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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Real Time Assessment – Kahoot! or Socrative?

I think I am somewhat fortunate to work for an organisation that is well-equipped technology-wise, with many classrooms having enough computers for every student. This enabled me to start experimenting with real-time assessment apps a few years ago, initially with Qwizdom and then InfuseLearning, which was a particular favourite of mine. Sadly, InfuseLearning was a…

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What’s the big deal with BYOD?

What is BYOD? BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device. It refers to learners’ bringing their own devices into the classroom for learning, such as smartphones and tablets, as opposed to using an organisation’s own devices (typically desktop PCs). Learners’ own devices, particularly mobile phones, are often seen as a distraction in the…

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Wordsearch maker (busyteacher.org)

*Updated 7th November 2018* After a period of appearing to be no longer available, it appears that the wordsearch maker at www.teachers-direct.co.uk appears to be working again. An alternative wordsearch maker can be found at busyteacher.org. While it does not offer as many customisation options, it is still better than the average puzzle maker. Choose…

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Websites for practising English grammar and vocabulary

There are countless websites for practising English grammar and vocabulary. My favourites are englishgrammarsecrets, better-english and englishpage. These sites complement each other very well, offering interactive exercises covering grammar, vocabulary, prepositions, phrasal verbs and collocations. There is something here for every level of learner! I have updated this page, with additional links to more of…

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Fun with fraction flags

http://spicytooth.co.uk/public_html/FractionFlags/fractinoflags.swf is an application which allows learners to practise fractions in a fun way. When presented with a blank flag and instructions to make a flag with 2 colours, learners will typically make a simple half and half flag. They soon discover that there are many other possibilities and it often becomes a competition on…

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Ruler – Measurement game

Centimetres measurement game from FunBrain.com There are three levels: Easy; Medium; Hard.

Ruler – Measuring lengths

Use the ruler to measure the lines and shapes (from Primary National Strategy). Write the measurements on this Ruler worksheet.

SfL websites that are no longer available

It is often said that once you put something on the Internet, it will be there forever. If only this were true for some of the Skills for Life related websites that have closed their doors. Some sites have been archived, although not always in their entirety; other sites have disappeared altogether. How many of…

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Interactive teaching programs for maths

32 interactive teaching apps originally developed as part of the Primary National Strategy. Very useful for teaching different concepts relating to numeracy and maths on the interactive white board. The apps cover the following areas: Area Calculating angles Coordinates Counting on and back Data handling Decimal number line Difference Division Grid Fixing points Fractions Grouping…

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Shifting shapes – 2D and 3D shapes

Shifting shapes are activities for practising 2D shapes and 3D shapes. FromĀ ictgames.com.

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