Animated Shakespare

If your students get a little bored reading the Bards collection from of works,  then feel free to mix it up a little with this great collection of Animated Shakespeare videos from the BBC. 

There are a range of animation styles for you to choose from and some are complete word for word recounts whilst others are highlights ans snippets.

Organize your ideas with this fun app from the BBC

Pinball comes from the BBC and takes you on a ‘journey’ around different sections of a pinball table, helping you create and refine ideas as you go.

It’s a different idea for a site, and one you’ll either love or hate immediately. However, there is a Help section, you’re encouraged to dive straight in and use the freeform tools in whatever way you see fit.

The four sections of the site all give you different ways of working through the creative process. Dot Dash allows you to quickly and easily build a Mind Map complete with images and customisable colours while Wild Reels mixes up different combinations of text and images to create new combinations. Most instantly enjoyable is Snap Shot, which allows you to quickly and easily manipulate images by drawing on them, rotating and scaling them and more.

What’s particularly useful is that anything you create in one of the site’s sections can be sent to another for further manipulation. Anything you want to save for future use can be exported as a JPG image file or printed for offline use.

Applications for the classroom:

This is really handy for those students who are full of ideas but lack direction in finding a starting point.

All six of the tools in the Pinball suite could be very useful for students. The three that stand out the most to are Dot Dash, Wild Reels, and Live Wire.

These would be ideal as they are fun, game based and create a clear starting point of getting an idea to fruition as a tangible product.

Three great news websites for kids

BTN:  Behind the News

This has a wealth of video news.  Yes it is Australian but does an excellent job of covering globa newsl events as well.





Time for Kids

science news for kidsWithin the mainstream news, Time is well-known as one of the most reliable media sources in the world. Time magazine has covered famous events and people throughout the decades.

At the Time for Kids website, kids will find the same level of current news reporting, but with a slant toward what kids are most interested in. With more news stories than most other sites, Time for Kids is the place for students that are truly interested in keeping up with current events



On this site from the BBC, kids can read the news and even hear some of the stories. The entire site is devoted to kids and even includes a section on what to do if the news is upsetting. It includes sections on the UK, world, sprots, music, TV/Film, Animals, Sci/Tech, Weather, Pictures and a fun find out section where you can learn more about subjects in the news.

BBC Magic Key Adventures - Great Junior Literacy Resource

The magic Key Adventures are a set of interactive stories aimed at junior readers. There are a number of of spelling, reading and writing activities associated with the magic key series that your students will really enjoy. Furthermore there are a number of resources for teachers to get you started in the right direction.

Access the magic Key here

BBC Maths Learning - Online learning, support and advice

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BBC Maths Learning site is another interactive site for teachers to use. Whether it be with the Bitesize teaching tasks or professional learning, this site will be for you. Based in the UK, it has an immense amount to offer with links to multi-national resources, learning objects, support and advice for teachers. Have a look!

Teaching Children to Skim Read with BBC Skillwise

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Teaching children to skim read is a fantastic skill. This site will assist them in skimming to find key information from various texts. With leveled readings and different text types, this site will offer something to everyone of your students. It is great to interact with and has easy to read worksheets attached to all of the readings.

Visit the site here atBBC Skillwise

Top 5 Sites to improve students typing skills

There are two schools of thought that think of typing as an actual skill that needs to be taught and refined and those that believe it is just something that evolves as your computer skills develop in general.  I am not so phased with typing as I probably should be but I have come across a few worthwhile sites that I will direct my students to have a play on to hopefully increase their skills on the keyboard in their own time.  Enjoy and I'd love to hear of any others you know of.

Bubbles Typing Game: 
Push your typing skills to their limits by playing the popular Bubbles typing game. In the game your goal is to burst the bubbles by pressing the corresponding key.

Free Typing Game:  A mix of typing games students will enjoy - A great little flash based tutorial site for the more advanced typer.

10 Finger Breakout:  10 Finger BreakOut is a REAL arcade game, in which you are escaping from invaders, shooting and trying to hit balls. This is no fake - you are playing BreakOut. (You are not just typing characters). With this free typing game you will have fun, but don't worry, by playing 10 Finger BreakOut you sure will be learning to type. Improve your typing skills with this free typing tutor - typing game.( you will need to download and install )

BBC Dance Mat Typing:  Meet the gang and learn to type.  Make your way through all 12 stages and you can be a top typist.

Put real world objects into perspective with BBC Dimensions

How big really is an excellent resource for geography and math teachers who want to put objects from around the world into perspective that students will understand.  For instance how big was the recent Gulf oil spill in comparison to the Great Barrier Reef?

The BBC Dimensions site aims to bring home the human scale of events and places in history. The D-Day landing beaches measured from London to Norfolk in the UK. How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?

Dimensions simply juxtaposes the size of historical events with your home and neighbourhood, overlaying important places, events and things on a satellite view of where you live. Certain "Dimensions" can be transformed into short walks, so you can get a physical appreciation of the distances involved.

Below is an image of the Oil Spill over part of Great Britain.  Access Dimensions here