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3.1 TES Connect – selecting a resource

The quantity of resources available is huge and selecting one that suits your needs can be overwhelming. The following activity will equip you with tools to manage the selection process.

Activity 9

Timing: 10 minutes

Watch again this video featuring Martyn discussing how he shortlists resources from the TES Connect website and the factors he considers during this selection process.

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Reflect on the processes he follows and consider how you could use these in your own search.

In Activity 7you shortlisted a number of resources that may be of use in a forthcoming lesson. The next stage is selecting one of these and adapting it for use in your setting.

Activity 10

Timing: 30 minutes

Consider the resources you shortlisted in Activity 7. These should be stored in your favourites section on the TES Connect Resources website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Make a brief list of the factors that you should consider when making your final choice. Re-examine your selected resources and choose one to adapt for use in your setting. When you have made your selection, download the resource and save it on your computer. You will go on to adapt your chosen resource in Activity 11.

Discussion

  • Has the resource been reviewed by other users?
    • If so, read a selection of the reviews.
    • If not, has the creator uploaded other resources? If so, are there any reviews of those resources that may be indicative?
  • Is the resource in a file format that you can open and edit? For example, it may have been created for a particular interactive whiteboard.
  • What learning outcomes does the resource address? Do these align, at least in part, with what you are trying to achieve in your lesson?
  • Can you be reasonably confident that you are not infringing copyright by using the resource? In other words, do you believe the person who shared the resource had the right to do so? If in doubt, it is better not to use it.
  • Do you have all the equipment necessary to use the resource, for example an interactive whiteboard, a specific book, art materials and so on, or can you see how the resource could be adapted for your needs?

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