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There are an increasing number of resources available on the web and many of them are free to use. However, some sites can be quite cluttered and many have a lot of advertising to help maintain their existence. Most sites shown here have caught my interest - some UK and some International - and over time I hope to narrow down some of the more useful areas within these sites.

(Note: Please be aware that educational establishments may find that access to some of these resource sites may be blocked by their Local Authority and/or the educational establishment concerned. Individual teachers/tutors may need to present a case to those concerned if they feel that blocks are inappropriate. Also read comments regarding eSafety here).

"Great page and great information, I will continue to use it when I am studying these topics with my students!" - EOTAS Tutor


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Literacy / Reading

How to Improve Literacy Without Even Trying

Download a spell pack
from here

Trubble with Foniks - a personal tirade against stupidity

How our innocent use of words has changed

Jennifer Niven's top 10 teen books to save your life

Media Literacy



Next Generation Global Education
Developing a Global Curriculum Continuum using Open Educational Resources that will transcend political, cultural and linguistic barriers to provide children worldwide anytime with a dynamic, interactive personalized education. More...



The amazing journey of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team as they cross Antarctica in winter to raise money for charity. Educational section here. Although Sir Ranulph had to return prior to the main adventure (due to frost bite) the expedition continues.

Seeing is Believing

BBC Podcasts & Downloads
on a variety of subjects

Jim Baker’s Online Learning
An eclectic science site, full of useful links, information, and demonstrations, provided by experienced Science and Chemistry Teacher, Jim Baker. more...
You can also read Jim's blog here.

Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM
Encouraging females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This website was
kindly suggested by Alyssa.

Free interactive Maths and Science content.

BBC Podcasts & Downloads - Elements
A close look at chemical elements. (I like the podcast on Lead).

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association
National Science Teachers Association
Books & Resources
Freebies for Science Teachers

STEM Resources
nea - National Education Association
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Resources for preK-12

The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place - in San Francisco and online - to explore how the world works.
The science of cooking

New Beginnings
The Science of Addiction: K-12 Integrated Prevention Curriculum

Periodic TableVideos
A video lesson about every single element on the periodic table - Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform.

Science Buddies
Hands-on Science Resources for Home and School

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.

The hobby website of Ian Fieggen
(also known as "Professor Shoelace").

Mystery Science
Open and go lessons that inspire kids to love science.

Steve Way

Steve Way - Innovative Author

Steve Way visits schools to offer creative writing workshops, particularly aimed at “reluctant writers”, of all ages, along with presentations of his maths-based and science-based stories, sketches and poems.


Literacy / Writing
Literacy / Writing
Steve Way

Steve Way - Innovative Author

Steve Way visits schools to offer creative writing workshops, particularly aimed at “reluctant writers”, of all ages, along with presentations of his maths-based and science-based stories, sketches and poems.

Yodify your language

Off the Shelf

Failing literacy standards in England, UK - is it any wonder?

5 Ways to Reach Every Reader (from

TEDxDubai 2011 - Christian Boer - How a typeface can help dyslexics

Oz Read and Spell

Active Reading Tips

Decoding Dyslexia
Although 1 in 10 children in the UK are diagnosed with dyslexia, there are still many misconceptions about the learning disorder. More...

Grammarly Blog
3 Fun Ways to Improve Your Writing | Writing Poems

Free Writing Courses
Improve Your Writing Skills with 5 Free Online Courses


Amaze Your Education Colleagues
Generate Jargon



The Queen Of Code - Grace Hopper

As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields. More...

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eSafety (Supplied by
This link provides excellent information on eSafety and the page has been recreated here on eLC by eLC.

Also see eSafety information on the education page here.

A global organization headquartered in the USA and staffed entirely by volunteers.
Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

More e-Safety here


Amazon Books
Company Resource Providers
Research and Development

webducate and link to site
Webducate - innovative solutions for e-learning (with some examples)



Toolkit A-Z for Education

A fabulous piece of software for group meetings

Zipcast for 1-click meetings

audacity logo and link to site
Audacity (Free Software)

voicethread logo and link to site
Voicethread (Free Access)

Audio Network Logo and link to site
You can only access this site from a recognised educational establishment. It contains sounds and sound effects useful in pod casts and recordings Top

Find Sounds logo and link to site
This site contains sounds and sound effects useful in pod casts and recordings Top

Freeplay music logo and link to site
The Freeplay music library Top

Paste a YouTube video URL into ViewPure and it will convert the code to display only the video and not the comments

Free Image Sites (by AJ George)!
Tools for Teachers & Learners

Create a speaking avatar character with Voki


InformED is a learning and ideas hub for training news and industry insights in the universe of eLearning and Education Technology.

