Technology planning and implementation resource recommendations
Posted by admin on May 22, 2014

We’re sharing with you a few of the technology planning and implementation resources that have been recommended by readers of our blogs.

The first of these recommendations comes from Kelly Campbell, web librarian for EducatorLabs in North Carolina, USA. Kelly’s creating a “resource toolkit” for educators – including lesson plans, learning guides, references, field trip suggestions, and more – to help them effectively use technology in the classroom:

Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

Top 5 Education Technology Blogs

Using the Technology of Today, In the Classroom Today

Technology Assessment Resources

Education Insights and Resources from the Experts

We’d love to list your resource recommendations so please do comment on this post.

Thank you!

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Major Educational Content Providers Join Forces with Global Grid for Learning
Posted by admin on January 18, 2012


Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), provider of one of the world’s largest collections of digital educational content, today announced it will be adding to its service over 100,000 curriculum resources from Hutchinson Encyclopedia, Audio Network, Amazing People Club, Eye2eye Software, and Geography Photos.

The latest content additions mean GGfL now offers schools access to over 1.5 million digital resources – including videos, interactive activities, images and animations – from 45 trusted providers.

“The ability to access high quality digital resources reliably, quickly and easily is critical for teachers,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director of Global Grid for Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based EduTone. “Often teachers have to cope with content subscriptions from several providers and from locations with different logins. Our latest content providers add tremendous value to GGfL and help us accelerate our mission to provide teachers with a single source for high quality, curriculum-relevant teaching and learning resources, both freely available and paid for, from multiple sources.” He added, “We will be announcing further content acquisitions before January’s BETT Show where we will be showcasing the latest version of our new content service, and demonstrating how it will integrate with our freely available web services, MyCurriculum.com – which GGfL recently acquired from the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) – and Wetheteachers.com, and how it already works seamlessly with the EduTone XchangeTM single sign-on and identity management platform”.

The Hutchinson Encyclopedia represents the UK’s leading single volume encyclopaedia with over 21 million words and over 80,000 reference resources ranging from articles, maps, diagrams, illustrations, audio clips and animations. The extensive resources, provided by Helicon, an RM company, are regularly updated and include timely information, including an article on the recently created country of South Sudan, for instance.

The Audio Network library will add its collection of professional music tracks, used by many of the world’s leading media companies and covering a very wide variety of styles. The resources are intended for use in a variety of educational applications, from drama teachers using sounds to help describe character traits, to dance teachers using backing tracks for their classes, to student film makers using the music as a sound track to their videos.

The Amazing People Club will provide GGfL with eBooks and audio titles that offer students insights into the exploits, achievements and motivations of some of the world’s most inspirational figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Curie, Mozart, Michelangelo, Darwin, Einstein and many others. Each resource, written in the first person, recreates the life stories of famous people as though they were giving personal interviews.

Geography Photos contributes its library of over 13,000 high quality, copyright-safe and trustworthy images for geography lessons. The Geographical Association recognised the contribution of Geography Photos through an award for its value to education.

Eye2eye Software offers teachers and students photographed points of interest across the whole of Britain with immersive 360 degree panoramas. The resources cover commonly taught topics spanning historic sites, mountain peaks, coasts and interiors.

More information can be found at http://www.ggflondemand.com





Global Grid for Learning Extends Free Content Services through MyCurriculum.com
JasonPosted by Jason on November 7, 2011

MyCurriculum ScreenshotGlobal Grid for Learning (GGfL) today announced that it has acquired from the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) MyCurriculum.com, the website that enables teachers to explore, create and share content aligned to the English national curriculum within their own peer groups and networks.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of making MyCurriculum.com a key part of the GGfL content service,” said Julian Mobbs, Managing Director at GGfL, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based EduTone. “GGfL is committed to unifying access to high quality digital educational content, from commercial, open, free and user-generated sources. This acquisition ensures that the website’s well-constructed tools and resources are kept available to existing users and that the website can achieve its potential by attracting a substantial base of new users.  It also gives us a strong platform and brand to leverage our free educational content offering.”

The combination will also offer opportunities for GGfL to extend and enhance its free content service, which currently includes user-generated content from We the Teachers, a community of over 60,000 educators, as well as access to many other open educational resource providers through GGfL On Demand.

With over one million digital resources from more than 40 content providers, including Corbis, Waterford Institute, Intel, Reuters, Bridgeman Education and Science Photo Library, GGfL represents one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world.

Founded in 2008, MyCurriculum.com users have built up a library of over 1,400 online resources and 500 activities. The site helps teachers to access and develop best practice activities, lesson plans, resources and examples of students’ work.

Educators interested in seeing the MyCurriculum service can sign up for free at www.MyCurriculum.com





Sign Up for Usability Testing and Help Us Improve Global Grid for Learning
JasonPosted by Jason on October 13, 2011

GGfL On Demand Screenshots

At Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) we are always searching for teachers and school leaders who can provide feedback on our products to help make them more relevant and useful.

Do you have an hour to help us offer a better experience to our users?

What’s In It For You?

  • Compensation of £30 in Amazon vouchers
  • A sneak peek at the latest GGfL developments
  • The opportunity to have a say in the future development of GGfL

Who Are We Looking For?

  • Primary/elementary school teachers
  • Secondary/high school teachers

What Does Usability Testing Involve?

The research is carried out online with a member of our team, and will only take about an hour of your time. You can pick a time that is convenient for you. All you need is access to the internet and a computer.

