Category Archives: Misc

the right Blended learning mix

DSC_0754Once again yTeach team joined the leaders of international education at the IB Africa, Europe, Middle East Annual Conference. We have enjoyed every bit of the event from the enormous interest in our digital solutions for teaching to lovely weather and food. Presentations about blended learning and technology in the classroom confirmed the need of implementing technology in schools but at the same time reassured the need for passionate and open-minded teachers in the redesigned schools of the future.

According to Denise Perrault, IB Head of Online Learning, already 100% of students in secondary schools in Singapore use online learning. And using it becomes a standard across the world, edit1regardless of the development level of a country. Being used in over 50 countries including USA, Vietnam, the UK, New Zealand and Mauritius, yTeach is a powerful example of how technology can help reduce the impact of limited resources of school districts and classrooms in particular on the quality and relevance of the teaching material.

Watch yTeach new video cases to see how successfully it is used in daily teaching across the globe.

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Parabola here, parabola there

Some people see parabolas just on the blackboard or smartboards in the mathematical context. These people are obviously wrong, as parabolas are virtually everywhere, like, say, taxes or Starbucks. To give you a quick example: a goal kick in football, human-cannon shot or angry birds game as Tim Chartier writes in his blog post. They all involve a body (sometimes literally) moving in a parabolic motion.

At yTeach we prefer playing basketball to practice parabolas (more sweat and fun + no birds get hurt). And you can easily explain how they work in the context of a game with all math input right there on the same screen. Take your own parabola personal free shot here. Show it to your students and don’t forget to bring an actual ball of some kind into the class.yTeach parabola free shot

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The science behind football

footballWith Euro 2012 football (I mean soccer, of course) tournament well in progress, there is little else that would capture your football-loving pupils attention. One obvious thing it can be used for in the classroom is to introduce topic of probability. With 18 different sets of student activities, yTeach portal makes it easy to go about this not-that-obvious aspect of mathematics. You can click here to view the activities.

But not only math(s) is easier to explain by making a reference to football realities – how else can you explain all the different forces, acceleration, friction, movements and balance if not by taking your class out to the pitch or school yard, playing with them and discussing the science behind it? Naturally, you can also use yTeach resources – like this one – to introduce the subject or give your students the general idea and to review their knowledge when back from the pitch.

Not very common but quite successful in my opinion is the astronomy reference in football prepared for such occasions by our team – you can easily make your students get the big picture of the universe and grasp the dimensions by showing them this neat animation.

And Chemists – be sure to check this brilliant article on chemistryviews.org.

As you can see you can successfully utilize the Euro 2012 hype in your teaching and make your students enjoy learning from it.

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Simple as that!

We’ll start with some pretty basic info about us.

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  1. Yteach portal creator and owner is Young Digital Planet (YDP, we call it) – a company with over 20 years of experience in supporting educational solution to schools. YDP has a multitude of products and services designed exclusively for schools, teachers and learners. You can learn about all about it on our website.
  2. Yteach has been around for 5 years now, all of the resources were prepared by professional teachers (from UK) in cooperation with programmers. It was a  beta version first, tested in several schools in the UK and then made available to the world-wide teaching community.
  3. There are actually two almost identical portals (yes, but quite different when it comes to the curriculum layout):
    yteach.co.uk – for UK schools and schools with UK-based curriculum. Visit the portal.
    yteach.com – for the schools around the world, with a flexible and adaptible curriculum structure. Visit the portal.
  4. There are 30.000 resources available for science and math subjects on upper primary, lower- and upper-secondary level. All of them are interactive and highly engaging. Among them you will find lessons, whiteboard presentations, student activities and many more…
  5. We are passionate about what we do (both professionally and personally). Our team are constantly trying to make the modern teaching experience better for you – educators. One of many examples is yTeach Academy project launched at the beginning of 2012. Learn more about it here.

Are you curious about anything else relating yteach?

Feel free to post any questions or comments below.

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Yet another blog?

Well?

You’ll say: “The best digital resource for teaching? It’s obvious! The one which aids education in a smart way.” And yes, you are right.  We believe we managed to have created one – yteach – teacher’s workspace and resources for modern teachers which makes it easy to use smart ICT solutions in any classroom.

So why this blog?

To share great stuff about our portal, resources and teaching in general. We hope it can become a platform for exchanging teaching ideas and experiences (not only those connected to yteach) with other teachers around the world (and we mean the world as our service is used in schools in over 50 countries worldwide now).

Why now?

It’s spring here, in Europe – the best time to start new things. And even better for great things like this blog.

What can I expect from this blog?

Quality materials about teaching math and science subjects (but not only!). We’ll have lesson of the week, polls, surveys, lesson plans and education-related news from around the globe. And quite soon we’re going to organize “Teacher of the Month” regular contest to award teachers who break their backs to motivate their students with diverse activities and still have time for leisure.

So if you’re already using yteach, follow this blog to enhance your experience with this portal.

If not, stay in touch and see for yourself why ICT-aided teaching is beneficial (and fun as well) for teachers, students and education in general.

See you soon…

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