40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom
Jun14

40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom

I’m in the process of setting up a small cluster of iPad minis to use with my PGCE students and teachers on CPD days. I’m getting a basic set of apps installed to give them an idea of how to get good use from iPads in the classroom. I thought it might be useful to share the apps that I’ve been adding. Quick tip: Before I set these up,¬† I made some desktop images with numbers on so I can identify which iPad is which....

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Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad
Jun08

Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad

Morphi is a 3D modelling app for all where children can create 3D models on an iPad which can then be sent to a 3D Printer to be turned into a real object. The Morphi app contains all the tools you’d expect from 3D modelling software – add shapes and text then combine them to gradually produce your 3D object. A few examples are provided so you can see what’s possible. Pinching and zooming to move about the canvas...

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Using Lego to Support Coding : Bits and Bricks and Other Ideas
Jun05

Using Lego to Support Coding : Bits and Bricks and Other Ideas

Bits and Bricks is a mini-module from LEGO that can be used to teach children the basics of coding using simple algorithms. Bit is a little very adventurous LEGO robot, but as with all small creatures, sometimes Bit cannot get his programs right. The children can help Bit solve the challenges by figuring out which programs are needed. They can do this by creating a sequence of small behavior blocks that tells Bit what to do. There are...

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Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups
Jun03

Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups

Here’s a quick idea for teaching food chains with stackable cups. I posted this over on Facebook last week and it got an amazing response, plus lots of questions. So I thought I’d explain the idea a little more here. The basic idea is that you can stick/draw images of animals and plants onto stackable cups, plus write the name around the edge. Then stack them to show the food chain building up. In the example video, I used...

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Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online
Jun02

Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online

We all need to be criticial of the things we read on the internet. There is a big problem in knowing what you can trust, with¬† so much material that is either unintentionally wrong or deliberately designed to minsinform. This can be a minefield for children (and adults). To help teachers address this, Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The ‘Trust Me‘ resource...

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