Tesco has teamed up with Google+ to bring online field trips into UK primary schools for the first time today. Pupils will learn about food production from the banana plantations of Costa Rica to the creameries of North Yorkshire during real time, interactive ‘visits’.
Here are nine other ways in which digital is creating more educational opportunities than ever before:
Oppia is a new open-source platform from Google. It allows anyone to create interactive online learning activities that give feedback at every stage.
The DIY app is, basically, digital Scouts. The user takes on certain challenges to learn new skills and is rewarded with a badge.
The Raspberry Pi (credit-card-size computer) is being used in schools to help children learn to program. It will become even bigger over the next few years, because coding will become part of the national curriculum for UK schools from September.
Not very exciting, but cloud computing is becoming fundamental in schools.
Glovico offers students online language lessons with a native speaker living in another country.
KnowRe is designed to provide students with the most personalised and engaging learning experience. I went to the Education Show earlier this year and there were lots of apps for customising learning to a child’s ability.
Discoverables is a fun platform to help teens develop key skills that will benefit them in later life.
Glogster EDU is a global education platform that empowers students and educators to create interactive online posters that include text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, and much more. It encourages students to take control of their own learning in a fun way by promoting independent thought, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Mindmeister is a great mind-mapping tool. It’s a free app that can help students develop and organise project ideas.
Jon Davie is managing director of Tesco’s digital agency Zone