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Thank you to all my readers for you support throughout the year.

2010 has seen over EIGHTY posts on this blog!

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I have also collaborated on THIRTY Tech Tools for Teachers email newsletters with Simon Collier.

These free weekly e-newsletters for teachers offer instruction on ICT tools and sites that can be used in the classroom.

If you have some spare time over the holidays, why not check out the newsletters which are all in PDF format on this page of my blog.

We plan to continue with Tech Tools for Teachers in 2011, so if you haven’t signed up – here is the link to do so.

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Have a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas period and look our for more posts in the new year!

What was your highlight of the 2010 year?

Christmas Sites for Primary Classrooms

As we’re now getting into “Christmas mode” at school, here are some sites that might be useful in the primary classroom.

Primary Games has a wide range of flash style Christmas games for kids. Great to use on an IWB or classroom computer.

primary games christmas

North Pole is a great site for kids and teachers. There are stories, games and all sorts of interactive activities. Children can even write a letter to Santa and he will reply.

north pole

Kelly Tenkely has written a post on interactive Advent calendars which would be great to use with children on an IWB on the countdown to Christmas.

advent

Fanpop has a collection of links to 100 classic Christmas videos. Great to watch on an IWB at the end of the school year (be warned, I have found a couple that have been dubbed in foreign languages!).

fanpop

Origami Club has some step-by-step animations and printable instructions for Christmas origami such as santas, reindeer, stars etc.

origami christmas

Leave a comment if you have any other good Christmas links.

Holiday Card Exchange Project

This is the second year I have involved my class in a global Holiday Card Exchange Project.

This project, organised by iEARN, matches schools up with 7 schools from around the world. The schools then prepare an envelope of cards (Christmas, Hannukah, Chinese New Year, Eid etc) which they send to each of the schools. Part of the project involves communicating with the other schools through a forum on the iEARN website.

This project is a great way for students to learn about other cultures and traditions. We have made this map to see where all our partner schools are located.

card exchange

Find out more about the project here. This is the second iEARN project I have been involved in, having previously blogged about the Teddy Bear Exchange project. Both have been a very worthwhile experience!