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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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25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

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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

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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

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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

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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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