WordWall Activity Maker – free download until Xmas
Nov28

WordWall Activity Maker – free download until Xmas

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities like you would in other IWB software. It would be ideal for users of other IWB’s /Interactive Projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Making your IWB POP with BrainPOP
Nov26

Making your IWB POP with BrainPOP

So last week I did my first Webinar for BrainPOP UK on how best to use their excellent resources on your Interactive Whiteboard. If you missed it, you can get hold of a recording here (skip to 16 mins to avoid all the pre-webinar faffage). Also keep an eye on their YouTube channel (It’s not there yet, watch this space.) You can also download a pdf booklet which covers all of the ideas from the session. Download your copy via the...

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Sandbox –  a whitelisted web browser for IOS
Nov25

Sandbox – a whitelisted web browser for IOS

Sandbox is an interesting Web browsing app available for all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) that restricts users to a predefined list of websites. Unlike the normal privacy applications that block specified websites, Sandbox allows users to access only a preapproved list of sites, or whitelist. This could be a useful app to use in schools. Using Sandbox, a teacher can ensure students remain on track during a class project,...

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Moon Phases Animation from NASA
Nov21

Moon Phases Animation from NASA

Just a quick post to share this rather amazing video. This animation of the Moon has been put together by NASA and shows how the phases change in the course of a year. It’s quite mesmerising to watch, as you see how the moon gets slightly bigger and smaller and changes its tilt slightly over time. Would make an excellent way to start a lesson about the Moon – play it in HD and Full Screen. It’s wonderful....

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The Hobbit Avatar Maker
Nov20

The Hobbit Avatar Maker

As if I wasn’t already excited enough about the forthcoming Hobbit movie, there’s now a website where you can make yourself part of Thorin’s company of dwarves. Go to the Hobbit website to find out more. You need a webcam for this – you can’t upload a photograph – line yourself up with the webcam, and choose from one of the different dwarven heads. And you can end up with something like this: Rather...

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Videoscribe – A Fast Drawing Presentation Creator for iPads
Nov20

Videoscribe – A Fast Drawing Presentation Creator for iPads

Videoscribe is an IOS app that lets you or your students create presentations that look as though they are being hand-drawn right in front of you. You’ve probably seen this style of animation recently, (like this from Sir Ken Robinson) they’ve become quite popular. Here’s a quick demonstration of the kind of video it produces: I saw this app being used last night by Penny Patterson at TeachMeet Essex, and I loved the...

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How to use Educational Tech in 10 minutes
Nov19

How to use Educational Tech in 10 minutes

The aim of Under 10 Minutes is to to explain how to use technology quickly and simply using short video clips. It’s short, snappy CPD by teachers for teachers. As the name suggests, each video guide used on the site is shorter than ten minutes. This would make them ideal for short personal training or for showing at staff meetings. Subjects for videos include how to use WordPress, how to use 2Simple software, Setting up Google...

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Teachmeet Takeover at Bett 2013
Nov17

Teachmeet Takeover at Bett 2013

I’ve just found out that there will be another TeachMeet Takeover (and Kidsmeet Takeover) at next year’s Bett show. If you are unaware, a Takeover is where a company who is exhibiting at Bett very kindly gives up part of their stand for 30 minutes so that a teacher or group of children, can share some ideas about anything at all. This is usually a free tool or idea and it should be something that can be easily replicated...

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Interactive Pain Game from the Science Museum
Nov16

Interactive Pain Game from the Science Museum

The science of pain isn’t an obvious starting point for an online game. But the Science Museum certainly has good form making tricky subject matter fun for all ages and I’ve written about some of those games before here. On average, we each consume 373 painkillers per year. Perhaps more surprisingly, scientists have proven that our mood levels affect how intensely we feel pain, and that spider venom could hold the key to...

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Real World Science Resources from BP
Nov13

Real World Science Resources from BP

The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked Science teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges. The site has had a bit of a revamp recently, with their resources being grouped into different collections. The update makes the site much easier to use, and there’s some nice new resources added too. A login is needed to access most of the resources, but it’s free to register....

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Doodlecast – make presentations on your iPad
Nov05

Doodlecast – make presentations on your iPad

Doodlecast is an IOS app which provides an an easy way to make presentations on your iPad. The app lets you make short videos with a mix of drawing and voiceover. You can add images from your camera roll and choose from different page backgrounds. Maths teachers will be pleased to see the different graph paper backgrounds – there’s even musical notation paper for the music dept. The videos it creates can be uploaded direct...

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