Websites of the month: Nov 2012

Websites of the month: Nov 2012

What's hot on the web this month?

Jeans for Genes Day: Genes Are Us

Free teaching resources from Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day has created 4 compelling new films about children living with genetic disorders, as well as free downloadable resources.

  • Meet Ashley who is 11 and has Treacher Collins syndrome meaning he was born without a jaw, cheekbones and ears.  Ashley shows us how he gets around the daily challenges that his symptoms present and how he deals with the bullying that he has experienced as a result.
  • Luke's mum has Huntington's Disease and he has a 50% chance of inheriting it from her. Will he take the test when he reaches 18 to find out if he has the faulty gene?
  • 10 year old Tamilore has Sickle Cell Anaemia and often experiences debilitating pain. His limited physical health has a knock on effect on his education, hobbies and acceptance by others.
  • Imagine having to spend 1.5 hours every morning just to take medicine to keep you healthy.  16 year old Ryan actively chooses activities that help to alleviate his symptoms and prolong his life, from playing football to playing the trumpet.

Where in the World?

Where in the world

A new interactive destination tool aimed at younger travellers and animal enthusiasts has been launched, focusing on wildlife around the world.

The 'Where in the World?' map allows viewers to look up concise information on different animals globally, and also find out which times seasonally they are more likely to spot them. Younger travellers will be able to find out animal facts such as appearance, eating habits, weight and size, and filter animal types by 'air', 'land' and 'sea'.

Travellers can make suggestions of which animals they'd like to include (or even their favourite animals) and new information layers can be added and co-created. The tool was co-created by First Choice, Propellernet and animation company RamJam.

Digital Schoolhouse

Digital Schoolhouse

The Digital Schoolhouse is a project for the teaching of Computer Science and ICT offering free resources to teachers and schools.  As well as being able to download lessons plans and ideas for activities, teachers can book places on their teacher training courses run in association with Brunel and Reading Universities.

For more information and to access the resources page at Digital Schoolhouse click here.

 

Where in the World?

Where in the world

First Choice and Propellernet have launched a new interactive destination tool aimed at younger travellers and animal enthusiasts, focusing on wildlife around the world.

The 'Where in the World?' map allows viewers to look up concise information on different animals globally, and also find out which times seasonally they are more likely to spot them. Younger travellers will be able to find out animal facts such as appearance, eating habits, weight and size, and filter animal types by 'air', 'land' and 'sea'.

Travellers can make suggestions of which animals they'd like to include (or even their favourite animals) and new information layers can be added and co-created with animation company RamJam.

The Children's University of Manchester

Childrens University of Manchester

An interactive, online learning resource for Key Stage 2 pupils from The University of Manchester. Topics include energy, the environment, medicines, senses and the human body. Content includes educational games, downloadable resources and video clips.

We particularly enjoyed the Viruses section - find out everything you can before the flu season arrives!