Planetsherston Blog Planetsherson Blog http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/rss RSS Feed (c) planetsherston.com 2012 Mindcraft - Somerset Technology Conference 2015 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Mindcraft_-_Somerset_Technology_Conference_2015 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Mindcraft_-_Somerset_Technology_Conference_2015 support_admin General 2015-10-21 10:05:26 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/151021100526_mindcraft 2015.png Thinking, Imagination and Creativity in a world of infinite possibilities. 6 tips I learned in ICT class (by the teacher they love to call ‘Mogbot’) http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/6_tips_I_learned_in_ICT_class_(by_the_teacher_they_love_to_call_‘Mogbot’) http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/6_tips_I_learned_in_ICT_class_(by_the_teacher_they_love_to_call_‘Mogbot’) justin.cooke@gmail.com Computing 2015-10-12 13:13:48 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/151012014344_Thumbnail.png Clare Mogridge is a Year 6 teacher and ICT lead at St Alban’s C of E school in Havant, as well as a freelance educational consultant and trainer. Nicknamed ‘Mogbot’ by her pupils, here she shares her top 6 tips on how to use ICT to inspire and interest kids of all ages. Why free or freemium has a place in the future of edtech http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Why_free_or_freemium_has_a_place_in_the_future_of_edtech http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Why_free_or_freemium_has_a_place_in_the_future_of_edtech support_admin General 2015-06-10 16:07:50 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/150610040750_freemium.jpg Schools need to make sure that they’re not wasting a single penny. Cathy Parker, an education consultant at Planet Sherston, discusses why she considers freemium to be a good option for them to consider. To BETT or not to BETT? That is the question! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/To_BETT_or_not_to_BETT?_That_is_the_question! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/To_BETT_or_not_to_BETT?_That_is_the_question! support_admin General 2015-01-16 16:21:15 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/150116042115_Andys BETLg.jpg 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, but takes you for a peek behind the scenes so you can see why Sherston is stepping away. Tailor your content with Adaptive Learning http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Tailor_your_content_with_Adaptive_Learning http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Tailor_your_content_with_Adaptive_Learning support_admin General 2014-10-13 14:03:22 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/141013023311_et.png Writing in this months Education Technology magazine, Peter Mason wonders why Adaptive Learning technology has not been adopted more widely in the classroom. International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day_2014 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day_2014 support_admin General 2014-09-15 15:20:06 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140915032006_jollyroger.png Friday the 19th of September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day - and that includes on Planet Sherston! Liven up your lessons with these content picks from our treasure trove of 3000+ activities! The Next Minecraft? http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/The_Next_Minecraft? http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/The_Next_Minecraft? support_admin General 2014-06-25 16:57:03 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140625045703_130418115318_mc1.png 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 Cotterell has looked at a couple that I think we could be seeing used in classrooms in the near future. Using Pupil Premium Funding on Planet Sherston to Raise Attainment in Your School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Using_Pupil_Premium_Funding_on_Planet_Sherston_to_Raise_Attainment_in_Your_School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Using_Pupil_Premium_Funding_on_Planet_Sherston_to_Raise_Attainment_in_Your_School support_admin General 2014-04-08 11:00:20 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140408110019_pupil-premium-blog.jpg The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education in 2011 and in the 2014/2015 financial year, pupil premium funding will increase to £1,300 for each eligible primary-aged pupil. Learn more about how you can use your pupil premium funding to raise attainment in your school with Planet Sherston! 5 Fun Pieces of Programming History for your Pupils http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/5_Fun_Pieces_of_Programming_History_for_your_Pupils http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/5_Fun_Pieces_of_Programming_History_for_your_Pupils support_admin Computing 2014-03-13 11:19:45 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140313111944_89359306_7fd19a3c3c.jpg 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. Planet Sherston Update Heralds a New Phase in Developments for Schools http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_Update_Heralds_a_New_Phase_in_Developments_for_Schools http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_Update_Heralds_a_New_Phase_in_Developments_for_Schools support_admin General 2014-02-26 10:28:26 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140226102825_131127112513_130425101939_122_99_pslogo.png 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! The Aliens Have Landed http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/The_Aliens_Have_Landed http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/The_Aliens_Have_Landed support_admin General 2014-02-06 09:02:00 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140206090159_alien-arrival.jpg During the past seven weeks, almost a thousand pupils from all over the UK rose to the challenge of Planet Sherston's Design an Alien competition. Learn more in this week's update Sherston first to receive investment from Nesta’s ‘Impact Fund’ http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Sherston_first_to_receive_investment_from_Nesta’s_‘Impact_Fund’ http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Sherston_first_to_receive_investment_from_Nesta’s_‘Impact_Fund’ support_admin General 2014-01-22 00:10:49 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140122121554_Nesta.jpg 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 BETT 2014 - What's New on Planet Sherston http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/BETT_2014_-_What's_New_on_Planet_Sherston http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/BETT_2014_-_What's_New_on_Planet_Sherston support_admin General 2014-01-08 11:34:36 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/140108113436_bettblog.jpg 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 Design an Alien Avatar for Planet Sherston! