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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Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite
Jul21

Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite

Project Ignite enables learners of all ages to gain practical hands-on experience with new software and hardware to build literacy in design, 3D, electronics, programming and more. Project Ignite integrates project content directly into Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, which are both free from Autodesk. Tinkercad is an easy to learn tool to create and print 3D models whilst 123D Circuits enables you to visualize and simulate circuits....

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Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App
Jul08

Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App

Launchpad is an iPad and iPhone app that lets students quickly create their own music by combining beats, basslines, melodies, vocals and FX loops. Free, easy-to-use DJ-style FX help you make every tune unique. At any time, the app can record your music and share it easily to YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox. The music produced is royalty-free, so this would be a great way for students to create tunes to use as background music in other...

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Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers
Mar13

Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers

The Get Gas Safe website makes it easy for teachers to equip their pupils aged 9 to 11 with the information that they need to stay safe using engaging age-appropriate resources. Every year carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions cause deaths and injuries which could be prevented if everybody followed a few simple safety precautions. The programme is supported by Electrical Safety First and RoSPA. The site contains...

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App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX
Dec22

App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX

Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing asteroids or a tornado. This would be great for adding a little pizazz to their films – the clips could then be added to other footage within an app such as iMovie. This would also be good to use to create a short film to use as a story starter to inspire their own creative writing or film...

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