We're up and running with a complete redesign and upgrade to the tutor2u website.
It's a big project for us and the website developers over the summer and we're really excited about the potential to make our website work much more effectively for over 30 million unique users who visit us each year!
The initial phase involves us trying to get as much feedback from users as possible - to help identify the key problems that need fixing and also prioritise the additional functionality we're hoping to include in the new site!
Join Graham Prior, Ellie Willard and Michelle Stephenson in London on 20 June 2014 for a resource-packed celebration of teaching & learning for every department!
The Engaged Learner is a new CPD course from tutor2u that is packed full of practical ideas to improve the quality of teaching and learning within every classroom.
The Engaged Learner course provides teachers with an amazing collection of resources and strategies that can be used immediately within the classroom allowing teachers to deliver more creative, effective and outstanding lessons
During the day we look at:
- An array of bellwork and starter activities to inspire and engage learners from the moment they enter the classroom;
- Plenaries allowing teachers to effectively review student progress against the learning objectives;
- Questioning techniques to expand and deepen student learning
- Strategies for whole-class, individual, and group-work including activities to promote collaborative learning
- Winning techniques to promote higher order thinking and independent learning
What an amazing year 2013 has turned out to be for our sister company zondle!
In the last six months of 2013 alone, the free game-based learning platform added just short of 250,000 new users. Over 20,000 of these new "zondlers" were teaching colleagues from around the globe.
zondle is now fast approaching 1 million registered users, making it one of the fastest-growing EdTech startups worldwide.
zondle's users were busy in 2013 too. There are now approximately 1.5 million questions available covering over 130,000 topics. Around 1 million zondle games are now being played each month and that activity level is rising every week. I can only imagine how busy zondle will be as we head into the traditional exam revision season in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
I think it's fair to say that we are delighted to have invested in zondle in 2011 and with a further substantial investment during 2013.
zondle is a unique web and mobile platform that empowers teachers, engages students and enhances learning. Among many other features, teachers can create games to match exactly their teaching aims (any subject, any level, any language) and their students’ learning needs (to consolidate classroom learning, for formative or summative assessment, or to prepare for high‐stakes tests and examinations).
Doug, Wayne and Ben have added some fantastic new functionality to zondle during 2013. Some of the key developments to zondle during 2013 have been:
Improved monitoring of student activity. You can now see exactly when students logged in, played games, created topics and redeemed Teacher Goodies in a quick and easy to use graphical interface.
Setting folders of resources to students on zondle and zondle Mobile
We highly recommend that you take a little time to visit zondle, register for free and have a go at using free game-based learning in your teaching!
One of the many highlights for tutor2u in 2013 was the EntrepreneurLIVE! 2013 roadshow which connected over 3,000 students and business teachers to a fantastic group of young and successful Entrepreneurs.
We still have a few copies left of the EntrepreneurLIVE! 2013 student booklet. This full-colour booklet contains useful profiles of the entrepreneurs who presented, their start-up stories and further teaching & learning resources for student follow-up.
If you would like one of the remaining free copies, just visit the link below (the booklet is at the foot of the page), add it to the cart and checkout. We'll pop it into the post for you.
In the two weeks before Christmas the team in the tutor2u office were busy shipping hundreds of CPD resource taster packs TBBLE, WOW! Economics and WOW! Politics
We still have a few left - have you requested yours yet? If not, please go ahead. Here are the links:
We're also working on the final details for CPD taster packs for the following CPD courses:
If you have colleagues teaching Law, Geography or History who you feel might like a resource pack, please share this blog link with them!
The IB Business & Management case study for 2014 has been released. It is based on the hypothetical hotel - The Imperial. Once again the tutor2u IB Business & Management blog will provide a range of lesson ideas and activities to help your student prepare for the May and Nov 2014 exams.
A tutor2u Case Study Pack on The Imperial, written by Paul Hoang, Margaret Ducie and Urvashi Sharma, will be available in mid-January 2014.
The Case Study Pack can be pre-ordered now and will be sent to colleagues as soon as it is completed.
Order the Imperial Case Study Pack online:
Jon and Graham have been busy in the tutor2u Learning Lab creating a new seasonal PowerPoint Learning Game.
