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Welcome to the blog of Studyzone.tv. This blog will include posts on the use of technology in the classroom, teaching in general and tutorials on how to make the most of www.studyzone.tv.

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Classroom response systems - two free tools explored

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What techniques do you use to gauge understanding from your students? How do you really know if they understand what you’ve taught? Obviously marking work is very informative, but wouldn’t it be better to have a clearer understanding as you're teaching? Whilst self-assessment methods such as thumbs up can be effective, they also suffer two main problems; peer pressure and the fact that students can be misguided in their level of understanding. Through the use of student response systems it is possible to gain a greater depth of understanding of how our students’ are rea... (Read More)

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Top Tip - Moving pupils between classes

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It's the end of the acamedic year and it's time to start thinking about saying goodbye to students as they move to their next class or their next school. Luckily, with Studyzone.tv it's easy to move add new students and move students between classes. If you can use a spreadsheet, you can do this. Here's how:   Loading the player...   Look out for lots of new tools and resources for September, including: Spelling, punctuation and grammar resources New maths curriculum resources for year 6 Multi-player games New tools to motivate your students &nbs... (Read More)

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Top Tip - How to set and manage homework

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Studyzone.tv activities make an excellent homework task; many games automatically adapt their questions to meet the students' needs, whilst instant feedback and the inclusion of leader boards stimulate students to achieve more. In this video, you'll learn how to set a piece of homework for a group of students to complete, adding certain homework expectations along the way. You'll also learn how to mark off homework manually, accounting for students with valid excuses for why it may not have been completed.   Loading the player... Photo used under Creative Commons lice... (Read More)

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Top Tip - How to manage pupil groups

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Teachers are always working with different groups of children; perhaps they're extending the more able, or working with target childen who find a particular concept hard. By creating groups in Studyzone, you can easily allocate tasks to specific children very quickly. I use this all the time, either to set homework for different ability groups, or set early work tasks for specific children who found a concept difficult in a previous lesson. In this video, you'll learn how to create groups and allocate students to a group.   Loading the player... Once you've mastered t... (Read More)

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Top Tip - How to manage pupil accounts as a teacher

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As a classroom teacher, I was determined to make the creation of pupil accounts on studyzone.tv as quick and simple as possible and I think this has been achieved. In a matter of seconds, you can create accounts for ever student in your class or school and even print off personalised login cards for them to use.   As this new school year begins, I thought it would be helpful to explore this process with our first Top Tip video.   Loading the player...   When a student logins to studyzone.tv, all their scores and activities are saved. As a result,... (Read More)

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