Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories
Jun30

Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories

Google have released a brand-new version of Google Earth for your browser. You can now tour the world in Google Earth using the new Voyager mode. Voyager is a collection of map-based stories written by Google Earth partners that is updated weekly. Please note. To use this new feature, you’ll need to use the Google Chrome Browser. To get started, visit Google Earth. Or go direct to Voyager here. You can then choose a subject...

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity
Mar07

Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity

Pobble 365 provides you with an engaging photo every day to inspire creativity in your classroom. Every day, you can find an interesting picture to spark a lesson. Scroll down to find additional writing prompts and philosophical questions that you can use with your students on your interactive whiteboard or printed out from the provided PDF file. There’s a calendar so you can explore past images too. Use Pobble365 as a story...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Toontastic is a fantastic digital storytelling tool. Since the last time I wrote about it it’s been bought by Google, who have just relaunched it as a shiny new 3D version. The new version is now free, with no pop up ads or additional in-app purchases! With Toontastic 3D children can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons. It’s really easy to do. Simply choose a setting and characters, move them around onscreen...

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Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Aug22

Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom

I can remember my first experience of Virtual Reality back in the early 1990s, standing in the middle of Keddies Department store in Southend with a huge headset on, moving round a very blocky dungeon. Sadly the technology just wasn’t quite there and apart from Sci-Fi movies (Lawnmower Man anyone?) – VR vanished. But 30 years later, it’s back, and the technology you need to make it work is sitting in your pocket...

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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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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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Talk for Writing in the Early Years : Pie Corbett and Julia Strong
Feb02

Talk for Writing in the Early Years : Pie Corbett and Julia Strong

Pie Corbett is a trainer, poet and author of over 250 books, including the bestselling Jumpstart!: Literacy and Story Ideas iPad app. A former head teacher, lecturer and English Inspector, he is known for developing the transformational ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Storytelling is central to Pie Corbett’s ground-breaking Talk for Writing approach, and has already been used successfully by thousands of schools nationwide....

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad
Aug07

Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad

Plotagon is a free iOS app that lets you create impressive animations on an iPad. It works in a very similar way to websites such as GoAnimate and Xtranormal. Create different characters, put them into scenes and write the dialog. The computer then generates the speech from the text. The app is free but it does have in-app purchases, which may deter some teachers from using it. However there is an education version available which has...

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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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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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App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story
Dec20

App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story

Our Story has been developed by child psychologists and other specialists at The Open University to enable young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read. This app allows you or the children to create simple stories. You can create stories from your own photographs as well as include video recordings. Photos can be imported from the camera roll...

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