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Is the future flipped ?

While the concept of a flipped classroom may feel alien to those of us who went to school more than a few years ago, there’s a swathe of research suggesting that switching the tasks completed by students at home and those carried out in the classroom can have a significant effect on learning outc...

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Cognitive Learning beats Learning by Rote

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Despite teachers in many schools and universities using "massed" learning by repeating, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills, information or actions which create the illusion of mastery over a short period, research shows that these gains fade quickly and this is not th...

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Revolutionizing education from the ground up

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Sir Ken Robinson argues that our approach to teaching is wrong – and hundreds of years out of date I’m often asked the same questions: what’s going wrong in education? Why? If you could reinvent education, what would it look like? Would you have schools?...

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In education-crazy South Korea, top teachers become multimillionaires

SEOUL — Clasping his headphones and closing his eyes as he sang into the studio microphone while performing a peppy duet with one of South Korea’s hottest actresses, spiky-haired Cha Kil-yong looked every bit the K-pop star. Cha Kil-yong is a popular online math tutor in South Korea. Cha often dr...

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Chinese pre-schools to adopt UK Early Years programme

Thousands of pre-schools in China are to adopt an early learning programme developed in Northern Ireland. Early Years, an organisation that works with young children, will train staff in thousands of institutions. Chief executive Siobhan Fitzpatrick said educators from China were impressed by the...

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e-Learning - The Big VLE Theory

E-Mail - Exciting Uses for your e-Learning VLE Hi David Thank you David for all of your help, the website is beginning to come together I hope you agree. As for a VLE it is something we would be interested in, but how do we tailor it to our learners and parents. The vast majority of our stuff is ...

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Inadequate Sound Systems in Touchscreens

Touchscreens are often supplied with internal speakers that are inadequate for classroom use - the speakers are usually too small, the amplifier power is only 7 or 10 watts and the small eliptical speakers don't face the front so much of the sound is lost in the touchscreen casing and since speak...

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Classroom Tablets – Myths and Misconceptions debunked

Using Apps on tablets is the last thing a teacher or pupil needs in the classroom – Apps are OK for playing games but otherwise they are very very limited with many many drawbacks in the classroom Responsible interactive teaching and learning is about using e-Learning VLEs on tablets that don't n...

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Cavendish High now an Academy

Cavendish High School in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK is an ever progressing school and is converting to an Academy in 2014 known as - The Cavendish High Academy. Celia Dickinson the Head Teacher in her welcome message points out that Cavendish High Academy is an Outstanding School for young people with...

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A Learning Adventure in “real” China

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We were more than pleased to welcome Sheila Walker from Tyn Can Learning to Zhanjiang in November to enjoy the opportunity to see and meet people of the “real China”. Sheila was travelling with a UKTI Trade Mission to Shanghai and Changsha to develop learning opportunities for Chinese students in...

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Use Moodle for Staff & NQT Induction Training

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Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in England must, by law, complete an induction period after gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). These induction requirements are stringent and need planning, resources allocating and implementation by heads,tutors and mentors. Moodle is an ideal tool for traini...

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How to improve your School Website Ranking

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What you can do  Ask everyone in school to search for the school name on Google, ignore the old site name – your new name will usually have .org at the end. Then click on the link and go to your new school website – this will increase the searches and ranking. Ask parents to search for the new sc...

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Touchscreens meet Androids in the Classroom …

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Learning has got really exciting bringing the thrill of gaming and fully interactive devices into the classroom with cloud type access to on-line learning and a myriad of teaching apps using latest Android technology for touchscreens and low cost tablets At one end of the spectrum wall mounted LC...

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Tips for using wireless in the classroom

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Large numbers of users using WiFi in the same area at the same time can result in a very poor service. There are many challenges for groups of Wi-Fi users in areas such as classrooms using tablets, hopefully the following tips will maximize your chances of success. Don't plan time-sensitive activ...

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Android Tablets for the Classroom

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Technology is racing on, especially in the classroom. In some schools tablets or laptops are being provided instead of textbooks. Whatever the teaching environment, providing a young person with a tablet at school requires an element of control to be implemented. Without this control, young peopl...

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App Inventor - Relevant Real World Computing

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Students use FREE App Inventor from Google and MIT to create Android Apps in the classroom In August 2011, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Computer Society asked Jeremy Scott to exemplify the teaching of Computing Science to Scotland’s junior high school students. Here’s his App In...

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Xorro-Q Voting System using Your Own Mobile

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Xorro-Q from Edis - voting software without any special hardware. Xorro-Q enables an audience or class to interact with the presenter’s computer and any interactive display or white board, using their own mobile devices:  laptops, mobile phones, i-Pads or tablets.   Teachers and presenters can se...

