QR Treasure Hunt Generator
Jul30

QR Treasure Hunt Generator

Russell Tarr, of the excellent Classtools.net website has added yet another great tool to the website. A QR treasure hunt generator. All you need to do is input a text file with 10 questions on it, and the software generates the codes for you. Students use a mobile device with a QR code reader app on it. When decoded, each QR code gives a question that the students need to answer. Put the codes around the classroom/school for them to...

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Word Tamer – creative writing help
Jul22

Word Tamer – creative writing help

Word Tamer is an interactive flash-based website where you “tame words and train stories” The site helps students create and develop new writing possibilities. All the ideas can be saved and printed off to be developed off-line. You can even print off certificates! The site contains different sections such as Wild Words, Prowl Through Plot, Capture a Character, Snare a Setting and Grapple With Genre. Each task is simple to...

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Spice up Powerpoints with Mouse Mischief
Jul18

Spice up Powerpoints with Mouse Mischief

Mouse Mischief is a free plug in for PowerPoint 2007/2010 which lets you create quizzes and polls which the class can interact with via wireless mice. Once installed, a new toolbar appears which lets you add different types of question to your PowerPoint presentation. Students can interact with these via wireless mice. You can buy wireless mice quite cheaply (£10 or less) and get a powered USB hub for about £15. You can even chain...

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Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Jul15

Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

One of the problems with using YouTube videos with a class (once you’ve got past the problem of getting your school to agree to give access to YouTube) is that invariably the clip will be accompanied by comments below it, many of which might be unsavory. There’s also links to other videos and banner advertisment, all of which may be distracting to the students. There are several ways that you can access YouTube videos...

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The White Elephant
Jul14

The White Elephant

This is something I wrote a while back as part of a reflective task for the M.Ed module I’m studying. I was thinking about some of the teachers I meet when I go into schools. It’s an extreme amalgam of characters. I’d forgotten that I hadn’t posted it here yet. I was reminded when I read this post by Chris Betcher and this one by Steve Wheeler. The bloody thing arrived over the Easter break.  A giant screen...

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Science Predator and Prey Stop Motion Animations
Jul12

Science Predator and Prey Stop Motion Animations

Have had a fun couple of days over the last two weeks working with the staff and students at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. One of the things I really enjoyed doing was animation with one of the science classes on Predators and Prey. The class had already made models in Plasticine and I spent a lesson with them helping them to make their animations in MonkeyJam. For most of the pupils it was the first time they had done any...

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Time Tree – timescale of life
Jul09

Time Tree – timescale of life

TimeTree is a public knowledge-base for information on the evolutionary timescale of life. A search utility allows exploration of the thousands of divergence times among organisms in the published literature. Names of two taxa to be compared are entered in the search window and the results are presented on a separate page. For example how far back did humans and bananas split? There’s a lot of additional information on the...

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Hue Animation Studio
Jul08

Hue Animation Studio

Hue Animation Studio is an all-in-one kit to kick start your animation project.The pack includes a webcam and some animation software plus some modelling clay to get you started. I was sent a trial version of the pack to review The studio includes Zu3D animation software which I wrote about last week which is a very user friendly piece of software. I found it very simple to create a simple stop motion animation and add sounds and...

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Free Logo Creation Tools
Jul06

Free Logo Creation Tools

Here are three websites that let students create logos to use in design projects. Online Logo Maker : http://www.onlinelogomaker.com/applet/logomaker/ LogoEase :  http://www.logoease.com/LogoEase.aspx LogoMaker : http://logomaker.com/ Each one lets you choose from ready made logos/shapes and then change and tweak the various components and colours and add your own text. LogoEase and LogoMaker want you to register to get features such...

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Educaplay – a multimedia resource creator for teachers
Jul05

Educaplay – a multimedia resource creator for teachers

Educaplay is a free website which lets teachers create a wide variety of different educational interactive resources. These can then be linked to, or embedded into your blog/VLE Activities that you can create include: Listen and read dialogues Jumbled Words Jumbled Sentences Matching Quizzes Image Maps Riddles Crosswords Wordsearch Puzzle Fill in the gaps Educaplay is free to register. Once you are registered you can create any of the...

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Comix – Early Years Comic Creator
Jul04

Comix – Early Years Comic Creator

Comix is a simple comic creation tool aimed at Early Years, but suitable for Ks1 as well. There are only a few simple tools – shapes, speech bubbles and text boxes – plus animals, people, backgrounds and objects to choose from. It’s not overly complicated, which makes it great for Reception or Year 1 pupils. They can tell a simple story in a couple of frames. Finished comics can be saved or published on the site to...

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Science Inspiration Images from Teaching Ideas
Jul03

Science Inspiration Images from Teaching Ideas

The already excellent Teaching Ideas website has added a whole new section comprising a bank of Science Inspiration Images for Primary Science lessons. Each image is downloadable as a high res PDF file. Teachers can use these images to provide ideas and inspiration for Science in your classroom. They could be used as a lesson starter to review what the children already know, or as part of main activities when you introduce new...

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