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Benefits of Audio for Children

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Benefits of Audio for Children:

Children go through a number of years when their reading ability is lower than their intellectual capacity. That’s when it’s particularly important to read aloud to your children and expose them to children’s audio.

  1. Great for second-language learners, learning-disabled students, and struggling readers or non-readers.
  2. Improving listening and comprehension skills.
  3. Increasing vocabulary.
  4. Learning the proper pronunciation of words.
  5. Learn to ‘see’ a story by using imagination instead of illustrations.
  6. Engaging a child’s interest in a way a parent or teacher reading aloud may not.
  7. Provides an enjoyable classroom/family activity.
  8. Teaches critical listening.
  9. Improves concentration.
  10. Helps to understand the subject content, thinking critically about the content, using imagination and making connections.
  11. Provides a read out loud model.

Podcasts and audiobooks can be a welcome addition to every classroom. Many students are avid readers while other are struggling to become readers and still others have given up hope. Audio podcasts have something to offer all of them.

David Hoare is named as the new Ofsted chief

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The new education secretary Nicky Morgan has appointed David Hoare as the new Ofsted chief.

Mr Hoare was appointed because of his previous 30 years of business experience.

The post became available in February, when chairman Baroness Morgan failed to agree upon a new contract with the ministers.

Hoare was formally a trustee of the large academy chain AET (The Academies Enterprise Trust). He was brought in to help with it’s difficulties.

The AET helps to run around 70 state-funded schools, however in March was told it was not allowed to take over any more.

The problem came about when Ofsted criticised some AET academies saying they failed standards.

Mr Hoare will take his new role at Ofsted this September.

Does changes to the insurance scheme mean the government is endangering school children?

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Yesterday it was claimed that children could be at risk because of a new insurance scheme put forward by the government.

The scheme means that it will remove incentives for schools to keep their buildings as safe as possible.

Many people including parents and schools are urging the Department of Education to think again on it’s proposal for a risk pooling arrangement (RPA) for free schools and academies.

At present schools and academies can buy insurance in an open market, only having to pay an amount which is based on the level of risk to their school.

This will all change from September 1st, when they will have the choice of going into a new scheme, which the government will pay just £25 a student regardless of the risk.

The worry is that the new scheme will mean a rise in the taxpayers bill and could potentially comprise pupils safety.

So what do you think about this new scheme? Let us know in the comments below.

Becky’s Blog – Post 1

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Hello readers,

I never know where to start with these things however i’m guessing the beginning would be a good place.

Having recently graduated from Bournemouth University after studying Multi Media Journalism, I wanted to do something that would be productive and keep my brain ticking over – so what better way to start than getting involved with this educational podcasting company.

I think today young children and people have a great deal of pressure placed upon them, and it can be easy to forget that learning anything for the new time especially can be difficult.

It can feel as though everybody else understands concepts which you or your child may not, so by listening to these podcasts it proves to be an easy way in which to learn bite-sized chunks of information easily and from the comfort of your own home/school.

My speciality lies within journalism, therefore I am in charge of organising (and possibly annoying) followers by tweeting, getting talking to people, posting blog posts and getting the company’s word out there. Don’t be shy, give @KidscornerED a follow today.

Look forward to tweeting you lovely people later,

Becky Shepherd

Social Media and Resources Coordinator

 

What makes Kids’ Corner Education different?

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What makes Kids’ Corner Education different from any other educational resource in the market?

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The amount of educational resources available to parents, schools and teachers now a days is unimaginable, so the first question everyone is probably thinking is, How does Kids’ Corner Education differ from every other book, website, tape/CD or educational game resource in the market?

Well the truth is, Kids’ Corner Education is the first of its kind to have educational podcasts available to its audience 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year solely based on the Key Stage 2 Curricular, aiding to help children between the ages of 7-11 with revision.

We have also found from research taken out over a 6 month period, this form of revision with our educational short stories, is the best form or revision, for a child’s brain to remember more. You listen to music, or someone telling a story and the chances of remembering the lyrics or what happened, is a lot higher, than reading the words or the story off a piece of paper.

Why is this?

During my time at university, I based my dissertation on radio drama; The title being “Is Radio Drama a Dying Art?”. Our podcasts are effective short radio drama stories. For my research I got in contact with senior lecturer Alan Beck, who taught radio drama, sound theory and anthropology at various universities for 35 years. During my research, I looked into why radio drama was an individual niece piece of art in its own form, and what made this so different from the 7 other art forms.

Alan Beck mentioned, “the radio play listener imagines, in the mind, fictional scenery from the usually sketchy information given in broadcast, in the ‘blind’ medium. Processing such data for radio demands actively completing and filling-in, drawing on the diversity of perceptual knowledge we ordinarily assume about our Lifeworld”

This looks into the scientific reason as to why its more effective for people to remember information when they are listening to a story or a song for example. Alan Beck focuses on cognitive mapping, which he later mentioned was “the way-finding decisions and spatial constructions we make in our minds” which he places this within a reception theory of radio drama. This is our spatial awareness, as listeners of radio scenes and locations (the aural ‘mise en scène’), and of radio characters’ movements and aural physicalisation (’embodying’).

This allows us to use different parts of the brain, accessing information and storing this, with more detailed facts, instead of bullet points or the odd bits of information; Compare this when you read information, bullet points or the odd fact, which means we would only be using one part of our brain, forgetting information quickly.

This is what makes Kids’ Corner Education unique, as no other educational resource material is available to your children or class, fitting in with the Key Stage 2 curricular. You will find, giving your children or class the access to tools to help aid them with their revision and educational journey, they will benefit greatly from using this tool.

Any questions about this post, please feel free to email our info@kidscornereudcation.com email address, and I wil answer anything you would like answering.