EdCom 9/11 Education ProgrammeStill from EdCom 9/11 Education ProgrammeNo such thing as a free lunch? When it comes to digital and online teaching materials for teachers that’s not true. What’s required is a creative and careful balance between the communications desires of sponsor organisations and the needs of schools.

This week sees the launch of a brand new website, edcomsteachers.com, specialising in free resources for teachers, and from a company that specialises in creating them, EdComs. It kicks off with 40 free, high-quality teaching resources, for both primary and secondary schools, and a competition.

EdComs' Sophie Bessemer reveals some secrets of her trade – creating excellent education resources

Free digital resourcesHow do you decide what is a good teaching resource? High quality, relevant to the curriculum, engaging, and preferably free would probably cover it. You may also be looking for age appropriate, and interesting design and a teaching approach that you follow and understand.

As teachers you’ll be bombarded with “information” about stuff you simply can’t do without. Be it through the post or via e-mail, there are so many resources being produced that it is hard to distinguish the wheat from the chaff. So how do you filter or choose what to look at and order?

Chris Drage talks to Nelson Thornes about the challenge for publishers in the digital age – and discovers 'Kerboodle'
screenshotkerboodleNelson Thornes moved in towards a blended learning approach – tradition and digital publishing – much earlier than many of its rivals. Working with the AQA exam board, Nelson Thornes decided that it would not just publish the supporting books for GCSE and A-level but a range of interactive online resources as well.

These include reinforcement materials and test-and-assess activities for all of the GCSE and A Level subjects. Thornes Thornes stuck its collective neck out where other publishers fear to tread with an online service called Kerboodle which already has more than 500,000 active users.