Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device
Jun20

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...

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How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers
Jun19

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...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

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...

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PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App
Nov09

PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students. Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too! The app delivers all their HTML5 sims with these extra features: Automatic updates: get the latest HTML5 sims...

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Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?
Oct21

Prowise Presenter Version 8 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. Prowise have just updated Presenter to version 8. So here’s what’s...

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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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Nutkase – Robust Cases for iPads and Other Tablets
Aug03

Nutkase – Robust Cases for iPads and Other Tablets

Nutkase is a new startup that creates rugged, robust cases for iPads, tablets and laptops. Their newest product is the BumpKase, a tough, drop-proof case, combining shock absorbing fabric with maximum corner protection to protect your iPad from drops as high as 10 feet! The Bumpkase features include: Shock absorbing, protective TPU bumper shell. Double thick rubberized corners cushion shock and vibration Patented V‐Strap offers secure...

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PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App
Jul13

PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App

PingPong is a very simple audience-response tool that enables quick interaction with a class using any device. Unlike Socrative or Kahoot, you don’t need to create any questions within the app. PingPong is designed to be used alongside ad-hoc questions written on a whiteboard or as part of a PowerPoint presentation. The host creates a room (needs a Google or a Facebook login) and gets a room code. The audience can either access...

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40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom
Jun14

40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom

I’m in the process of setting up a small cluster of iPad minis to use with my PGCE students and teachers on CPD days. I’m getting a basic set of apps installed to give them an idea of how to get good use from iPads in the classroom. I thought it might be useful to share the apps that I’ve been adding. Quick tip: Before I set these up,  I made some desktop images with numbers on so I can identify which iPad is which....

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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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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