BETT 2015 Round Up
Jan26

BETT 2015 Round Up

So it was that time of year again. The annual trip to London to visit the BETT show. As I do every year I visit the show with a couple of different agendas – to meet up with colleagues on the various stands, to catch up with companies I’ve worked with in the past, and to see what’s new and exciting in the world of educational technology. And like last year, the overall feeling was that not a lot was really new. More...

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Appvent Day 24 : Code with Kodable
Dec24

Appvent Day 24 : Code with Kodable

Kodable offers a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. It is a beautifully designed app with younger children in mind, incorporating fun cartoon characters. Kodable comes free with 45 levels of programmable fun. You can unlock additional worlds with in-app purchases. A free Teacher Account gives access to education features and 25 student profiles. More are available on subscription.  Download Kodable...

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App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo
Dec16

App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo

Algodoo is a brilliant 2D physics sandbox game. It’s a totally open creative platform. Children can draw shapes, which become real objects which interact with each other. They can be pinned in place, or connected together via springs and chains. Objects can be transformed into liquids which behave exactly like a liquid would. Gravity can be altered, and switched on or off. Algodoo is designed in an engaging, cartoon-like manner,...

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App-vent Day 2 : Learn Coordinates with Billy Bug
Dec02

App-vent Day 2 : Learn Coordinates with Billy Bug

Billy Bug and his Quest for Grub is designed to help children learn how to use coordinates in a fun and engaging way. Make short swipes on the screen to move Billy to the given coordinates. Billy is a greedy little bug and will need to be fed ten times! How quickly can you feed Billy? This was always one of my favourite games from the Primary Games suite of resources, and it’s great to see it as an iPad app....

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iVisualiser Lets You Use your iPad as a Wireless Visualiser
Nov11

iVisualiser Lets You Use your iPad as a Wireless Visualiser

iVisualiser is a brand-new app that lets turns your iPad into a wireless visualiser. iVisualiser uses the iPads camera to grab images which you can then annotate and display on a large screen such as a whiteboard. If you have Apple TV or software such as AirServer then you can do this wirelessly. If not, then this will still work via a VGA cable. Use it to give the children a close up view of objects such as flowers or seeds without...

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Control your Smartboard from your iPad with Smart Maestro
Nov06

Control your Smartboard from your iPad with Smart Maestro

SMART have just announced the release of a much-needed add-on that will let you control content on your SMARTboard via your iPad. Better late than never. There are some caveats here. You need to have a full licence for Notebook 2014 and have purchased the Notebook iPad app.  The SMART Notebook Maestro add-on lets you interact with content and conduct collaborative two-way SMART Notebook lessons from a single iPad anywhere in the...

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Digitise Post-It Walls with the Post-It Plus app for iOS
Sep28

Digitise Post-It Walls with the Post-It Plus app for iOS

If you’ve ever used Post it notes as a brainstorming activity then wondered what to do with them afterwards, then this Post-It app is perfect for you. Post It Plus is a free app that lets you use an iOS device to capture and digitize a wall of Post It notes, enabling them to be stored and shared. Once digitized, the notes can be moved around and rearranged within the app. They can then be shared with a class or sent to other...

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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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Promethean Announce ActivInspire v2.0 with ClassFlow
Aug14

Promethean Announce ActivInspire v2.0 with ClassFlow

Promethean have just announced the release of ActivInspire version 2.0. This new version represents a key milestone in ActivInspire with the integration of the new ClassFlow functionality. I have yet to download and install it myself yet, but here’s the details from Promethean: Be aware that ActivInspire 2.0 WILL NOT auto-update when “checking for updates”.  You have to download the product and install it....

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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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AirServer version 2 released: AirPlay your iPad onto your Interactive Whiteboard
Jun26

AirServer version 2 released: AirPlay your iPad onto your Interactive Whiteboard

AirServer have just released version 2 of their iPad-mirroring app for Windows and Macs. The new version now lets you record your iPad screen to play back later. With AirServer you can wirelessly beam your iPad display to your Mac or PC and from there to your projector, interactive whiteboard or HDTV. This gives you the freedom to move around the class with your iPad in hand. AirServer also supports multiple simultaneous connections,...

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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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