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Site Review: BBC Learning - Teachers

Site URL:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/      

Content:  Resources, resources, and more resources are what educators will find here. The BBC isn’t stingy when it comes to providing teachers with a variety of content—everything from lesson plans to school-assembly ideas.

Design:  There is a lot of text on the page, and the user’s eye certainly jumps around. Once visitors get a lay of the land, however, everything falls into place. The site is divided into columns, with specific content filling each.

Tabs allow educators to flip through grade-specific content without having to navigate to other pages or open new windows.

A news section pulls in the latest educational headlines from the BBC, providing a quick glimpse of the day’s news.

The video player at the bottom of the page boasts over 8,000 videos shot specifically for teachers. Due to international licensing limits, however, none of them will play on American computers.

Review:  In terms of sheer abundance of resources, the BBC earns high marks. The quality of the lessons is high enough that it outweighs the lack of video.

Users should be warned that a slight learning curve is required when rummaging through the lesson plan archives. Unlike the American system of grade levels, the Brits use KS1, KS2, etc. Luckily, after a few minutes of looking at the ascending order of levels, one begins to decipher them.

Bottom Line:  Classroom resources, created by an international news leader and available by the truckload, make this site a gem on both sides of the pond.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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