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3 Evaluate and adapt resources

The internet has had a transformative effect on the volume and range of materials that teachers and other educators can access. Doing a simple internet search can lead to hundreds of thousands of results, and the challenge can be to narrow this down and find quality resources that meet your needs.

This can be a time-consuming process, however, there are some ways that the process can be accelerated. There are many websites that act as repositories for teaching resources, and where communities of users have built up around them.

Activity 8

Timing: 30 minutes

Spend a few minutes exploring some of the teaching resource websites listed below. Those listed are a small selection of the sites available. Factors you may wish to consider when using the sites include:

  • How have the resources been categorised?
  • How easy is it to find a resource for your area of interest?
  • Have the resources been reviewed or rated?

Take note of the sites that you might like to investigate further at a later date. Are there any that you could see becoming part of your personal learning network?

Please note that while these sites are free to use, some may require you to register before accessing a resource.

The Guardian Teacher Network teacher-network [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

An extensive site offering a range of community-created resources, alongside a number of other services for teachers.

Share my lesson

An American site modelled on TES Connect. Whilst resources are clearly tailored to US standards and curricular, it can be useful to see a different perspective or approach to common topics and subject areas.

Primary Resources

An independent site that hosts a wealth of resources aimed at those in a primary setting.