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Design_an_Alien_Avatar_for_Planet_Sherston! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Design_an_Alien_Avatar_for_Planet_Sherston! support_admin General 2013-12-13 14:35:25 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/131213023524_blog-image.jpg In partnership with our friends at Webanywhere, we're offering pupils at schools across the United Kingdom the opportunity to design a new alien avatar for Planet Sherston. Read on to learn more about how you can get involved! 3 Reasons Why We Should Teach Kids to Code http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/3_Reasons_Why_We_Should_Teach_Kids_to_Code http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/3_Reasons_Why_We_Should_Teach_Kids_to_Code support_admin Computing 2013-12-04 10:15:44 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/131204101544_Crystal Logo.jpg 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. Digital Learning with Planet Sherston at Porchester Junior School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Digital_Learning_with_Planet_Sherston_at_Porchester_Junior_School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Digital_Learning_with_Planet_Sherston_at_Porchester_Junior_School support_admin Computing 2013-11-27 11:25:13 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/131127112513_130425101939_122_99_pslogo.png This week, we welcome Simon Widdowson from Porchester Junior School to the Planet Sherston blog. Simon looks at how Planet Sherston's resources can be used to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing. Planet Sherston takes its award winning content to Malta http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_takes_its_award_winning_content_to_Malta http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_takes_its_award_winning_content_to_Malta support_admin General 2013-11-22 08:22:16 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/131122092317_Malta-blog.jpg Planet Sherston has teamed up with the leading Romanian software house SIVECO, to deliver a project (co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund) to provide interactive digital content based on the Maltese Primary School Curriculum to over 100 schools in Malta, by the end of July 2014. National Curriculum Levels Abolished: Comparing Standards in the Govian Future http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/National_Curriculum_Levels_Abolished:_Comparing_Standards_in_the_Govian_Future http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/National_Curriculum_Levels_Abolished:_Comparing_Standards_in_the_Govian_Future support_admin General 2013-07-15 10:31:57 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130715103157_121018113345_boywriting.jpg 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. Choose The Right Content Providers For Your School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Choose_The_Right_Content_Providers_For_Your_School http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Choose_The_Right_Content_Providers_For_Your_School support_admin General 2013-04-25 10:10:09 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130425101939_122_99_pslogo.png 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. 3 Ways Minecraft Can Help Support the National Curriculum http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/3_Ways_Minecraft_Can_Help_Support_the_National_Curriculum http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/3_Ways_Minecraft_Can_Help_Support_the_National_Curriculum support_admin General 2013-04-17 17:13:31 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130418115318_mc1.png 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. Planet Sherston Supports Comic Relief http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_Supports_Comic_Relief http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Planet_Sherston_Supports_Comic_Relief support_admin General 2013-03-05 09:08:56 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130305105105_red-nose-blog4.jpg This March, Planet Sherston is supporting Comic Relief. Red Nose Day is back on Friday the 15th of March 2013. Learn more in this post. Dr Steve Bunce Presents 2 Good Reasons To Go To BETT 2013 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Dr_Steve_Bunce_Presents_2_Good_Reasons_To_Go_To_BETT_2013 http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Dr_Steve_Bunce_Presents_2_Good_Reasons_To_Go_To_BETT_2013 support_admin General 2013-01-23 11:46:47 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130123011431_Steve Bunce 2.JPG In this week's guest post, Dr. Steve Bunce discsuses his forthcoming presentations, on Sherston Software's stand F310 at BETT 2013. Top Tips For A Great BETT http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Top_Tips_For_A_Great_BETT http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Top_Tips_For_A_Great_BETT support_admin General 2013-01-17 11:50:13 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/130117115013_bett2013_AWD4.png With the 2013 BETT Show fast approaching, we offer our top tips for ensuring you get the most from your visit. How Planet Sherston Raises Attainment http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/How_Planet_Sherston_Raises_Attainment http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/How_Planet_Sherston_Raises_Attainment support_admin General 2012-12-07 09:20:51 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/121207092051_120725064925_Screen Shot 2012-07-25 at 18.42.33.png 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. Game Based Learning Can Make Homework Easier for Everyone http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Game_Based_Learning_Can_Make_Homework_Easier_for_Everyone http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Game_Based_Learning_Can_Make_Homework_Easier_for_Everyone support_admin General 2012-11-23 11:15:00 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/121123111500_120601105240_631px-Video_Game_Barnstar_Hires.png 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 well as making the life of the teacher easier. 