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2.4 TES Connect – Finding a suitable resource

TES Connect is one example of a resource sharing website where educators can share and download teaching and learning resources. It may already be part of your PLN.

If you are not registered on this site, you will need to do so in order to complete the following activities. Registration is free – https://account.tes.co.uk/ Register [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Activity 7

Timing: 45 minutes

Watch again this video featuring Kayleigh talking about her regular use of the TES Connect website to find and share teaching and learning resources.

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Now consider a forthcoming lesson or topic you are planning to teach. Search the TES Connect Teaching Resources and shortlist three to five resources that may be suitable for your lesson. Mark each of these resources as a favourite using the tool provided on the website. (You will use these resources later in Activity 10). Think about the factors that help refine the search process.

Discussion

There are a number of factors to consider that may help refine the search process. These include:

  • What are your learning objectives for the lesson?
  • Who is the resource for? Is it for a particular class or age group?
  • What subject and topic area is it for?
  • Does the format of the resource matter, for example are you looking for an image, audio recording, video, document or interactive whiteboard file?
  • What type of resource are you seeking, for example an activity, a game, a poster, a lesson plan?
  • Is it tied to a particular event, for example Christmas, World Maths Day, Holocaust Memorial Day or Science Week?
  • Are there particular key words that will help identify suitable resources?

You will now have a shortlist of potential resources to use in a lesson. In the next section you will review and evaluate these resources and select one to adapt for your learners.

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