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We’re just under 24 hours away from the end of term. All year you and your students have put in countless hours, sat several exams and all in all, had a good go at the year. In this blog post, we’re winding things down and giving you a few ideas on how to utilise Anomaly equipment on the last day of term. Showcase achievement On the last day of term, it’s usually quite hectic. Spirits are high and everyone’s generally in a good mood, with good reason too. A lot of hard work has gone in this year to get to this point and why not showcase some of the achievement by displaying some of your pupils work on your Anomaly screens? Highlight some of their best achievements and maybe even hand out awards for the best work throughout the year. Inspire for the summer holidays Inspiring creativity over the summer holidays should be encouraged on your last day of term. Make sure you check the Anomaly Content Manager which will have a number of videos which should inspire not only yourself but pupils over the summer holidays. This may be the last day until September that you can encourage creativity so you should embrace it at all costs. In conjunction with the tips above, just take it easy. You’ve all worked hard all year and you should spend your last day with a bit of fun, make sure you’re enjoying yourselves and as always, if you need anything from us, we’re always here. Anomaly wishes you the best of luck for the summer holidays and we look forward to hearing from you in September! If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook  
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With schools winding down for summer this week we understand that students may be on social media or apps more during their time off, so in this blog post we’re looking at 3 simple tips to keep safe online. The tips are expertly crafted to ensure that you keep safe whilst using apps this summer. Understanding online abuse Understanding online abuse is key to ensuring it’s prevented in the future. Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, with the use of apps or any type of media that has access to the internet. Children and young people encounter “cyber bullying” all the time, with reports saying at least 1 in 4 children are affected. Ensuring that children are well informed of the dangers online is essential to reducing the risk of cyber bullying. Although it may seem impossible to reduce cyber bullying, there are a few steps pupils can take to prevent it from happening. With that said, cyber bullying is still a common problem but it’s important to encourage children to ignore people who may say hurtful things online. Make sure they know how they can block someone or how to make their profile private. Encourage children to speak to an adult they trust if someone is sending them hurtful messages. Keep safe online After understanding different platforms where online abuse can happen it’s important to make sure that you are keeping safe online. You should keep up to date with the latest trends and news in technology. For example, recently a popular app called Pokemon GO launched in the UK. Whilst this is exciting and encourages exercise, it now opens up new opportunities for potentially dangerous situations to arise. Encourage students to be wary of people they don’t know trying to contact them and asking to meet up. Students should tell an adult they trust if this happens to them. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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If you’ve often wondered about Anomaly and how we are improving schools across the UK with green screen technology, digital indoor and outdoor screens and media for schools, then this blog post if for you. Discover more as we give an insight for schools all over the UK to how they can change their school with the Anomaly service.

One of the main things we pride ourselves on at Anomaly is our ability to offer first class customer support. We deal with schools all over the UK on a daily basis, listening to your questions and giving you the information you need to embrace our digital noticeboards. We regularly check up with our schools to ensure that they are making use out of their Anomaly equipment. We understand that it can be a struggle to come up with ideas but we aim to tackle this by keeping schools up to date with the latest trends. We also offer continuous posts on our blog covering tips and tricks to make the most out of your Anomaly equipment. Additionally, we plan to launch our Anomaly YouTube channel in the future which will have tutorials, tips and tricks for not only schools but for anyone to enjoy.

At Anomaly, we’re proud to showcase our creative team who work tirelessly to keep up to date with recent changes, trends in education and produce professional content. Our expert graphic designers spend all their time ensuring that the right content is created and displayed on our screens. In addition to this, we publish ALL content prior to the content being displayed on our screens, this is usually shown on our blog at the start of each month. We also understand that some content may not be enough for some schools so when schools ask us to make some content, we will do this at no extra charge.

The third and final thing you need to know about Anomaly is that we’re always here for you. Regardless of your issue, we’re always here to offer a helping hand. Why not give us a call on 0844 579 0880 if you’re ever struggling for motivation with your equipment?

