Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively
Feb12

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively

Just showing your class a video isn’t always the most effective strategy. Children often watch without reall thinking about what the video is demonstrating or explaining to them. Without a clear aim to showing the video, it can become just digital wallpaper. So how can you use the video in a engaging and effective way? Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies are a bank of different ideas for using videos and other digital...

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6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers
Feb09

6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers

My experience with teaching on Primary PGCE courses has made me very aware of how few primary ITT students arrive with a science background. For many the last experience they had of science was during their GCSE’s. Not many come with Science A levels, and if they do it’s usually Biology, rather than Chemistry or Physics. If this sounds like you, then do not despair. There’s lots of places online that can help with getting your science...

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In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet
Feb01

In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet

One of the important things about science is that it is not a fixed subject. New scientific discoveries are being made all the time. It’s important that students learn that scientists do not know everything. We make the best guesses that we can using the best information available at the time, and as new information comes in our understanding and models can change. The working scientifically strand of the science curriculum require...

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Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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The DIY Human Body App for IOS
Dec08

The DIY Human Body App for IOS

The DIY Human Body app, allows children to investigate the human body at home, at school, or on the move! The app includes over a dozen easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the human body and your health. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them already. The app also...

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The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft
Nov17

The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft

The Hour of Code site gets even better. No sooner have they announced a Star Wars module, they go even further and add Minecraft too! The Minecraft Hour of Code has been made in partnership with Microsoft and Mojang, and launches ahead of the Hour of Code event coming in a few weeks time. Children can choose to play as either Steve or Alex and use blocks of code to take them on an adventure through a Minecraft world. The tutorial...

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Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview
Nov13

Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview

The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Now you can tour the British Museum from your classroom with a new link-up with Google Streetview and the Google Cultural Institute. Over than 4,500 items from the...

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Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX
Nov10

Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme to the blog posts this week as the hype machine gears up to the release of the movie in a month’s time. This time, it’s an app I’ve written about before, Action Movie FX, which gets the Star Wars treatment. If you’ve not seen it before, Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing...

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Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released
Oct05

Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released

If you’re teaching a topic about Space, then this new image archive is going to be very useful! Pretty much every image captured by the Apollo astronauts on their lunar missions have now been added to the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are over 11,000 photographs, each one painstakingly digitized and restored for this fantastic project. The images provide a fabulous record of life on the Apollo craft on their way...

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App
Aug28

Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App

The Everything Machine is a rather cool maker app that allows children to create simple instructions to hack the sensors in your iPad to create something much more fun. Using the simple visual programming language it’s possible to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can...

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Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad
Aug07

Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad

Plotagon is a free iOS app that lets you create impressive animations on an iPad. It works in a very similar way to websites such as GoAnimate and Xtranormal. Create different characters, put them into scenes and write the dialog. The computer then generates the speech from the text. The app is free but it does have in-app purchases, which may deter some teachers from using it. However there is an education version available which has...

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