Tour Ancient Egypt with Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour Mode
Feb23

Tour Ancient Egypt with Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour Mode

I have always been a big gamer, when time allows, and one of my absolute favourite games has been the Assassin’s Creed series of games. I’ve pretty much played every one. The level of detail in the worlds they build has always been impressive, and it’s sometimes a shame that you couldn’t just explore Florence or Rome or Victorian London without accidentally straying into people that want to kill you. This has...

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Circuit Construction Kit from PhET now works on iPads
Nov06

Circuit Construction Kit from PhET now works on iPads

I’ve always loved the range of interactive science simulations from PhET. The only problem with them was that they used Java, and so they could be problematic to get working in some schools, and they couldn’t be used on iPads and suchlike. Recently they have been converting some of their resources into HTML 5 versions, which makes them a whole lot more accessible. But one of my “go-to” resources, the Circuit...

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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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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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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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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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Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids
Mar01

Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids

Sketch Nation Create is a free game creation app for IOS and Android devices. The app allows children to draw, play and share their own games; designing their own characters, obstacles, challenges and rules. It’s gaming, drawing, coding, story-telling and problem-solving in one simple-to-use and fun tool. The Sketch Nation games cover nine different genres,from side scrolling running games to driving games. Children can even...

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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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Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters
Nov09

Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters

Following on from the successful tutorials featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Hour of Code is now going to feature characters from Star Wars! The new tutorial for the Hour of Code 2015, in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, features the eagerly awaited new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Students will join forces with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then team up with Princess Leia to build their own game featuring...

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Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App
Aug28

Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App

The Everything Machine is a rather cool maker app that allows children to create simple instructions to hack the sensors in your iPad to create something much more fun. Using the simple visual programming language it’s possible to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can...

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Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery
Aug02

Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery

This Solar System Orrery by Jeroen Gommers provides a top-down view of the solar system so you can observe how the planets move relative to each other. The orbits and size of the planets has been squashed to make it fit onto the screen, but their relative motion are accurate. In reality their orbits are elliptical as well, rather than circular as shown in this model. Drag any planet around to see how the other planets move. The...

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