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!
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.
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.”
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...»
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.
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.
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.
We’re thinking ahead to school year 2011/12 right now and we’ve got a new resource for you which we hope will support your teaching in the months ahead.
Give It A Go! is our new teacher resource blog - and this one is a little different. It is designed to provide support for the whole school in terms of ideas, approaches and resources which can be used across the curriculum and shared between departments. The focus of the blog is on creative teaching - ways to engage students, encourage participation and make learning memorable.
The Give It A Go Blog is now up and running with an initial selection of ideas - come over and take a look.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest Give It A Go resources by following the blog on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/t2uGiveItAGo) or by opting to receive the email digest whenever new materials are made available to download or try. To receive this digest, please follow this link:
We hope that you find the teaching ideas on the new blog useful. Please let your colleagues know about it - particularly in other deparments who you think might like to try some new approaches to creative teaching and learning.
We’re excited about the news that tutor2u has agreed to take a shareholding in Zondle, a fast-growing specialist in games-based learning. The press release is provided below.read more...»
tutor2u has agreed to sponsor the Wetherby Junior Cricket League (WJCL) for the 2011 season.
The WJCl is one of the most active junior cricket leagues in the UK with teams competing at all age groups from under 9s to under 17s. A total of over 1,000 junior cricketers are registered with the league in 2011, participating in over 650 league and cup fixtures.
Commenting on the league sponsorship deal, Jim Riley (Managing Director of tutor2u) said:
“We are delighted to be associated with the WJCL and to have the opportunity to support such a superb example of how to encourage youngsters to get involved in sport. The standard of cricket in the WJCL is improving and we are impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the junior team coaches who help young cricketers gain so much from a wonderful sport.”
Tom Kilby, Head of Junior Cricket at the WJCL commented:
“The support we receive from tutor2U is vital for the development of an improving league, not only financially in providing coaches and equipment, but also the genuine interest and enthusiasm shown by tutor2u for local sport within the area. With the improvement being seen the league are starting to provide players for county age groups, something almost unheard of a couple of years ago.”
The AS & A2 economics exams are approaching fast and we’re providing a new series of revision resources on the Economics blog to help students over the finishing line!
Our UK Economy at a Glance 2011 is a one-page summary of the key UK economic variables updated to April 2011 so students can refer to up-to-date information in their exam answers. Download it from here:
The blog also features a new category - “Exam Advice” with a new series of posts which explain how students can improve their exam technique in economics. There are two fresh posts already, with more lined up to appear over the next week or so. Here is the link:
tutor2u (www.tutor2u.net) has announced a 53% growth in unique user visits during 2010. In the 12 months to December 2010, the main tutor2u site had 13.8 million visits, an increase of 4.8 million on 2009. Revenues from the sale of Teacher CPD events, student workshops and digital learning resources increased by 52% over the same period.
A quick note to let you know about our speaker programme for the Business Teacher National Conference on 30 June 2011. We’re busy inviting people who we think would provide an inspiring end to a long academic year - and we’ve had two early invites accepted!
First up is Sir Terry Leahy, currently CEO of Tesco plc and perhaps Britain’s most respected business person. Sir Terry is currently working for a week at the checkouts of his local Tesco stores (something he does every Christmas) as a way of keeping in touch with customers and employees. Sir Terry will lead a conference session helping us understand the challenges of growing and managing a complex, multinational business. I can imagine there will be plenty of questions too from colleagues keen to get the inside track they can share with their students on topics such as leadership, branding, retailing and much more!
I’m also delighted that Kirsty Henshaw has agreed to join us and talk about how her appearance on Dragon’s Den has led her to become one of the most talked-about young entrepreneurs in the UK. Did you see Kirsty in the Den? It was perhaps the most emotional, inspiring pitch the Den has seen. With backing from Peter and Duncan, Kirsty has gone on to achieve enormous success during 2010 with her Worthenshaw’s Freedom range. A terrific case study for just about every business specification - and I’m hoping we can arrange a product tasting session too!
We’re hoping to have some other “big” news about speakers shortly. In the meantime, provisional bookings for the conference are now being accepted - the link is below:
Happy new year and welcome back! A quick update here on some new economics resources and events coming up this Easter term.
European Economy 2011 Revision Guide
Just published, our 2011 European Union Economy Revision Guide is designed to support A2 students taking papers in June 2011. Exam boards require students to have an understanding of how developments and policies in the European Union can affect markets, industries and the overall macroeconomic performance of the UK. This new guide provides comprehensive coverage of all the key topics and issues relating to the European economy.
