App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope
Dec18

App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope is an excellent interactive 3D Model of our Solar System for the iPad. You can switch between a heliocentric view, geocentric view or a panoramic view of the Solar System. Earth-centred view is great if you then use the play controls to move the time forwards as you can see the how day/night changes across the surface. Heliocentric view is good for showing how we get seasons as well as demonstrating the movement of...

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App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits
Dec17

App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits

Simple Circuits allows children to explore electricity and create their own circuits as well as explore and build a range of pre-designed learning circuits. Aimed at primary schools, the app provides a complete toolkit for understanding and designing circuit arrangements such as series, parallel with various combinations of batteries, wires, bulbs and a host of fun electrical toys. It is great for teachers, parents and tutors who want...

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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 8 Identify Plants and Bugs with these Field Studies Apps.
Dec08

App-vent : Day 8 Identify Plants and Bugs with these Field Studies Apps.

A slight departure as I’m not recommending just a single app, but several apps from the Field Studies Council. They have produced several handy apps for teachers who want to explore the wildlife on the school grounds or on a field trip. The Tree Guide will help you quickly put a name to many UK trees. The handy filter system guides you through four basic leaf shapes, each quickly leading to a small number of choices. Choose the...

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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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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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Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources
Mar28

Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources

Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new website designed for teachers that are looking to inspire and motivate their students using storytelling and technology in an incredibly straight-forward manner. Night Zookeeper resources have been used by teachers to inspire children to produce their best writing. They have been shown to raise the level of engagement in even the most reluctant of writers. In the Night Zookeeper Classroom, the magic...

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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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Switched on Science Scheme for Primary is Launched
Dec18

Switched on Science Scheme for Primary is Launched

Switched on Science is a brand-new scheme from Rising Stars which has been written to support primary school science in line with the new changes to the National Curriculum. The Key Stage 2 pack is now available with the Key Stage 1 pack arriving in January 2014. The scheme is packed full of hands-on experiments, creative investigations and new approaches to traditional topics, the series offers teachers original ways in which to run...

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10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class
Nov27

10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class

Put simply, “digital storytelling” is just using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more...

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3D Machinery Simulations from Explain3D
Nov04

3D Machinery Simulations from Explain3D

Explain3D is free website containing a set of interactive 3D simulations helping you to demonstrate how different machines work. Once loaded, the simulation can be rotated and zoomed to see areas in more detail. You can also click on different parts of the object to get more information. Simulations include: 4 Stroke engines Jet engines Lock and Key Nuclear Power Plant Hydroelectric Dam and more… This would be of interest to...

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