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Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device

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Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device

Unio is a free interactive lesson delivery, student assessment and real-time tracking tool for the classroom. A simple description of Unio is that it works by broadcasting content onto student’s screens. They can individually annotate and follow along with the lesson while the teacher monitors their progress from their own screen. The teacher sets up the lesson from the Dashboard. Lessons can be organised by topic. The lesson creator looks like a very basic slide editor. You can add text, images and even YouTube videos into your lessons....

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How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers

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How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers

Socrative is a web-based system that lets teachers and students set up quizzes and polling questions on any device that has access to the internet via a web browser. This includes iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc. This makes it perfect for use in a BYOD classroom. For Android and IOS devices you can also access it via an app. And the best news is that it’s all free. If you’ve always wanted to use it, but didn’t know where to start, then I’ve put together a How To Guide which explains how to use Socrative....

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How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers

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How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers

Padlet gives teachers a virtual cork board where anyone can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Unlike a classroom board, the great thing about a Padlet board is that it can be shared between people all over the world! Or your class could use it to collaborate and share ideas outside of the classroom. Ways to use Padlet Use it as a backchannel tool where students can post comments and feedback on what they are learning. Use is as a brainstorming tool. Create a Padlet...

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How to use Pinterest – A guide for Teachers

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How to use Pinterest – A guide for Teachers

Pinterest is a bookmarking site that allows users to curate their own idea banks by “pinning” websites found on the internet to virtual boards. Each pin uses a main image to act as a visual reminder of the resource, and contains a link back to the original site. You can have as many boards as you like, each on a different theme. So you could set up a board for Science, one for Literacy, one for Maths etc. It’s a great way for teachers to set up banks of bookmarks to different websites that they can share with students and...

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How to get started with Kahoot

Posted by on 11:41 am in Computing, Tutorials and Guides | 0 comments

How to get started with Kahoot

Kahoot is a fab quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up, enter the options and select the correct answer. Using their tablet, laptop or phone, students open a web browser and go to Kahoot.it. They then enter your game pin number and their name....

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Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

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Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Would you like to make an electric guitar and learn about the physics of sound? How about making a game with a huge red button to explore coding or human nervous systems and the ethics of experimenting on humans? These new kits from educational startup Do It Kits allow you to do just that. Do It Kits have launched a new range of innovative educational maker products designed to encourage more children, especially girls, to engage with STEM subjects. This start-up company makes it easy and fun for secondary school teachers who aren’t...

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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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