Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom
Dec30

Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom

This is a guest post from Nancy Knowlton. Nancy is one of the founders of SMART Technologies and co-inventor of the SMART board along with her husband David Martin. She’s back at BETT this year with their new edtech company, Nureva. The 5th C In my years visiting schools around the world, I have been lucky to experience a wide array of teaching styles and approaches. Some lessons are structured to bring out the creativity in...

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The DIY Human Body App for IOS
Dec08

The DIY Human Body App for IOS

The DIY Human Body app, allows children to investigate the human body at home, at school, or on the move! The app includes over a dozen easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the human body and your health. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them already. The app also...

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The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft
Nov17

The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft

The Hour of Code site gets even better. No sooner have they announced a Star Wars module, they go even further and add Minecraft too! The Minecraft Hour of Code has been made in partnership with Microsoft and Mojang, and launches ahead of the Hour of Code event coming in a few weeks time. Children can choose to play as either Steve or Alex and use blocks of code to take them on an adventure through a Minecraft world. The tutorial...

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Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview
Nov13

Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview

The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Now you can tour the British Museum from your classroom with a new link-up with Google Streetview and the Google Cultural Institute. Over than 4,500 items from the...

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Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX
Nov10

Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme to the blog posts this week as the hype machine gears up to the release of the movie in a month’s time. This time, it’s an app I’ve written about before, Action Movie FX, which gets the Star Wars treatment. If you’ve not seen it before, Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing...

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Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters
Nov09

Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters

Following on from the successful tutorials featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Hour of Code is now going to feature characters from Star Wars! The new tutorial for the Hour of Code 2015, in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, features the eagerly awaited new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Students will join forces with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then team up with Princess Leia to build their own game featuring...

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Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?
Oct18

Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?

Prowise users should be aware that Prowise Presenter has had a facelift and the new version (v6) is now live and better than ever. For those that have not yet taken a look at Prowise, now is the time! Prowise Presenter is browser-based interactive whiteboard software that stores your files in the cloud. This means there’s nothing to install and you always have your files with you. If you’re teaching in a school with...

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The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools
Oct15

The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools

If you’ve ever used a SMARTboard you’re probably already aware of the Floating Tools. This is an extra toolbar that sits on the side of the screen. It was always there, even if you were not connected to a SMARTboard, although you could hide/show it via the icon in the system tray. With version 11 of SMART Notebook, SMART brought in SMART Ink. This was a new way of capturing annotations on the board. Although it...

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Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers
Oct11

Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” They do this by producing some fantastic maker kits to inspire children to see technology as a tool for solving problems and making things with; equipping them with the skills that are...

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Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released
Oct05

Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released

If you’re teaching a topic about Space, then this new image archive is going to be very useful! Pretty much every image captured by the Apollo astronauts on their lunar missions have now been added to the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are over 11,000 photographs, each one painstakingly digitized and restored for this fantastic project. The images provide a fabulous record of life on the Apollo craft on their way...

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers
Sep22

The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers

Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps. There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom...

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