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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Safer Internet Day 2014 : Esafety Resources for Teachers
Feb07

Safer Internet Day 2014 : Esafety Resources for Teachers

Safer Internet Day (SID) aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014, centred on the theme “Let’s create a better internet together!” The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing...

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British Library Releases 1million Images Into The Public Domain
Dec15

British Library Releases 1million Images Into The Public Domain

The British Library have this week released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books in their collection, digitised and then released into the Public Domain via the Flickr Commons site. The images themselves cover a wide range of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire,...

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Become a Deep Sea Diver and Explore the Wreck of La Lune
Nov10

Become a Deep Sea Diver and Explore the Wreck of La Lune

Ever wanted to be a deep sea diver? Well now you can! Take your class on an underwater field trip and visit this 3D recreation of the wreck of La Lune,  the former flagship of King Louis the 14th, without getting your feet wet. The wreck has recently been discovered off the coast of Toulon with a treasure trove of over 60,000 different objects. You can visit it here and explore the objects that are strewn across the sea bed when it...

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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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Introduce Coding using a MaKey MaKey and Scratch
Oct09

Introduce Coding using a MaKey MaKey and Scratch

A Makey Makey is a very simple to use piece of kit which can be used to add a little bit more fun to a class coding project. The MaKey Makey is a bare bones circuit board that connects to your computer via USB. There are7 terminals for attaching electrical wires to it. These are arranged like an old games controller – with up/down/left/right arrows and also spacebar and left click. A strip along the bottom allows for another...

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Espresso Coding – a Simple-to-use Primary School Coding Platform
Oct08

Espresso Coding – a Simple-to-use Primary School Coding Platform

Espresso Coding is the new site from digital content providers Espresso Education that teaches pupils to code and make their own apps to share with their friends and parents. With an inclusive wide-ranging Scheme of Work, the Espresso Coding platform provides teachers with coverage of the new coding aspects of the updated Computing curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6. The platform will teach pupils how to create and publish their own apps...

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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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