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Planet Sherston Update Heralds a New Phase in Developments for Schools
It's been a busy start to 2014 for everyone here at Planet Sherston and our huge new February update is the start of an exciting new phase in the development of Planet Sherston. Here's what's new!...
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Apr 17Posted By: PlanetComments: 0Views: 35380
Key Stage 2 Habitats
Taking your Key Stage 2 class to the local pond is a great way to discover more about your local environment. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to get up close to some intriguing minibeasts and discover their habitats. ...
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Jan 8Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 34495
BETT 2014 - What's New on Planet Sherston
There's lots to be excited about this year on Planet Sherston – starting with BETT 2014. Here's what we're sharing with visitors to stand F258, at ExCel London from Wednesday the 22nd to Saturday the 25th of January...
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Jun 1Posted By: PlanetComments: 2Views: 33253
Could the Games Console reduce the need for teachers?
The idea of making lessons more ‘interactive’ and ‘fun’ is not a new one. Teachers have been looking for ways to do this since the first blackboards were introduced into schools, never mind the latest ‘interactive whiteboards’. So what does the future hold for teaching tools? Find out in our latest blog post from Sherston's new tec...
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National Curriculum Levels Abolished: Comparing Standards in the Govian Future
Karim Derrick looks at the implications of the DfE's abolishment of National Curriculum levels and a solution, in the form of Adaptive Comparative Judgement....
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Jun 25Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 32232
The Next Minecraft?
There's no doubting the impact of video games on both adults and children alike - but it's not until recently that educationalists have noticed the potential of mainstream Video Games being adapted for school use, the most famous of which is Minecraft. Are there other games out there with the potential to be used in education? Andy Cotter...
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Jul 25Posted By: PlanetComments: 0Views: 29950
4 Ways Adaptive Learning Technology Can Improve Education
What is Adaptive Learning? All too often, what happens in a classroom falls short of what we know would be possible if money and resource were no object. In a perfect world, students would work at their own pace, have their own curriculum finely tuned to their own needs, have one-on-one attention throughout and would get detailed and instantaneous ...
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Nov 23Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 29749
Game Based Learning Can Make Homework Easier for Everyone
Game-based learning can make homework easier for everyone. With the issue of forgetful pupils and a lack of time, homework can be both stressful and time consuming for even the most well prepared of teaching staff. Andy Cotterell looks at how using a game-based learning environment online can help improve both results and completion of homework, as...
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Oct 18Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 28730
7 Points to Consider when Choosing VLEs and Learning Platforms
Sherston Software's customer service and support guru Peter Mason, discusses seven important points for consideration when choosing VLEs and Learning Platforms....
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Jul 3Posted By: Peter Comments: 3Views: 28435
Get Boys Engaged in Reading – Throw Away Your Reading Scheme!
In our 'Get Boys Engaged in Reading' blog post this week, Reeza Awoodun, Sherston's customer champion, explains why we will continue to hold back boys if we continue the 'one-size-fits-all' approach when formulating a reading scheme......
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Apr 23Posted By: PlanetComments: 1Views: 27594
William Shakespeare’s birthday - free teaching resources
It’s St Georges Day - and, as many of you will know, also the birthday of William Shakespeare. Which got us thinking, how many pupils would know how to offend an Ostler in Shakespeare’s day? Or how to complement a morisco?...
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Dec 7Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 27347
How Planet Sherston Raises Attainment
The gamification of education is becoming more and more prevalent in the classroom. Peter Mason looks at the ways you can harness game-based learning and raise attainment with Planet Sherston in your school....
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Jan 23Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 26643
Dr Steve Bunce Presents 2 Good Reasons To Go To BETT 2013
In this week's guest post, Dr. Steve Bunce discsuses his forthcoming presentations, on Sherston Software's stand F310 at BETT 2013....
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May 14Posted By: PlanetComments: 2Views: 26577
Why Game Based Learning = Good Classroom Practice
In our Game Based Learning blog post this week, Karim Derrick, Sherston's Chief Techy and mathematics educator explains why the rules that govern well designed learning games apply equally well to good classroom practice....
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Mar 13Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 25921
5 Fun Pieces of Programming History for your Pupils
We hope that last week's Hour of Code got your pupils excited about the possibilities created by computer programming – and the doorways that it can open. To keep the momentum going, here are five interesting pieces of computer programming history to share with your pupils....
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Apr 17Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 25414
3 Ways Minecraft Can Help Support the National Curriculum
In this week's post, we look at three ways that you can harness the power of Minecraft to engage your pupils in learning. Minecraft is an indie game that's available inexpensively for the PC, with a free edition available for Raspberry Pi....
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Jan 16Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 24991
To BETT or not to BETT? That is the question!
As Sherston Software makes its online digital world Planet Sherston, free for all primary schools, the company has decided not to take a stand at BETT for the first time in thirty years. Event Manager, Karen Pernyes breathes a sigh of relief on the one hand, whilst admitting she will miss the show. Here, she looks at what is so great about BETT, bu...
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May 25Posted By: PlanetComments: 3Views: 24285
Don’t Kill Off ICT!
In our Computer Programming blog post this week, Reeza Awoodun, Sherston's customer champion, explains why we are in danger of creating a future ICT curriculum programme that is too narrowly focused and will alienate some children....
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Dec 4Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 23925
3 Reasons Why We Should Teach Kids to Code
A shift in focus from ICT to Computing in the National Curriculum may seem daunting to some. Peter Mason looks at three reasons why we should be teaching programming in the classroom....
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Sherston first to receive investment from Nesta’s ‘Impact Fund’
We are proud to announce today that Sherston Software has been one of the very first companies to benefit from Nesta's Impact Fund. Nesta's contribution will enable us to push harder at the boundaries of online adaptive learning and assessment technologies...
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Apr 13Posted By: PlanetComments: 5Views: 22837
Greetings from Planet Sherston!
Hi – and welcome to the new Planet Sherston blog. Here, you’ll find the latest news about the world of Planet Sherston, content recommendations and handy hints to make sure that you get the best out of the site! ...
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Apr 25Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 22679
Choose The Right Content Providers For Your School
This week, we look at the challenges of choosing the right online content provider(s) for your school and offer practical advice on making the best decision....
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Apr 26Posted By: PlanetComments: 1Views: 22541
May Day Word Searches
Time for some May Day Fun! You always know Summer Term is well underway when May Day comes around. So we thought we’d put together some fun resources that you can share with your pupils – or even send them home with for the Bank Holiday ...
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Oct 3Posted By: Comments: 1Views: 22433
6 Ways Online Can Make Lesson Planning and Marking Easier
Planet Sherston's chief techy, Karim Derrick, discusses six ways in which online resources can save teachers time by making planning and marking easier....
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Oct 13Posted By: Comments: 0Views: 22061
Tailor your content with Adaptive Learning
Writing in this months Education Technology magazine, Peter Mason wonders why Adaptive Learning technology has not been adopted more widely in the classroom....
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