Rory Sutherland To Speak at 2011 Economics Teacher National Conference
This should be fun! Rory Sutherland, Vice-Chairman of the Ogilvy Group UK, has agreed to join us as one of the speakers at the 2011 Economics Teacher National Conference at the British Library on Wednesday 29 June 2011. Rory is a passionate and gifted communicator who has specialised in analysing how ideas drawn from behavioural economics can be harnessed in marketing and in developing public policy. His two TED talks (Life Lessons from an Ad Man and Sweating the Small Stuff) have fast become legendary on the internet and a great hit with Economics teachers and students alike. Not to be missed!
Teach GCSE Economics 2011 - Fresh Ideas for Teaching KS4 Economics
Lots of bookings coming in now for our first CPD conference dedicated to the teaching of GCSE Economics. Amy Chapman and Innes Robinson - our two superb GCSE Economics Blog editors - are putting a terrific programme together for the day. It will be suitable for all exam boards and will cover a range of approaches, resources and teaching ideas to make your GCSE Economics course even more successful and enjoyable. The day will also be suitable for teachers who deliver the economics elements of business specifications and who want some new ways of engaging with their students in a fast-changing subject. The date for Teach GCSE Economics is on Friday 11 February 2011 at the Guoman Charing Cross.
UK Economy in Focus 2011
Our free, regularly updated main macroeconomic presentation on developments in and prospects for the UK economy is now available. All of the data charts have been brought up to speed and the resource is available as a streamed presentation and also as a pdf handout.
AS & A2 Economics Revision Workshops March 2011
Our AS & A2 microeconomics revision workshops prior to Christmas 2010 were a sell-out and its looking like our macro-focused workshops in London & Manchester will be full too. Please get your provisional bookings in as soon as possible to get an allocation of places whilst you wait for students to confirm their attendance.
How to encourage students to collaborate and share their learning - that has been the underlying theme of several popular new resources on tutor2u this week. These approaches work across all subjects, though the examples give below are for Economics & Business Studies.read more...»
tutor2u, a leading provider of e-learning resources and training events for secondary education, has recorded further growth in its online services. During September 2010, the number of unique visitor sessions to tutor2u’s main website (www.tutor2u.net) rose to 1.28 million, up 76.7% on September 2009.
Social media sources were a key part of the increased website traffic. Visitors from Facebook.com increased by 397.9% as a result of the launch of tutor2u’s new Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/tutor2u). By the end of September 2010, over 1,500 users had joined the Facebook page which was launched in late August. Traffic sourced from Twitter increased by 167.1%
The main tutor2u website (www.tutor2u.net) recorded a 68.5% increase in user traffic during August 2010. Traditionally the quietest period of the academic year, unique user visits to tutor2u increased to 707,680 in August 2010 compared with 420,020 in August 2009. Direct traffic increased from 9.2% to 10.0% and traffic from referring sites rose from 8.1% in August 2009 to 11.0%.
The UK continued to be the top country source for site visitors, followed by the USA, India, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.
We have a new Facebook page and it will be full of news, links to resources and other goodies as the year develops. Have a look here! And perhaps sign up as a facebook fan!
The RES has just announced the result of the Young Economist 2010. Details from here
Many congratulations to the three winners and to all the shortlisted entrants and their teachers.
I have developed a short presentation on aspects of the open web of learning and the opportunities it creates for teachers in the UK and beyond to fully embrace the web as a platform for collaborative teaching and learning. Many of the examples and ideas were generated by discussions with and presentations given by fellow delegates at the recent Australian MoodleMoot.
Streamed: Presentation available here
Welcome back from the summer break (what summer?). The economic clouds might still be a little dark and threatening, but there has never been a better time to teach Economics with the subject booming and student numbers firmly on the rise! Our aim this year is simply to provide even more resources and support for you, your colleagues and students. So here is a new selection to get you started:read more...»
The tutor2u subject blogs have just passed another key milestone. We’ve chalked up 2 million page impressions since the new blogs were introduced back in the spring of 2008.
Many thanks to all of you who read and contribute to the blogs.
A warm welcome to tutor2u. Regular users of the website will notice some changes in the coming weeks and months. We’re moving to a new content platform that enables us to make even more free study and teacher resources available. We’re adding new blogs, discussion boards, podcasts, videos, interactive tutorials and much more. With over 1 million website users every month, we thought it was time to raise our game and focus on our strengths - helping teachers and students achieve the best possible grades in our featured subjects. Keep visiting the site!