Many publishers provide FREE educational support materials to help teachers and students get the most out of their products and services.

These can be in the form of

  • bite sized videos - online videos giving introductions to new and existing products and demonstrate how they can be used in the classroom
  • educational case studies - see how software can be implements across a whole school or is being used in the classroom
  • examples of good practice
  • worksheets - ready made resources available to download and use in the classroom

SS4E will continue to add to to this list of FREE resources, so please come back on a regular basis to see what is new. Why not subscribe to the SS4E newsletter to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest FREE resources for your school

3P Learning, the team behind Mathletics, the World Education Games and the Four Nations Maths Challenge now brings you The Great Reading Eggspedition! The Great Reading Eggspedition is FREE, fun and focuses pupils on their reading achievements. The two week event is completely online and is designed to help your school promote literacy. Pupils will experience a new world of reading. They will be prompted to complete lessons online, read whole books and collect rewards along the way. If you are interested in take part please click here  

New resources for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Association (ABPI) - Homeostasis, blood sugar and temperature are two things that your body must keep under very tight control, this resource looks in detail at the organs and hormones involved

New look for schoolscience.co.uk ASE's resources website had been redesigned and enhanced to put greater emphasis on news and comments for the world of science education and to make the resources, most of which are free to download more accessible. The fresher design makes it easier to access hundreds of free resources including an enhanced Teacher Zone.

Asda's School Matters website is a free educational resource for teachers, parents and children. The website, which supports the Food Standards Agency's core competencies, can be used to assist in the teaching of a broad range of subjects, with a particular focus on food education. Each section of the website aims to educate children and give them a practical awareness of food safety and food hygiene, the importance of diet and health, and the journey of food from the farm to our forks!

FREE Picture Communication Symbols to download for Boardmaker users - To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Mayer-Johnson will be releasing a FREE library of Picture Communication Symbols for Boardmaker users. You can sign up to their newsletter to ensure you find out when they are released here.

Bones4life - an online service promoting the importance of bone health. There are two separate sections one for students and one for teachers

BrainPOP is now an official  TES Teaching Resources Partner and have included 21 permanently free movies, a selection of downloadable resources including Promethean Flipcharts, SMART Notebook lesson Plans and PowerPoint 

Calibre is a free program that allows you to manage your library of eBooks and other digital materials, including conversion of digital resources for use on the Kindle. CALL Scotland have produced a free Quick Guide to Using Calibre to Read E-Books and Convert E-Pub Files for the Kindle  

Doorway Online - Doorway Online is a new collection of free learning activities provided by the Scottish Borders Council. The suite comprises highly accessible educational activities that learners will find easy to use independently. Each exercise has range of accessibility and difficulty options

Discover Europe's television heritage - EUscreen offer free online access to videos, still, text and audio fromEuropean broadcasters and audio-visual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today.The project aims to standardise and provide a framework for the diverse collections held throughout Europe and encourage exploration of Europe's rich and diverse history. Some clips are available in 14 different languages.  

From the Equality and Human Rights Commission Equal Rights, Equal Respect - free online resources to help you teach equality and human rights 

Espresso Primary have added Espresso Zoo, Kim's Phonics, Area and perimeter, Holiday safety assembly and Topical News Bites selection to the Espresso Sample Area  

Generation Green helps you to make your school more sustainable with free lesson resources and the chances to win prizes 

The Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System is a unique digital collection of information about Britain's localities as they have changed over time. Information comes from census reports, historical gazetteers, travellers' tales and historic maps, assembled into a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. This site tells you more about the project itself and about historical GIS. A separate site, funded by the UK National Lottery, has been created to make this resource available on-line to everyone, presenting our information graphically and cartographically.  This site is called A Vision of Britain Through Time and presents the history of Great Britain through places. 

Check out Highland Council's e-safety website which aims to share information, news, views and resources for professionals and interested parties in Highland  

Interactive Visual Timetable for Working Life - produced by the Down's Syndrome Association, it is ideal for sequencing any series of events, including what will happen during the day. Available from the Inclusive Technology web site

Learn Your Tables - free online resource that provides teachers with a printable assessment of how their pupils are at their 'times table' skills. There are two levels of practice questions.

LoNoteLessons - powered by the online tuition system from Gigajam. you can get eight FREE online lessons. Choose from Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums or Theory  

Some of the old MAPE (Micros and Primary Education) resources are available.  There is still open access to some of the resources developed by MAPE while for others you need a NAACE membership to access.

Microscopes for Schools is a resource for children, teachers, scientists and parents who wish to set up their own activities with microscopes

Money Works: It's your businessMoney Works is a themes resource aimed at supporting the teaching and learning of personal finance education at 14 - 19 years

Microsoft

  • UK Innovative Teachers Network - this network connects a global community of educators who share a common interest in enhancing teaching and learning through the use of technology. Within the Communities you can connect with your peers in your country and around the world to share ideas, exchange content and create virtual project teams. Find teacher created and tested educational content such as Virtual Classroom Tours, lesson plans and quick ideas that you can use right now. You can also take part in discussion on hot education topics http://blogs.msdn.com/teachers/archive/2009/09/30/video-ideas-to-help-your-teaching-and-learning.aspx
  • FREE Developer Tool for Students - Microsoft DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so they can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career. For the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This enables students to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing their learning and skills through technical design, technology, mathematics, science and engineering activities.
  • FREE Tools for Teachers Video Link
  • Photosynth - a 3D image montage tool Live Movie Maker for quick and simple movie making
  • Songsmith - musical accompaniment generator
  • Bing - a search engine that includes an instant translation tool
  • WorldWide Telescope turns your computer into a telescope
  • Sky Drive gives you 25GB of free online storage
  • Scottish Gaelic CLIP for Microsoft Office is now available and is available for download here 

Practice French, German, Spanish or Italian - each time a pupil answer a question correctly The United Nations World Food Programme 10 grains of rice go to an impoverished country

National Media Museum PDF resources that can be downloaded and reproduced to support learning in the classroom. There is also a number of websites designed to provide learning opportunities for educators and their students.

Physics in concert, brought to you by the Institute of Physics, which incorporates many features of the highly successful Ashfielid Music Festival activity: students work in teams. learn about engineering by taking on different roles and learn how physics applies in the context of planning a music event  

Investigations in Science with the Ti-Nspire Lab Station - investigations in real contexts that use data acquisition 

Serif Tutorials - Serif has produced a range of comprehensive tutorials that can be downloaded and used in the classroom

Talking Sport and Fitness - Concept Cartoon FREE sample set, a free set of four Concept Cartoons with follow up and ideas note for teachers from ASE 

Stand Against Violence - This site provides free educational anti violence teaching material. This is unique and impacting material to educate young people about violence and its consequences

Sumo Paint - free online painting package

Tuxpi- Make your pictures livelier and apply fancy effects to create real eye-catchers with this collection of easy to use photo effects. All photo tools on this site are browser based, very simple to use.

Where we used to live - a new website of maps from the past launched. The broadest single collection of historical maps from around the world is now available online. The JISC-funded site, described by its creators as like Google for old maps, will act as a central repository to a vast collection of maps held by institutions across the globe.  It is the first time that access to such an extensive collection has been made available online.  

Windows 7 Ease of Access Centre -Craig Mill has written a guide to the Windows 7 Ease of Access Centre (the replacement for the 'Accessibility Options' in previous versions of Windows). The guide is available free from the  CALL Scotland web site.Craig has also created a short video, illustrating the use of the Windows 7 Onscreen Keyboard, to accompany the guide. This is available here 




 

Note - those items in bold indicate they are the latest additions to this list.