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School Websites Must Comply with New Government Ruling

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The UK Government has passed legislation requiring schools to publish the following information on their websites   Name, address, contact details AND named contact person Admission arrangements Most recent school report published by her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services...

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Ash Grove Primary School leaps up the league tables

Ash Grove Primary School - Macclesfield
Ash Grove second most improved in the country and most improved in North! Figures recently published by The Department of Education in the UK show that Ash Grove Primary School in Macclesfield is the second most improved school in the country and is the most improved school in Cheshire and the No...

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e-Learning for Primary Schools

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Moodle e-learning is absolutely brilliant but is not usually an off the shelf item for Primary Schools UNLESS you get a version of Moodle just for Primary Schools with lessons and all the content you need configured into Year Groups, Subjects, and Lessons for each term. Moodle lets you keep all y...

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Get a Touchscreen for the Price of a Lamp

Touch Screen lower cost than Projector Lamp
The cost of many replacement projector lamps is about the same as the first year lease payment for a 55" Touch screen. The touch screen has no maintenance costs and will last 10 years or more but during the same 10 year period you would need to buy another 5 replacement lamps for your projector !...

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Mini Android PC battles RaspberryPi for Computer Science Supremacy

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Major Competition for Raspberry Pi Low cost Mini Android PCs allow users to learn programming languages, several of which are designed especially for pupils and students at school, college and University, to gain valuable computer science skills. Mini computers like Raspberry Pi and the Mini Andr...

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Extended Warranty - Good Value ?

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Expensive extended warranties sold with electrical goods look set to fall under fresh scrutiny by consumer rights activists and the Office of Fair Trading - The Observer The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations - which came into force because of an EU directive at the end of May 20...

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IR Touchscreen's versatility and proven durability

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The IR touch screen is a very well established, well proven, and reliable technology. Invented in 1971, the first "touch sensor" was developed by Dr Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics) in 1983 Hewlett-Packard's HP-150 was one of the first commercially available IR touchscreen PCs with a grid of in...

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Speech Intelligibility in the Classroom

Speech Intelligibility in the Classroom
There are some serious misunderstandings that reach me about the quality of sound systems in the classroom. Unlike Hi-Fi systems where listeners are used to, and some obviously enjoy, booming bass sounds and higher pitched screaming guitars or the full range of an orchestra, the need to make the ...

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A Better School Website

A Better School Website
Two brilliant articles by Terry Freedman 14 Ways To Make Your School Website Better Let's face it: most school websites are pretty boring. True, some have improved a lot in the last few years, but they're mainly the exception that proves the rule. Looking at most school websites is like taking a ...

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Touchscreens Cost 80% Less than a Projector and Whiteboard

Touch Screens 80% lower cost than projector and whiteboard
Touchscreens now cost 80% less than the total cost of a projector and whiteboard in the classroom, they are cheaper to buy, easier to use and vastly less costly to maintain. Total Cost of Ownership - Projector and Whiteboard   US,305 (£13,536)   Total Cost of Ownership - Touchscreen  US,300 ...

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e-Learning Resources on the Internet

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Finding e-Learning Resources on the Internet By Radana Dvorak Part of the Moodle For Dummies Cheat Sheet Moodlers around the world are a great bunch of people who love to help and share their knowledge and resources. So when you become an expert or find something that has really worked for you, s...

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Moodle - Brilliant Virtual Learning Tool

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  Moodle is an Open Source (Free) Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for schools, colleges and universties. It's very popular  around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for puils and stude...

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Touch Screens Primed to Oust the Whiteboard

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Multi-touch touchscreens will soon take over from interactive whiteboards in the classroom as their enhanced learning features and lower prices make them the first choice for both new installs and replacements for life expired projector systems. Touch screens are brighter, tougher and now lower c...

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Bored out of their minds with IT ?

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At the BETT exhibition in London Michael Gove, (Education Secretary in the UK) suggests the existing curriculum in ICT has left children "bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers". That rang some bells in my head when I remember how Physics lessons left me...

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How to Choose the Best Aspect Ratio for your Touchscreen or Whiteboard

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When choosing a touch screen, LCD or whiteboard the choice of aspect ratio can be a tricky decision. Aspect Ratio is one of the most misunderstood aspects of image display. Here are some tips and insights on how to make better choices. Common aspect ratio standards are 4:3 and 16:9 but 16:10 is a...

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Apple launches the iPad into the classroom

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After revolutionising the worlds of computing and music – Apple today aimed it's might at the world of school text books in the classroom. Apple announced in New York that they are serious about dominating the textbook market, as they do with music and apps. Apple has three new products designed ...