Once a time is agreed, we will arrange an online screen sharing session with you where we’ll ask you to perform some simple tasks on our website. As you use the site, we’ll ask you as much as possible to try to think out loud: to say what you’re looking at, what you’re trying to do, and what you’re thinking. This will be a big help to us. We may also ask for your opinion on some designs and images representing changes we plan to make to the website.

Get Involved

Sign up for usability testing by completing our short online form here. A member of our team will get in touch shortly afterwards.





EduTone Acquires Global Grid for Learning from Cambridge University Press to Become its Digital Content Marketplace for Education
JasonPosted by Jason on July 27, 2011

EduTone logoCambridge University Press and California-based EduTone today jointly announced an agreement for EduTone to merge Global Grid for Learning (GGfL), the Press’s innovative digital content aggregation business, into EduTone’s portfolio of education businesses.

EduTone has acquired all of the shares of GGfL and the Press has taken a minority interest in EduTone.

EduTone intends to keep GGfL as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and to integrate its products and services with the award-winning EduTone XchangeTM Platform, enhancing its collection of third-party licensed digital education content, creating global and regional content marketplaces, to be marketed to schools through distribution partners globally.

GGfL will also represent EduTone in Europe, Middle East and Africa, complementing EduTone’s current presence in the United States and Australia.

“The coming together of these two organisations will create a unique force in the education market,” said Robert Iskander, CEO of EduTone. “As the role of technology in schools continues to increase, we are pleased to be able to provide our partners and customers with one of the most comprehensive digital educational content collections in the world backed up by a first class integration platform. The passion displayed by both companies to create breakthrough, innovative services that meet the needs of schools is what will continue to drive our product suite forward and fuel our continued growth.”

Stephen Bourne, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, said: “The Press is proud to have pioneered Global Grid for Learning and we believe that EduTone has the ideal technology base and management focus to accelerate and strengthen its presence in school markets around the world.”

Julian Mobbs will continue to serve as Managing Director of GGfL with Robert Iskander becoming the newly appointed Chairman.






Picture This: April Fools’ Day
JasonPosted by Jason on April 1, 2011

April Fools’ Day is celebrated widely as a day for practical jokes. The day supposedly started in 1564, when France moved the new year from the end of March to January 1. It is also commonly thought to have been first mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392.

Credit: Bridgeman Education (available through Global Grid for Learning)

Teaching Activity (age 9-14)

Learners could write a short sketch about playing an April Fools’ Day joke. They could storyboard it using storyboard software, act and film it, or develop it as an animated sequence or a comic strip.

Learner Outcomes

Using ICT to tell a story

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Picture This: Eiffel Tower Opens in 1889
JasonPosted by Jason on March 31, 2011

Credit: Corbis Images (available through Global Grid for Learning)

Teaching Activity (age 9-14)

  • The Eiffel Tower is approximately 300m tall. It has three viewing platforms.
  • The first platform is approximately 58m high.
  • The second platform is approximately 11 m high.
  • The third platform is approximately 276m high.
  • Its feet stand within a square with sides of approximately 125m.

Draw a diagram of the Eiffel Tower to scale, showing the relative positions of the platforms. You need to work out a scale that will fit comfortably on the piece of paper you decide to use. Include a note of the scale you have used and label the measurements of the tower.

Look at a range of photographs of the tower to help you to draw its design.

Learner Outcomes

Devising a scale and converting measurements according to the scale; drawing a diagram to scale

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Picture This: Vincent Van Gogh Born on This Day
JasonPosted by Jason on March 30, 2011

Credit: Corbis Images (available through Global Grid for Learning)

Teaching Activity (age 11-16)

Invite learners to explore a range of images of sunflowers on the Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) database and then to use one of these to create a new electronic image, either in the style of Van Gogh or in a style of their own choosing.

  • They could download an image electronically and work on it in Photoshop to add different effects.
  • They could download one or more images to create an electronic collage.

Create an electronic gallery of the results.

Learner Outcomes

Producing original and imaginative images; using media and technology creatively

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Picture This: Founding of São Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
JasonPosted by Jason on March 29, 2011

Credit: Corbis Images (available through Global Grid for Learning)

Teaching Activity (age 11-14)

Use an atlas to identify a range of three or four places around the world with the name, or variations of the name, ‘Salvador’. Plot these on a globe or map.

  • Which two cities of those that they have found are the greatest distance apart?
  • Which are the closest?
  • Which countries are represented in their list?
  • Which languages are represented in the place names they have found?
  • What is the climate of each city? Which is the hottest place, and which the coolest?
  • What is the location of each city like (e.g. coastal, mountainous, etc.)?

From what they have found out, can they begin to imagine what each city might be like? Share ideas and note down their expectations. Then ask them to find a range of images of each city and discuss whether they look anything like they imagined.

Learner Outcomes

Understanding the characteristics of real places; developing geographical imaginations of places

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Picture This: First World Weightlifting Championship Held in London
JasonPosted by Jason on March 28, 2011

Credit: Corbis Images (available through Global Grid for Learning)

Teaching Activity (age 10-14)

Which of the following creatures do you think is the strongest, proportionally to its body weight?

  • African elephant
  • Gorilla
  • Human
  • Leafcutter ant
  • Ox
  • Tiger

Now work out which one is strongest, proportionally to its bodyweight using the following information. Remember to check that you are working in the same units for each creature.

Body weight

Weight it can lift

x its own bodyweight

African elephant

13 tons

5 tons

Gorilla

200 kg

2000 kg

Human

69 kg

198 kg

Leafcutter ant

500 mg

25 g

Ox

600 kg

900 kg

Tiger

270 kg

540 kg



Learner Outcomes

Handling mathematical data; working with proportions; converting units

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