LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers
Feb21

LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers

littleBits is a really simple way to get children (and grown ups) into making and designing their own electronic devices. The littleBits library includes 10 kits and nearly 70 interoperable modules, with each module snapping together easily using magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. It’s impossible to connect them up wrong! I’ve just bought myself a...

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Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively
Feb12

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively

Just showing your class a video isn’t always the most effective strategy. Children often watch without reall thinking about what the video is demonstrating or explaining to them. Without a clear aim to showing the video, it can become just digital wallpaper. So how can you use the video in a engaging and effective way? Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies are a bank of different ideas for using videos and other digital...

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6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers
Feb09

6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers

My experience with teaching on Primary PGCE courses has made me very aware of how few primary ITT students arrive with a science background. For many the last experience they had of science was during their GCSE’s. Not many come with Science A levels, and if they do it’s usually Biology, rather than Chemistry or Physics. If this sounds like you, then do not despair. There’s lots of places online that can help with getting your science...

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My BETT 2016 Roundup
Feb04

My BETT 2016 Roundup

BETT 2016 was different for me this year since I was spending most of the time working on the Prowise stand offering IWB Masterclasses. This meant I didn’t get as much time as usual to wander around the show and look at new products. I spent more time talking to people about whiteboards and pointing at screens! But I still got to see a few things, plus catch up with some good friends that I only ever seem to meet at BETT once a...

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A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder
Feb03

A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder

The Lesson Activity Builder (LAB) is a relatively new feature of Smart Notebook, which is really coming into its own in version 15.2 with a few new games added. It lets you create interactive games very quickly using a simple wizard. Just type in the answers and it will do the rest. The Shout It Out game is also worth a look if you have tablets or other devices in the classroom. It allows for brainstorming activities where words and...

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Talk for Writing in the Early Years : Pie Corbett and Julia Strong
Feb02

Talk for Writing in the Early Years : Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

Pie Corbett is a trainer, poet and author of over 250 books, including the bestselling Jumpstart!: Literacy and Story Ideas iPad app. A former head teacher, lecturer and English Inspector, he is known for developing the transformational ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Storytelling is central to Pie Corbett’s ground-breaking Talk for Writing approach, and has already been used successfully by thousands of schools nationwide....

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In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet
Feb01

In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet

One of the important things about science is that it is not a fixed subject. New scientific discoveries are being made all the time. It’s important that students learn that scientists do not know everything. We make the best guesses that we can using the best information available at the time, and as new information comes in our understanding and models can change. The working scientifically strand of the science curriculum require...

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