Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?
Sep30

Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?

I had a very good day today being shown the new Espresso Coding website (more on that in another blogpost), but one of the things shown during the session was this video that aims to explain to kids why they should think about coding as a career, especially girls. It’s pretty cool. Take a look and see what you think. And show it to your class!...

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YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music
Sep27

YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music

If you are looking for music tracks to use in class projects such as presentations, photo slideshows and podcasts, then it can be tricky to find songs that you can use that are not subject to some form of copyright. This makes it a problem if you want to share your project online, and it gets taken down by YouTube for copyright infringements. To help with that, YouTube have just released a library of tunes that you can freely download...

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Google Quickoffice App is now Free for IOS and Android
Sep23

Google Quickoffice App is now Free for IOS and Android

Teachers who want to work with Microsoft Office documents on their iPads (and other devices) might be interested to know that the Quickoffice app is now free to download and use. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft Office documents across your devices, including iPads and Android tablets. Quickoffice integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can access your files from anywhere. All you need to do is sign in with a...

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Teaching Resources
Sep19

Talk Like a Pirate Day Teaching Resources

Avast me hearties, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day again today. Yarr. There’s plenty of scope to sneak in work about Pirates into your lessons – from creative writing, to history and geography and even science. If ye be looking for some Piratey resources, the excellent Purple Mash website from 2Simple is a great place to start. There be writing frames for structured writing, drawing activities and even a pirate Mash Cam. Here...

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Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View
Sep18

Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View

This week, 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands for the first time. It was here he made many observations and discoveries that would later provide the evidence for his famous Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. If you would like to follow in Darwin’s footsteps, and take your class on a trip to the Galapagos islands then there’s now a way to do it without breaking the bank. Google (who...

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Night Zookeeper Story Pairs Storytelling app for iPad
Sep15

Night Zookeeper Story Pairs Storytelling app for iPad

Challenge your memory and imagination with this new Night Zookeeper Story Pairs app for iPhone or iPad. In this app, every game is an adventure. Players compete in a game of Pairs, collecting unique magical animals that have been created by children from around the world. Every animal you collect comes with its own special Story Power. This could be a plot, setting, object or challenge or even something funny such as having to talk...

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Virtual Science Experiments on your Interactive Whiteboard
Sep03

Virtual Science Experiments on your Interactive Whiteboard

Virtual Experiments is a very useful website from Reading University that provides simulations of many standard school science experiments which can be carried out on your interactive whiteboard. The site is suitable for GCSE and also for A Level students. Some of the experiments available include: Photosynthesis with Elodea, Transpiration, Reflection and Refraction, Chemical Clocks and looking at the Viscosity of Glycerol. Most of...

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