Technology Tips from Chris!


Therefore, this week’s technology tip is that you can find student’s Openhive details in the Teachers drive. It would be great if all tutors could check that their tuttees know their logins. You can find them in Teachers / Whole School / Email Addresses.



A suggestion you can make for homework is if a student is unsure of a spelling, they can type the word ‘spell’ into Google, followed by a guess of how they think the word is spelt. Google will almost always then provide the correct spelling

Alternatively, there are many free dictionary and thesaurus apps available on their phones and tablets to download too.



This week’s tip comes with thanks to Phil Downing:

This is the Youtube channel I set up to store the videos that I find useful to teach from. The ten playlists are for the ten core areas: mh-uguToAyw/playlists

Teachers/students can create playlists on Youtube as Phil has done and base them on topics.



Quizlet is a free tool that allows students to create flashcards and quizzes. You could set a homework where students are asked to create a quiz and use one as a starter in the next lesson!



Get Revising is an excellent website which allows students to create flash cards, mind maps, cross words, a personalised study planner and quizzes just to name a few! All for free!

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Students will often use Internet research for their homework but do not necessarily understand that there is a difference in quality between websites. If you set a research task for homework, suggest that they scrutinise their sources – author, date written, potential bias, the URL (.edu, .gov, .org tend to be more reliable sources). This could also form a class discussion – which sources did they use; how did they judge the reliability of the source?



On every teacher’s desktop there is a link to a timer. This is an easy-to-use technology tool to manage timing and pace in your lessons.


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Why not ask students to create a newspaper clipping? Simply type in a name of a newspaper, date, headline and story! Students could complete this as a homework and stick into their books to explain a new concept. Alternatively, you could use this as part of a resource.



This week’s top tip – encourage KS5 students as part of their independent study to find a subject related podcast. Their phone/ tablet will likely have a podcast store and these are almost always free. This could help inform an in-class discussion or a report.


Examples might be:

– 5 Live Science podcast

– BBC National Short Story Award

– Front Row

– More Or Less: Behind the Stats

– A History of Ideas