive story and games to help children aged 4 - 8 understand climate change.

Published by: WMNET
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
Discovering Bewick

Discovering Bewick is a website devoted to the works of the 18th century wood engraver Thomas Bewick, featuring collections from the Laing Art Gallery and the City Library in Newcastle upon Tyne.

 

Published by: Northern Grid
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
Dorset and the Sea

Dorset's dramatic ties with the sea are revealed in museums across the county. This web site enables you to view the collections and enjoy the real-life adventures they represent.

Published by: SWGFL
E-CO2 Home

A fun way to control an Eco home and make decisions to cut energy costs and carbon emissions to help reduce climate change. Spreadsheet modelling in the background allows you to learn to use spreadsheets to control the house.

Published by: WMNET
Early Years

Downloadable resources to support work in the Foundation Stage including worksheets, activities, photographs and videos. Includes ICT scheme of work for foundation stage.

Published by: Northern Grid
Essex Life in Archive Film

This resource uses streamed video to compare and contrast life in Essex between 1914 and 1953 with life in the 21st century. It uses material from the East Anglian Film Archive and new material produced by five Essex schools.

Published by: E2BN
Far Away Fruit Salad

An interactive resource that promotes healthy eating whilst encouraging pupils to consider where the food comes from and its effect on communities and the planet Earth.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
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
Floods – Is climate change the cause?

Enquiry-based learning to explore flooding and its links with climate change. Pupils consider different opinions, possible solutions and the decision making process supported by video clips, photographs, and web links. Supporting notes for teachers included.

Published by: WMNET
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
Geofinder

Gain access to a huge searchable database of rocks, fossils and minerals with Geo Finder.

Published by: Northern Grid
Higher Order Thinking Skills

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

Published by: Northern Grid
Hole Lot of Fuss

This resource is a multi-disciplinary activity intended, to aid the transition from primary to secondary school. By taking a topic which requires the application of different subject knowledge to achieve understanding and a group approach for successful delivery.

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 Amazing Mask Adventure

An exciting adventure taking you across continents and cultures to show you more about mask design.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The Beach

A fun interactive looking at the history of holidays at the seaside.

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
Loch Ness

  A feature on the new film Water Horse.This resource gives more information about Loch Ness and its monster and about the movie, how it was made and fun activities connected to the story.

Published by: Glow
Memorynet

Memorynet is a collection of oral histories, photographs and images exploring the lives of communities linked with the sea in the North East of England.

 

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
Poole - A Local Studies Kit

This web site has been created to complement the Local Studies Pack that was created by the Poole Museum Education Service in 1998. This was designed to be used either alongside a visit to the town, or completely in the classroom if a visit was not possible or planned. It provides a useful focus for a comparative study within the National Curriculum requirements.

Published by: SWGFL
Quaggy

This project aims to develop good practice in managing the transition between KS2 and KS3 in Geography.
Here you will find  Schemes of work, materials and resources for two Units of work based on the River Quaggy Flood Alleviation Scheme in Eltham, SE London.

Published by: LGFL
Radwaste

GCSE Geography Decision Making Exercise

The LGfL 'RADwaste' project has been created to challenge schools throughout London and across the UK - to engage with the highly complex issues surrounding nuclear waste management in the UK.

The project has been created to provide a challenging mix of online and offline resources for use in and out of the classroom.

The aim is to give students practice in developing their decision making skills for this compulsory section of GCSE Geography

Includes BfL guidance and mock DME paper

Published by: LGFL
Reading Scales

Children frequently find difficulty in interpreting data by reading scales. This demonstration supports their learning and provides a range of different scales, numbered marks and unnumbered marks on a scale. It also provides opportunity to discuss the different units of measurement.

The application provides a set of animated illustrations for use in demonstrating how to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data presented on the NEN Weather Station.

Individual elements of the monitoring scales may be operated manually to illustrate how increased activity affects the reading for each component

Published by: YHGFL
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
Seed To Saw

Designed to demonstrate how schools can use the forestry and timber industries within their curriculum, illustrating how pupils can learn the sequence of sowing, growing, harvesting and processing wood - literally from 'Seed to Saw'.

Published by: Northern Grid
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
Swiggle

Imagine a search engine designed for KS2 children… What would it look like? It would be easy to use, allow safe internet searches and filter inappropriate results to give KS2 relevant, child-friendly online resources, helping children to find valuable sites with an appropriate educational focus. It would also ensure that children don’t interpret the search as ‘boring’ or ‘restrictive’. It becomes in short an ideal place from which children can explore the web.

Published by: SWGFL
The Abolition Project

This site looks at Thomas Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists who fought for the ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the British colonies.

This site has been designed to provide background information, lesson ideas and tools for teachers, but could also be used by pupils for research with support.

Published by: E2BN
The EYE Project

Find out about wildlife in the North East and record your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

Published by: Northern Grid
The Stern Storm

A comprehensive and wide ranging resource for 16+ students based on the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

Published by: WMNET
The Weather Station

The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Published by: YHGFL
Thinking Through Climate Change

Supports 7-14 year olds’ enquiry into climate change.  It is designed by teachers to make the most of e-learning  and to support independent and group enquiry into this complex global issue.

Published by: WMNET
Town Trail

Town trail is an online village with different places for the children to visit and explore, with activities aligned with early learning goals.

Published by: Northern Grid
Weather Forecast

The Weather Forecast application develops children’s learning to read scales, an area which they often find difficult. Weather Forecast is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard and allows the teacher or pupils to interact with dials and gauges showing a range of scales.

It provides extension material from the Reading scales application enabling children to read and interpret the national weather monitoring data as presented online.

The application provides 12 datasets for comparison and practise in reading the scales on each component:

Published by: YHGFL
Weather stations

The NEN weather stations site, with live and archived online data from weather stations across the country

Published by: LGFL
What a load of rubbish!

This thinking skill based resource introduces pupils to a Welsh town suffering from a build up of rubbish. Mirroring actual events happening now around the world pupils can debate the opinions of the townspeople, consider the impact of waste on the environment and evaluate the possible effects of these problems in their own areas.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
What to Wear

The What to Wear application provides a world map outline designed to promote discussion about climate in other countries. The activity is based on choosing suitable clothing for an adult male in a range of locations.

Published by: YHGFL
Xeno

Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

Published by: SEGFL

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