App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story
Dec20

App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story

Our Story has been developed by child psychologists and other specialists at The Open University to enable young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read. This app allows you or the children to create simple stories. You can create stories from your own photographs as well as include video recordings. Photos can be imported from the camera roll...

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App-Vent Day 7 : My Story Book Maker
Dec07

App-Vent Day 7 : My Story Book Maker

My Story Book Maker lets children create and share their own ebooks and stories by adding drawings, photos, and stickers. They can also record their voice on every page and share your story with friends, family and classmates. My Story also allows multiple authors and syncing across multiple iPads! My Story combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy, language development, and creativity in ebook format....

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MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom
Sep15

MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom

MeteoEarth is a fantastic website and set of apps that let you view global weather patterns as they occur in real time on your IWB or on your iPad. MeteoEarth is adapted from a professional weather broadcast tool used by TV presenters around the world, which uses some amazing visuals to bring the weather to life. Navigate the 3D globe at the touch of a button, spin seamlessly from place to place, zoom in on a rain front moving over...

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Reach Out CPD : A new free resource to support Primary Science
Sep01

Reach Out CPD : A new free resource to support Primary Science

Primary teachers looking for some support to teach the new Science curriculum should go take a look at the brand-new Reach Out CPD site. Reach Out CPD has been designed to make it fun and easy for you to gain the knowledge, resources and confidence you need to teach outstanding science lessons. You might even wow a few friends with your impressive scientific knowledge! The resources have been mapped to curricula for England, Scotland,...

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ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Aug25

ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

View Pure is a great way to show YouTube clips in class without all the on-screen clutter and dodgy comments. I’ve written about ViewPure in the past, but the site has had a revamp and is worth another blog post! Basically you go to ViewPure website, enter the URL of a YouTube video, or do a search, and it then displays the video on a class-friendly page without any of the on-screen clutter. ViewPure removes all comments, ads,...

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Free CAD Software for UK Schools from Autodesk
Jul17

Free CAD Software for UK Schools from Autodesk

UK Design and Technology teachers, did you know that your secondary school or FE College is eligible to access full versions of CAD software from Autodesk, for free? Design software company Autodesk is currently running a “Design the Future” campaign, and is offering its full software suite free of charge to every high school and FE college in the UK. The software available includes Autodesk Inventor, 3ds Max, Revit, Maya,...

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Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1
Jul14

Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. I’ve written about using the iPad version for digital storytelling in the past, and now it’s available as a Windows 8.1 app. Explain Everything allows you to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a...

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Google’s Made with Code Project Aims to Get Girls Coding
Jun20

Google’s Made with Code Project Aims to Get Girls Coding

Google has just launched Made with Code, an initiative aiming to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. These efforts are based on Google’s new nationwide research, which shows that Computer Science exposure is crucial in pre-college years, parental encouragement is key and that girls who have positive perceptions of CS as a career, and understand its potential...

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Create fake conversations with the SMS Generator from Classtools.net
Jun16

Create fake conversations with the SMS Generator from Classtools.net

SMS Generator from the Class Tools website is a fun little tool that lets teachers or students create fake SMS conversations. This would be a great way for the students to recreate great moments in history, or discussions between fictional characters that they are studying. It’s very simple to use, and generated conversations can then be saved and embedded into other websites. You can access SMS Generator here:...

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Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin
Jun04

Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin

Seventy years ago this week, Allied forces were preparing for the D-Day Landings in Normandy that would eventually turn the tide of World War 2 . This year we are also commemorating the start of the First World War in 1914. Many schools are covering one or both of these events in their lessons and there are some good online resources to help teach them. One site I’ve written about before is called HistoryPin and it’s well...

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Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources
Mar28

Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources

Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new website designed for teachers that are looking to inspire and motivate their students using storytelling and technology in an incredibly straight-forward manner. Night Zookeeper resources have been used by teachers to inspire children to produce their best writing. They have been shown to raise the level of engagement in even the most reluctant of writers. In the Night Zookeeper Classroom, the magic...

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UKED Magazine : March Issue 03 Now Online
Mar14

UKED Magazine : March Issue 03 Now Online

The March 2014 edition of the UKEd Magazine is now available, hosting a fantastic array of features and articles for teachers and educators everywhere. It’s a free magazine, which you can read here. I’ve contributed a guide to using simple tools to get the most out of your Interactive Whiteboard. As well as that article, there’s other great stuff such as : The Outdoor Classroom – Let’s get Growing Schools, by Beth...

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