"We need to trust our children to be good learners, we need to trust ourselves to be professionals, and we need to trust our systems to get out of the way." Drawing upon real world examples and programmes Stephen Heppell (heppell.net) discusses the impact of exponential technological change on learning calling for a greater involvement and participation in the design of learning and learning environments by the learners themselves. "We are not going to build better learning for our children; we are going to build it with our children". Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference, London, January 26th, 2012.
The Children's University of Manchester presents an excellent opportunity for The University of Manchester to share, with the wider community, and particularly primary schools, the excitement of the knowledge created through its pioneering research activities and teaching and learning practices. Resources include online interactive learning materials for use on whiteboards or PCs; video clips which will bring the University to your desktop; downloadable resources and educational games. Content will be aligned with, and complement existing Key Stage 2 web-based learning resources.
Making a book for children has never been so easy. In several hours of pure fun you will get an amazing result that you never imagined possibled for a non professional author and without any artistic skills. Have fun with your kids. Write them (and with them) a book.
ZooWhiz is FREE for teachers and kids to use at school (and at home or parents may purchase a Premium account). Teachers may create free accounts for their students; there is a comprehensive curriculum correlated with over 17,000 educational activities which includes math, reading, word skills, punctuation and grammar; and teachers may access detailed reports by child and class; activities for ages 5 - 15. A site worth checking out to use with your students.
Mingoville: The World's Most Comprehensive Online English Lessons for Kids – for FREE! Kids Learn English the Fun Way in Flamingo City! Sign up today to learn English through Mingoville’s fun, free, colourful e-learning environment with exercises, songs, and games. Children learn English best when it’s fun. Kids learn English more effectively when they are immersed in the language. Not all children learn English in the same way.
Speakaboos is an educational resource for the classroom and home. Our award-winning videos teach reading skills, life lessons, and creativity in a fun and safe environment. Each story comes to life with educational worksheets, activities, and games. Speakaboos timeless tales are ideal for kids of any age.
MeeGenius is a great resource for both free and paid ebooks designed specifically for kids. The website has an awesome interface which obviously shows that kids were in mind while designing the template. MeeGenius stands out from the crowd by the unique features it offers to its users. I know several websites provide ebooks for free but not all of them are as good as MeetGenius. MeeGenius is available both on the web and on mobile devices particularly iPhone, iPad, and Android. Among the features that MeeGenius offers to its users and that distinguishes its service from other similar web platforms is the automatic word highlighting option that accompanies each narration of each book. The mobile version of MeeGenius lets users eiither choose to read the stories by themselves or have them read by others.
MinyanLand was created as a platform to entertain and educate a young generation so they understand the concept of a market and the basics of economics and finance on a real world level. The economic system of MinyanLand mimics the real-life pricing of general goods and services. As players participate in the system, their actions will affect the overall MinyanLand economy. This is how they will learn. To keep the economy stabilized, for instance, players must stay healthy by eating on a regular basis. MinyanLand will also offer incentives to encourage such behavior as charitable giving.
ScootPad is a leading math and reading practice platform. Kids are motivated to practice math and reading with ScootPad, gaining confidence and a desire to learn rapidly. ScootPad is easy, fun and free!
On May 8th, Glogster EDU Ambassador Lisa Parisi will demonstrate how to use Glogster EDU to address Universal Design for Learning principles. Description: "All teachers now need to learn to work with children with learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, social struggles, and/or physical struggles. One lesson for all children just won’t work. Find out how UDL and Web 2.0 tools like Glogster EDU can help us reach all children and make learning more fun for everyone."
A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools. Let students create their own game and they will be inproving their vocabulary dramatically!
MoneyIsland is an online environment that teaches kids how to make the most of their financial future. Once described as "Super Mario Brothers meets Monopoly," this one-of-a-kind educational tool makes it fun to learn and fun to earn. Designed for ages 8 - 14. When kids play MoneyIsland, they enter a virtual world that not only makes learning fun, but also tracks and encourages their progress. As they go on quests to fantastic destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis, they learn real-life principles of financial responsibility. The journey doesn't end when they complete MoneyIsland and earn their real-life rewards. This website includes additional games, videos, contests, and more that continue both the fun and the learning. After all, a true guru's education is never complete.
Shidonni is an innovative startup, developing the next generation of creative ‘virtual’ worlds for kids. Shidonni is providing a safe environment where kids and their parents can create imaginary worlds and animals, play games and interact with friends.
Shidonni is based on unique proprietary patented algorithms and using Microsoft Silverlight.
Designed as a place for children to ask questions, get answers, and meet real “OLogists,” this award-winning site features hands-on activities, articles, games, and OLogy “cards” that kids can collect and use in online projects. OLogy invites children to explore the Museum’s rich and diverse content, including its scientific research and collections.
Learning basic math facts is a standard part of an elementary school education, but many children (and even some parents) dread the repetition of flash cards and times tables. Operation Math for iPad by Spinlight Studio hopes to make learning math facts less onerous by turning the task into a game.