Essential Skeleton App for the iPad
Mar31

Essential Skeleton App for the iPad

Essential Skeleton 4 is a great free app that lets you explore the human skeleton. The app allows you to pan and move around the skeleton, zoom in on different bones and get information about each one. The ability to hear the name of each bone being read aloud is a nice feature. Teachers will also like the annotation and notes facility. At a basic level of demonstrating the bones and how they fit together, this app would be suitable...

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Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool
Mar27

Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool

Canva is a free web tool (and iPad app) which allows people with limited knowledge of graphic design to produce effective presentations and other publications. The platform allows users to visually express themselves with or without the technical knowledge of graphic design. It makes the designing process more streamlined for users who previously lacked the time or the expertise to make high quality graphics for themselves. Canva...

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Online Logo – A Simple Intro to Coding
Mar19

Online Logo – A Simple Intro to Coding

Online Logo is a simplified online version of the programming language Logo, which can be accessed via a browser. Children can use it to draw shapes by moving the turtle (arrow) around the screen using the simple commands. By moving the turtle around the screen the children can learn about lengths and angles while creating diagrams and patterns. By using the repeat command children can draw shapes such as hexagons, pentagons etc...

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Google CS First – Coding Clubs and Resources for KS2/KS3
Mar17

Google CS First – Coding Clubs and Resources for KS2/KS3

Google’s CS First website provides free, easy-to-use computer science and coding enrichment materials and resources for teachers to use with their students. Each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are targeted at students in KS2-KS3 (4th – 8th...

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Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers
Mar13

Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers

The Get Gas Safe website makes it easy for teachers to equip their pupils aged 9 to 11 with the information that they need to stay safe using engaging age-appropriate resources. Every year carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions cause deaths and injuries which could be prevented if everybody followed a few simple safety precautions. The programme is supported by Electrical Safety First and RoSPA. The site contains...

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Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB
Mar11

Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities to use with a class. It would be ideal for users of some brands of whiteboard or interactive projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Hands on with Vernier LabQuest 2 Datalogger
Mar10

Hands on with Vernier LabQuest 2 Datalogger

After writing about Vernier‘s LabQuest 2 system after I saw it at BETT a while back, I’ve now been able to get my hands on the kit and try it out. It’s a neat little unit, comprising a datalogging interface with a built-in screen, running  its own OS. It allows up to 5 sensors to be plugged in at any one time, should you need to monitor that many things at once! There are several different ways that the Labquest...

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Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal
Mar09

Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal

Versal is a new way for anyone to create and publish interactive online courses – no coding required. The site provides a simple to use editor to add content, which it then publishes and hosts for you. For free. Versal uses a system of modules it calls gadgets to easily incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and other tools to make your course more engaging. Gadgets are mini JavaScript apps that you drag-and-drop into...

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Bring a Hippo into the Classroom with ZooKazam
Mar02

Bring a Hippo into the Classroom with ZooKazam

ZooKazam is a fun augmented reality app for IOS that allows you to bring wild animals into the classroom without all the mess and inevitable legal action… Simply print off the targets, and when viewed through the app, the animal will magically appear. You could get a whale on your desk, or a hippo in your school hall! The app will let the children take both photographs and video of the animal, plus they can add weather and...

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