Brilliant Bluetooth Bee Bots at #BETT2015
Jan26

Brilliant Bluetooth Bee Bots at #BETT2015

The Bee Bot has been a familiar sight in many primary classrooms for many years. The small programmable bot provides an easy introduction to simple algorithms. You can even print out little outfits for them to wear! They’ve become a bit of an institution. Then, a few years back, TTS produced a couple of Bee Bot apps which allowed children to move an animated Bee Bot to solve simple problems. The Bee Bots had been dragged into...

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BETT 2015 Round Up
Jan26

BETT 2015 Round Up

So it was that time of year again. The annual trip to London to visit the BETT show. As I do every year I visit the show with a couple of different agendas – to meet up with colleagues on the various stands, to catch up with companies I’ve worked with in the past, and to see what’s new and exciting in the world of educational technology. And like last year, the overall feeling was that not a lot was really new. More...

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Interactive Whiteboard CPD for Schools and Colleges
Jan20

Interactive Whiteboard CPD for Schools and Colleges

As well as blogging about technology in education, I am also a freelance interactive whiteboard trainer, specialising in Smart and Promethean boards.  I regularly deliver bespoke training sessions on how to use interactive whiteboards in schools and colleges around the UK as well as overseas. In addition to schools, I am able to deliver courses for Military and Corporate customers. I’m also happy to deliver training to Initial...

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QuickStart Computing : CPD Resources for Teachers
Jan16

QuickStart Computing : CPD Resources for Teachers

QuickStart Computing is a new, free, CPD toolkit which aims to help teachers to deliver inspiring computing lessons in both primary and secondary schools. The resource is a joint project between Computing at Schools, the DFE and Microsoft. The materials cover areas such as Computational thinking, Programming, Computer networks and Communication and collaboration. As well as pdf files, there are also videos which help explain some of...

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How to Make a Human Keyboard with a Makey Makey
Jan09

How to Make a Human Keyboard with a Makey Makey

A Makey Makey is a bare bones circuit board that connects to your computer via USB. There are 7 terminals for attaching electrical wires to it. These are arranged like an old games controller – with up/down/left/right arrows and also space bar and left click. A strip along the bottom allows for another wire to connect it to Earth. Here’s how you could use it as part of a science lesson on circuits to create a fun human keyboard....

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An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers
Jan03

An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers

The SAMR Model offers a structure for teachers to see how technology could impact upon the teaching and learning in their classroom.  It provides a framework for progression that adopters of educational technology follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology. SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puetendura as a model for technology integration into the classroom. The SAMR Model stands for: S: Substitution. A:...

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