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Tailor iUgo to your planning needs

Tailor iUgo to your planning needs

Team teaching with iUgo is a no-brainer for teacher Jo Ander.When Jo’s Whanganui High School colleague started playing around with iUgo, she was hooked.“We’re always on the look-out for new resources. iUgo’s free 30-day trial and fantastic IT support meant it was a...

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Transparent planning with iUgo

Transparent planning with iUgo

Elmgrove Primary School teacher Grant Peacock is only too happy to show his planning to colleagues and parents.  It’s rare to come by that kind of confidence in an environment where teachers are under relentless pressure to show improved outcomes. Yet...

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Grumbling About Time Spent Planning?

Grumbling About Time Spent Planning?

iUgo brings little efficiencies that add up to a big lot, says Kerikeri’s Riverview School teacher and team leader, John Bowron.John first tinkered with iUgo in 2015 when he was curious about what it could offer. Now he doesn’t look back.“My planning used to be...

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Quality planning at all levels with iUgo

Quality planning at all levels with iUgo

Deputy principal Anne-Maree McDougall took a closer look at iUgo and liked what she saw.At Mercury Bay Area School in Whitianga, Anne-Maree’s team all use iUgo at different levels to help organise their planning.Anne-Maree says “Teachers are time-poor. iUgo is...

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Weekly Planner tip: Start and end times

Weekly Planner tip: Start and end times

You can easily change the start and end time of your day on your Weekly Planner by clicking on the Cog and selecting Settings.In the pop-up that appears you can change the start and end times to suit you.

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Free Up Your Weekends With iUgo

Free Up Your Weekends With iUgo

There’s no more planning on the weekend for Jacira De Hoog.A teacher at Cambridge Middle School, Jacira loves the way iUgo saves her time and means her weekly planning is always ready. iUgo links and integrates unit and weekly plans, so it’s quick and easy to see...

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Seamlessly plan as a team using iUgo

Seamlessly plan as a team using iUgo

Senior teacher Nathan Collie loves how iUgo saves him time, making it easy to plan effectively.St Patricks School, located in Invercargill, made the decision to move away from paper-based planning in 2015 and have since transitioned their whole team to using iUgo.“Its...

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How to explore thinking skills while studying film

How to explore thinking skills while studying film

Acclaimed English teacher and author Yvette Krohn describes The Matrix as the best film ever made. “I was first introduced to philosophy in an authentic context when I watched The Matrix in 1999. I had little to no knowledge of formal philosophy, but the ideas...

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Essential Resources breaks into the United States

Essential Resources breaks into the United States

Essential Resources breaks into the United States market place producing teaching resources for USA’s largest education publishing company. Essential Resources managing director, Nicola Smith said “It is wonderful to have our New Zealand expertise recognised by...

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How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

What brings writing alive for boys brings writing alive for all children, says author Frances Adlam, whose book Writing Success for Boys has just been published by Essential Resources. For children who struggle with writing, Roald Dahl’s words ring true: there’s...

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Why STEM is important in a changing world

Why STEM is important in a changing world

Today’s children will inhabit a challenging, fast-changing world. Encouraging STEM thinking empowers them with the skills to live well, say co-authors of STEM Detectives, Niki Buchan and Bronwyn Cron.   “As the world moves and changes at an ever-increasing pace,...

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An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

Good poetry offers ways of expressing emotions, capturing experiences and language techniques that stimulate students in ways other genres don’t. So how can teachers get students more engaged in poetry? Poet and writer, Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Te Whiti)...

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The ultimate guide to using SOLO Taxonomy in science

The ultimate guide to using SOLO Taxonomy in science

Melting chocolate and creating foaming snakes are both strategies to build science students’ observation powers in Pam Hook and Willem Tolhoek’s latest book. It presents simple experiments from familiar contexts to guide science students as they investigate the...

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Inspirational ideas for keeping science curiosity alive

Inspirational ideas for keeping science curiosity alive

The old spiritual song “Dem Bones” might not seem like a science lesson. Yet its rhythm and repetition are perfect for helping students pronounce and remember the common and scientific names of bones, says teacher and Essential Resources author, Brenda Greene....

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Why it’s important to be a mentor

Why it’s important to be a mentor

Have you thought about becoming a mentor? Teacher mentors have a potentially life-changing role in encouraging students to be positive influencers in their communities, says Essential Resources author and mentoring expert, Robin Cox.   They can transform the lives of...

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