Curriculum

Video Conferencing with Skype

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At one time, video conferencing (VC) needed expensive equipment, a discrete phone line and a lot of patience to set up. These days many teachers will be using Skype to get a similar service.

Skype is an ideal free application that could be used for a very simple video conferencing in your primary school. Facebook and Google offer this facility and it can be done using smart phones, iPad2, The iPod Touch ...

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IfranView

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IrfanView is a free graphics viewer for Windows. It is designed to be simple for beginners but has some of the powerful elements found in PhotoShop and could be ideal for use in primary schools.

It is particularly useful for creating panorama images where pupils / teachers can upload a collection of  images for comparison purposes in subjects such as history ...

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Data logging

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Data logging as an area of ICT that primary schools often seek our advice and expertise. For the data logger itself the LogIT is still very popular in Oxfordshire primary schools. It’s simple and portable although the batteries are difficult to access and change. You can buy it from Commotion, TAG Learning and RM with prices from around £165. The software that comes with it is adequate and you can get ideas on how to use it via the ...

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Ofsted 2012 – Optimal Learning

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Ofsted recently published the proposals for inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from January 2012 (link)

In response to the revised framework, Optimal Learning have created a course for primary school headteachers and senior teachers. The course was recently attended by one of our schools (St Michaels, Marston) and comes highly recommended. As well as an inspiring day, the staff received a resources CD containing a wealth of material to enable schools to improve in the key areas being examined ...

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2Create a Superstory

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Pupils at Stonesfield Primary School have given 2Create a Superstory the thumbs up! It’s easy to use and can be adapted for multimedia story telling in both KS1 and KS2. The theme lost and found inspired Year 3 children to create short stories for KS1 pupils. When saved as flash files they look great on your school website:

More details can be found on the 2Simple website (link).

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