In this classic editable quiz, students are challenged to reveal and answer the 24 questions behind the advent calendar windows.
Which student team will come out on top? They'll have to be quick - they have a maximum of 60 seconds to answer each question.
We've pre-loaded 24 Christmas trivia questions in the free download version of this game.
Of course you are free to edit those questions - perhaps by adding in some subject-specific ones! As with all our PowerPoint Learning Games, this is real easy to do. Feel free to share this with all your teaching colleagues!
The PowerPoint file comes with full teacher instructions and also a team answer sheet. Team scores are managed within the game, although you can always use a different way of keeping score if you wish.
Jonny and Graham have locked themselves away in the tutor2u Learning Lab over the last few weeks and they've just emerged looking somewhat weary, but proudly carrying new teaching & learning activities which we're sure will help engage your students and enliven learning.
Just launched are Trapdoor! and Focus Circle.
In Trapdoor, students have to identify which of the 16 suggested answers are correct - can they avoid falling through the floor? An ideal bell work activity or something to break up a longer lesson - and great fun too!
Focus Circle is all about concentration and topic knowledge. Students are shown the Focus Circle which has up to 4 topic areas (categories) inside and up to 18 words/ phrases around the circle which belong to the different categories. Students select 1 of the topic areas and decide which of the key words/ phrases belong inside the Focus Circle (words that are specifically related to that topic area)
Focus Circle can be used as a bell work activity (an activity that is on the board as students enter the room), a starter or plenary for topics that have recently been covered or as a way of introducing new information that has not previously been covered
With all our PowerPoint learning activities, all you need to do is add some content - maybe some definitions, a few multiple-choice questions or some key terms, dates or quotes. Each activity is fully editable and are ideal for sharing with other departments and teachers in your school or college! Each resource is provided as a network licence for the whole school or institution.
You can see our full collection of resources here:
Alternatively, download a printable order form, decide which resources you'd like for your school or college and send it to us!
tutor2u, the leading digital education publisher for Business, Economics & the Humanities, has agreed to take a substantially increased stake in zondle, the fast-growing specialist in games-based learning.
zondle is managed by Wayne Holmes, Doug Lapsley and Ben Barton (ex Pearson, Granada Learning, Rising Stars & Harcourt) and has seen huge growth in users and traffic (doubling both since January 2013) and has begun generating revenues in the UK.
Commenting on tutor2u's investment, Jim Riley (Managing Director, tutor2u) said:
"We are delighted to take advantage of the opportunity to invest further in zondle which has developed hugely since we first took a stake in the business. zondle's innovative games-based learning platform has already enabled tutor2u to broaden our offer to teachers and students in our core subjects and we are now rolling this out across a wider range of curriculum areas."
“zondle’s platform is a core part of our investment in teaching & learning resources that can be accessed and delivered via mobile devices. We have also commissioned zondle to develop a new student portal within the tutor2u website”.
"The UK educational system faces significant and disruptive curriculum change over the next two years and our teacher and student community will look to partners like zondle and tutor2u to support them as the changes take effect.. Many of the larger print-based educational publishers are still struggling to meet the needs of digital education and the combination of tutor2u and zondle will enable us to continue to grow rapidly through outstanding innovation, quality and value".
“As the tutor2u and zondle teams have worked closely together over the last 18 months, it has become clear that we share the same core values. Both tutor2u and zondle love education – wherever it takes place – and we are both committed to working directly with teachers, students, parents and other educational stakeholders to improve the quality of teaching and learning.”
Ben Barton from zondle commented:
“We are so pleased that our partner, tutor2u, has agreed to significantly increase its investment in zondle at this time. tutor2u are clearly market leading in developing content that teachers actually use to support their students and the growing tutor2u team understands technology and the new landscape of education which will help zondle build on its early successes.”
“The closer ties with tutor2u and the increased investment mean a step change for both our organizations as we take on the more established resource providers in the UK and abroad and continue to deliver fantastic support for teachers and students.”
We've recently moved over to a new service which allows you to have daily digests sent from any of our subject blogs. This is a great way to keep in touch with new resources as they are added and to get first news of student and teacher events. To sign-up for this service, please complete the form below and then reply to the confirmation opt-in email that will be sent to you.read more...»
