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Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild

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Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild

With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers will be able to take school groups of 7-11 year olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time, to the late Cretaceous period! Specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations, it will put school groups face-to-face with living dinosaurs and bring science to life before their eyes. The creators behind new immersive live-action adventure Dinosaurs in the Wild gave me a sneak preview of the extraordinary sets and special effects that will officially open to the public in June. The...

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Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

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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). Any user can then open the scene to see your panoramic photo with sound and stories baked in. The site can be...

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Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?

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Prowise Presenter v9 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. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about version 8 coming out. Well things are progressing fast at Prowise HQ and now they’ve just updated Presenter to version 9....

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity

Pobble 365 provides you with an engaging photo every day to inspire creativity in your classroom. Every day, you can find an interesting picture to spark a lesson. Scroll down to find additional writing prompts and philosophical questions that you can use with your students on your interactive whiteboard or printed out from the provided PDF file. There’s a calendar so you can explore past images too. Use Pobble365 as a story starter, a prompt for a poem, a discussion in science and more! It’s a fantastic classroom resource, and...

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Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit

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Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit

The return of Robot Wars to BBC 2 this week provides a good opportunity to harness the enthusiasm surrounding the show to inspire children to build and code their own robots. This mini site from the BBC contains plenty of resources and tutorials to inspire children to code and create robots using the BBC Microbit. Children can make a micro:bot, a maze travelling robot or even a papercraft robot! There’s even information on robotics as a career for those children who really enjoy building their own robots. You can access the resources at...

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Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC

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Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC

Terrific Scientific is an ambitious new campaign from the BBC. Their goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist. Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage. The BBC have partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered will be sent to the universities and will feed into real academic studies. In the first phase, running from January to July...

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The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017

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The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017

One of the larger stands I visited at BETT 2017 was the Invest Northern Ireland pavilion. Invest NI was at BETT for the first time to showcase six of the region’s upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. This included: Go-Berserk Go-Berserk is a multi-award winning company that has developed resources to help teach real code to everyone from eight years old and up. It currently has three hard copy books dealing with HTML, CSS and Javascript. It has produced an ibook version of the HTML book and has seven videos...

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Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources

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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 their best in Year 6, plus guides teachers to understand how to spot the warning signs if something isn’t right or...

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New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month

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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 group, Freedom Youth. The resources include a map and mobile app as an innovative and exciting method of engaging...

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

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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 children is being increasingly recognised. However, while schools teach children how to keep their bodies healthy,...

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