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Purple Mash from 2Simple Software

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  Purple Mash is a fantastic addition to the 2Simple family. It is a web based programme suitable as a supplementary resource to support Literacy, Maths, ICT and thematic learning, offering a suite of creative tools. My love of the original 2Simple software has been re-ignited by this resource.  ...

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Snowflake multi-touch desktop software

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    Snowflake multi-touch software comes with over 25 applications. Snowflake Suite is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac and operates on virtually all multi-touch hardware technology platforms. Create that iPhone or iPad experience in the classroom   What others think about Snowflake "Ou...

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Edubuntu free Software for Schools

Edubuntu free Linux operating system for schools
 What is Edubuntu?  Edubuntu is a free Linux operating system and software for schools  Edubuntu is a grassroots movement, we aim to get Ubuntu into schools, homes and communities and make it easy for users to install and maintain their systems. We are students, teachers, parents and hackers who ...

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Guideline for effective school/classroom use of Interactive Whiteboards

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The EuSCRIBE Project The aim of this research was to develop guidelines for the use of IWB on behalf of European Schoolnet. Across Europe, practitioners are working at different stages with IWB. Some have had their own IWB in their classroom for years, whilst for others, this is an embryonic idea...

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WhiteBoard and Touch Screen Resources

Below are links to some excellent resources for interactive whiteboards and Touch screens. Some are specific to a certain brand, but the ideas can still be used on most of them. We aren't specifically recommending a certain brand. Some teachers of the deaf like the SMART Board because they don't ...

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EduSim 3D Virtual World for Interactive Classroom

Edusim is a free 3D multi-user virtual world platform and authoring toolkit intended for interactive whiteboards or Touch Screens in the classroom (equally powerful on the students laptop or desktop computers !).   Edusim has been tested and works on the Smartboard, Activeboard, Interwriter, Poly...

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'winners and losers' in school funding revamp

Winners and Losers in School Education Funding
Schools in middle-class areas in the UK could be in line for a “significant” budget boost under the biggest shake-up of education funding in 20 years, research suggests. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the new funding system would create winners and losers. Government attempts to overhaul c...

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Two Touch Whiteboarding Software

Two Touch Whiteboarding Software
  Two Touch Workbook whiteboarding software is now available from EdisAV. This independent feature rich software for the classroom can be used with any Interactive Whiteboard or Touch Screen display, With a site licence Teachers are free to use Workbook in any classroom and maintain and share the...

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New China Language Recruitment

New China Recruitment
At NCL we are committed to providing an exceptional recruitment service for our candidates across the world and our clients based in China. Our goal is to develop long term relationships with teachers and find the best possible teaching posts to meet immediate and long term career goals. With our...

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ITS Hong Kong - Resources on-line

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ITS provides individual and small group tuition to Hong Kong students studying a wide range of academic and personal development courses. Highly qualified and experienced international staff provides tuition to primary, secondary and undergraduate students, as well as those participating in life-...

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International School Award to Banbury School

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International School Award recognises impressive range of work by Banbury School   Banbury School in Oxfordshire, UK has been successful in retaining the International School Award. Banbury School is now accredited for the next three years.   The ISA said “Congratulations on working so hard to co...

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BETT 2012 - Exhibition Alert

  We hope to see you at the BETT show - Olympia London between 11th to 14th January 2012. The BETT organisers say "at times when technology has a vital role to play in modern teaching and learning, a visit to BETT (Enter the priority code EM11) can help you make sense of the latest education tech...

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Penrith Christian School - NSW Australia

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  Penrith Christian School is an Independent Christian Preparatory to Year 12 School, offering parents the option of one decision, one school. "We are a Ministry of ImagineNations Church and have an enviable reputation for achieving excellence in a wide range of curriculum areas, including academ...

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Litherland High School - AV Awards Finalist Project

CDEC Ltd - AV Awards 2011 Finalist uses Edis AV products for Litherland High School   A 27.5 million (US million) next-generation school which has just been completed at Litherland in Sefton, Liverpool UK was a finalist project in the AV Awards 2011 last week.The hi-tech solar powered building...

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iCreate to Educate - Stop Motion Animation

Using a PC and Webcam and basic classroom materials, including construction paper and your very own white board bits, you can make a simple animation with this free software!


Moving beyond 'blame the teacher'

The problem with schools isn't teachers; it's a management system that pushes them aside. The documentary "Waiting for "Superman" questioned the USA's public education system. (Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)     Most of the current efforts to improve public education begin with the flawed assump...

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Sandra Claassen On-line English in South Africa

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My headmaster, Paul Besener from Milnerton High School in Cape Town, South Africa forwarded me your recent email to him. Our english department teaches the grade 8's and 9's directly off my website, so it contains full modules as well as notes and activities on all aspects of the English curricul...