A quick reminder about our collection of revision toolkits for pre-released case studies and stimulus materials. These are popular support materials in the run-up to exams this summer and many are now available. We're working hard to complete the remaining toolkits by the end of March.read more...»
Jon Clark, our Head of Innovation, has been hard at work creating this new resource which is likely to be useful to and shared by all the departments in our school or college!
Of course, you could just keep it a secret to yourself!
Super Teacher Utility Belt comprises four easy-to-use and quick PowerPoint utilities to help teachers in make their lessons more interactive.
These are a:
- Random Name Generator: allows you to randomly pick a name from your class
- Scoreboard: a simple scoreboard to add up scores for any team-based exercise in your class
- EggTimer: uses a Powerpoint slide as an egg-timer for any activity in class
- Countdown Clock: gives a simple on-screen message about how long there is left until a significant event (e.g. deadline for assignment or exam date)
Teaching and Practice Resources from zondle and tutor2u
Are you looking for great resources to help your Year 6 children achieve their potential in the new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test?
zondle and tutor2u have been working with primary teachers across the UK to develop a comprehensive set of resources to help teachers deliver a structured programme of preparation for the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests being held for the first time in May 2013.
Together, we’ve created two flexible resource packages which will keep your students motivated as they prepare for the test and will keep you informed about your students’ progress.
Most importantly, these resources will save you lots of work!read more...»
tutor2u has today launched a new collection of games-based learning resources which use editable PowerPoint files as the basis for engaging and effective classroom learning.
The first three game formats are:
Bingo! - The classic bingo format with a neat educational twist! In our version, students match the definitions given to them as part of a ‘bingo card’ with key phrases shown on the randomly drawn ‘bingo balls’ on screen.
Hangman - Another classic format given a shake-up by allowed you to determine how many incorrect guesses are allowed before grisly gallows are completed!
Memory Blast - a new memory-straining format which helps students test understanding of key definitions. Can they handle duel task of identifying the definitions of key phrases whilst remembering where those definitions are placed on the screen?
Millions of teachers and students use PowerPoint everyday in the classroom and tutor2u's PowerPoint games-based learning collection is being developed to provide schools and colleges with cost-effective ways of making learning more engaging and effective.
Each PowerPoint game is provided as an editable PowerPoint file. All you need to do is add some content suitable for the topic or lesson you are teaching. Some of our game formats are designed to support definitions and/or key terms. Others use multiple-choice questions. They are ideal as lesson starters, group activities or even whole-lesson resources.read more...»
Welcome to 2013! We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing break and that your students put in some suitable revision during their holidays too!
We're now hard at work preparing for our busiest-ever programme of CPD and Student Revision Workshops this term. I thought I would drop you a note with a quick summary of the programme together with links for more information if there is something of interest to you and colleagues.
Here are the upcoming diary dates and links:read more...»
We’re fast approaching a well-deserved break for all Economics & Business Teachers everywhere! We’ve had quite a few calls into the office recently asking for suggestions for CPD courses in the New Year so I thought I would highlight the courses that we are running early in 2013.
Places at all our CPD courses in 2012/13 are priced at £190 (+VAT) for a single delegate and £125 (+VAT) for departmental groups of two or more delegates.read more...»
Bring your Economics Classroom Right Up-to-date with the UK Economy Chart Room 2012
An updated and thoroughly revised UK Economy Chart Room poster set is now available for immediate dispatch
The aim of these posters is to provide teachers with a set of colour A3 data charts offering students a sense of how the figures have moved over recent years but also bringing them up to speed with the latest developments.
The sixteen charts in the latest edition of UK Chartroom cover the following data series:
- Tracking the Economic Cycle
- Components of Aggregate Demand
- Base Rates, GDP growth and Inflation
- Real Value Added in Selected Industries
- RPI and CPI Inflation rates
- The Cost of Borrowing in the UK
- Sterling Exchange Rate and the Trade Balance
- Household consumption and the savings ratio
- Unemployment rates - claimant count and LFS Regional unemployment rates in the UK
- Unemployment in selected OECD countries
- UK Fiscal Balance and Economic Growth
- UK Bonds, Government Borrowing & the Output Gap
- Yields on 10 Year Bonds - A European Perspective
- Balance of Payments on Current Account
- Estimated Trend Growth Rates
These posters make an ideal classroom resource and can be referred to many times during an AS or A2 macro course.
