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25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

Posted by on 7:36 pm in Conferences, Hardware, iPads and Tablets | 0 comments

25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

Are you in the market for interactive devices for your classrooms? With Bett and several other conferences coming up, guest contributor Terry Freedman has produced a checklist of questions you may find useful. You may wish to amend some or discard some as appropriate in your circumstances. What is the make and model of the product? (These are obvious questions, but are intended to remind you to write down the answers.) Does this company have a history of supplying education, and if so, what kinds of establishment? (universities are very...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Posted by on 3:32 pm in Hardware, iPads and Tablets, Literacy Resources | 0 comments

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 while telling a story and Toontastic records voice and animations and stores it as a video to play back later. The...

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Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate

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Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate

Creation Crate is a very interesting project that aims to get more people making and tinkering with simple, fun electronics projects. The ethos of Creation Crate is that anyone can learn the basics of building electronics. They want people to see that it’s not as complex as they think it is. It’s a subscription service, for a regular fee they will send out a box every month. You can subscribe for just a single month, or pay for several months in advance and get a better price. Each box will contain different parts depending on the...

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Explore the world with the Discovery VR App

Posted by on 8:40 am in iPads and Tablets, Other Subjects | 0 comments

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 you do have a Google Cardboard VR Viewer then you can view the videos in 360 3D too. The app includes video...

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Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

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Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

3D Printers have been getting more popular in the last few years, as the price has dropped enough to make them a sensible purchase for schools and the home. I’ve already documented our initial journey into 3D printing last year with a printer that we built from a kit. I’ve recently been approached by Dremel to see if I wanted to try out their new Dremel 3D40 Ideas Maker printer, so here’s how I got on. The Techie Bit The Dremel 3D40’s large printing plate makes it suitable for larger-scale projects than the previous...

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Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News

Posted by on 10:08 am in Digital Media, Interactive Whiteboards, Science Resources | 0 comments

Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News

Reach Out Reporter is a new FREE online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning. Reach Out Reporter engages primary school children with the wonders of the world around them using high-quality films and other learning resources. The service is updated weekly with new content and is available free of charge to all primary school teachers across the UK. Reach Out Reporter is created through a partnership between Tigtag and Imperial College London, carrying on from their...

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Play Like Share – New KS2 Esafety resource from CEOP

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Play Like Share – New KS2 Esafety resource from CEOP

Play Like Share is a new three-episode animated series from CEOP which aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. The films follow the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help them in pursuit of their goal, they need to use it wisely and safely. You can...

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PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

Posted by on 3:02 pm in Games and interactives, iPads and Tablets, Science Resources, Web Tools | 0 comments

PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students. Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too! The app delivers all their HTML5 sims with these extra features: Automatic updates: get the latest HTML5 sims as soon as they are released. Offline play: learn on the bus or at the park without a WiFi connection....

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Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?

Posted by on 9:48 am in Interactive Whiteboards, iPads and Tablets, Other Whiteboards, Voting Kits | 1 comment

Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. Prowise have just updated Presenter to version 8. So here’s what’s new: Open multiple presentations in a single window, in different tabs. The Presenter app now supports the use...

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Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door

Posted by on 5:07 pm in Activity Ideas, Maker Kits, Science Resources | 0 comments

Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door

The Curiosity Box is a new service that delivers science to your doorstep in a regular monthly box. Aimed at children aged 7-11, each pack provides all they need to carry out several simple science experiments. All the themes are linked to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. The folks at Curiosity Box sent me over a box to see what I thought, so I roped in my 11 year old niece to help me out with it. Firstly, I loved the packaging 🙂 Looked great! This month’s theme was Electricity. There was everything needed for three different...

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