Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild
Mar24

Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild

With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers will be able to take school groups of 7-11 year olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time, to the late Cretaceous period! Specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations, it will put school groups face-to-face with living dinosaurs and bring science to life before their eyes. The creators behind new immersive live-action adventure Dinosaurs in the Wild gave me a...

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Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio
Mar13

Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

Story Spheres is an interesting way to add stories to panoramic photographs. It’s a simple concept that combines the storytelling tools of words and pictures with a little digital magic. To use, you first need to upload a Photosphere, a 360-degree photo you can take on your phone or tablet using Google’s Photo App or similar program. Once uploaded, you can add dialogue, sound effects and even a music track (if it’s rights-free)....

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Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?
Mar09

Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about version 8 coming...

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity
Mar07

Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity

Pobble 365 provides you with an engaging photo every day to inspire creativity in your classroom. Every day, you can find an interesting picture to spark a lesson. Scroll down to find additional writing prompts and philosophical questions that you can use with your students on your interactive whiteboard or printed out from the provided PDF file. There’s a calendar so you can explore past images too. Use Pobble365 as a story...

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Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit
Mar06

Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit

The return of Robot Wars to BBC 2 this week provides a good opportunity to harness the enthusiasm surrounding the show to inspire children to build and code their own robots. This mini site from the BBC contains plenty of resources and tutorials to inspire children to code and create robots using the BBC Microbit. Children can make a micro:bot, a maze travelling robot or even a papercraft robot! There’s even information on...

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Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC
Mar03

Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC

Terrific Scientific is an ambitious new campaign from the BBC. Their goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist. Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage. The BBC have partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered will be sent to...

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The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017
Feb12

The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017

One of the larger stands I visited at BETT 2017 was the Invest Northern Ireland pavilion. Invest NI was at BETT for the first time to showcase six of the region’s upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. This included: Go-Berserk Go-Berserk is a multi-award winning company that has developed resources to help teach real code to everyone from eight years old and up. It currently has three hard copy books...

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Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources
Feb05

Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources

This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week. In 2017, the aim of the week is to encourage everyone — adults and children alike — to spread a little kindness. Third Space Learning have released a Year 6 Wellbeing resource pack, featuring downloadable guides for teachers and school leaders with handouts for parents and carers and pupils. The pack aims to dispel the scaremongering about KS2 SATs and support pupils to thrive and do...

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New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month
Feb02

New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month

Coinciding with this year’s LGBT History Month, researchers at the University of Bristol are launching a new set of PSHE resources for secondary schools.  Pupils can explore local LGBT+ history via a digital map and mobile app, and reflect on social and philosophical questions around gender, sexuality, social norms, freedom, crime and punishment. The resources were developed in collaboration with young people from the LGBT+ youth...

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Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017
Jan31

Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017

I’ll post a more detailed round up of BETT 2017 later on, but most of the fun I had was investigating the BETT Futures zone as well as the STEAM area. I was really looking for some of the more unusual stands and resources out there. One stand that stood out was the Mind Moose stand. Mind Moose is a fun, digital platform that teaches children how to keep their minds healthy. The importance of mental health and well-being in...

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25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices
Jan23

25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

Are you in the market for interactive devices for your classrooms? With Bett and several other conferences coming up, guest contributor Terry Freedman has produced a checklist of questions you may find useful. You may wish to amend some or discard some as appropriate in your circumstances. What is the make and model of the product? (These are obvious questions, but are intended to remind you to write down the answers.) Does this...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Toontastic is a fantastic digital storytelling tool. Since the last time I wrote about it it’s been bought by Google, who have just relaunched it as a shiny new 3D version. The new version is now free, with no pop up ads or additional in-app purchases! With Toontastic 3D children can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons. It’s really easy to do. Simply choose a setting and characters, move them around onscreen...

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