If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual addressinfo@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Anomaly are improving schools with the use of YouTube. In this blog post, we explore some exciting developments at Anomaly as we re-launch our YouTube channel. After uploading videos for a couple of months now, we thought it would be better to take a look at the Anomaly YouTube channel and make a few changes. In this blog post, learn more about what’s to come for schools in the UK and the Anomaly YouTube channel. What’s changing? After taking a look at our existing network, we’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into improving the channel we already have. Listening to schools and the feedback we receive is something we take very seriously at Anomaly and with this feedback we have devised a 12 month plan for our YouTube which aims to make the life of schools easier with the use of video tutorials. We understand the voice of all of our schools, some videos that we’ve planned aim to make you a complete expert with Anomaly Film kit. In addition to the full time support that we already offer we have created tutorials for not only the editing side of things, but also the practical aspect, planning, technique and much more. We’d like to give you a sneak preview of our first video which should be live later this month. Our first video will go in detail on how to put up a green screen in addition to how to pack away a green screen. Having collected feedback from our schools this seems to be one thing that can be tricky for teachers and students. If you’d like to take a look at our videos already on our YouTube channel you can do so by looking at the video below, the videos aim to improve schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4iLe3DvQqE If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post, discover behind the scenes for an average Anomaly Film session. Anomaly Film is a service from Anomaly which encapsulates students with the use of video in the classroom. Anomaly Film utilises green screen technology to allow students to create high quality video which is relevant to the curriculum. Hundreds of schools in the UK have already begun utilising video, so what are you waiting for? Following the success of Anomaly Film we decided to ask our lead designer, Nicola Ball, to say a few words about the service, here’s what Nicola had to say. How does it help?  “I think the main benefit I’ve seen is the ability to improve pupil engagement in subjects they might not necessarily be interested in. Some pupils prefer to take a more active approach to learning and be more hands on, Anomaly Film helps with them. For example if the subject was in a book or looking on a computer the student may not be as interested but Anomaly Film offers a different dimension.” What can schools expect from a typical film day? “I think the best way to describe it would be interesting! Some days it can go to plan but others it can be organised chaos in the best way possible. The trainers go through each piece of the Anomaly Film kit, showing how it works and how to its put together. The ultimate goal is to allow the students to fully utilise the kit on their own as the kit is designed for them. Usually the schools are very enthusiastic about what they are going to film that day and the trainer will be able to guide the pupils and allow them to create high quality video. After they’ve done this the trainer will take the footage to show the pupils what they’ve done and show them how to use the editing software.” What can schools use the film kit for? “I’ve seen a whole host of different uses, the most obvious use is probably as a school news report by the pupils but I’ve seen schools utilise the kit in so many different ways, all of which are relevant to the curriculum. A popular option seems to be a Harry Potter theme where the green screen is used to make pupils fly on a broom! There are so many options that incorporate every subject, the list is endless really.” What support is there for schools? “The initial support is usually arranged straight after the school has received the kit and offer a project day a term, should one of our schools require help with a big idea. We do however offer continuous support for schools should they struggle with the kit at any point. We also have a lot of resources on our blog for ideas on what the school could do with the kit.” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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As we mark a special occasion as the #StandUpToBullying campaign is launched, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of facts about bullying in addition to tips to prevent bullying at your school. Bullying is a subject which Anomaly takes very seriously. Discover more in this blog post as we look at the struggles of dealing with bullying in school.

In addition to our top tips, we also have videos which aid teachers and parents in helping young people deal with bullying. Sometimes young people don’t realise when they are bullying someone or being bullied. This could then lead to a lack of understanding of what is wrong with certain situations. Encouraging engagement between children and parents should be a top priority. If children say that they are experiencing persistent name calling or teasing, which is making them upset, this is a form of bullying.

It’s important to express to children what bullying is and how this can happen. It is important to encourage young people to speak up when they are feeling down as there may be a cause to the problem that they are facing. Below you will find a video that was produced by Anomaly in relation to bullying and how you can prevent it from happening in your school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueUAqk8r-yo

Anomaly takes bullying very seriously and this is why we have custom content which aims to help young people in schools. Why not take a look at the Anomaly Content Manager and all the content we have on display? In addition to these videos we are committed to customer service and if you are struggling with finding any content we can produce content specifically for your issue.

