Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio
Mar13

Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

Story Spheres is an interesting way to add stories to panoramic photographs. It’s a simple concept that combines the storytelling tools of words and pictures with a little digital magic. To use, you first need to upload a Photosphere, a 360-degree photo you can take on your phone or tablet using Google’s Photo App or similar program. Once uploaded, you can add dialogue, sound effects and even a music track (if it’s rights-free)....

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Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources
Feb05

Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources

This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week. In 2017, the aim of the week is to encourage everyone — adults and children alike — to spread a little kindness. Third Space Learning have released a Year 6 Wellbeing resource pack, featuring downloadable guides for teachers and school leaders with handouts for parents and carers and pupils. The pack aims to dispel the scaremongering about KS2 SATs and support pupils to thrive and do...

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New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month
Feb02

New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month

Coinciding with this year’s LGBT History Month, researchers at the University of Bristol are launching a new set of PSHE resources for secondary schools.  Pupils can explore local LGBT+ history via a digital map and mobile app, and reflect on social and philosophical questions around gender, sexuality, social norms, freedom, crime and punishment. The resources were developed in collaboration with young people from the LGBT+ youth...

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Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017
Jan31

Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017

I’ll post a more detailed round up of BETT 2017 later on, but most of the fun I had was investigating the BETT Futures zone as well as the STEAM area. I was really looking for some of the more unusual stands and resources out there. One stand that stood out was the Mind Moose stand. Mind Moose is a fun, digital platform that teaches children how to keep their minds healthy. The importance of mental health and well-being in...

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Explore the world with the Discovery VR App
Jan11

Explore the world with the Discovery VR App

Discovery VR is a new video resource from Discovery Education. The app allows you to explore a wide range of content filmed by Discovery on your phone, iPad or via a VR headset such as Google Cardboard. When viewed on a phone or iPad, the videos work as 360 videos, so you don’t need any special viewers if you don’t have access to one. You can just tilt and move the iPad to look around or pan around with your finger. But if...

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Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions
Oct03

Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions

Want to take your class to the International Space Station? Well now you can, with a Google Expedition! Google Expeditions is a new virtual reality teaching tool that lets teachers lead their class on immersive virtual trips all over the world. Take them to look at historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit a real space station! What Does it Do? The Google Expeditions app allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead...

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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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LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers
Feb21

LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers

littleBits is a really simple way to get children (and grown ups) into making and designing their own electronic devices. The littleBits library includes 10 kits and nearly 70 interoperable modules, with each module snapping together easily using magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. It’s impossible to connect them up wrong! I’ve just bought myself a...

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Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview
Nov13

Go Inside the British Museum with Google Streetview

The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Now you can tour the British Museum from your classroom with a new link-up with Google Streetview and the Google Cultural Institute. Over than 4,500 items from the...

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Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX
Nov10

Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme to the blog posts this week as the hype machine gears up to the release of the movie in a month’s time. This time, it’s an app I’ve written about before, Action Movie FX, which gets the Star Wars treatment. If you’ve not seen it before, Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing...

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Project Shapeshifter : Create Complex 3D Printed Shapes
Aug23

Project Shapeshifter : Create Complex 3D Printed Shapes

Project Shapeshifter provides an easy way to create complex 3D models in your web browser. Simply tweak the various sliders to  control the object’s shape. Although designed for investigating shapes for 3D printing, this site could also be of use to Maths teachers who want to explore different types of 3D shape with their students. It’s a free tool, so just visit the Project Shapeshifter site and explore!  ...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 7
Aug06

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 7

Part 7 of our 3D Printer build In this part of our printer assembly, we: cut and installed the filament feed tubes mounted the Z stage Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 15 hours 50 minutes This is the seventh stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our posts about this project. The first...

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