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.
Broadcasters Audience Research Board. The official site for finding out UK TV audience figures.
British Broadcasting Corporation. World renowned broadcaster with a site packed full of information. A great starting point for discussion, research, information and fun.
A very interesting site explaining how they decide on certificates for release and the ones they refuse!
A bit more for teachers and film buffs but useful for finding study guides etc
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.
This is a charity supported bu the UK Film industry. It promotes and supports the use of film in the curriculum. Regularly updated, interesting and relevant to a number of curriculum areas.
The British Council’s web channel for climate change designed for teachers, students, young professionals, researchers and the creative sector interested in developing local climate change solutions or learning more about the impact of climate change around the world. The channel contains both proprietary content and that produced by partners and other organisations.
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!
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.
This is such fun to experiment with! Making your own acapella group with different voices and effects. Definitely a recommendation.
A huge site with a stunning array of information about films and the film industry.
A great way to capture whats happening on your screen and share it with others. Make tutorials that will save you explaining things to people, comment on your photos or collaborate with colleagues. Easy to use trial version for Mac and PC.
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.
Another gem from the BBC. A searchable database of BBC clips categorised according to curriculum area. An invaluable and ever expanding resource.
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.
The Wellcome Trust provides a detailed overview of how music impacts on our everyday lives. Well presented with a range of interactive lesson ideas and activities for all ages. Part of our ‘Music4Learning’ series of links.
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.
From the archives of the BBC World Service, here is a thorough investigation into the ability of music to improve our lives. Jane Hanson takes you on a stimulating journey looking at influential music, medicine, healing and therapy. She explores the links between music and personal development and gathers opinion from a variety of experts. This is a four part series, with each episode lasting about 25 minutes. You will need to have Real Player available once you have clicked on the links. Definitely worth a try!
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.
One of the leading advocates of excellence in achievement. A huge range of resources to support teachers in a number of areas. Free to use and highly recommended.
Warning! Powerful and thought-provoking images with detailed descriptions and attributions. Some of the most awe inspiring photographs from the last ten years. Please review before using with sensitive minds.
A fast growing range of popular sound effects and themes available for download for free. Great for using with presentations, podcasts and movie projects.
The leading free stock photography site. If you are looking for some great images this is a good starting point.
A place where all sorts of videos have been put into categories and subjects. Beautifully simple and easy to use.
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.
Exploring what it means to do the right thing. Some thought-provoking media to help us consider our role in society and perhaps how we can make it a better place.