Category Archives: PLN Links to resources

A page to hold links to other websites which have useful tools and other content

More Resources for ICT This carefully crafted website contains absolutely everything you would need to learn about IT with great quizzes included.  The authors have given a lot of time to making the site really usable and easy to navigate.  The amount of information could be overwhelming if it had not been categorized so well.  There is plenty of information and ideas for students and good quality links and resources for teachers too.  The site even includes ideas for lesson plans and another feature i really like were the free posters available to download and print yourself, a very useful resource for preparing a classroom.  Even if your specialism is not IT this site might just get your creative juices flowing and help you develop an exciting lesson in your own field.

Additional Resources

A site I particularly like is ICT Magic.  This Wiki created by Martin Burret has masses of links to ICT resources for teachers and learners alike.  His recommendations are really useful and new content is added regularly.  I follow him on Twitter and get the updates for his Wiki weekly.  I have found some of the applications really useful and enjoy reading about how other teachers utilize the tools and applications.

Videos I would not use for my target audience

These videos while very informative and well made are above the level of most students aged 11-16 years.  They are more suited to ‘A’ level and Degree level revision of Computing.

Colossus Part 1  A video about the Colossus machine which has been rebuilt and is housed in Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes.  It was used in the code breaking during the Second World War.

Colossus Part 2 The second in the series about Colossus.

More useful sites for learning about computers – History

The sites in this section are mostly about the history of computing and provide good background material for general understanding.  The videos are suitable for 11 to 16 year olds with an interest in computing.

Alan Turing considered to be one of the fore fathers of computing.  This video is a brief biography of Turing’s work and his life.  It also looks at the Enigma Machine and Turing’s answer to it the Bombe’.  It also introduces the idea of artificial Intelligence.

The Bombe’ Part 1.  A history video about Bletchley Park and the Machine used to decode the Enigma Codes.

The Bombe’ Part 2. The second part of the history of Bletchley Park and the Bombe’ showing the machine running and the presenter using the Enigma machine.


Useful websites to help you learn about computing

The BBC Webwise site contains lots of useful information to help you get started on your journey learning about computers.  A collection of short videos explain the fundamentals of computers and  some of the most common uses with a really good section on online safety.  Unfortunately this site is being closed as part of a stream lining measures at the BBC.

The content is clear and concise with easily read text.  Shame it’s being closed.

BBC bitesize for ICT is designed to help students to achieve a GCSE in ICTIt contains revision exercises to help you get the most out of the site. As well as tasks and a test so you can gauge your level of ability.  The site is suitable for people age 11 to 16 in secondary school but can also be used by other people interested in computing.