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Child Safety Settings

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The latest episode of BBC Click (9 October 2010) note this might be accessible only within the UK had a piece about child online safety, specifically looking at safety settings and dedicated child web browsers. The article ran in the video from 8min 45sec to 12min 30sec.

Areas covered included:

Of course there is the other argument that you should help your children to be careful, astute and discerning about their online activities without having to use these control mechanisms to keep them safe, which will be more beneficial to them in the longer term. However, this route might require greater initial supervision by parents of a child’s online activities.

I’d be interested to know your views, so please leave a comment.

Written by markuos

October 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

Phonics videos my a UK year 1 teacher

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There are over 200 free YouTube hosted videos from Mr Thorne, a year 1 primary school teacher in the UK, that can help parents with English, reading, spelling, and early literacy for their children. The videos should be engaging enough to hold the attention of four, five and six year olds.

Written by markuos

October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

1066 (and all that)

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There is a great history site, called Hands on History, on the BBC covering Norman times. There’s a clickable map that shows up lists of interesting activities across Britain relating to Normans. But of particular interest is the downloads page, which has a host of pdf with things to do with children, including building a Motte and Bailey castle, information sheets with what to look for in Norman churches and castles, and a 1066 Battle of Hastings game for 7-11 year olds to play.

BBC Hands on History downloads page

There’s also a free Normans pull-out timeline to send off for.

Perhaps for the older children there is an online strategy battle game of 1066 from Channel 4.

Kahn Academy

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I have to take my hat off to Sal Kahn for a truly immense resource. What he has achieved with the Kahn Academy is nothing short of incredible.

He’s single handedly generated 1000+  instructional videos covering subjects including:

What a wealth of information. This has to be place in the category alongside Academic Earth and Udemy.

Flags

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With this game, Flags, you have to identify the country represented by the displayed flag from a list of five countries.

Written by markuos

April 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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futurity.org

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If you want to access some interesting and accessible research from universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom then Futurity.org is a good place to start looking.

The clear and crisp appearance of this site is very appealing. Five stories scroll through on the upper part of the page, with four drop down categories (Earth & Environment, Health & Medicine, Science & Technology, Society & Culture) providing access to more story. Down the right hand side are two drop down menus, the first listing all the universities’ research stories are taken from, and the second allows you to draw out research stories from any particular month/year combination.

MathTV

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The site MathTV.com is brilliant on a number of levels. Firstly, if you’re a student and you want some area of maths explained via a simple, understandable video instruction then look no further. Areas covered are broken down into the topics Calculus, Trig, Algebra and Basic Maths, and then broken down further into multiple sub-topics. With many of the problems there are videos available by different presenters, come in languages other than English, including Spanish. To access these videos you don’t even need to register and log in. What could be simpler?

MATHTV

Additional to all that, if you are a maths tutor and you are wanting to set up a programme of maths to help with your students’ studies, you can create what is called a ‘Playlist’. You do need to register to access this facility, but the registration and login processes are simple and quick; as is the setting up of a playlist. Once your playlist is created, you are provided with a URL to access it, which you can pass on to your students.

Daniel Kopsas has created a screencast tutorial explaining how to set up a MathTV playlist.