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A New Kind of Distance Learning

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Distance learning, elearning, blended learning - these terms do have different shades of meaning, I’d like to add another to the list - connected learning.    In a famous story about languages, researchers studying the Greenland Inuits documented their use of 15 different terms for snow. By way o...

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@School resources site

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Welcome to @school the award winning primary education site. @school is an easy to use and child friendly website organised around the UK National Curriculum for primary education at home or school at Key Stage 1 (KS1). and Key Stage 2 (KS2). @school provides online tests, interactive exercises, ...

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793 million illiterate adults around the world

Illiteracy 793 million people around the world
Illiteracy undermines efforts to combat social problems, such as poverty and diseases, and threatens social stability - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  In a message marking the International Literacy Day Thursday 8th September, Ban said that under this year's theme featuring "Literacy and Peac...

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6 Tips for Choosing Classroom Active Speakers

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Very few speaker systems are designed especially for teachers in the classroom. Here are 6 tips for choosing a classroom active speaker system based on our experience and teacher feedback:  Basic design Active speakers designed with a built-in amplifier reduce the amount of cabling and the costs ...

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BBC Resources for Teachers

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The BBC has been committed to learning since its very first schools broadcast in 1924. That commitment is part of its core mission and drives much of its output. Over the years many people have started on a journey of discovery and learning as a result of something they have seen or heard on the ...

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Projector Cable Choices

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VGA Cables are still the most used cable for projectors in education despite digital HDMI technology becoming more popular VGA Cables for installation, have different requirements to the trailing cables and cords used for direct connection or to a wall plate, as they are used where the position o...

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Cabling Nightmares - Useful Rules

Cabling Nightmare - Cabling Tips and Rules
  Tips for installing audio and video cables - especially high definition cables. Incorrect handling, pulling and installation techniques can deform audio visual cables which can then cause reflection problems which show as ghosting or a loss of signal strength which produces "snow" like effects ...

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Projectors Mounted

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Insight into projector mounts, various styles, lengths and fittings from many different suppliers with a big spread of prices. Your installer will normally decide what's needed for you but you may be interested in the choices available so that you can influence the decision. Relatively few mounts...

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Birth of a Classroom Speaker

Birth of a Classroom Active Speaker
Challenge - to design an active speaker system for interactive whiteboards that meets the needs of a classroom to a demanding target price. We researched the acoustic qualities expected of an average UK classroom, which was not good being a 10 metre by 6 metre room often with concrete floor and w...

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Speechless in the Classroom

Sound Decay Graph in a Typical Classroom
The size and shape of a classroom affects the loudness and intelligibility of speech depending on the distance between teacher and pupils. At a distance of 1 metre, the sound level of normal speech is about 60 dB. However, each doubling of the distance reduces the sound level by 6 dB. For a pupil...

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Improve Learning with more Decibels

Improve learning with more decibels
Sound reinforcement systems in the classroom can significantly improve pupils academic performance.   Pupils can spend as much as 40% to 50% of their school day involved in listening to their teacher. However, as studies have indicated (Journal of the American Medical Association) 14.9% of childr...

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How Many to Change a Projector Lamp ?

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It's not difficult to replace a projector lamp -  these tips will help though it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions in the user manual, which may also include cleaning the filters and disposal etc. Safety First Projector lamps are extremely hot when running and take a long tim...

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Amplified Classrooms - in the USA

Amplified Classroom USA
Nearly 250,000 schools have amplified classrooms in the USA so every student can focus on the lesson and not strain to hear the teacher over the ventilation system and other noises. The justification for supporting amplified classrooms is not children with hearing problems. Classrooms are install...

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Chinese Super School

Chinese Super School
I found these modern classrooms in a Chinese City awe inspiring, not only the technology but also the specialist classrooms and desking etc. A real inspiration for new ideas!      Whilst teaching methods may be different and pupils spend a very long day in a Chinese middle school I found the faci...

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Whiteboards Revived

Tips for Cleaning Whiteboards
Whiteboards can get really messy but are not too difficult to bring back to life if you follow a few simple tricks.  Don't use the wrong types of cleaning products as these may damage the surface. Abrasive cleaners remove the surface coating making it much harder to clean next time when the ink h...

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Teacher Awarded Damages for Lost Voice

Teacher who lost voice trying to make herself heard awarded £150,000   Hillingdon council in United Kingdom agrees out-of-court settlement with Joyce Walters over damage to vocal chords caused by playtime noise    A teacher of English whose voice was permanently damaged as she struggled to make h...

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