40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom
Jun14

40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom

I’m in the process of setting up a small cluster of iPad minis to use with my PGCE students and teachers on CPD days. I’m getting a basic set of apps installed to give them an idea of how to get good use from iPads in the classroom. I thought it might be useful to share the apps that I’ve been adding. Quick tip: Before I set these up,  I made some desktop images with numbers on so I can identify which iPad is which....

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Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad
Jun08

Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad

Morphi is a 3D modelling app for all where children can create 3D models on an iPad which can then be sent to a 3D Printer to be turned into a real object. The Morphi app contains all the tools you’d expect from 3D modelling software – add shapes and text then combine them to gradually produce your 3D object. A few examples are provided so you can see what’s possible. Pinching and zooming to move about the canvas...

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Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows
May13

Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows

Plumbago is a free digital notebook from Microsoft which, although designed with tablets in mind, works really well on an interactive whiteboard. Plumbago will work on any device running Windows 8 upwards, so it’ll run on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard that’s connected to a Windows 8/10 computer. It’ll also work fine on Windows tablets. Like most notebook software, Plumbago offers a range of papers and inks, and...

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game
Apr27

Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game

Little Alchemy is a curious little game that invites you to experiment and explore. You start with 4 basic “elements” – air, earth, fire and water,  and mix these together to find interesting and surprising combinations. For example earth plus air produces dust. Earth and Fire makes lava. Lava plus air makes stone, and so on. There are over 500 elements to discover. I’ve been playing for a few hours and am on...

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AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder
Apr26

AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder

The AR Circuits app allows students to build and test realistic circuits which are then enhanced using augmented reality technology. The app allows you to build circuits without the expense, safety concerns, and problems associated with physical electrical components. The circuits are designed by arranging printed paper component cards which you can download and print from the AR Circuits website. The circuits can then be viewed...

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Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App
Apr17

Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using as a virtual human beatbox. I’ve written about the web version of Incredibox before, but now it is finally available as an iPad app! As you drag outfits onto the people on the screen they begin to perfom different sequences of sound. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. This would be a good way to introduce...

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Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality
Mar07

Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality

Here’s an excellent idea for a app to teach about the body. The Curiscope Virtuali-tee app combines a wearable AR code with an augmented reality app to make the internal organs come to life! When the t-shirt is viewed through the app, it unlocks a portal into the body and transform the tee into an anatomy lesson. You can explore the body in fully animated 3D that lets you move in and look around the body. The T-shirt plus app...

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Promethean ClassFlow : Version 4 Released
Mar04

Promethean ClassFlow : Version 4 Released

ClassFlow is Promethean’s cloud-based whiteboard software and classroom management suite. ClassFlow can be used to connect classrooms by creating collaborative lessons which encourage the sharing of ideas across front-of-class interactive displays, laptops and handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets. It’s been around for a while now, gong through various iterations. Version 4 has just been released, and with it...

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Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids
Mar01

Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids

Sketch Nation Create is a free game creation app for IOS and Android devices. The app allows children to draw, play and share their own games; designing their own characters, obstacles, challenges and rules. It’s gaming, drawing, coding, story-telling and problem-solving in one simple-to-use and fun tool. The Sketch Nation games cover nine different genres,from side scrolling running games to driving games. Children can even...

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Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects
Jan25

Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects

One of things I was most interested in seeing at BETT last week was the new Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kit for primary school students. Just like the older WeDo kits, the new Lego WeDo 2.0 is aimed at introducing students to robotics, engineering and coding.  Designed for primary school classrooms, the WeDo 2.0 Core Set, Software and Get Started Project is a hands-on solution that ignites pupils’ curiosity, enhancing their skills in...

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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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