ICYMI: TeachMeet SDG17

On Tuesday, 11th January 2022, Makematic hosted a TeachMeet event. The aim was to gather teachers from across the globe to discuss how we incorporate the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our teaching. More specifically, we focused on Goal 17, which is Partnerships for the Goals.Read More

Taking Control of Your Professional Development

Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

I love professional development. But I don’t like professional development that is imposed on me that really has no relevance to what I’m doing or it’s something that I already know. When I first started teaching, professional development was face to face, and usually not something I chose to do. Fortunately, I worked at a pretty progressive school and much of the professional development was helping us raise the bar and narrow the gap.Read More

5 Types of Media Bias I Wish I Had Learned at School

5 Types of Media Bias I Wish I Had Learned at School

Media Bias in sources blurs the line to effective writing and referencing for us all. In this blog, we will go through the main types of Media Bias that you should look out for when analyzing sources to place in your next piece of content. All it takes is one dubious source to call into question your content.Read More

3 Creative Uses of Videos to Enhance Learning

More than a Time-Filler: 3 Creative Uses of Videos to Enhance Learning

Remember the time when your teacher would show a video at the end of a lesson? Probably because you were well behaved as a class or you had just finished a test early. As they insert a VHS cassette into a 15-inch square TV set, we thought it was time to relax and switch off. That was the pre-internet age though and we have well and truly moved on from then. Watching videos in class should no longer be just a time-filler or reward for good behaviour. It is time to unleash the power of videos to truly enhance learning.

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What Are The Top Tools For Learning in 2021?

What Are The Top Tools For Learning in 2021?

Each year an important list is compiled which thoroughly analyses all the tools that are currently being used across sectors of education – from early school years through to professional development.Read More

Learning on Social Media

Learning on Social Media: Makematic Behind-The-Scenes Vlog

Learning on social media is not the first thing people think of when they open Facebook or Twitter. But that’s what I decided to do in this vlog.Read More

5 Online Teaching Tips to Kickstart Your New School Year

5 Online Teaching Tips to Kickstart Your New School Year

Teaching and learning online doesn’t have to look like this

Another year of teaching online? It’s ok, we’ve got you covered!

2020-21 was perhaps the most challenging school year for many teachers around the world, with intermittent switching between lessons online and offline lessons. As the new school year embarks on us and the new variants causing further complications, teaching online will yet again feature heavily in 2021-22. If you are feeling anxious about the uncertainty already, check out this Q&A page from the WHO to get some clarity. Since there are just a few days (if you are lucky) left before the new school year starts, why not upskill yourself with a few tips and tricks that will make the transition to online teaching a little smoother?Read More

telling women's untold stories text with three individuals

Why We Need To Keep Telling Women’s Untold Stories: Makematic Behind-The-Scenes Vlog

Another month, another vlog, and this time Tara Walsh hosted the vlog with some special guests all the way from the U.S! In episode 15, Tara chatted with two co-producers from the Women & the American Story and Untold stories to discuss why we need to keep telling Untold stories.Read More

The Pitch Competition: Meet The Judges

Over the past six months, we have been reaching out to students, asking them to develop their own videos on the moments in history that mean the most to them. The judging of these submissions is two-fold – public vote and expert judging panel.Read More

Illustration of Kentucky State for KVEC. Illustration of man sitting with a guitar on his lap

Our Partnership with Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)

‘People needed to know the history of our state (which was half of the stories we told). The other half want to honor our history as a region so others in our state/nation would know our untold story.’ Kimberly Sergent

In 2020, Makematic and the Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement teamed up with the non-profit educational cooperative KVEC (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative) to create two series for the growing history and civics collection Untold.Read More

Image from US history

Case Study: Teaching U.S. History Through Media, Design & Art

Did you know that in 2014, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a survey on history and civics education? They found that 18% of 8th graders were proficient in US History. Pretty disappointing statistic right?

Here’s what one teacher is doing to change that.

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How to Create Instructional Videos Like a Pro

Creating instructional videos has never been easier. But how can you make it so that it is fit for purpose?Read More

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