Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool
Mar27

Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool

Canva is a free web tool (and iPad app) which allows people with limited knowledge of graphic design to produce effective presentations and other publications. The platform allows users to visually express themselves with or without the technical knowledge of graphic design. It makes the designing process more streamlined for users who previously lacked the time or the expertise to make high quality graphics for themselves. Canva...

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Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal
Mar09

Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal

Versal is a new way for anyone to create and publish interactive online courses – no coding required. The site provides a simple to use editor to add content, which it then publishes and hosts for you. For free. Versal uses a system of modules it calls gadgets to easily incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and other tools to make your course more engaging. Gadgets are mini JavaScript apps that you drag-and-drop into...

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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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