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Andy Weber: 'Draw the Buddha's Face'

Andy Weber, a leading western exponent of Tibetan Buddhist art, demonstrates the traditional grid method of drawing the Buddha’s face.
In addition to footage of the process, there is a short feature on the value of copying a drawing upside down (as advocated by Betty Edwards), an interactive exploration of the symbolic meaning of aspects of the Buddha’s face and the ability to download a blank grid and finished drawing in order to produce your own copy.

Published by: CLEO
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
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
CLEO KS1 Religious Education

A bank of fifteen materials to support KS1 RE.

 

Published by: CLEO
CLEO KS2 Religious Education Materials

"CLEO is a vast collection of authentic, contemporary and challenging stimuli for RE. Access is essential for every RE Classroom." - Rosemary Rivett, Director of Professional Services, RE Today.

Published by: CLEO
CLEO KS3 Religious Education materials

 "CLEO is a vast collection of authentic, contemporary and challenging stimulli for RE. Access is essential for every RE classroom." - Rosemary Rivett, Director of Professional Services, RE Today.

Published by: CLEO
CLEO KS4 Religious Education materials

"CLEO is a vast collection of authentic, contemporary and challenging stimulli for RE. Access is essential for every RE classroom." - Rosemary Rivett, Director of Professional Services, RE Today.

Published by: CLEO
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
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
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 GĂ idhlig 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
John Hick: Replica Theory

Philosophy of Religion is an increasingly popular option at AS and A2 level and several of Professor John Hick's theories are featured in all exam board syllabuses.

In this module, Professor Hick, now in his 88th year, sets the record straight about his 'Replica Theory' which he considers to be inaccurately represented in some of the textbooks used in teaching the subject.

Apart from its obvious importance to students and teachers of Philosophy of Religion, this module also raises issues of authenticity and accuracy - for example in the internet resources vs textbooks debate.

Published by: CLEO
John Ruskin: Seeing Clearly

Cross-curricular resource featuring the Ruskin Foundation's superb comic book treatments of one of the most influencial of 19th century writers. Also contains a fascinating insight into his artistic techniques and video footage of Paul O'Keefe's celebrated portrayal of Ruskin.

Published by: CLEO
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
Memorynet: Jewish Lives

Explore this collection of oral histories, photographs and images from a number of people from the Jewish community in Tyne & Wear today.

Published by: Northern Grid
Morecambe and Back

Morecambe and Back...
contains all the Mitchell and Kenyon footage shot in Morecambe in 1902.

Two of the film clips, the exterior of the Winter Gardens and the congregation leaving the Parish Church are also available as ‘then and now’ parallel videos.

Another ‘raw’ resource is an online comparison of the front and back pages from1903 and 2008 editions of the ‘Morecambe Visitor’ newspaper.

The module also records the spectacular way Morecambe Bay Community Primary School used the footage as the base for a term-long cross-curricular theme covering; Music, Dance, Drama, History, Art, Geography and Speaking and Listening.

The project was supported by the British Film Institute, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Ludus Dance and the Lancashire Public Records office.

Published by: CLEO
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
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
Salah: Muslim Prayer
Full performance of afternoon prayer sequence by Hafiz Khalid Mehmood at Marakasi Jamia Ghausia Mosque, Nelson, Lancashire.
 
Contains English translation and Arabic text.
Published by: CLEO
St. David / Dewi Sant

A set of colourful and interesting activities at various levels. They include an electronic version of St David’s story, wordsearches, matching and sequencing activities, information book, multiple choice question games, create pictures, matching pairs games and jigsaws.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
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
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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