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Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

Chris Wilson recommended an amazing tool called ‘The Scale of the Universe’. It starts off at human scale, and you can zoom in and zoom out to the extremes of the scale of the universe.

What would you do with this tool in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Newspaper adverts

For April, I have planned a month of advert-themed prompts on Infinite ELT Ideas. Here is the first:

I saw these two adverts very soon one after the other before a film at the cinema last week. They advertise two famous newspapers in the UK, The Sun and The Guardian.

While writing this post, I also found a satirical reworking of The Guardian video as if made by The Sun.

What would you do with these videos (separately or together) in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Interactive migrations map

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This fascinating migration map shows immigration and emigration statistics around the world, based on 2007 figures. It’s quite addictive!

What would you do with this map in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Debatepedia

Debatepedia is an encyclopedia of debate topics covering everything you can possibly imagine. Here is a screenshot of the umbrella categories they divide the topics into:

Debatepedia screenshotThe whole site was created by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) to collect pro and con arguments for debated topics in one place, thereby making it easier to promote debate supported by evidence. It is built along the lines of Wikipedia, so it is constantly evolving. As far as possible, each pro/con argument is also backed up by evidence from other websites. For example, here is a link to the debate on teacher-student friendships on facebook.

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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BBC Homepage

I’m sure all of us have visited the BBC homepage at some point – I know I go there at least twice a day. It’s a rich source of authentic teaching materials.

What would you do with it in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

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Geograph website – photographing Britain and Ireland

Geograph is a project to collect photographs representing every grid square in Britain and Ireland. They also have a games section where you can try locating photos on the map. This is an example of one of the images:

Big Fish, Belfast

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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Stamps

What would you do with these stamps in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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