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Teaching Resources For ICT

25/03/15

Stephen has put together his most used resources for ICT, computing and business studies. We hope you will find them useful too! 

Having your own bank of resources makes teaching so much easier. Some schools are well resourced and when you are working in those schools you are usually expected to adapt and use the resources provided which is fine. However you can frequently find yourself as a supply teacher in a position where you need to provide your own resources, often at short notice.

I do a lot of work on long-term cover in ICT, computing and business studies. Fortunately this means that I usually have computer and internet access. I used to carry around a USB drive with all my resources on it until I lost it in a school. Since then I have become a Dropbox user. Dropbox provides online storage and you can sign up for 2Gb of free storage here: https://www.dropbox.com. You can get up to 16 GB of additional free space by inviting your friends to Dropbox with a referral link.

I also use delicious which enables me to save, share and organise all my web  links online. This is another free service which you can find here https://delicious.com

Amongst the web links I have stored in delicious perhaps the most used is the TES available here https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources where other teachers share their resources for free. TES have recently introduced the ability to charge for resources so if you have a good resource that you are happy to share you can actually make a little money from it!

Teaching ICT means that http://www.teach-ict.com is another favourite of mine. Whilst many resources on here require a subscription there are still many freely available resources from one off lessons to schemes of work.

Most of us carry a mobile phone and there are numerous apps available that are useful in the classroom. One of my favourites is PhotoMath https://photomath.net/en/ which reads and solves mathematical problems by using the camera of your phone in real time. It makes maths easy and simple by educating users how to solve problems because it actually shows you the steps taken to solve an equation as well as the solution.

For modern foreign languages  it is well worth having a look at Duolingo which covers most popular languages https://www.duolingo.com

I hope that these suggestion are useful in helping you build up or add to your own resource bank.

Stephen's list of resources:

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