A complete set of A3 posters together with a digital copy of each is available for just £20.
Many tutor2u regulars will know that there is a connection between Tadcaster Grammar School (located in a leafy part of the lovely North Yorkshire) and Eton College (in a similarly beautiful part of Berkshire). Geoff is a Master at Eton, whereas my offspring (Miss T2U and Master T2U) attend TGS.
A couple of weeks ago, the boys at Eton launched what turned out to be a viral hit version of the gangnam dance - Eton Style.
But now Tadcaster has hit back with a typically gritty, northern version (i.e. telling it as it really is).
So, in the interests of balance (and family harmony), we proudly present the two videos...read more...»
We know our teaching colleagues love
to have great resources to help make lessons more engaging and
revision more effective.
So, we've decided to build a comprehensive suite of multiple-choice questions and topics, across a wider range of subjects, to support our major investment in games-based learning.
- Could you be a subject expert and leader in the tutor2u team?
- Do you have the skills and experience to help us build a fantastic collection of high-quality questions that would be ideal for revision and classroom learning?
At this stage, all you need to do is fill in this short form linked below and I will reply with more information on how you can get involved, the benefits to you and the next steps.
For the right candidates, we're offering a generous payment option and we'll also ensure that your school or college benefits appropriately from the teaching resources you help us create.
For Phase One of this project, we are specifically looking for experienced contributors with expertise in one or more of the following subjects at Level 2 (e.g. GCSE, BTEC First) and Level 3 (e.g. GCE, BTEC National):
Accounting | Business Studies | Economics | Politics | Mathematics | English Literature | English Language | Law | Sociology | Psychology | History | Geography | Chemistry | Biology | Physics | MFL
Please follow this link below to show an interest in joining the team. And don't forget to pass this opportunity onto colleagues in other departments who you think might be suitable and interested in getting involved.
You may remember that this time last year we took a stake in a games-based learning platform called Zondle, with the aim of developing resources for mobile learning.
Well It’s here! Version 1 of our new revision app. Details below about the new App, how to get hold of it, what you can do with it and our development plans.
The app is available right now from for Android and Apple device users: download it from:
We’re now busy adding content that can be accessed via the mobile app - you’ll see this appear in the tutor2u resource folder structure when you access the app. This content includes the weekly Biz Quiz and Economics in the News quizzes.
Please note; you'll need a free Zondle user account to be able to access all the app resources.
We've been grateful to receive many positive testimonials about tutor2u in recent years, including several hundred when we were named as the Smarta 100 winners in 2011. Here are some of the comments which we've received which makes us all proud of what has been achieved to-date and also determined to continue improving and expanding the tutor2u service.read more...»
A quick note to let you know that Mark Tottman’s superb strategic analysis of Supergroup is now available.
Mark has provided a comprehensive analysis of the pre-release material on Supergroup, taking each piece of evidence in turn to help explain to students the key issues raised. The strategic issues facing Supergroup and the options available to them are then analysed and evaluated in some depth.
We’re also maintaining a section on the Business Studies blog which provides updates on developments at Supergroup as we go through the period up to the exam.
Here are 3 suggested lesson activities to get Economics students up and running this term…
The Economics blogging team are fired up and raring to go, with the aim of supporting you and your students throughout 2012/13.
As we start a new school year we thought you might like a selection of lesson activities that could help engage your students with our wonderful subject…
Do you have a resource or teaching activity that you find works really well with returning or new class sets? If you do, we’d love to share it with thousands of colleagues around the world via the Economics Blog. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved [http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/site/contact-us/] and join the Economics blogging team.
...and don’t forget that there are now almost 300 Economics & Business teachers over in our Linkedin Teacher Community sharing ideas and resources. You are particularly welcome to join the community
A new academic year starts for most of us this week. So here are three new business studies lesson activities that might help get the students thinking about the real world of business.
