BETT 2015 - EducationCity showcases its National Curriculum ready primary e-learning platform, Computing and PlayLive French modules
BETT Award Winner, EducationCity, leading provider of e-learning resources for primary schools (stand D300) will be showcasing its brand new online platform, refreshed and upgraded in line with customer feedback and packed with new English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, English as an Additional Language and Computing content mapped to the National Curriculum 2014 for England.
New features for teachers include simplified navigation designed to help staff access curriculum objectives quickly and easily via subject, year level or key stage, and improved functionality for personalisation, differentiation and tracking. Anytime, anywhere access can be achieved using the Puffin Academy app, the free app designed for educational use.
Live demonstrations and presentations by lead educators designed to help teachers make a real difference in the classroom will be taking place each day – register on line, or check out our blog for the latest updates http://www.educationcity.com/uk/primary-schools/latest/blog. Visit the stand to sign up for a free trial and to review other special show offers for new customers.
Free until 31st December 2014 EducationCity’s Computing module is perfect for staff that are teaching the subject for the first time. Content is divided into three distinct areas - computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Key Stage 2 is also split into lower and upper levels to help teachers differentiate the objectives.
For computer science, EducationCity has developed the Code Crunch programming tool which helps children explore and understand how code is structured and the results that can be achieved by writing their own simple lines of instruction. Featured tutorials help teachers get to grips with delivering coding lessons and pupils can follow suggested activity plans targeted at their ability or use their imagination to create their own outcomes.
Information technology looks at the application and uses of technology and how it impacts pupils’ day-to-day lives and the world around them. Multimedia activities include making a newsletter, editing documents and changing fonts and sizes. They are supported by further resources with step-by-step instructions to help pupils explore topics at their own pace.
Finally, digital literacy explores the safe and responsible use of technology and educates young people on the importance of staying safe online. For example, one activity called ‘Safe Surfing’, aimed at Key Stage 1 learners, features characters raising awareness about browsing the internet and explores how pupils could respond to issues such as spam and cyberbullying.
As with all the rich media resources produced by EducationCity, the computing module is designed to engage pupils and teachers alike through the use of colourful images, animation, text, voice over, sounds, music and interactions.
James Lison, Senior Producer at EducationCity, said, “Every job now involves some level of technology and this curriculum will give primary pupils the basic skills and head start they need for the rest of their lives. We are confident that our new computing module will help allay concerns about teaching this new subject, in particular the coding element.”
Also featured is PlayLive French for KS2 incorporating interactive quizzes designed to test pupils’ knowledge of the French language and culture against others within a timed competitive environment. Available free to existing subscribers or as a free trial to non-subscribers PlayLive French has been created specifically to help both linguists and non-linguists teach a foreign language – now a statutory requirement for primary schools.
Carefully designed to meet the NC2014 learning outcomes focusing on literacy, oracy and intercultural understanding, PlayLive French has been created to challenge pupils. Students are required to spar against up to 6 other players and French skills are combined with problem solving, reasoning, logic and sorting. Students are also forced to think strategically about when to play their double-score, skip and 50/50 wildcards.
Questions and answers are presented using a full range of media – audio, graphics, text, photographs and video – and native speakers are featured throughout, adding an element of intercultural understanding to the challenge. It’s perfect for practise or review and topics included range from leisure and animals, to travel, fashion and people.
Robin Ball, Head of Content and Curriculum at EducationCity, said, “We welcome the DfE directive to make foreign languages mandatory at Key Stage 2 – it is an ideal age for children to start learning and regular sessions will help them develop in a more structured way. PlayLive French is played against the clock so it helps develop quick recall, speed of response and encourages pupils to listen more carefully to the questions posed.
“Teachers do not have to speak French to set tasks and the substantial question banks mean that pupils can visit the resource and have a unique experience every time.”
The whole resource is in French and spoken by native French speakers so pupils are exposed to accurate pronunciation and are able to build their vocabulary with exposure to a whole range of questions.
PlayLive French is great for reinforcing the language and assessing student’s performance. It is a fun environment yet provides feedback on the questions answered incorrectly. If a pupil in Year 4 is performing well they advance to higher levels.
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