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Yammer has been installed at Canterbury College. Yammer is a private social network that helps staff stay on top of it all. Yammer collaboration software and business applications allow you to get connected to the right people, share information across teams and organise around projects so you can go further – faster.

With Yammer, you’re always connected to co-workers, information and conversations. Tap into your network to find exactly what you need and discover things you didn’t know to quickly make decisions, get work done and keep moving.

Making a difference at work doesn’t have to be difficult. Yammer gives everyone a voice, letting you seize opportunities to go beyond your job description and share ideas to move you and your company forward.

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Plane Finder

Track the progress of flights across the sky in real time with Plane Finder, Pinkfroots live aviation web and phone app.

Map data ©2014 GeoBasis-DE/BKG (©2009), Google

Alongside the tracking of planes, there are details of flight times, speed, altitude etc. Opening a huge range of possibilities for functional skills and GCSE Maths activities.


Plickers – Clickers Simplified

Plickers is a Student response system which only requires one electronic device.

Plickers is fun, easy to use, and best of all free (60p printing costs).
Plickers requires No Electronic Devices in students’ hands – no laptops, tablets, remotes, or smartphones.
Therefore, no batteries to lose or replace, no expensive equipment to buy, no Bring Your Own Device, and no one is left out.

How it works:

  1. Each student gets a A5 piece of paper with a unique barcode shape on it – the paper clicker.
  2. The teacher asks a question and provides A,B,C,D answer options
  3. Students answer questions by showing their barcodes (paper rotated to signify different answers) to the teacher’s smartphone.
  4. The teacher gets a real-time bar graph of the answers and how many were correct in the group.

This serves as a great starter or plenary activity with students.

To get pluckers for your classroom, go to:

Paper response sheets:

For instructions on how to use (10 min video)

The Flipped Classroom

Instead of lecturing during class time and leaving students to figure out how best to do their assignments on their own at home, flip the class and give students the opportunity for hands-on activities and meaningful learning in class.

    • Record re-usable video lesson resources, so you don’t have to do it again next year. It’s easy to make minor updates to perfect lessons over time once the initial recording is done.

    • Build stronger student-teacher relationships, and promote higher level thinking. Since your class will watch the input/lectures as homework, you can spend class time working one-on-one with students to get them to surpass their potential.

    • Not all students learn at the same pace. Allow students to rewind and replay your input/lectures. Give students the time they need to process the lesson, so they come to college prepared to ask the questions they need answered.

The adaptive learning company Knewton has released an infographic in order to provide background on the flipped classroom model and why so many teachers are experimenting with it.

Flipped Classroom

For Flipped classroom ideas, check out: