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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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Quotation Form on yTeach

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Every school is different and as we have over 5000 schools from all over the world registered with yTeach, we decided to better recognize their varied needs. We have therefore introduced Quotation Form on yTeach. To receive an offer for your school, district or even your “homeschooling facility” just fill out the form and click send. We will be glad to provide you with a quotation catered to your needs and possibilities.

Hope you are as excited as we are about this new feature.

Below you will find quick links to the forms.

For UK-based programs – get quote

For international programs – get quote

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yTeach.co.uk portal in use – interview with eLearning and Innovations Director

Recently we had the pleasure to host Elaine Cork from Gravesend Grammar School in Kent, England. She gave us insight about the portal usability and suggested new features based on her school’s needs. Watch this interview to find out what’s the history of Gravesend School becoming digital.

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Elementary particles – resource of the week

resourceThis week’s free resource about the elementary particles can be a great introduction to the concept of particle-based world and to the activities of STFC – Large Hadron Collider.

This digital lesson will introduce atoms, nucleons and electrons, strange elementary particles, quarks, antiparticles and antimatter, annihilation and creation and standard model – a great range of topics presented in a varied interactive way.

Now, at the website of the LHC you can find a handy guide to the basic physics concepts – called LHC “Big Questions”. Among others they ask the following:

  1. Why do particles have mass?
  2. How did our universe come to be the way it is?
  3. What kind of Universe do we live in?
  4. What happened in the Big Bang?

Put these questions as tasks for your students and see what answers they can come up with based on their knowledge and the lesson’s input.

The importance of connecting theory and activity with practical knowledge and recent research outcomes is undisputed. Let us know how your students liked the digital lesson and how they coped with LHC Big Questions.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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Free resource of the week

Relativity unveiled

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This week we are sharing a great, multimedia-packed class activity about the theory of relativity. It was designed for learners aged 17-19 and is rich in content and different comprehension tests. After completing it your students should be able to:

  • explain the equivalence principle
  • explain how GPS receivers work
  • apply the theory of relativity in everyday situations
  • describe the effects resulting from the general theory of relativity including the deflection of light, the precession of the orbits of planets, the slowing of time and the curvature of space.

Engage, teach, revise

Take advantage of this engaging set using the links below. These resources will be available for free only until Saturday, 23rd of June.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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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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