Teaching Science Blog Revamped
Jun10

Teaching Science Blog Revamped

So for those who don’t know about it, I run a sister blog to this one, called Teaching Science, It was initially aimed at the student teachers I work with, but it grew to just be a general science teaching blog. Well anyway, it had a bit of a revamp today. It needed a bit of TLC – so it now has a new logo and new site template that users of this blog might find familiar! I want to get more practical ideas and advice for...

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Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers
Feb26

Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers

I wrote about Reach Out CPD back in September when the first block of modules was launched. Well, this week the final  block of modules has gone online, so it’s a good time to write about it again. If you are a primary school teacher, and you are looking for some support and ideas to help teach the new Science Curriculum, then Reach Out CPD is well worth visiting. And even better, it’s totally free! Reach Out CPD is a...

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An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers
Jan03

An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers

The SAMR Model offers a structure for teachers to see how technology could impact upon the teaching and learning in their classroom.  It provides a framework for progression that adopters of educational technology follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology. SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puetendura as a model for technology integration into the classroom. The SAMR Model stands for: S: Substitution. A:...

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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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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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ExpeRimental: Kitchen Sink Science Ideas to Try At Home
Jul17

ExpeRimental: Kitchen Sink Science Ideas to Try At Home

ExpeRimental provides a series of short films that make it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with children aged 4 to 10. The resource from the Royal Institution gives parents and teachers lots of ideas for kids’ activities that will help them explore the world around them, question and experiment together. The guides show you how to do the activity and how to make sure adults and children get the most out of it. Each activity...

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Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard
May23

Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard

Pixiclip is an online whiteboard that lets you record your annotations as you make them, along with your voice and even webcam footage. If you’ve used iPad apps like Explain Everything then you’ll get the idea of how this works. The number of tools are limited, but enough to do basic drawings to illustrate simple concepts. You can also upload images in advance then add them to the canvas while you talk.   Drawing with...

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Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents
Mar21

Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents

Open Badges are a global standard to recognise skills & achievements across the web. They have the potential to change the way schools and organisations see qualifications; moving from abstract measures of knowledge towards a tool to connect talent with opportunities for employment, work experience and further education. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. They allow you to verify your skills,...

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Safer Internet Day 2014 : Esafety Resources for Teachers
Feb07

Safer Internet Day 2014 : Esafety Resources for Teachers

Safer Internet Day (SID) aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014, centred on the theme “Let’s create a better internet together!” The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing...

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Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013
Jan02

Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013

As we begin 2014, just a quick blog post to cast a look back over the last 12 months and to highlight the top 10 posts from 2013. My blogging suffered a little during 2013 as I worked on my Masters Dissertation, but I’ll be a little more focused for 2014 now that’s out of the way. Here are the top 10 most-read posts for 2013: 1. How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard 2. 6 Creative Tools for Displaying...

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L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers
Dec01

L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers

Learn 4 Life (L4LTV) is a new web-TV service for the education community, filling the gap left with the demise of Teacher’s TV. Learn 4 Life aims to provide updates on pedagogy and practice in education – documenting what is happening in teacher communities in the UK and sharing it in an easily accessible manner. The channel is the brainchild of Leon Cych (@eyebeams) who has a wealth of experience of filming Teachmeets and other...

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Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?
Sep30

Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?

I had a very good day today being shown the new Espresso Coding website (more on that in another blogpost), but one of the things shown during the session was this video that aims to explain to kids why they should think about coding as a career, especially girls. It’s pretty cool. Take a look and see what you think. And show it to your class!...

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