Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad
Sep23

Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad

Teachers looking for a way to show their iPad on their interactive whiteboard might want to take a look at Lonleyscreen. LonelyScreen is a free AirPlay receiver for Windows and MAC. It is like an Apple TV running on your desktop. You can cast anying from your iPhone or iPad to your computer screen just you can with an Apple TV. It works in the same way as AirServer or Reflector, but the best bit is that it’s free. Mac and PC...

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A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad
Sep12

Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad

If you’ve wanted to try out the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi, or want a whole class to test one without buying lots, then this new emulator is just what you need! It’s now possible to code the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi in an emulator in a web browser, without any hardware. The Sense HAT emulator allows pupils to run the same Python code that runs on a real Sense HAT on a Raspberry Pi, emulating its behaviour in a virtual...

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Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow
Sep09

Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow

Promethean users should hopefully already know about the Promethean Planet site, which provided ready-made ActivInspire resources to download, community discussion and technical support. Well, the big news is that Promethean Planet is moving, and becoming part of Promethean ClassFlow. Planet users will continue to find flipcharts, resource packs, and other teaching resources within ClassFlow. You will be able to download and use your...

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Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado
Aug23

Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado

The Code for Life website has been developed by grocery giants Ocado to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Their first game, Rapid Router is a free teaching resource aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 children. It is a fun and engaging coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming. Built on ‘Blockly’, visual...

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Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Aug22

Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom

I can remember my first experience of Virtual Reality back in the early 1990s, standing in the middle of Keddies Department store in Southend with a huge headset on, moving round a very blocky dungeon. Sadly the technology just wasn’t quite there and apart from Sci-Fi movies (Lawnmower Man anyone?) – VR vanished. But 30 years later, it’s back, and the technology you need to make it work is sitting in your pocket...

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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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Nutkase – Robust Cases for iPads and Other Tablets
Aug03

Nutkase – Robust Cases for iPads and Other Tablets

Nutkase is a new startup that creates rugged, robust cases for iPads, tablets and laptops. Their newest product is the BumpKase, a tough, drop-proof case, combining shock absorbing fabric with maximum corner protection to protect your iPad from drops as high as 10 feet! The Bumpkase features include: Shock absorbing, protective TPU bumper shell. Double thick rubberized corners cushion shock and vibration Patented V‐Strap offers secure...

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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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