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Newsletters For Teachers August 27, 2007

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This is an interesting site. A Canadian teacher (I’m presuming he/she is from Canada) has used the Yahoo groups service to create a page full of newsletters from different teaching websites. There’s newsletters from all around the world (including our own Primary Resources one) and there’s plenty of interesting links and information included in them.

One of the first sites whose newsletter I looked at was the Geography Zone which features some fun geography-based challenges where you are ranked against users from other countries. Unfortunately when I took part I decresed the UK’s score by quite a bit so perhaps someone else can make up for this!

BBC Schools Newsletter August 27, 2007

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Do you get the BBC Schools newsletter? It’s quite a useful way of keeping up with the latest additions and changes to the excellent BBC education sites.

For example this month’s newsletter mentions the launch of BBC Jam, which everyone should’ve checked out by now. It also highlights interesting sites for every age group, such as the Livings Things site by BBC Scotland. One of the most useful parts of the newsletter is the forthcoming calendar dates section with links to BBC Newsround lesson plans. February’s resources are linked to Unicef’s Day for Change, Valentine’s Day and ‘Pancake Day’.

Becta Discussion Lists August 27, 2007

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Are you a member of any of the Becta discussion lists or communities? Becta (a UK agency that supports the use of ICT in education) manage lots of different email groups on topics such as Digital Media, Games in Education, EAL/Bilingual and High Ability.

One of my favourites is the Top Teachers discussion group which is a great place to get advice, share ideas and is also a good source of useful links. Messages from group members are emailed to you (you can also choose to read posts online or have digests sent to you instead if you wish) and you can email your comments back to the whole group. It’s a great community and one well worth joining.

Go to… http://forum.ngfl.gov.uk/topteachers/ …to learn how to subscribe.

Telford Teacher Blog August 27, 2007

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http://telfordteacher.blogspot.com/A new blog for teachers in Telford (and beyond) to share ideas, resources and useful links.

Teacher’s Blogs August 27, 2007

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There are a lot of teachers who post blogs on the Internet. I’ve written about Andrew Ross’ blog before and it’s got even better since I last mentioned it. Take a look at http://primary-teacher-uk.co.uk/ to see his latest entries.

Andrew mentions another teaching blog on his site. It’s produced by one of our regular contributors… you may well have used some of her powerpoints. Check out Little Miss Teacher.

Both the sites have RSS feeds so you can get the latest updates in your newsreader (if you have one).

Oh, and don’t forget about our very own ‘In the News’ blog for a lighthearted look at UK education news stories.

Andrew Ross’ Teaching Blog August 27, 2007

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Primary teacher Andrew Ross has sent me an email asking if I’d mention his new Primary Teaching blog at www.primary-teacher-uk.co.uk (updated link). He’s only recently started it and at the moment it mixes personal comments with reflections on recent education news stories and useful links.

It looks interesting and I’ve added it to the list of blogs I keep an eye on. Andrew has also put up a useful article on RSS which might give a clue as to why there’s an orange button on the top right of this page. Don’t know what RSS is or how to use it? Then check out Andrew’s blog.