4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science
Jul23

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models. The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things...

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Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App
Jul08

Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App

Launchpad is an iPad and iPhone app that lets students quickly create their own music by combining beats, basslines, melodies, vocals and FX loops. Free, easy-to-use DJ-style FX help you make every tune unique. At any time, the app can record your music and share it easily to YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox. The music produced is royalty-free, so this would be a great way for students to create tunes to use as background music in other...

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Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle
Jun08

Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle

Riddle is a new website that allows teachers and students to quickly create their own PlayBuzz and Buzzfeed-style quizzes, lists, polls, and more. Riddle makes it quick and easy to create powerful, interactive content – even from a smartphone. Even better, it’s free There are several different things you can create with Riddle. Polls: A simple tool to get a quick snapshot of opinion. Vote for option A, B etc. Commenticle:...

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Pinterest for Teachers : A guide
May29

Pinterest for Teachers : A guide

If you haven’t seen it already, Pinterest is a social network that allows users to curate their own idea banks by “pinning” websites found on the internet to virtual boards. Each pin uses a main image to act as a visual reminder of the resource, and contains a link back to the original site. Pinterest acts as a bookmarking site – allowing you to build up banks of useful resources and, this is the best bit,...

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Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app
May15

Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app

Talking Cutie is a fun free iPad app that lets you add voices to images. Simply take a photograph, and then record up to 60 seconds of narration over the top. You can then add a talking face to the object – choosing from a wide range of different features.   This would have lots of uses in the classroom. Children could add a short description of an artefact in history, historical characters, famous people, they could...

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The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools
May14

The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools

Russel Tarr’s Classtools site is one of my go-to websites. I’m a big fan of the countdown timer and random name picker tools, and have used them on many occasions. The Fakebook and Twitter generator tools are also great. Just added to the site is the Breaking News Generator. This allows teachers and children to create an image that looks like something from a 24 hour news channel. It’s great fun and has a lot of...

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Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide
May14

Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide

This resource from Lenstore provides an interactive guide to the human eye. It takes you on a journey through the eye, with detailed explanations for each of the different parts. Rather than the usual cross-section view, you can explore the eye in first-person, zooming in through the pupil all the way to the optic nerve. The pop up labels give a short description of each part, with a link to find out more. This would be very useful...

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Thousands of Science, History and Art Images from Wellcome
May05

Thousands of Science, History and Art Images from Wellcome

For teachers looking for interesting images to use in their lessons, the Wellcome Images website is a great place to start! Images are grouped by Science, History and Art, and cover a wide variety of topic areas. The collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more. The...

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Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App
Apr20

Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App

DIY Sun Science for iPad allows children (and teachers!) to investigate and learn about the Sun, using live footage, archive images and practical activity ideas. The app was developed by UC Berkeley’s The Lawrence Hall of Science in association with NASA. The observatory module allows children to view live (or very recent) images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO satellite. They can select images taken using different wavelengths of light...

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Make Great Looking Digital Stories with Adobe Slate for iPad
Apr07

Make Great Looking Digital Stories with Adobe Slate for iPad

Adobe  Slate is a new free Digital Storytelling app for the iPad that makes it easy to combine words and images into a story that can be published as beautifully laid-out Web content. Using Slate, children could create great-looking reports, mixing images and text to great effect. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels. Here’s an example student...

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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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