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Games-Based Learning or Gamification? What Are They?

February 12th, 2019 / Glen

There's some confusion between games-based learning and gamification because, quite frankly in modern parlance, they mean pretty much the same thing. Pedagogically wise there is subtle difference between the two phrases. Games-Based Learning (GBL) is learning through games. It does not necessitate the use of computer games. GBL is primarily about the game where learning is a [...]
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Tips to Teach Times Tables

February 4th, 2019 / Charlie

Learning the times tables is a vital skill and one that will shortly be tested by the Multiplication Tables Check. Before I get into trouble - learning here includes understanding not just reciting. Below are some tips on teaching the times tables: 1. Make Sure they know how to add up first! It may sound [...]
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BETT 2019 – Review & Tips

January 28th, 2019 / Naomi

BETT is one of the two largest ICT education shows in the world (along with ISTE). It is held in London every year in January and is preceded by the World Education Forum where over a hundred Ministers of Education from countries across the world get together. Getting there... BETT is held at the Excel [...]
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An Introduction to Gifted and Talented

January 27th, 2019 / David

Schools in the UK are obliged to meet the needs of all their pupils but what if you believe that your child is unusually intelligent? In England the Department of Education defines Gifted learners as those who have high abilities in one or more academic subject such as maths or English and Talented learners are [...]
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City Simulator – Games-Based Learning Resource

January 21st, 2019 / Glen

We are pleased to announce that we are part of a European wide consortium to help educate students, between 14 and 17 years, about climate change, sustainability, renewable energies, and energy storage systems (emphasising hydrogen technologies). We will be developing a city simulation for students to interact with to assess the impact of different forms [...]
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Competitive Learning – Is it good for all?

January 21st, 2019 / Glen

Competition may be one of the most contentious and misunderstood topics in education. Should our students compete? What about collaboration? Doesn't competition create winners and losers?. Collaboration or Competition One of the most common misconception regarding educational competitions is the "Competition vs. Collaboration" paradigm. Competition is NOT the antonym to collaboration. In fact, some of [...]
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Critical Pedagogy – What is it?

January 17th, 2019 / Charlie

Critical pedagogy is becoming more and more discussed by teachers. But what is it? According to the academia, critical pedagogy is a “philosophy of education that has developed and applied concepts from critical theory” (Kincheloe, 1997), “It views teaching as an inherently political act, reject the neutrality of knowledge, and insist that issues of social […]

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Introducing Fractions

January 14th, 2019 / Charlie

Fractions are not only a key part of the National Curriculum, but it is a fundamental part of being numerate. As always simple concepts can be the most difficult for children to grasp. Physical examples Pupils can understand real-life physical examples much better than abstract ones. So don’t only use the pizza/cake idea but use […]

Butterfly Fractions

Butterfly Fractions

January 7th, 2019 / Naomi

Fractions can be very difficult to teach. Tricks like the Butterfly Technique have been taught in schools for decades, if not longer. But should they? The Butterfly Technique The butterfly technique is a pedagogically interesting technique that is a mechanical way to add and subtract fractions. The butterfly technique is illustrated below: So how does [...]

Edu-Tweeters for Primary School Teachers

January 3rd, 2019 / Glen

So who should a primary school teacher follow on twitter? There are of course thousands of great edu-tweeters out there, some with huge following some and well known and some less well known. Below are just a few of our favourites – it was really hard to narrow it down  – and after battling to [...]

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