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bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Examination Resources
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Web Building
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Resource Banks and Link Lists
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Software and Hardware
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Other Useful Sites
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Agencies and Organisations

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) BETT vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
BETT is the annual trade show for educational technology, held each January at Olympia in London. Entry is free and limited to those who work in education. A visit to BETT is an essential INSET activity for anyone who is concerned about using ICT in education.
Bullet1.gif (148 bytes) The Chartered Institute for IT
Useful, includes a section for schools.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) GLOW
Coveri
ng all aspects of education north of the border and of particular interest to teachers in Scotland. GLOW is the Scottish national intranet for ICT education. If you are a teacher in Scotland and interested in how ICT can benefit your teaching this is well worth a look.

Examination Resources

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Computer Studies for A Level Students
Just what it says on the box. Lots of the content carries a price tag but there is enough free stuff to make it worth visiting.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) ICT@KJS  ks4.gif (972 bytes) alevel.gif (1391 bytes)
Lots of support, advice and links from the King John School in Essex.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) OCR Nationals ICT
A commercially available tracking / assessment system for KS4 & 5. Some free units available.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Revise ICT
Lots of fun revision stuff for Pupils in KS3 and up.

Web Building

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Building a Web Page vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
From the former webmaster of the prizewinning Southwold Primary School (our very own Simon Widdowson), a simple guide to building your first webpage. This link takes you to the home page. Choose the sitemap, then run a search for "web design".
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) HTML Code Tutorial
Information and help in using HTML to build web pages and websites. Although it claims to be suitable for beginners, this site would, in my opinion, be of more use to those who have an idea of what HTML is and how it works. It could be very useful in taking you forward if you have used some of the more basic sites listed here. There is some excellent stuff here and it could prove very useful if you are starting to build web pages from raw code. There is a very helpful advice forum.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Making a School Website vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Woodlands Junior School in Kent have one of the most successful and innovative school sites. Here they give advice and help to anyone wanting to emulate them. Superb!
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Lissa Explains It All vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
This site explains in terms kids can understand how websites work and all the basics of HTML code. It is colourful and lively but supported by advertising.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) School Icons Club
A great place for icons, buttons, backgrounds and other graphics for your school or persoal website. All for free.
.bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Webmonkey vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Here's another site full of advice and resources for those wanting to learn how to build websites. IT has become quite technical and no longer has a kids' page, but there are useful tutorials for those who like the techie side of things.

Resource Banks and Links Lists

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) The 7 Sisters
They say the7sisters is a website dedicated to supporting the ICT teacher and subject Coordinator in UK Primary Schools (KS 1 and 2). It is a portal through which you will find free classroom teaching resources and links to ICT resources and services by other providers.It looks well worth a visit.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) BertoTools
Free downloadable resources. (You have to register)
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Kent NGFL website
Lots of resources and ideas. Useful section on assessment in ICT.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Learn-ICT
ICT Support service for Swansea and the surrounding area. This is a superb resource for anyone teaching with ICT.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Teach-ICT ks3_4.gif (1080 bytes) vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
This is a really great site for KS3 and above. Lots of information, links, curriculum support.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Teach (with) ICT
A group of ICT teachers have prepared interactive resources for KS3 pupils. These focus on developing ICT skills and knowledge. Most of these are free. The latest, Renegade Hero - a game that will really catch the interest of pupils, costs - although there are some trial sections on the website.

Software and Hardware

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) 2Simple Software ks1_2.gif (1080 bytes)
Producers of a range of innovative and prize winning software, much of it designed for KS1 and Foundation but equally useful to older children.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) AVP Educational Software Guide
AVP are one of the leading suppliers of software to schools. This is their website.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Crick Software ks1_2.gif (1080 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)
This is the company that produces and markets Clicker and Word Bar. Clicker gives you a grid of cells which can be individually programmed to insert text etc. into word processors. Especially useful for children with reading / writing difficulties since you can, for example put pictures in cells and program it so that clicking on a cell enters the word that the picture represents. There is much more to it than that - take a look! For those that already have Clicker or Word Bar you can select from a growing bank of free resources at Clicker Grids for Learning.
 educational technology.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) FLOWOL
Flowol is a well known and well respected program and associated hardware for computer-based control. Flowol works by building control programs in the form of flow charts (hence the name) allowing children to build up control programs by dragging and dropping symbols onto a chart. This is the supplier's website and includes details and prices of the Flowol program and hardware as well as advice and a few free downloads.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Logotron Software at www.r-e-m.co.uk
Supplier of some of the most innovative software over the past 40 years. As of December 1st 2008 Logotron is working in partnership with Rickitt Educational Media Ltd (REM), a leading supplier of educational software to schools. Under the agreement REM will be the sole UK distributor for Logotron brand products. 
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) REM Educational Software
Another major supplier of educational software.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Sherston Software
Another well known software publisher whose products have won plaudits over a long period of time.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) SuperKids Educational Software Review 
Reviews of educational software.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Swallow Systems
The home site of those favourite classroom robots PIP and PIXIE. The site has product information and a wealth of ideas for using them in the classroom. You can also buy the parts to build your own robots. Wow!!!!
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) TAG Developments Ltd
A major supplier of software and hardware, particularly for primary schools.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) TEEM - Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia
Just what it says on the label. A very useful source of reviews of software - find out what other professionals think before you buy.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Valiant Technology
All you ever wanted or need to know about Valiant Roamers including all the instructions!  Lesson plans the lot here.  Well worth the visit.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) WEEE - The Environment Agency
You can no longer just throw away that old computer. There are now laws about how you can get rid of old equipment. WEEE stands for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Agency tells you what you need to know.

