Test your Reactions with these Scientists in Sport Resources
Jul18

Test your Reactions with these Scientists in Sport Resources

Most sports need fast reactions. It might be a sprinter going on the “b” of the “bang”, or an F1 driver seeing a gap and steering into it. So what affects your reaction speed, and can you improve it?  This reaction test tool, from Glaxo SmithKline’s Scientists in Sport website, can help you test your own reflexes. This could form part of a class investigation into some of the factors which affect reaction times. It’s a...

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8 iPad apps to Teach Coding and Programming
Jul08

8 iPad apps to Teach Coding and Programming

With the changes in the National Curriculum for ICT in 2014 introducing a greater emphasis on coding and programming, there is a greater demand for easy to use programming tools for children. One of the best ones, Scratch, sadly doesn’t work on an iPad at the moment. Here are some alternatives that do. 1. Daisy the Dinosaur (Free) This free, fun app helps teach the basics of simple programming. It has an easy drag and drop...

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Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!
Jun26

Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!

SNAP! (formerly known as BYOB) is another visual, drag-and-drop programming language in the style of Scratch. It is free to use, runs in your browser, and will even work on iPads! The coding platform allows you to “Build Your Own Blocks” of code. It works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re finished with a script, press play to see the code in action. It also features first class lists, first...

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Explore Mount Everest Virtually with Glacierworks.
May29

Explore Mount Everest Virtually with Glacierworks.

As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Edmund Hilary’s expedition to the top of Mount Everest, here’s an excellent website that lets you and your class explore the mountain without leaving the classroom. Everest: Rivers of Ice is a new project that features legendary documentary filmmaker and explorer David Breashears joining with Microsoft to produce a multimedia tour of the mountain. Visitors to the site will be able to...

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The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources
May22

The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources

I was lucky enough to be invited to deliver some training at the International School of Geneva this week. One of the Keynote speakers was Steve Crossan, Head of the Google Cultural Institute who was talking about some of their recent developments. I had heard of some of their early projects such as the Google Art Project or World Wonders, but I hadn’t seen some of their newer resources. And they looked stunning! With a team of...

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Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard
May10

Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard

Fancy a quick class trip to see the Pyramids without all the paperwork? Giza 3D is a historically accurate, in-depth recreation of the great pyramids which you can access from your classroom on your Interactive Whiteboard. Built by Dassault Systemes, the people who created the 3D Paris Tour, the site lets you go on guided, interactive tours through ten different areas of the Giza plateau — allowing you to wander the necropolis,...

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Marks and Spencer Education Resources
Apr30

Marks and Spencer Education Resources

The Marks & Spencer Company Archive has just launched a new online learning resource for UK schools to make elements of the company’s collection of over 70,000 historical objects, photos and documents accessible to students and teachers for the first time. In partnership with My Learning, the M&S Company Archive eLearning Hub will be available to schools and educational establishments free of charge. These themed classroom...

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Explore Paris in 3D on your Whiteboard or iPad
Apr11

Explore Paris in 3D on your Whiteboard or iPad

Billed as “A time-travel through more than 2000 years of history: discover Paris’ most famous monuments” Paris 3D provides a virtual tour of many of the landmarks of Paris, and lets you see how the city has developed since its Roman conquest in 52 BC right up to the present day. Users can take guided tours from the 3D Paris website here or on the accompanying iPad app. A small plugin is needed for your web browser,...

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GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop
Mar04

GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop

Games add a new way to captivate students and help them learn in a manner that’s meaningful for them. The already excellent BrainPOP UK have taken this on board, and added gaming to their repertoire through GameUp UK – their new gaming area. GameUp UK matches high quality BrainPOP content with great learning games – their resources underpin the learning and the associated games actively engage students and extend the learning. From...

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English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources
Feb27

English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Yesterday I spent a rather fun day delivering Interactive Whiteboard training to some of the Education staff from English Heritage in the rather impressive surroundings of Wrest Park Estate. While there I was reminded about their range of IWB resources that they’ve put onto Promethean Planet, and I thought I’d share here in case you haven’t seen them. English Heritage National Monuments Record (NMR) have produced a...

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Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games
Feb21

Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games

Charanga Music World is a unique new way of learning an instrument online. The website Combines interactive gaming, music-related quizzes and videos to support 7-12 year olds learning musical instruments. The learning materials in Charanga Music World have been developed by some of the UK’s leading educators, and cover 24 instruments from absolute beginner through to the first ABRSM Music Medals exam and beyond. Instruments available...

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Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map
Dec12

Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map

Here’s another cool resource that would be great to show as part of a lesson about Earth and Space (or populations). The “Black Marble” shows the Earth in darkness with all the city lights twinkling away – showing just how spread out we all are in some parts of the world, and how concentrated we are in others. A NASA satellite captured the nighttime views with a special on-board camera. Apparently it took 312...

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