TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources
Oct31

TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources

I’m taking part in a TeachTweet session this evening. This is a Teachmeet that takes place virtually via video presentations and then discussion via Twitter. It’s being run by UKEdchat, which if you’re not already is a good twitter account and hashtag to follow! I decided to demonstrate a few of the useful interactive resources that are available for free on the Internet. These include Zygote Body, Solar System Scope...

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Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!
Oct28

Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!

Kahoot is a new quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. In many ways it’s a lot like one of my favourite tools, Socrative. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up,...

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ICT, Interactive Whiteboards and Attainment, a literature review
Oct25

ICT, Interactive Whiteboards and Attainment, a literature review

This is a short section taken from my Masters Dissertation on the use of ICT by student teachers. I thought this section might be of interest to readers of this blog and that some of you would find the links to further research useful. I’ll post a link to the full dissertation here sometime. WhenI get the time I’d like to work this section up into a much longer look at the literature surrounding whiteboards and attainment....

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Leap Motion : 3D Motion Control for your Computer
Oct21

Leap Motion : 3D Motion Control for your Computer

Leap Motion is a new device that brings 3D Motion control to your computer. Basically that means you can control it by waving your hands in the air, a bit like a Microsoft Kinect. When I first heard about them earlier this year I was keen to get hold of one for myself to see how useful it would be in a classroom situation. Could it join the list of devices that could replace the interactive whiteboard? The Leap Motion device is a neat...

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TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources
Oct12

TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources

TigTag is an excellent online science resource, created to meet the new requirements for the KS2 National Curriculum. TigTag contains 600 films and lesson ideas – suitable for KS2 lessons. Each TigTag unit has a number of original films, designed and matched to the new National Curriculum, to cover key learning objectives in a clear and engaging way. The films vary in length from 30 seconds to 3 minutes and are ideal for lesson...

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Introduce Coding using a MaKey MaKey and Scratch
Oct09

Introduce Coding using a MaKey MaKey and Scratch

A Makey Makey is a very simple to use piece of kit which can be used to add a little bit more fun to a class coding project. The MaKey Makey is a bare bones circuit board that connects to your computer via USB. There are7 terminals for attaching electrical wires to it. These are arranged like an old games controller – with up/down/left/right arrows and also spacebar and left click. A strip along the bottom allows for another...

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Espresso Coding – a Simple-to-use Primary School Coding Platform
Oct08

Espresso Coding – a Simple-to-use Primary School Coding Platform

Espresso Coding is the new site from digital content providers Espresso Education that teaches pupils to code and make their own apps to share with their friends and parents. With an inclusive wide-ranging Scheme of Work, the Espresso Coding platform provides teachers with coverage of the new coding aspects of the updated Computing curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6. The platform will teach pupils how to create and publish their own apps...

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