Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios
Oct06

Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing storybooks to life with 3D models. While investigating new Augmented Reality apps for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled...

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Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad
Sep23

Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad

Teachers looking for a way to show their iPad on their interactive whiteboard might want to take a look at Lonleyscreen. LonelyScreen is a free AirPlay receiver for Windows and MAC. It is like an Apple TV running on your desktop. You can cast anying from your iPhone or iPad to your computer screen just you can with an Apple TV. It works in the same way as AirServer or Reflector, but the best bit is that it’s free. Mac and PC...

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Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game
Apr27

Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game

Little Alchemy is a curious little game that invites you to experiment and explore. You start with 4 basic “elements” – air, earth, fire and water,  and mix these together to find interesting and surprising combinations. For example earth plus air produces dust. Earth and Fire makes lava. Lava plus air makes stone, and so on. There are over 500 elements to discover. I’ve been playing for a few hours and am on...

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AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder
Apr26

AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder

The AR Circuits app allows students to build and test realistic circuits which are then enhanced using augmented reality technology. The app allows you to build circuits without the expense, safety concerns, and problems associated with physical electrical components. The circuits are designed by arranging printed paper component cards which you can download and print from the AR Circuits website. The circuits can then be viewed...

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Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App
Apr17

Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using as a virtual human beatbox. I’ve written about the web version of Incredibox before, but now it is finally available as an iPad app! As you drag outfits onto the people on the screen they begin to perfom different sequences of sound. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. This would be a good way to introduce...

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Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality
Mar07

Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality

Here’s an excellent idea for a app to teach about the body. The Curiscope Virtuali-tee app combines a wearable AR code with an augmented reality app to make the internal organs come to life! When the t-shirt is viewed through the app, it unlocks a portal into the body and transform the tee into an anatomy lesson. You can explore the body in fully animated 3D that lets you move in and look around the body. The T-shirt plus app...

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The DIY Human Body App for IOS
Dec08

The DIY Human Body App for IOS

The DIY Human Body app, allows children to investigate the human body at home, at school, or on the move! The app includes over a dozen easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the human body and your health. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them already. The app also...

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay
Aug27

Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay

Autodesk Tinkerplay is a free app that lets you design and customize your own creatures and characters on your mobile device and make them real using a 3D printer. There are versions of the app for Windows, iPads and Android devices. You can choose from the supplied collection of professionally designed character templates or create your own model from scratch. Once the model has been designed, the app will produce a plan for printing...

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Sphero releases SPRK Edition ball and new Coding App
Aug12

Sphero releases SPRK Edition ball and new Coding App

Sphero have released a new version of their Sphero ball – SPRK (Schools – Parents – Robots – Kids). The SPRK ball is the same as the Sphero 2.0 but it has a clear shell. Alongside this new version, they’ve also released a new SPRK coding app. The App works with the new Sphero SPRK Edition but also with the older Sphero 2.0 and uses a block-based building structure that will be familiar to any teacher...

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Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App
Aug07

Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App

Tickle is a very cool app that lets you create code to control the Sphero Robotic Ball, Sphero Ollie, Parrot Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo mini drones and more – all wirelessly from an iPad. The app uses a similar structure to Scratch – simply drag and drop the modular blocks to make your Sphero roll around a maze or your parrot drone to flip about in mid air.  You can even use it to program an Arduino wirelessly and build...

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4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science
Jul23

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models. The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things...

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