Tag: Information Literacy

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task. There …

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Quick, Quick, See! QR Codes – what are they? And how can they be used in and out of the classroom?

  So you’ve heard someone talking about QR codes? Or you’ve spotted these strangely-patterned black and white squares appearing in advertising material? Or you know what they are but just want to see how you can best make use of them? Well here are resources which will help to explain what QR codes are, what they …

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Geograph the British Isles – combining mapping, photography and gaming in the classroom

Geograph British Isles combines mapping with photography and gaming challenges  to encourage practical interaction with maps and of the British Isles.  Photographs for every square kilometre of the British Isles Users of Ordnance Survey maps will know that Ordnance Survey maps divide up the geographical area into squares for ease of reference by users sharing locations – called …

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What’s the Answer Wolfram|Alpha? A search engine which answers with numbers, tables and graphs

Wolfram|Alpha is a search engine with a numeracy slant! It is what is known as a computational search engine, meaning that it is numerical data that it displays in various formats when a search term is entered in the search box. To get a flavour of what this tool can do you may wish to click …

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Why should a prospective employer pick you? World of Work Resume Generators

Resume Generator on the Read Write Think website is an interactive tool to guide pupils in writing a resume or CV in a choice of styles. It can be used as a writing tool in a literacy lesson to give practice in writing in this particular genre, or for a real purpose – perhaps for pupils …

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Scrambling for cultural resources? Try SCRAN

Scran is a fantastic online resource – an archive of  over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. And all of it comes with embedded attribution text so that schools using the material can be sure of the source of each resource. The rights to use of the resources allows for free use …

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Class Blogging as a Classroom Window to the World

So you want to look at creating a class blog? Do you have an idea about what to do with a blog, but perhaps not sure where to start? Or perhaps you want to start a blog but are not sure how to make it sustainable with your class? Or perhaps you’ve heard others talking about …

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Jog the Web – guiding pupils through selected online resources

Jog the Web is a useful way of a teacher guiding pupils to a series of websites, or specific webpages, you have selected for them, in a sequence determined by the teacher, along with notes about the website being visited. The teacher simply signs up for a free Jog the Web account then creates the …

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Breaking News – literacy activities for the classroom on stories making the news

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ Breaking News English is a site by Sean Banville aimed at teachers looking for activities for learners of English in the context of stories making the headlines in the media.  This contains Lesson Plans & Podcasts for combining studying Current Events and News while also learning English. Keep up with the news and learn English – …

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Handling the Information – Databases in the Primary Classroom

Handling the Information – using Databases in the Primary Classroom.  In this information age being able to use a database is an essential skill.  Databases are all around us and being able to use them effectively is seen as an essential skill for pupils.  The task for the teacher is finding age-appropriate databases  and contexts which will appeal to …

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