Each time you launch this interactive quiz, ten well-known business people are drawn from the quiz database. Can your students work out who they are?
A relatively simple (and easy?) task of spotting the business brand, part of which is displayed on the worksheet.
Which businesses decided to become sponsors of the London 2012 Games and which did not take part? Our PowerPoint Wipeout format is used for this quick activity.
We’ll be adding lots more resources to the Business Studies blog over the next week - so do keep visiting regularly.
Don’t forget that we also now have a growing Business Teacher community over on Linkedin (200+ colleagues have joined this week alone) - another great way of sharing ideas and resources as we begin a fresh school year.
Jim & the team
Something new from tutor2u for 2012/13 and already this is proving a popular feature for our growing network of enthusiastic Economics & Business Studies teachers!
Our Economics & Business Teacher Community over on Linkedin is a very much like a virtual departmental staffroom. No students. Just time to read, discuss topics with like-minded colleagues and share ideas and resources.
If you’d like to get involved, please do come over and join the group.
Lots of interesting topic discussions already, not the least being some disquiet over the standard and method of exam paper marking this summer. I’m sure you and your colleagues have a view on this too - come over and share it.
The tutor2u Business Studies team are hard at work creating loads of new teaching & revision resources for 2012/13.
Just uploaded to the Business Studies Blog are some additional revision quizzes. Here are the links:
tutor2u has recorded a 9 million increase in unique user visits to www.tutor2u.net, rise of 64% over 2010.
In the twelve months to December 2011, unique user visits are expected to reach 22.5 million compared with 13.6 million in 2010.
The tutor2u website continues to draw visitors from a broad range of international schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Whilst the UK continues to be the leading source of visitors (38% in 2011), significant user growth was sourced from India (8.5%), Malaysia (3.3%), Singapore (1.9%), Hong Kong (1.8%) and the UAE (1.8%).
A noticeable feature of the user growth was the growing use of mobile devices to access the tutor2u teaching and revision resources. Visits using smartphones and tablets increased by 332% in 2011 and now represent over 5% of visits.
The user statistics exclude traffic for tutor2u’s other family of websites including the Moodle VLE which currently hosts over 5,000 A Level students and teachers.
The most significant growth in user visits has arisen in the current academic year (2011/12) and, as a result, it is expected that traffic in 2012 will exceed 35 million visits.
The team at tutor2u’s sister firm Zondle have been hard at work developing a superb new resource for primary phonics teaching and learning. Watch this space in early 2012 for the launch. Here is a sneak preview:
Welcome to zondlescape 005, more ideas, news and links from the team at zondle!
Primary/elementary ideas of the week:
@Primarypete_ has written an excellent blog, explaining how he’s very successfully using zondle in his classroom!
Secondary/middle/high topic of the week:
Review your ‘German Greetings and Polite Phrases’ whilst playing Crystal Canon! Thanks to Frau Mahler for this superb topic!
Did you know…
You can create your very own zondle! Make your own personal zondle avatar, to represent you on zondle! Choose colours, clothes and bizarre hair!!
Zondle Connect of the week:
‘Is it a noun? Is it a verb?’ (created by jejal) in Penalty Shootout, embedded into the ‘Student Vocabulary Study Room - roots, prefixes, suffixes’ page on Mr Tedesco’s - English Class blog by apprentice zondle power user joetedesco!
A balanced view of games-based learning in the Huffington Post. An easy and informative read.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can make zondle better for you!
Doug and Ben
You may remember that tutor2u recently announced it had invested in Zondle.com, a provider of free games-based online learning. We caught up with the Zondle team and it’s fair to say that we’re even more excited than ever about how Zondle is progressing and growing.
Doug, the ace developer at Zondle has been been hard at work adding new features, including one suggested by a tutor2u blogger (Gareth Williams!). I have described these upgrades further below and also used the excellent Zondle video guides which show you the new features in action.
If you have a moment, please do go over to the Zondle site. Its a terrific platform to enable you (and your students) to create and share lesson activities. Zondle topics and quizzes are ideal for revision too. Best of all, Zondle is free!
Here is the link:read more...»