7 Points to Consider when Choosing VLEs and Learning Platforms http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/7_Points_to_Consider_when_Choosing_VLEs_and_Learning_Platforms http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/7_Points_to_Consider_when_Choosing_VLEs_and_Learning_Platforms support_admin General 2012-10-18 11:24:26 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/121018113345_boywriting.jpg Sherston Software's customer service and support guru Peter Mason, discusses seven important points for consideration when choosing VLEs and Learning Platforms. 6 Ways Online Can Make Lesson Planning and Marking Easier http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/6_Ways_Online_Can_Make_Lesson_Planning_and_Marking_Easier http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/6_Ways_Online_Can_Make_Lesson_Planning_and_Marking_Easier support_admin General 2012-10-03 13:16:59 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/121003011659_120423113922_Gbox quill.jpeg Planet Sherston's chief techy, Karim Derrick, discusses six ways in which online resources can save teachers time by making planning and marking easier. 4 Ways Adaptive Learning Technology Can Improve Education http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/4_Ways_Adaptive_Learning_Technology_Can_Improve_Education_ http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/4_Ways_Adaptive_Learning_Technology_Can_Improve_Education_ admin General 2012-07-25 18:49:25 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120725064925_Screen Shot 2012-07-25 at 18.42.33.png 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 feedback on everything they do. The reality though, is that we have usually over 30 students in our classrooms. Personalising the curriculum to this degree is just not practical or indeed possible. Could Adaptive Learning offer a solution? Get Boys Engaged in Reading – Throw Away Your Reading Scheme! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Get_Boys_Engaged_in_Reading_–_Throw_Away_Your_Reading_Scheme! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Get_Boys_Engaged_in_Reading_–_Throw_Away_Your_Reading_Scheme! peter_admin English 2012-07-03 13:11:36 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120703011136_boy-reading.jpg 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... Ignoring the Creative Curriculum Threatens UK Dominance of Creative Industries http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Ignoring_the_Creative_Curriculum_Threatens_UK_Dominance_of_Creative_Industries http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Ignoring_the_Creative_Curriculum_Threatens_UK_Dominance_of_Creative_Industries admin General 2012-06-20 15:23:24 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120620032324_singapore.png In our blog article this week, Sherston's Karim Derrick reflects that whilst the UK is moving towards a more academic, more traditional curriculum, Singapore is moving toward a more creative, more holistic curriculum. Is it possible that this trend will see the UK hand over our competitive advantage in the Creative Industries to our fast growing competitors? Could the Games Console reduce the need for teachers? http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Could_the_Games_Console_reduce_the_need_for_teachers? http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Could_the_Games_Console_reduce_the_need_for_teachers? admin General 2012-06-01 10:52:40 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120601105240_631px-Video_Game_Barnstar_Hires.png 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 technical support recruit, Andy Cotterell. Don’t Kill Off ICT! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Don’t_Kill_Off_ICT! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Don’t_Kill_Off_ICT! admin General 2012-05-25 09:31:50 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120525093150_Crystal-Logo.jpg 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. Why Game Based Learning = Good Classroom Practice http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Why_Game_Based_Learning_=_Good_Classroom_Practice http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Why_Game_Based_Learning_=_Good_Classroom_Practice admin General 2012-05-14 13:33:52 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120514013352_Atari-2600-Joystick.jpg 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. May Day Word Searches http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/May_Day_Word_Searches http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/May_Day_Word_Searches admin English 2012-04-26 16:10:39 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120426041039_Screen Shot 2012-04-26 at 16.09.38.png 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 William Shakespeare’s birthday - free teaching resources http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/William_Shakespeare’s_birthday_-_free_teaching_resources http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/William_Shakespeare’s_birthday_-_free_teaching_resources admin English 2012-04-23 11:39:22 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120423113922_Gbox quill.jpeg 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? Earth Day 2012 - free classroom resources http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Earth_Day_2012_-_free_classroom_resources http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Earth_Day_2012_-_free_classroom_resources admin Geography 2012-04-19 18:22:49 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120419064108_Waste Cycle.jpeg Did you know that around one billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day 2012 this Sunday? People from all backgrounds and from countries all around the world will be showing how much they care about our collective home and how much we need to do to protect it. Download our free Planet Sherston resources to use in your classroom. Key Stage 2 Habitats http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Key_Stage_2_Habitats http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Key_Stage_2_Habitats admin Science 2012-04-17 13:52:52 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120417015252_Screen Shot 2012-04-17 at 13.52.27.png 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. Greetings from Planet Sherston! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Greetings_from_Planet_Sherston! http://www.planetsherston.com/blog/article/Greetings_from_Planet_Sherston! admin General 2012-04-13 10:53:02 http://www.planetsherston.com/https://planetsherston-data.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/blog/120417020719_407490_293383554043591_162625387119409_779083_1503973661_n.jpg 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!