Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!
Jun26

Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!

SNAP! (formerly known as BYOB) is another visual, drag-and-drop programming language in the style of Scratch. It is free to use, runs in your browser, and will even work on iPads! The coding platform allows you to “Build Your Own Blocks” of code. It works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re finished with a script, press play to see the code in action. It also features first class lists, first...

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5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint
Jun25

5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint

While PowerPoint is still the go-to software for many people when creating presentations, it does have its limitations, especially when it comes to editing a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad or collaborating with others. While some of these issues are addressed with Office 365, you do have to pay for the privilege. There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them in...

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Desmos Graphing Calculator App for iPad
Jun24

Desmos Graphing Calculator App for iPad

The clever folks at Desmos, the free online maths graphing website have just released the first Desmos iPad app! The app allows students, teachers, and math enthusiasts to explore maths through Desmos without the need for an internet connection – or an expensive hand-held graphing calculator. And even better, it’s free! The app features many of the familiar elements of desmos.com, but with dozens of built-in examples, an...

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Space IWB Resources from NIA and Promethean Planet
Jun23

Space IWB Resources from NIA and Promethean Planet

America’s National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and Promethean Planet have joined forces to engage student’s interests in science and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. NIA is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct leading-edge aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the American nation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and...

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Hopscotch : Learn to Program on the iPad
Jun18

Hopscotch : Learn to Program on the iPad

Hopscotch is a free iPad app which allows children to create their own games and animations with a simple programming language. Inspired by MIT’s Scratch, Hopscotch works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re finished with a script, press play to see the code in action. More advanced users can add additional objects and use custom events, such as shaking and tilting the iPad, to run different...

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10 Tools for Creating Class Puzzles and Quizzes
Jun17

10 Tools for Creating Class Puzzles and Quizzes

There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE. Here are 10 to get you started. 1. Classtools Net Classtools is already one of my favourite websites, home of the Countdown Timer and Random Word Picker. But there are also several different game templates that you can use, such as Post It and the Dustbin...

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Explore Cells on Your iPad and IWB with Hudson Alpha iCell
Jun12

Explore Cells on Your iPad and IWB with Hudson Alpha iCell

Hudson Alpha iCell is a website and free iPad/Andoid app which can be used to teach about the cell. The iPad version also supports the ability to choose from three different levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures – making it suitable for different age ranges.  iCell offers students a 3D view inside of a typical plant, animal and bacterial cell. It is easy to navigate and simple to use. You can use your...

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Smart Notebook 11.2 Released : Default page colour and more!
Jun06

Smart Notebook 11.2 Released : Default page colour and more!

SMARTboard users will be interested to know that a new version of Smart Notebook, 11.2, has just been released. You can download it now from the Smart Website. As well as the usual bug fixes, there’s a few new features that I’m quite pleased to see. The first is that you can now set a default background colour for all your pages. This is something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Now you can choose a different...

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Algodoo – an interactive real world physics sandbox for your IWB and iPad
Jun05

Algodoo – an interactive real world physics sandbox for your IWB and iPad

If you haven’t seen Algodoo before, it’s a brilliant 2D physics sandbox game. It used to be called Phun which was free, and then a while back they renamed it Algodoo and it became a paid-for piece of software. I was pleased to notice the other day during a training session, that Algodoo is now free again. Which is excellent news 🙂 And so I thought I’d write about it again, for those who’ve not seen it....

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Learning about Creative Commons Images and Where to Find Them
Jun02

Learning about Creative Commons Images and Where to Find Them

When carrying out project work with students, it is important to know the rules regarding copyright and creative commons images. It is especially important in coursework where students are expected to keep a log of images they have used and credit all their sources. Here is a handy module of work on Creative Commons from Serif that would be useful to direct your students towards. There’s also a handy resource on the P2PU website...

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