If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Summer is here (if you ignore the weather) and that means school will be over in just under a month. It also means that the country is set for two weeks of Wimbledon in addition to the ongoing euros over in France. Wimbledon 2016 kicked off on Monday and in this blog post we’re exploring how to teach Wimbledon at your school with the use of Anomaly equipment. Wimbledon Regardless of age, we have content which is tailored to encourage active learning at your school. In this blog post we will be exploring the existing content that we have regarding this subject. Tennis can be combined with various different subjects, such as maths, literacy and much more. You could have your students complete maths based questions which are related to Wimbledon which will improve their numeracy skills. Or you could have them write poems about Wimbledon and have them create verses about Wimbledon. In addition to encouraging the topic in numeracy and literacy why not make use of the Anomaly Content Manager. We have videos that have been specifically created to encourage active learning at your school. Below is a link to look at UK Sports Coaching, these are a series of sports videos that can be accessed by all of our Anomaly schools. The videos are interactive and actually improve health in schools. View more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VAvut42bNE According to the department of education website, with the sports premium, schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil, so for an average sized school with 200 pupils, the school will receive around £9,000. Why not use Anomaly equipment to put your additional sport premium to good use to improve the quality of PE? If you have any enthusiastic PE teachers at your school, you could make some of your own custom PE content to encourage active learning at your school. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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What’s on this July? Find out in this monthly feature which focuses on all the things you can expect this month on the Anomaly Content Manager. The Anomaly content manager is a tailored platform designed for schools to get the most out of their Anomaly screens. In this blog post find what will be displayed on our screens throughout July, as we power through some of the most important months of schools, especially for secondary schools throughout the UK. In addition to the content we have for secondary schools, we also have tailored content for primary schools all over the UK. Each month the content for the upcoming month is outlined in the Anomaly blog. Here’s a full list of content that is scheduled for the July month: Basic facts about Judaism, How did the Olympics begin?, learning basic French, how to effectively take notes, Landmark: Angel of the North, 5 steps to take for healthy mental wellbeing, dealing with exam stress, dental care, facts about coriander and iron, how to make your own healthy pizza, food waste, drinking water, football benefits, warm up routine to do before any exercise, how to do squats, the career of a pharmacist and personal trainer, bullying advice and advice for teenagers having difficulty living at home. Exam stress stress awareness week With the majority of exams over, exam stress may not be an issue at your school. With that said there are still a couple of months remaining before most students receive their exam results. We have content which highlights the difficulties in facing exam stress. The content aims to reduce stress levels and remind students that it is fine to be stressed as well as suggesting ways to ease and combat exam stress. In addition to the content we have regarding exam stress, we also have 5 steps to help maintain good mental well-being, so pupils can return to school in September feeling refreshed and positive for the new school year. Sports day  With just over 2 weeks to go until the end of term, a lot of schools will be preparing for their annual sport day. Despite the weather, spirits should still be high by utilising the energy of staff and pupils to demonstrate a keen interest in sports. Later this week we will have a blog post dedicated to Wimbledon, before then though you can enjoy content on our screens relevant to sports day. In addition to sports day, the Olympics are due to start in August. Unfortunately we do not play any content throughout August, however our content relevant to the upcoming event is still available for our schools to enjoy in these next couple of months. The content explores what the Olympics are in addition to exploring the history of ancient Greece and the origins of the Games. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post, we’re looking at new content we have on our Anomaly screens which looks at promoting LGBT equality in schools. According to a BBC report, children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later. Promoting LGBT equality in schools can be key to removing any stigma around this topic. We’ve created content tailored to improve understanding of LGBT topics. Anomaly content We’ve produced content which aims to give students a better understanding of LGBT. The content covers gender identity and gives a brief explanation of what gender identity entails. Gender identity is a way to describe how you feel about your gender. People identify their gender as a boy or a girl or something different. The content aims to encourage an understanding that everyone has a gender identity and expresses their gender in a unique and personal way. As well as explaining gender identity, the content aims to dispel any myths about words and labels associated with LGBT. Remember, not everyone likes to be labelled, but developing an understanding of what these words mean will reduce the stigma around the subject and reduce bullying in school. More content is planned around this subject and you can find any current content available on the secondary channel on the Anomaly Content Manager. If you struggle to load the content on your screens, please do not hesitate to give us a call. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology and digital signage into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Euro 2016 is just around the corner. The 2016 UEFA European Championship has just started and will be the 15th edition of the championship. In this blog post we’re taking a look at active learning in schools and how schools can embrace Euro 2016 and use it to improve activity levels. But how can you use the upcoming tournament to teach key subjects at your school? Encourage active learning  With Euro 2016 starting over the weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to the positive impact that football can have in school. The main health benefits of playing football regularly are a reduction in serious illnesses such as heart disease and many more. Any exercise will reduce these health risks, but studies have shown that activities such as football can reduce these particular risks. Studies have also shown that children who play football or participate in sport at a young age are likely to carry on in later life and live a healthier lifestyle as a result. In addition to having a healthier lifestyle it is also shown that children have better concentration levels, they are not as fatigued as other pupils who do not do sport and as a result, tend to perform better in the classroom. With such a big event like Euro 2016 hot topic at the minute, it’s important to capitalise on this and display some content from the Anomaly Content Manager on to your screens for all of your pupils to see. How can Anomaly help? We have a lot of content which is dedicated to keeping your school active. With our easy to use Anomaly Content Manager, you can place content relevant to active learning, football, sports and anything similar with the click of a button. With sports days coming up in the later summer months, it’s never too late to utilise the Anomaly Content Manager. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology and digital signage into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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