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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Daydream Teams up with Market Leading Interactive Touchscreen Provider CleverTouch!

    Clevertouch Daydream Education

    Daydream Education is thrilled to be teaming up with Clevertouch, the market leading interactive touchscreen from Sahara, for the launch of its innovative Cleverstore!

    For a limited time, all of Daydream’s award-winning educational apps will be available to CleverTouch customers for FREE through the fantastic new Cleverstore.

    The store boasts a wide-range of curriculum-based apps which have been specifically formatted for use with large interactive screens. All apps on the Cleverstore have been rigorously tested to ensure they are appropriate for the classroom and they have been stripped of ads and in-app purchases, enabling teachers to download subject or key stage apps for free.

    Shaun Marklew, Sales and Marketing Director at Clevertouch comments “Using touch devices and apps is second nature to children and teenagers. We are thrilled to be able to offer Clevertouch users leading apps from respected developers such as StoryToys, Daydream Education and MindMeister.   Cleverstore has been designed to give teachers instant access to a library of interactive tools they can trust to help bring lessons to life and improve the learning experience for their pupils.

    Craig Moss, Marketing Manager at Daydream Education says, “Cleverstore provides teachers with instant access to a wide variety of ground-breaking apps like our mathstutor suite of apps, which help improve creativity, innovation and engagement in the classroom. The fantastic teaching and learning resources available in the Cleverstore adds significant value to the Clevertouch Plus and we’re proud to be a part of that.”        

    For more information about Clever Touch and the Cleverstore, click on one of the links below.

  • 10 Reasons for Teaching Foreign Languages!

    HELLO in eight different languages

    Physiological studies have shown that learning a foreign language from a young age has huge psychological benefits - increasing critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind.

    Below are 10 reasons why the teaching of foreign languages is so important and should be prioritised in education.

    1. Improves Overall Educational Performance

    Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign language learning peers in verbal and maths standardised tests, indicating that learning additional language is a cognitive activity not just a linguistic one. The brain, like any muscle, functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorising rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental muscle.

    2. Improves Understanding of English

    Studying a foreign language, helps make grammatical concepts and rules in English become clearer. Children use what they learn in one language to reinforce what they've learned in another.

    3. Encourages Positive Attitudes Towards Foreign Languages

    If pupils are brought through primary school with a positive attitude to foreign languages, they are more likely to choose and do well at languages in secondary school and beyond.

    4. Build Multitasking Skills

    Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. According to a study from the Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill makes them good at multi-tasking. In one study, participants used a driving simulator while doing separate, distracting tasks at the same time. The research found that people who spoke more than one language made fewer errors in their driving.

     5. Improves Memory 

    Educators often liken the brain to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorising rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” This exercise improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.

    6. Introduces new Cultures and Broadens Pupils' Horizons

    Learning a new language opens doors to new cultures, traditions and festivals, and will help pupils appreciate other cultures and understand our global society.

    7. Opens up Great Career Opportunities 

    Although career opportunities may be off the radar for most primary school aged pupils, being bi-lingual provides  huge opportunities later in life. As the world becomes more global, businesses will be looking for employees who can communicate in multiple languages.

    8. Improves Decision Making Skills

    According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Any language contains nuance and subtle implications in its vocabulary, and these biases can subconsciously influence your judgment. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.

    9. Easy to Incorporate into Lessons!

    Foreign language learning can be easily incorporated into other lessons and vice versa. For example, using foreign language commands in PE, or learning more about the country geographically or culturally.

    10. It's Fun!

    Learning new languages is best performed through games and activities that are fun for pupils. Repetition and practice are essential in language learning, so games such as bingo, Simon says and Chinese whispers are great ways of making learning fun.

    To support your Foreign Languages teaching, we offering a 15% discount on all of our languages posters throughout June. Simply enter the code JUNE15 at checkout. Our colourful and engaging posters provide the building blocks for deeper learning and are a great way of supporting your foreign language teaching and activities.

    For more information on our full range of French, Spanish and German posters click here.

     

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