Other Useful Sites

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) ActDen
Free tutorials on using the programs in MS Office
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) BT Education Programme vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Masses of stuff concerned with learning to use modern communications. This is a must visit site if you are a teacher, child or parent (or, indeed, anyone else).
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) ICT-Goodies
Teaching-Goodies is a website run by 2 secondary teachers. There are free and not-so-free resources (mostly secondary) - well worth a look.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) The Educational Technology Site
Terry Freedman, one of the UK's best known ICT in education gurus has lots of useful stuff on his website (No, no relation to the Vaultman!)
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) ITBuddy
Lots of free "how-to" tutorials.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) UK ICT Co-ordinator
A site dedicated to ICT Coordinators, especially in secondary, but lots of generally useful stuff. There are links, downloads, discussion groups and advice.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Internet for Education
A free tutorial from the Institute of Education, University of London to practice your information skills. Intended for Students - useful for adults.

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Internet Glossary
Don't know what ADSL means? Puzzled by the difference between Java and Java Script? This site explains all those puzzling technical terms and acronyms.
Bullet1.gif (148 bytes) ICT Themes
Part of the excellent
Kent Grid for Learning' website. This page has links to their stuff on each of five themes: Handling Data , Research & Awareness, Communication, Control & Sensing and Modelling & Simulation. Each section has curriculum  guidance and links to appropriate external websites.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Search Engines for Kids
An Australian site with a list of child-friendly search engines. Could be useful.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Welcome to the Web
A web site which introduces the internet and how to use it in a simple interactive way. You will be offered a choice between the original site and the Brand New site. Quite fun.
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WP Clip Art
A large collection of public domain clipart.

Curriculum Activities

Animation

Kerpoof
Make cartoon images or animations online with this site from Disney. It costs to use it privately but is free to schools.

Pivot Stick-Figure Animator
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This is great! Create stick figures and animate them. Very easy and very effective. Kids love it (and so do I).

Databases

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) All About Animals
An online database activity for KS1 children. Colourful, simple and informative.

Programming & Logic

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) MMLogic and bullet1.gif (148 bytes) MSW Logovmstar.gif (1122 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
MMLogic is a freeware graphic logic block builder. Support learning about boolean logic by building virtual logic circuits. MSW Logo is a full traditional implementation of the Logo programming language (turtle graphics and much more). Free to download.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Scratch vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Scratch is a new programming language (actually, it's really Logo, in a heavily disguised, 21st century form) that makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others on the web. Instead of writing programs children can click together graphic objects to form a sort of flow diagram. As well as the free program file to download (They even provide an msi version for networks) the site has examples of children's work, instructions, videos and downloadable support materials.

Simulations

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) City Creator
Drag and drop pieces to build your own city.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Coaster
A simple roller coaster simulation. Set the height of the hill and loop, the gravity, the friction etc. and then see if your roller coaster stays on the track all the way to the end.
Design a whole city!
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Design a Duck
Yes - this simple but fun simulation game is ideal for the KS2 unit on simulations. You can download it from the CGP website.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Design a Garden / Design a Room
Visit the Geffrye Museum's Kids' site and design a period garden or a period room.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Lego Creator
Design and build your own Lego creations.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Mr Picassohead
Build you own Picassoesque faces. Great fun.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Planet 10
Design your own extra planet for the Solar System. (There are also links to a few other games from the same source).
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Shed Aquarium
Design a fish that will survive in the reef.
bullet1.gif (148 bytes) Virtual Village
A simulation of the real model village of Bekonscot. With trains that move and all!

Web Searching
Sites which ask the question, "Can you always trust the information that you find on the internet?"

bullet1.gif (148 bytes) A Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web secondary.gif (1047 bytes)
Exactly what it says - probably most useful to secondary children.
Pigeon Rank secondary.gif (1047 bytes)
Google explains how they use pigeons to work their search engine.
Tree Octopus secondary.gif (1047 bytes)

Information about one of the world's most endangered animals.

Online Safety

BBC Webwise Safety & Privacy
How to stay safe when you are on line and links to lots of useful sites about online safety.
Chat Danger
This site is all about the potential dangers of interactive services like chat, Instant Messaging, email, texting and online games. Find out what the dangers are and how to chat safely.
Cybercafe
A fun place to learn about internet safety.
Cybersmart
An Australian site all about communications safety. There are sections about different kinds of communication and each section has different areas for different ages. (The site is sponsored by the Australian Government).
Don't Be In The Dark
Part of Disney's website. Safe surfing advice for kids, and parents too, presented in a fun way.
Get Safe On Line 
Really useful site.
Kidsmart
Lots of useful information, games and activities to help you learn and practise your online safety skills. (There are areas for parents and teachers too).
Internet Safety Zone
An excellent website with lots of advice about safety on (and off) the internet.  Choose the section for your age group.
ThinkUKnow
Simple advice and links to further advice on the Internet Safety Zone. This site is part of CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). There are sections for different age groups and for parents and teachers.

 


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