eduserv logo and link to site
Eduserv is a not-for-profit IT services organisation and a registered charity. Their aim is "to realise the benefits of IT for learning and research. Dedicated to developing effective technology solutions that meet the needs of universities, colleges and public sector organisations"


intute logo and link to site
Intute was a free online service providing a database of hand selected Web resources for education and research. Intute closed in July 2011 but many articles can still be accessed.

itc logo and link to site
The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) provides exceptional leadership and professional development to its network of eLearning experts by advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies

jisc logo and link to elearning site
The aim of the JISC e-learning programme is to enable UK further and higher education to create a better learning environment for all learners, wherever and however they study, in order to realise the vision explained on their site



Terms & Acronyms
Maths & Economics
Blog Creation Tools

A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly represents the performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work. (more...)


Mashable - Maths Videos

Teach Further Maths
A range of maths PowerPoints and puzzles aimed at A Level... but I know some younger pupils who would probably enjoy them too.

Mortgage Calculator for Kids
Teach Children Math Using Free Online Calculation Tools

STEM Resources
nea - National Education Association
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Resources for preK-12

Teaching Economics, Business & Finance to Kids
Teaching Your Kids About Credit Cards

Steve Way

Steve Way - Innovative Author

Steve Way visits schools to offer creative writing workshops, particularly aimed at “reluctant writers”, of all ages, along with presentations of his maths-based and science-based stories, sketches and poems.


google apps and link to site
Software-as-a-service for business email, information sharing and security

Prezi is a presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas. (The free version leaves your presentations public).

Social networking for schools


eBlogger logo and link to site
Create your own blog


Arts & Culture
Using Technology
Personal Blogs

my learning

Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations


Generation Yes
Generation YES aspires to teach and empower students to use modern technology to solve problems in their schools and communities.

Dr Harper introduces what it means to participate in the GenYes programme

3-D Printing
Articles on using 3-D printing and 3-D Pens in the classroom by Martha Slack


Maker Faire UK

Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire UK | Maker Faire US
Article on Maker Faire

webdrive logo and link to site
(Bulk Upload Files)

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms - Mind/Shift


Professor Stephen Heppell
Professor Stephen Heppell's site
and phone blog. Do yourself a favour
and spend some time exploring
Stephen's sites and heeding his words!

E-learning must synch or sink

Rob Furman and Blog
“It is no longer appropriate to say technology will change the way we do things in the future. The future is here. The future is now, and technology is changing the way we do things.” - L. Robert Furman

The Oxford Review is a monthly review of the latest published academic research that is *practical, *useful and *readily understandable without being overwhelming. Facebook page here.


Software Resources
General Resources / Lesson Plans

tag logo and link to site
(Educational software for schools)

tag logo and link to site
Sam Learning


Stories, news and resources for educators.
10 Open Source Tools For Busy Teachers

My Resource Cloud
A range of resources for teaching and learning - mostly apps for purchase.
Examples include: Fraction Calculator and Scientific Calculator.

elearning age and link to site
e-learning Age
(Learning Development technology)

Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service
E-Learning Strategy 2008-2011 (pdf)

learning light logo and link to site
e-Learning Centre
(Selected and reviewed links to e-Learning resources)

Jane Hart

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day
(A daily item of e-learning interest selected by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies). One of the most useful and informative sites on the web - this is a place you'll want to keep returning to. Jane also manages: Learning in the Social Workplace
Top 100 Tools for Learning


Nik Peachey's Tools for Teachers & Learners


tes connect - resources
Resources for teachers

pbs teachers logo and link to site
PBS Teachers is PBS' central web destination for all PBS resources for preK-12 educators. Dedicated to providing you, your students and their families with resources that transform teaching and learning. Top

ZigZag Education
ZigZag Education is a Bristol-based UK educational publisher, which publishes photocopiable and digital teaching resources for schools and colleges. Also Publish Me Now.

