Category: Social Studies

You are getting older – combining history with numeracy in the classroom

You’re getting old! This a an online tool where you enter a date, such as a birthdate, and the site presents a whole range of calculations related to that day by comparison to the current date and time. The calculations presented include (if it’s for a birthdate) exactly how old at that moment in time …

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Fake, Fiction or Fact? How can learners be helped to work out what’s true?

There are so many choices for sources of news for learners to find out about what’s going on the world today, whether printed media, online news sites or social media. But how can learners be helped to be able to work out if what they are reading has any substance in fact, how accurate the information is, or what …

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Are we really there? Virtual Reality in the classroom

So what is Virtual Reality or VR? Virtual Reality, or VR, provides a means to have an experience of a location or object (whether real or imaginary) through a mobile device, often viewed through a headset, in such a way that when the viewer moves around they see the virtual view moving with them. So the …

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Gaining Ground with Geocaching

Geocaching is a way to use mobile devices to engage learners with a geographical area – creating or finding hidden “caches” which can be found by solving clues to locate them. OpenCaching is a free source of geocaches which can be downloaded to a mobile device (there are free apps for mobile devices). This site …

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Connecting Characters Across Classrooms – Connecting classrooms across the world with travel buddies in literacy projects

So what are Classroom Travel Buddies? Well, a project which can help connect classrooms around the world, or which can help pupils make the connection with other parts of the world, can be one which involves a character which goes on a journey from the classroom. This can be a soft-toy character or one which …

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Primary Games for Learning Gains

Primary Games Arena is a site aimed specifically at pupils in primary schools and comprises free online games for all ages and stages, as well as all areas of the curriculum. There is a huge selection of high-quality games which have been identified to individually address the needs of the curriculum first and foremost to address the learning required for …

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Maths all around you – shining a mathematical spotlight on where you live

http://www.mathsinthecity.com/ Maths in the City (set up in 2011 and shut down in 2016) was an excellent website for helping in teaching about mathematics around us – in showing pupils the huge range of ways maths is used all around them wherever they live. Although the title is “Maths in the City,” the ideas shown here are …

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Exploring the Outdoor Classroom with Nature Detectives

Take your classroom outside! Nature Detectives http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk is run by The Woodland trust, whose mission is to create, protect and inspire people about woods and trees. So if you are looking to take your classroom outside then this is a very helpful resource full of ideas for making the experience fun, meaningful and full of …

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Global Citizenship – Connecting Classrooms

“In today’s globalised society, connecting, collaborating and working together with people in other countries is an increasing part of everyday reality – from business, to leisure and beyond.” This introduction to Global Citizenship is from the British Council’s eTwinning schools portal  “Bringing an International Dimension to Childrens’ Education has never been more important if we …

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