Joined-up thinking

2nd December 2005 at 00:00
Hull EG is the result of a project initiated by Creative Partnerships and Hull local Authority. It aims to link all the secondary schools in the city and provide teachers and pupils with examples of good practice in a range of subject areas as well as showcasing creative ways of teaching and learning. Supported by Children and Young People's Services in Hull, it provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination by forming partnerships with creative and cultural organisations. The site provides an interactive and animated web space offering the opportunity to add examples of work as well as reading about, and learning from, projects in other schools. Hull EG currently covers the core curriculum subjects of English, maths and science as well as citizenship, art, PE and MFL. There is also additional information such as careers advice, websites, lesson plans, course materials and examples of pupils' work.


Two enterprising students who turned their school coursework into a business have won recognition for their online innovation that helps students learn to manage money. James Hodson and Andrew Benn's interactive classroom resource was part of their ICT A-level project and has led to James being nominated for the Institute of Directors' Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Enterprise advisors working with their Coventry school, Finham Park, were so impressed by the young businessmen and their creation that they commissioned them to work with Cadbury World in Birmingham to develop a challenge to help thousands of students learn about financial literacy. The software helps students to learn about business functions and develop their enterprise capabilities through group work as well as understand the importance of prioritising available resources for maximum gain. The website's support of Enterprise Education within PSHE and citizenship in secondary schools has led to the company being awarded status as a national supplier for schools. Schools can spend their e-learning credits on Get With It's package of flexible lesson plans and teacher resources, as well as interactive activities for students.


A new web portal has been created to connect people in developing countries to course materials from universities across the globe. The Development Gateway Foundation's Open Educational Resources portal features free course materials and other educational content offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Chinese Open Resources for Education and other institutions around the world. While content on the Open Educational Resources portal is particularly aimed at educators, students and self-learners in developing countries, it is available for everyone.


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