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This will improve your pupils' handwriting

How do your teachers teach handwriting formation? Letters with circles on paper with lines, letters with slants all improve over time. Schools have access to a variety of techniques, tips and tricks when it comes to improving the handwriting of their pupils. There's no doubt though that the vital starting point is being able to clearly demonstrate best practice. From showing tripod grip and …
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Beware the Bett Barcode

It’s busy, hectic and bright, and you’re at a loud exhibition stand trying to keep track of a classroom visualiser demonstration. It seems pretty good to be fair – the technology appears to be better than what you’ve got which is the main thing. At the end of the demo, you add their business card to your bag of other cards and blag another generic freebie, and the presenter scans …
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The chaotic, exciting picture of technology in our schools

Our research in partnership with the University of Huddersfield has highlighted an inconsistent, fast-moving picture of education technology in schools. The capacity to use technology to improve teaching and learning has never been higher, with interactive touchscreens and associated software transforming how lessons are being delivered in the 750,000 classrooms throughout the UK. From the 57% …
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by Elementary Technology


Providing training as unique as your school

When we work with a school, the technology as a teaching tool is only part of our solution. It is the knowledge and skills on how to best use this tool that brings true value. And just like any tool, the tips, tricks, and how best to use it can vary depending on the objective. It's for this reason that when we provide you with your inclusive technology training, it is always from the sam…
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by Elementary Technology


Beware the Bett Barcode

It’s busy, hectic and bright, and you’re at a loud exhibition stand trying to keep track of a classroom visualiser demonstration. It seems pretty good to be fair – the technology appears to be better than what you’ve got which is the main thing. At the end of the demo, you add their business card to your bag of other cards and blag another generic freebie, and the presenter scans …
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by Elementary Technology


The interactive classroom revolution - the story so far...

It’s been over a decade since the UK adopted interactive whiteboard technology as its core teaching tool in the classroom, and it was nothing short of a revolution. All of a sudden, teachers had a wealth of opportunity at their fingertips, from annotating images to hand writing recognition to advanced educational software and more. School pupils could interact with shapes and maths puzzles an…
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The EU as a Collaborative Classroom

Collaboration delivers results in the classroom, yet are these lessons we teach at school reflected in our commercial and political circles? The responsibility to teach our young children the value of strong relationships, of teamwork, of mutual benefit and sharing initially lies with our parents. We share our toys and our cake, we work together to build sandcastles and we learn the value o…
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by Elementary Technology


How many circles?

Why your answer says more about you than you realise. Let’s start with the facts – the Oxford English Dictionary tells us: circle (noun) a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre). Apparently it’s pronounced ˈsəːk(ə)l . With this definition in mind it’s clear the answer to the question could…
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Casting a shadow over your teaching

Would a teacher accept work with large sections missing, and the rest only just about legible? Of course not - work needs to be shown properly and in full. So with this in mind, surely it's only fair that a teacher is able to present their lesson in full, without sections disappearing periodically and with every element clear to every pupil. To suggest otherwise would be avoiding the tr…
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Classroom visualisers - what, why and how?

Considering using visualisers in your classroom but need a little more information? Read on and learn the basics from our latest movies... Visualisers in the classroom are a powerful tool for any school, yet teachers can sometimes dismiss them as unnecessary distractions. This couldn't be further from the truth. From peer assessment to saving money on photocopying, recording movie metho…
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by Elementary Technology


Is it time to draw a line in the sand?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's likely the classrooms in your school mainly use interactive whiteboards with a projector? Perhaps equipment in some classrooms is fairly new but at least one or two are probably due an upgrade. Maybe a teacher recently mentioned the interactivity on their whiteboard isn’t working properly. And probably a couple of your projectors aren’t quite bright enough…
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Applying Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ to classroom technology

"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that". So said Carol Dweck when describing her Growth Mindset philosophy, and how it can be applied to schools. And when you explore a little deeper into the ethos, it becomes clear why its proliferation has been so vast, to the point whe…
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by Elementary Technology

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