25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices
Jan23

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...

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Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado
Aug23

Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado

The Code for Life website has been developed by grocery giants Ocado to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Their first game, Rapid Router is a free teaching resource aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 children. It is a fun and engaging coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming. Built on ‘Blockly’, visual...

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Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code
May09

Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code

E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) is a very bizarre online platform game that teaches children how to code in HTML and CSS by encouraging them to hack into the game’s levels to solve puzzles. The children play as Arca – a mysterious little creature who was banished to the ruins of the Ancient Internet. Their mission is to save the kittens of the Internet before something terrible happens to them. To do this they have to build...

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My BETT 2016 Roundup
Feb04

My BETT 2016 Roundup

BETT 2016 was different for me this year since I was spending most of the time working on the Prowise stand offering IWB Masterclasses. This meant I didn’t get as much time as usual to wander around the show and look at new products. I spent more time talking to people about whiteboards and pointing at screens! But I still got to see a few things, plus catch up with some good friends that I only ever seem to meet at BETT once a...

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Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us
Jan03

Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” Their kits include plant watering kits, DIY loudspeakers, synthesisers and hand held games. They also provide a pack for making your own “squishy circuits” with electro dough. A few months ago, they very...

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Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom
Dec30

Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom

This is a guest post from Nancy Knowlton. Nancy is one of the founders of SMART Technologies and co-inventor of the SMART board along with her husband David Martin. She’s back at BETT this year with their new edtech company, Nureva. The 5th C In my years visiting schools around the world, I have been lucky to experience a wide array of teaching styles and approaches. Some lessons are structured to bring out the creativity in...

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Prowise Presenter App now available for iOS and Android
Jun01

Prowise Presenter App now available for iOS and Android

If you are a user of a Prowise interactive whiteboard system, then you’ll be interested to know that the Prowise presenter app is now available for IOS and Android devices. The Presenter app allows you to create whiteboard presentations with ease on any device. I’ve written about Prowise before, see what I thought of it here. Using the app you can create presentations on any device and view or edit lessons that have...

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Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas
Feb27

Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas

Minecraft is an open sandbox game that allows players to construct their own world. They can build structures, farm animals, mine for resources and much more. There are different modes to the game; Survival Mode is a challenging mode where the player needs to fight for survival against other creatures in the world, and Creative Mode provides unlimited resources to build and create without limitations. I’ve been investigating...

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BETT 2015 Round Up
Jan26

BETT 2015 Round Up

So it was that time of year again. The annual trip to London to visit the BETT show. As I do every year I visit the show with a couple of different agendas – to meet up with colleagues on the various stands, to catch up with companies I’ve worked with in the past, and to see what’s new and exciting in the world of educational technology. And like last year, the overall feeling was that not a lot was really new. More...

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Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox
Jun18

Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. As you add people to the screen you can choose different sounds for them to make. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. It’s very simple to use, and would work well on an Interactive Whiteboard. I first wrote about Incredibox about 4 years ago, and since then they...

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Scratch 2.0 : Programming for kids via a web browser
May10

Scratch 2.0 : Programming for kids via a web browser

I’m sure there can’t be many teachers who haven’t heard of Scratch, the free modular programming language for kids that makes it easy to create powerful simulations and games. Even very young children can make simple programs with it. Well, if you have been using it, you will be interested to know that MIT have just released version 2.0 of Scratch, and the interesting news is that this new version runs right in a...

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