BBC Learning Zone Broadband


Its good to see the BBC are continuing to develop their learning materials. This new section offers a range of video clips that can be used in the classroom. The clips are tagged and can be easily searched. You will need a broadband connection when you want to use the clips. Each clip has a short description and suggestions how it might be used in learning and teaching. These are streaming clips so you cannot download them. However the help section on the site gives instructions how to link to them in a powerpoint presentation


August 29, 2008. Tags: , . 1. Leave a comment.

HMIE – Successful Learners in Primary Schools

Developing the four capacities through social subjects: focusing on successful learners in primary schools Report

Following on from the Improving Scottish Education (ISE) report, published in February 2006,

a sample of primary schools across Scottish education authorities was involved in a task to evaluate attainment in social subjects, physical education and modern European languages. Inspections took place between May 2006 and June 2007. A sample of schools was visited midway through the generational cycle of the general inspection programme. The sample classes included pupils at the early, middle and upper stages of each school. Schools benefited from constructive oral feedback and pointers for improvement during the one day inspection.

The evaluations of pupils’ attainment in social subjects, physical education and modern European languages were carried out in the context of primary school staff giving increased consideration to the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. By stimulating debate about attainment and learning and teaching, the visits and this report aim to challenge those involved in teaching social subjects in Scotland to review the extent to which current practice is successfully promoting the four capacities in young learners.

August 22, 2008. Tags: , , . 1. Comments off.

100 Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques


Alisa Miller @ has created a useful list of “100 Awesome Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques “. “Whether you are a new teacher storing up tips and tricks or an experienced teacher who could just use a fresh perspective, you are sure to find something helpful among these videos.”

August 21, 2008. Tags: , , , . 1. Leave a comment.