Explore the world with the Discovery VR App
Jan11

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...

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Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News
Dec01

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...

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Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide
Apr25

Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide

ESA’s Interactive Moon guide is a new interactive website launched by the European Space Agency to explore questions about lunar exploration and explain what future moon missions may entail. From radio telescopes on the far side of the Moon to how Earth’s natural satellite formed, the interactive documentary is a comprehensive guide. It features interviews with real lunar scientists from all over Europe as well as a timeline of...

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Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively
Feb12

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively

Just showing your class a video isn’t always the most effective strategy. Children often watch without reall thinking about what the video is demonstrating or explaining to them. Without a clear aim to showing the video, it can become just digital wallpaper. So how can you use the video in a engaging and effective way? Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies are a bank of different ideas for using videos and other digital...

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A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder
Feb03

A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder

The Lesson Activity Builder (LAB) is a relatively new feature of Smart Notebook, which is really coming into its own in version 15.2 with a few new games added. It lets you create interactive games very quickly using a simple wizard. Just type in the answers and it will do the rest. The Shout It Out game is also worth a look if you have tablets or other devices in the classroom. It allows for brainstorming activities where words and...

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Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app
May15

Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app

Talking Cutie is a fun free iPad app that lets you add voices to images. Simply take a photograph, and then record up to 60 seconds of narration over the top. You can then add a talking face to the object – choosing from a wide range of different features.   This would have lots of uses in the classroom. Children could add a short description of an artefact in history, historical characters, famous people, they could...

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App-Vent Day 12 : Record and Annotate with Explain Everything
Dec12

App-Vent Day 12 : Record and Annotate with Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Explain Everything allows you to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a “laser pointer”. Rotate, move and arrange any object added to the stage. You can then record and playback your screencast. It’s great for...

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ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Aug25

ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

View Pure is a great way to show YouTube clips in class without all the on-screen clutter and dodgy comments. I’ve written about ViewPure in the past, but the site has had a revamp and is worth another blog post! Basically you go to ViewPure website, enter the URL of a YouTube video, or do a search, and it then displays the video on a class-friendly page without any of the on-screen clutter. ViewPure removes all comments, ads,...

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Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus
Jan21

Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus

HippoCampus is a free, web site that delivers free videos, animations, and simulations, to secondary school teachers and their students., free of charge. The site can be used without a login, which would be good for students. Teachers can register to set up playlists, customise content and share these with students. Registration is free. HippoCampus was designed as part of a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for...

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L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers
Dec01

L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers

Learn 4 Life (L4LTV) is a new web-TV service for the education community, filling the gap left with the demise of Teacher’s TV. Learn 4 Life aims to provide updates on pedagogy and practice in education – documenting what is happening in teacher communities in the UK and sharing it in an easily accessible manner. The channel is the brainchild of Leon Cych (@eyebeams) who has a wealth of experience of filming Teachmeets and other...

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Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app
Nov15

Create Interactive Video Presentations with the Touchcast iPad app

Touchcast is a new app for the iPad that lets you create interactive video presentations to share online. The app lets users record a short video and then overlay widget-like elements (called vApps) on top. These vApps can hold live web pages, maps, live Twitter streams and more. Anyone watching the video via the TouchCast app (or website) can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play....

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TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources
Oct12

TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources

TigTag is an excellent online science resource, created to meet the new requirements for the KS2 National Curriculum. TigTag contains 600 films and lesson ideas – suitable for KS2 lessons. Each TigTag unit has a number of original films, designed and matched to the new National Curriculum, to cover key learning objectives in a clear and engaging way. The films vary in length from 30 seconds to 3 minutes and are ideal for lesson...

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