Programs that allow anyone to generate their own e-Learning quizzes, games and applications. Top

Teaching Ideas and link to site
The Teaching Ideas site has several resources and ideas - some great resources here Top

Primary Resources and link to site
Primary Resources site Top

My Award Maker logo and link to site
If art work isn't your thing, use this site to create certificates for your learners Top

Schoolzone logo and link to site
Free educational resources, news updates, courses and research Top

Free Lesson Plans logo and link to site
Help with SEN requirements Top

Free Stuff Me - logo and link to site
Quite a lot of links to free resources. Specific educational lesson plans here. (You may have to do a bit of searching around but there are some useful resources to discover) Top

Topmarks logo and link to site
Topmarks has a useful search facility which speeds up resource location in various subjects at different levels Top

Free teaching resources logo and link to site
An interesting collection of resources from several places Top

Scholastic logo and link to site
Various free resources (you will need to register to access) Top

Schoolsnet logo and link to site
Schoolsnet has a number of searchable resources and lessons - some with interactive multimedia content Top

Crucial Crew logo and link to site
Online resources for teachers and parents. You can download booklets free Top

Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
A range of free resources about learning tools and technologies and advice. Top

flickr logo and link to site
Photo sharing site Top

bbc logo and link to learning
BBC Learning Top

channel 4 learning logo and link to site
Channel 4 Learning Top

brightstorm logo and link to site
Check out the Maths on this site. Some good video presentations - I like the search feature too! (You will have to register to see full content). It's an American site with some good quality content - you can even submit questions. Top

Just for fun - try building your own Avatar (listed by The Whiteboard Blog) Top


"When we do something over and over again (like practicing a piano piece, hitting a baseball or tying our shoes), our brains get to the point where the process is automatic. That means that the neural connections in our brains have become strengthened and activate as a network to enable us to do something without thinking about it. That is what BrainWare Safari does with 41 skills in the areas of attention, memory, visual and auditory processing, thinking and sensory integration."

Best Colleges Online - 20 essential e-teaching tools for parents

101 Wed 2.0 Tools - from Best Teacher Resources Blog

21st Century Creative Resources
Resources to engage, motivate and inspire college students to improve their creativity by Linda Buckmaster

5 Best Online Presentation Tools for the Classroom - from

Founded by Jeffrey Bradbury


Survey Monkey logo imageSurvey Monkey logo and link to site
If only all applications were made this well - I cannot speak highly enough of Survey Monkey. Everything works as it should and if you think, "I wonder if it does this?" it usually does! Free to use with a few restrictions but well worth investing in if you do a lot of surveys Top
Resources that can be linked to from lessons
Mind Mapping

How Stuff Works logo and link to site
How Stuff Works is a rich site containing many videos and quizzes that could be connected to from your elearning lessons Top

National Geographic logo and link to site
National Geographic
is a rich site containing many useful resources Top

CARET's Brainteasers & Puzzles
A site produced in association with NGFL, Aim Higher, Cambridge University's CARET (Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies)

A clever idea that encourages you to 'stumble upon' sites you might otherwise never discover. To help, you can select basic categories as starting points
Some fantastic, easy-to-make, toys for children - many with a scientific interest. Tip: To display one of the videos without YouTube comments, paste URL into ViewPure

Top logo and link to site
This is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online

Mind Map Inspiration
A site with Mind Maps created by Paul Foreman. Check out his 100 reasons to mind map here

A business site offering a free download: Five Infographic Templates in PowerPoint. And here is an article about using infographics. Another article on: How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic.


More Resources

eLearning Interactivity: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals.
Have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the eLearning process.

Free eBook: 10 Practical Principles For Creating Impactful eLearning (es)



Tools and resources for education


55 Open Source Replacements for Photo and Graphics Tools

Teachers guide to teaching using social media


Social Media

Some of my favourite music sites for children to experiment with:

Music Exploratorium:

Claps and Stomps

Dot Mixer

Experimental Instruments

kitchen sink-o-pation

Type Drummer by Kyle Stetz


Combine blocks to build synths, effect your voice, remix & manipulate samples and arrange self-playing musical environments. And you can download your recording as a wav file. (facebook page)

Sphinx Kids

Tone Matrix

Nick's World of Synthesizers

Online Theremin by Femur (and on facebook and Blok Dust)

Acid Machine by Errozero

Dream Pipe Drum Machine

Music solutions

Drumming and the Brain
Dr Jon Weaver - Workshop Manager at African Drumming Sheffield
What would you say if I told you there was an exercise that, if practiced daily, would increase your pupil's IQ, improve attention and cognitive function, increase pain threshold, improve fine motor control, facilitate language acquisition and verbal fluency, facilitate social cohesion, elevate mood and reduce fatigue, have a similar effect to Ritalin for ADD patients and provide a basis for gait training in stroke and Parkinson's patients? Would you implement it in your school?

Teaching a lesson in life through classical music:
Benjamin Zander - Work (How to give an A)

Watch these kids playing Led Zeppelin

More wacky music making

Koka's Soundtrack Box No. 1


Live Music

Wakefield Jazz Wakefield Jazz (More links)


Make amazing videos in seconds
Company description: Make beautiful movies using your photos and videos. Tell your story with text, maps. It's very easy, and super fun!

Create videos anywhere
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