Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas
Feb27

Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas

Minecraft is an open sandbox game that allows players to construct their own world. They can build structures, farm animals, mine for resources and much more. There are different modes to the game; Survival Mode is a challenging mode where the player needs to fight for survival against other creatures in the world, and Creative Mode provides unlimited resources to build and create without limitations. I’ve been investigating...

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Learn to Code with Code Kingdoms
Feb27

Learn to Code with Code Kingdoms

Code Kingdoms is a fun website that teaches coding skills in a way that’s engaging for kids. Kids use real JavaScript code to design their own game worlds and then challenge friends to complete them. Currently the site offers two different sections, with each providing different styles of play.  One section allows children to play simple levels, controlling a character to move around and solve problems. The second section allows...

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Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers
Feb26

Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers

I wrote about Reach Out CPD back in September when the first block of modules was launched. Well, this week the final  block of modules has gone online, so it’s a good time to write about it again. If you are a primary school teacher, and you are looking for some support and ideas to help teach the new Science Curriculum, then Reach Out CPD is well worth visiting. And even better, it’s totally free! Reach Out CPD is a...

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Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro
Feb25

Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro

SMART Notebook Maestro will let you connect your iPad to your SMARTboard wirelessly, and let you interact with a SMART Notebook file. You can annotate, add images and move objects around from your iPad, anywhere in the classroom. This quick guide explains how to quickly get the app connected to SMART Notebook. Requirements. For this to work, you will need SMART Notebook 14, and a valid advantage licence. You will need the latest...

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Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads
Feb23

Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads

Video Physics from Vernier is a very handy app for the Secondary physics classroom. Running on all iOS devices it allows the students to analyse the motion of moving objects in videos. Using the app, students can capture video of an object in motion, then track it automatically by tapping on the object in the video, frame by frame. Video Physics can instantly create trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. The...

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An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers
Feb19

An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective teaching using technology. Shulman (1986) first introduced the idea of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) as a way of thinking about the development of teacher knowledge. This idea was extended by Mishra & Koehler (2006) to describe teachers’ integration of technology into their...

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8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard
Feb17

8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard

While I am a big fan of the Interactive Whiteboard, they can often to lead to situations where the teacher is firmly stuck at the front of the class to “deliver” content to the students. Some schools are looking to move away from this format, and use iPads as an IWB replacement, although I still think the best way forward should be an interactive screen at the front of the class, coupled with tablets. Anyway, if you do...

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Wireless Datalogging For iPads with Vernier
Feb10

Wireless Datalogging For iPads with Vernier

One of the other companies I visited at BETT 2015 was Vernier, who produce datalogging software and hardware for schools. I was particularly interested in their LabQuest2 system, which aims to make datalogging easier. Datalogging has always been an interest of mine, some of my earliest training and writing work was based around effective ways to use datalogging in the classroom. It has invariably been something that teachers find...

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Webwhiteboard – An Online Whiteboard in your Browser
Feb07

Webwhiteboard – An Online Whiteboard in your Browser

Webwhiteboard is a new website that provides users with interactive whiteboard software that runs in a web browser. It will run on any brand of interactive whiteboard, all you need is a web connection. There’s nothing to install, and your whiteboard files live in the cloud so you can access them anywhere. Having your files in the cloud also means you can easily access them on tablet devices such as iPads without having to...

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Coding Traffic Lights with a Raspberry Pi and Pi-Stop
Feb06

Coding Traffic Lights with a Raspberry Pi and Pi-Stop

The new Raspberry Pi was launched last week, and I took the opportunity to finally get hold of one to see what they could do. My first project was to try out a cool set of programmable LED traffic lights called a Pi-Stop. These are reasonably inexpensive (£2.50 each) and plug directly into the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi. You can buy Pi-Stops from 4Tronix here. Now before I plugged them in, I had to do a little tinkering and install...

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Doctor Who Coding Game now for IOS and Android
Feb02

Doctor Who Coding Game now for IOS and Android

The BBC has released an updated version of their coding game, The Doctor and the Dalek, which features 4 new levels. At the same time, they’ve now released free versions of the game for iPads and Android devices. The original game was launched back in October and was designed to introduce children to the idea of programming through simple code. By issuing commands to an on-screen Dalek the children can solve various problems and...

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