ARKive Education

ARKive is a UK based charity aiming to promote a greater appreciation of the world’s amazing variety of living things. There is an extensive library of video, photos and teaching resources all available for free. Activities are suitable for 5-18 year olds and cover a wide range of topics. We think this is well worth a look.

Classtools

Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds. Host them on your own blog, website or intranet. No signup, no passwords, no charge. Highly recommended and something you will come back to again and again.

Curriculumbits

Lots of resources which are interactive and ready for use. Download your own copy to keep (for a small fee) or use them direct from the web for free. A range of subjects are offered and the site is regularly updated.

Discovery Education Secondary

Discovery Education Secondary is the new name for a high quality service of relevant teaching material in video. Based on a server so not reliant on internet connection. Subscription based but fantastic value for money with regular updates. Training provided.

eChalk

Subscription based interactive resources for all subjects and levels. Lots of tasters and samples to try out. This is an excellent resource and good value for money. Highly recommended.

Exampro

Exampro provides easy access to exam questions from AQA subjects including the sciences, ICT, computing, mathematics, humanities, languages and physical education. Questions are organised according to topics, type of question, demand and specification and searching is simple and intuitive. Mark schemes are accompanied by examiners comments where appropriate. The questions can be used for summative tests, homework, checking progress in the lesson and ‘full screen’ class discussion. The site is easy to use and a very reasonable licence fee will suit most department budgets.

Funky Geography

This is fun to use and to see what can be done to promote geography in schools. A good starting point for any budding geographer.

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Treasure hunting for everyone! Use maps, GPS and all your navigation skills to find a hidden ‘cache’ – anywhere in the world. Registration is free, quick and simple but for a small fee there are loads of extras. This is a great way to get outside and have some fun.

Geographyalltheway.com

An excellent site that has been developed by a geography teacher to provide online resources, worksheets and lessons. Free to use. Register to get maximum benefits.

Guardian Teacher Network

This a fantastic place to look for free teaching resources. The Guardian have done an excellent job of organising this to make navigation easy and reliable. From ages 4-18, there are thousands of resources uploaded by teachers. The newsletter highlights some great new additions and time saving search tips. There are also links to the best of Education news from The Guardian. Follow them on Twitter @GuardianTeach for regular updates. We think you will really like this!

I Can Teach Creative

A design agency for people in education. Simple, effective and bespoke designs for classrooms, corridors, public profile pages, displays, postcards, sticker sets and much more. Take a look at the range of ideas and get in touch for a first class service to help you build your school’s profile. Our most recent project was with Causeway School, in East Sussex, looking at skills for young people and how these could be developed and promoted in the classroom and around the school.

Juicy Geography

Ideas, lessons and resources for school geography at KS3 and KS4. The emphasis is on creativity, ICT and original Google Earth lessons. Highly recommended in the world of geography teachers.

Kahoot!

This is not simply a game-based learning space but an opportunity to challenge learners to participate and be involved in the process. It deepens the understanding and provides evidence of progress with its backroom statistics and analysis so that teachers can see who did what. Set up your own Kahoot! quizzes or borrow and adapt one of thousands that have been generated by other teachers, saving you hours of precious time. Students love it. Be prepared for the buzz of a Kahoot! session.

Learning Zone - Class Clips

Another gem from the BBC. A searchable database of BBC clips categorised according to curriculum area. An invaluable and ever expanding resource.

Music4Learning - Health and Wellbeing

An extract from a comprehensive work by Professor Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, University of London. This chapter examines the effects of background music on health and well-being. There are many interesting perspectives and references to other scientific studies. Reproduced with kind permission of the author.

Music4Learning - The effects of music on behaviour

Five studies on the effects of music on learning, performance and behaviour by Professor Susan Hallam and Anastasia Kotsopoulou, Institute of Education, University of London. A thorough examination of how music can enhance the learning experience. Reproduced with kind permission.

Music4Learning - The Wellcome Trust - Interactive Guide

Here is a comprehensive look at how music can enhance and enrich learning. Drawing on the knowledge of several experts in the fields of education, music and psychology, the Big Picture also provides a number of ideas for using music in the classroom.

National Geographic

A phenomenal resource for education about the world and life around us. Free to use and full of detail. Every section is clearly signposted and provides a rich multimedia experience. Highly recommended.

Oddizzi

Oddizzi.com is fun, friendly and fantastic for learning about the world. This is a journey of exploration and an exciting adventure from one horizon to the next. Oddizzi.com shows us how important it is to understand the key features of our planet. Two charming and colourful characters accompany students on their quest for knowledge. Odd and Izzi are always on hand to point you in the right direction if you stray off the beaten track. Updates are regular and frequent and news feeds provide great stimuli for conversation. ‘ClassPals’ is a quick and easy way for students to connect instantly with classrooms around the world by sending postcards – no stamp required! Best of all, is the fact that Oddizzi.com is great for every lesson, every subject and every day. The free trial offers all you need to get a feel of the site. Jump in!

Quia.com

A free 30 day trial is definitely worth a go. An excellent resource for teachers allowing them to use a network of existing puzzles and quizzes and to modify them according to curriculum content. Flashcard activities, memory tests, pairs games, matching terms and lots more. Highly recommended.

Radical Geography

A great site for Geographers and an excellent model for other subjects. Just undergone a huge makeover – well presented, easy to use and free. This is highly recommended.

SAM Learning

One of the UKs leading providers of online learning and revision with opportunities for teachers to monitor student performance and set assignments. Designed around the UK curriculum subjects. Excellent value for money.

Teaching Videos

A place where all sorts of videos have been put into categories and subjects. Beautifully simple and easy to use.

TES Australia

A great place to find new ideas and teaching resources. Full of support, guidance, top tips and hacks. You can register for free, receive updates and join in the community to share your ideas, resources and fun stuff too.

Twig World

Twig World provides high quality short films to support learning in the classroom for science, maths and geography at KS3 and GCSE. They also provide a variety of support materials both for students and teachers. The site also matches films to exam board topics. There is a wealth of information in each film, sourced from some of the best known archives in the world. Teachers and academics have worked with the production team to make sure the content is right up to date. Subscription rates are very reasonable. Take a look and set up a free trial…..

What2Learn

An excellent site with an exciting and stimulating range of resources to aid revision and learning. Subscribe for free and gain access to hundreds of activities. Students are able to complete tasks online and teachers and parents can check on progress. Highly recommended.