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Countryside Classroom

Countryside Classroom | technologies |
Supporting teachers and practitioners in using the 'outdoor classroom' as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages.
John Dalziel's insight:

Countryside Classroom is a well presented and informative website.
It aims to educate younger learners about...
     ► food,
     ► farming and
     ► the environment.
there are a huge collection of...
     ► activity packs,
     ► information sheets and
     ► lesson plans
...all of which can be downloaded for free.
Practitioners can search the database of...
     ► farms,
     ► green spaces and
     ► other places to visit
...which they can filter by...
     ► age,
     ► theme and
     ► curriculum subject.

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Virtual Juicing Assistant

Virtual Juicing Assistant | technologies |
Juice, Drink, Live. Get healthy with Budget Direct’s Simply Smarter Juicing interactive
John Dalziel's insight:

Juicing Assistant is an interesting site where visitors can combine different fruits into a blender and it will make a "virtual juice" for them.
At the start, users are given the nutritional value of each fruit (to be fair they are not all fruits), and when the juice has been made, it will give them the nutritional numbers, as well as show them other juice recipes they may like.

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Map your Recipe

Map your Recipe | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Map Your Recipe Shows learners where food originated from.
Map Your Recipe allows users to enter a recipe and find out where the vegetables in that recipe were first domesticated.
Visitors to Map Your Recipe, can try it out with one of the sample recipes or the can enter a recipe of their own.
Entering single items gives users far greater control and understanding.

Map Your Recipe Could be used to gather data, for the production of graphs and more.

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Vegetarian Society - Catering industry resources

Vegetarian Society - Catering industry resources | technologies |
The Vegetarian Society's range of free recipe and information booklets for the catering industry.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Vegetarian Society provides a range of...
- useful guides,
- booklets and
- recipes
...aimed at people working in the catering industry.
Many of the materials,free within the UK, are available to download.

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Behind the Brands

Behind the Brands | technologies |
Change the way the food companies that make your favorite brands do business #behindthebrands
John Dalziel's insight:

Based on factors such as...
- land issues,
- workers' rights and
- greenhouse emissions,
and ranging from...
- "very poor" to
- "good",
Oxfam has investigated how the world's ten biggest food companies do business.
The resulting content is presented very well and provides plenty of, excuse the pun, "food for thought".

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Jamie's Home Cooking Skills

Jamie's Home Cooking Skills | technologies |

Home Cooking Skills provides advice and help for learners studying BTEC courses (Level 1 & Level 2).


Course materials are broken down by category, making it clear which recipes (levels 1 and 2), fact sheets, activity sheets and skills videos or images are relevant to each section.


Related information, that could be used to expand lessons, are also provided.

The links page is well worth a closer look, to see other websites providing useful information or activities.


Relevant to every category are fact sheets on Food safety...
– Avoiding cross-contamination,
- How to handle food,
- How to cook safely,
- Setting up your kitchen,
- Understanding the eatwell plate and
- Sharing food - How to Pass It On.


These are useful, as reference materials, throughout BTEC courses so that learners gain thorough understanding of the content they cover.

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Healthy Home Cooking

Healthy Home Cooking | technologies | has launched their website to allow users to find out exactly what the nutritional information of their food is.


The Nutrition Directory, Nutrition Lists and a convenient Measurement Converter, are examples of free tools that they offer, along with a large searchable database of nutritional information. alows users to search for nutritional information by ingredient name, calorie density or calorie ratio. Find foods that have a specific number of calories in each gram. Slide the ratio bars and find foods offering a certain percentage of calories from fat, protein and carbohydrates.'s database contains thousands of foods and ingredients for users to search and is a great way to find out what's in their food and/or find healthier alternative choices.

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What the World Eats

What the World Eats | technologies |
Daily diets vary considerably around the world.
John Dalziel's insight:

What the World Eats provides a "Comparison of Diets" of people around the world;
Infographics that can be used in health education, social studies education and more.
What the World Eats features a pie chart of six categories of food...
   - sugars & fats,
   - produce,
   - meat,
   - dairy & eggs,
   - grain, and
   - other.
By clicking on the pie chart...
   - users can see what percentage of the average person's diet is comprised of foods from each category.
   - users will be shown a comparison of diets across countries. e.g. they can compare the diets of people in China with those of people in the U.K.

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World Food Clock

World Food Clock | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

World Food Clock – is a constantly updating set of figures in real-time, showing various statistics such as the world’s food...
   - produced,
   - consumed, and
   - wasted.
Scrolling down, users will also see other stats such as...
   - agriculture resources, and
   - the number of starving people.
Note: the figures shown are based on report estimates from...

   - FAO (Food Wastage Footprint 2013 & State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013),

   - IMECHE (Global Food Report 2013) and

   - UNDP (Human Development Report 2006) -

...Clock values are averaged over seconds per year.

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Young Veggie - information

Young Veggie - information | technologies |
Information and resources for young people, parents and teachers from the Vegetarian Society.
John Dalziel's insight:

This website provides resources for...
- young people;
- parents;and
- practitioners;
There are also campaign resources.

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The awarding winning ICTmagic wiki is packed full with thousands of free links and resources for educators.
Art, Craft & Design;
Early Years;
Food & Cookery;
ICT & Web Tools;
Music, sound & Podcasts; name but a few.

Graham O'Shanesy's curator insight, May 23, 1:52 PM

Some links to some new and interesting ICTs - particularly like the look of Algodoo as a Physics playground

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Food Standards Agency

Food Standards Agency | technologies |
The Food Standards Agency is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Food Standards Agency is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK. They work with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations and have staff who work in UK meat plants to check that the requirements of the regulations are being met. They also commission research related to food safety. These YouTube Video Clips are ideal resources for Food Hygiene and other courses.

At the time of posting there are 4 playlists (22 Videos) namely...
- Handwashing (3 Videos)
- Food safety coaching (11 Videos)
- Food Safety Week (7 Videos) and
- Hygiene Ratings (1 Video).

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Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients

Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients | technologies |
Convert Dry & Liquid Food Ingredients for Use in Cooking Recipes from Metric Measurement Units on


Epicurious is a recipe search and food site.


The food measurement chart shows users the multiplication factors for all metric equivalents, whether they are using imperial units or measuring with a teaspoon and cup. 


An ideal tool not just for catering; it also provides an opportunity to include functional skills within the curriculum.

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Foodskey - The Science of Food and Drink

Foodskey - The Science of Food and Drink | technologies |
A series of short videos about the science of food and drink, presented by researchers from the University of Nottingham.


Foodskey, a web site produced by The University of Nottingham, is currently a set of fourteen videos about the science of food.

The videos cover topics like...
     - nutrition,
     - food security, and
     - crop technology.

I'm sure many practitioners will find Foodskey's content useful if only as introductions to topics/lessons and/or more.

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