10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class
Nov27

10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class

Put simply, “digital storytelling” is just using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more...

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Smart Announces Smart Amp – cloud collaboration with Google
Nov23

Smart Announces Smart Amp – cloud collaboration with Google

SMART released some very interesting news yesterday when they revealed that they have joined up with Google to to create a comprehensive software solution for education that brings people, student devices and learning environments together. SMART amp™ collaborative learning software is a cloud-based solution hosted on the Google cloud that takes advantage of Google’s newest cloud services. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive...

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BaiBoard : A collaborative whiteboard for iPads and Macs
Nov21

BaiBoard : A collaborative whiteboard for iPads and Macs

BaiBoard is an interesting free app which enables users to collaborate on a shared whiteboard as well as annotate on PDF files across the Internet on  iPads and Macs Using the app it is possible to set up a whiteboard and then have other app users connect to the same space. Anything drawn on the page from any of the users connected will be visible to all the other users. It is possible to also set the whiteboard up in Presentation...

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Educational Games from Funbrain
Nov20

Educational Games from Funbrain

Funbrain – Funbrain offers several interactive educational games for use with IWBs s well as online books and comics. These fun games cover a range of subjects and grades. Funbrain, is suitable for children from preschool age up to through to upper KS2. The site contains more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in maths, reading, and literacy. Plus, there are also a variety of popular books and comics available...

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly
Nov19

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft. Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and...

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Computing Guidance Booklet for Primary Teachers
Nov18

Computing Guidance Booklet for Primary Teachers

With the changes to the National Curriculum now published, and teachers now trying to prepare to deliver the new computing and coding requirements, any guidance is very welcome right now. And this guide fits the bill quite nicely. Written by Naace in partnership with Computing at School, this easy to follow guide for primary teachers is being sent to all schools in England. It gives an overview for non-specialists of the 2014...

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Primary Teaching Resources from Teaching Packs
Nov15

Primary Teaching Resources from Teaching Packs

Teaching Packs offers collections of high-quality teaching resources that can be used in the primary/elementary classroom. The contents of the packs varies, but packs may include audio quizzes, ebooks, classroom display banners, printable posters, activity sheets and more. The site offers packs of teaching resources linked to different topics, including Fractions, Maths Vocabulary, Pirates, Punctuation and more, available for a small...

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Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app
Nov15

Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app

Touchcast is a new app for the iPad that lets you create interactive video presentations to share online. The app lets users record a short video and then overlay widget-like elements (called vApps) on top. These vApps can hold live web pages, maps, live Twitter streams and more. Anyone watching the video via the TouchCast app (or website) can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play....

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Room Recess : Educational Games for Primary Numeracy and Literacy
Nov14

Room Recess : Educational Games for Primary Numeracy and Literacy

RoomRecess is a free website which provides flash-based games for Primary/Elementary age children. RoomRecess.com was developed entirely by an elementary school teacher with the goal of reinforcing fundamental learning concepts in math, reading, spelling, language arts, and basic problem solving. The games are fun and engaging. Although I wish there was a way of turning off the rather annoying music! A full-screen option would also be...

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Become a Deep Sea Diver and Explore the Wreck of La Lune
Nov10

Become a Deep Sea Diver and Explore the Wreck of La Lune

Ever wanted to be a deep sea diver? Well now you can! Take your class on an underwater field trip and visit this 3D recreation of the wreck of La Lune,  the former flagship of King Louis the 14th, without getting your feet wet. The wreck has recently been discovered off the coast of Toulon with a treasure trove of over 60,000 different objects. You can visit it here and explore the objects that are strewn across the sea bed when it...

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6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives
Nov08

6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives

It’s commonly accepted that you should start every lesson by displaying the learning objectives. But they don’t have to always be displayed in the same, boring way. Here’s a couple of creative tools that you might want to use to display the learning objectives in a more exciting and engaging way. 1. Star Wars Crawl Creator The Star Wars Crawl Creator lets you turn any piece of text into the scrolling text seen at the...

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How to Lock Down an iPad with Guided Access
Nov07

How to Lock Down an iPad with Guided Access

This blogpost grew out of a question during an iPad training session I was delivering yesterday. Some of the teachers wanted to be able to lock their iPads down so that when students were given an activity to do they didn’t go off into other apps and do other things instead. It is possible to put the iPads into Guided Access mode which is an accessibility feature. When in this mode you can set a passcode which needs to be...

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