The Iron in your Food : A Fun Science Practical
Jul23

The Iron in your Food : A Fun Science Practical

Here’s an idea for a summer practical to test out your digital microscopes or visualisers. I’m sure you know that some of the foods we eat are “fortified” with extra iron. What’s not always known is that it is possible to use a strong magnet to extract this iron and take a look at it. Get yourself a breakfast cereal with the highest amount of iron you can find. Check the nutritional labels for the highest...

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Create Explore and Learn with this iPad App from RCH Melbourne
Jul22

Create Explore and Learn with this iPad App from RCH Melbourne

This free app lets children use their imagination to create their own wonderful artworks, to explore the vibrant spaces and places of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne and to learn about the artists, designers, zoo keepers and divers who all contribute to make the RCH a truly great hospital. This app allows you to create meerkat collages, draw your own pixel tapestries, balance mobiles, play with flipbook fish and make...

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Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration : Image Features now available
Jul19

Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration : Image Features now available

Those of you who have been following the development of Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration will be pleased to know that the image features that I was demonstrating in my blogpost here are now available to all beta testers. Extreme Collaboration beta add-on for SMART Notebook 11 brings student collaboration from mobile devices to the SMART Board so students can text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop....

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Test your Reactions with these Scientists in Sport Resources
Jul18

Test your Reactions with these Scientists in Sport Resources

Most sports need fast reactions. It might be a sprinter going on the “b” of the “bang”, or an F1 driver seeing a gap and steering into it. So what affects your reaction speed, and can you improve it?  This reaction test tool, from Glaxo SmithKline’s Scientists in Sport website, can help you test your own reflexes. This could form part of a class investigation into some of the factors which affect reaction times. It’s a...

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Zygote Body – Interactive Human Body Browser for your Whiteboard
Jul11

Zygote Body – Interactive Human Body Browser for your Whiteboard

Biologists who wanted a human body browser in the same style as Google Earth, Google Sky, Google Moon etc got very excited a few years ago when Google brought out its Body Browser. They then got sad when Google retired it. Well it looks like it’s back (sort of) under new management and is now called Zygote Body. But it looks exactly the same as it did when it was Google Body, which is great. Zygote Body gives you a...

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Manage Class Seating and Behaviour with Class Charts
Jul10

Manage Class Seating and Behaviour with Class Charts

Class Charts is a free website that lets teachers manage their classroom seating charts online and add additional information about their students. Seating charts are an essential tool of any good teacher . They allow them to organise students into appropriate learning groups as well as help to minimise behaviour issues. With Class Charts you can also choose to include and display key data such as SEN or reading age which can be used...

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Protect Your Class iPads with Kensington SafeGrip iPad Cases
Jul09

Protect Your Class iPads with Kensington SafeGrip iPad Cases

Computer accessories producer Kensington have just launched five new protective cases designed for iPads in schools. The colourful and rugged cases are intended to prevent damage to tablets in the day to day use within a classroom. The SafeGrip cases feature tough, padded protection against drops and bumps as well as a chunky handle made for kid-sized hands that also doubles as a two-position stand for viewing and typing. There are...

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8 iPad apps to Teach Coding and Programming
Jul08

8 iPad apps to Teach Coding and Programming

With the changes in the National Curriculum for ICT in 2014 introducing a greater emphasis on coding and programming, there is a greater demand for easy to use programming tools for children. One of the best ones, Scratch, sadly doesn’t work on an iPad at the moment. Here are some alternatives that do. 1. Daisy the Dinosaur (Free) This free, fun app helps teach the basics of simple programming. It has an easy drag and drop...

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Zooburst iPad App – 3D Storybooks with extra Augmented Reality
Jul01

Zooburst iPad App – 3D Storybooks with extra Augmented Reality

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create their own 3D pop-up books. I’ve written about it in the past, and it’s an excellent website. It’s now even better with the launch of their free iPad App, which you can download here. The ZooBurst iPad app contains some new features that make it easier to view the books you have created, plus access a library of books created by other people. a)...

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