An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit
Jul22

An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit

The BBC Micro:bit is a low-cost, handheld, fully programmable computer. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. Mine has finally arrived, and I’ve had a chance to play with it and see what it can do. This little device is very much like an arduino, or similar programmable boards. You create code on a computer, then upload it to the Micro:bit to carry it...

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The Samsung Digital Classroom Project
Jul21

The Samsung Digital Classroom Project

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Oxford to attend an event run by Samsung to celebrate their Digital Classrooms project. As part of this 3-year project, Samsung gave participating schools a suite of Samsung technology, including tablets, chromebooks and digital cameras. They also provided teacher training, connectivity and maintenance support. 15 schools are currently involved in the UK, and over 2400 globally. The schools...

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PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App
Jul13

PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App

PingPong is a very simple audience-response tool that enables quick interaction with a class using any device. Unlike Socrative or Kahoot, you don’t need to create any questions within the app. PingPong is designed to be used alongside ad-hoc questions written on a whiteboard or as part of a PowerPoint presentation. The host creates a room (needs a Google or a Facebook login) and gets a room code. The audience can either access...

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Thinkuknow : Parents and Carers E-Safety Campaign
Jul04

Thinkuknow : Parents and Carers E-Safety Campaign

Today the e-safety organisation Thinkuknow are launching a brand-new public awareness campaign. Through social media, articles, blogs, films and more, they aim to get parents and carers thinking and talking about the importance of discussing sex, relationships and the internet with their children. Today is the first day of this three month campaign, and sees the launch of their first resource entitled “The world changes. Children...

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Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model
Jul04

Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model

Here’s a quick idea for making a model of the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies. Other cookies might work too, but the combination of black biscuit and white cream makes this work really well. Carefully remove the top of each of the cookies to reveal the cream layer. You can then scrape away the cream to show the different moon phases. Place them in a circle, then annotate with labels to explain the different phases. Like...

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