Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

ICT - Tailored to Fit: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

ICT - Tailored to Fit: Resources

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Customised revision resources provide more effective learning.

The key to revision has to be engaging pupils in a stimulating way and ICT can obviously be a huge help. Using the Microsoft Learning Gateway, at Shireland Collegiate Academy we've established a school- learning platform that acts as an effective "glue" for staff, pupils and families. Pupils track all their revision (and other learning) through the Learning Gateway, which helps them manage their workload and share their progress with their families.

We've also encouraged the pupils to review the revision resources and to give helpful hints and tips on their value and when best to use them - advice that has been developed as part of the Young People's E-learning Network and now has its own site on the Learning Gateway. Pupils review specific applications such as Microsoft's Photosynth (a package for combining photos into 3D views) to help us understand how we can best use applications such as this in school.

To ensure that pupils focus primarily on their revision, we've also hunted for the best online resources and have integrated revision guidance from MyMaths.co.uk, Brainpop, GCSEpod, ClipBank and, most recently, O2 Learn, alongside learning resources produced by teachers. These are grouped by theme, media or even examination syllabus, which makes them much easier for pupils to access and saves them lengthy, and often fruitless, internet searches.

The O2 Learn videos score highly when it comes to engaging pupils as they have been produced by teachers and cover key concepts and elements of the syllabus. …

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