Digital resources for UK-based educators and families

Guest Blogger
Mar 05, 2013
Scholastic began in the US more than 90 years ago, but did you know we’re now an international company with operations in 13 countries and exports to more than 150 countries?! Tim Major, the Director of Online Resources in Scholastic UK, is here to talk about some of the awesome digital tools they provide. Thanks, Tim! Educators and families in the UK are embracing the digital world! In the UK, Scholastic’s online education resource banks have bridged the divide between traditional magazines and the convenience of the web. Places like Nursery Education (for teachers of children aged 0 to 5) and Child Education (for teachers of children aged 5 to 11) are updated regularly with new lesson plans, interactive games, activity sheets and discussion features. And there are many free resources as well as those specifically for subscribers. Because there’s so much digital content out there, we listen closely to our subscribers to find out what’s working for them and what’s not. They tell us that they use the cross-curricular lesson plans for long-term preparation and the interactive games and activity sheets for last-minute planning – so if you do the same, you’re not alone! The resources have an emphasis on fun and are topic-based, covering everything from Romans and Tudors to Space, Dinosaurs and Food. (For instance, our most popular resource downloads this week include an interactive panorama of the Great Fire of London, a ‘Grammar Safari Park’ game, an Egyptian hieroglyphic puzzle sheet and a ‘Design-a-Dinosaur’ game.) But, we’re also mindful of where you – our customers – are spending your time online. And the answer is – no surprise here – Facebook! So our Nursery Education and Child Education teams have also made the move to Facebook in order to spread the word about the resource banks as well as other terrific educational resources from Scholastic. We hope you’ll Like us there and join the conversations! There’s also the Scholastic UK Teachers page, a one-stop area to find out what’s new in UK education – especially important this year as the government has published draft versions of a new primary curriculum for first teaching in September 2014. Facebook users can find links to free resources and competitions to win prizes from signed books to school trips. We’ll also make sure that teachers are well prepared for important upcoming events such as World Book Day on 7 March! Some of the most popular Facebook posts so far have been images showing children’s own work – guaranteed to brighten up any teacher’s day! If you’re based in the UK or are just interested in following UK educational matters, hop over to the Scholastic UK Teachers page today. And, be sure to say hi below. It’s always nice to get to know our UK readers!