Inspire Curiosity and Creativity with the Wizard School App
Mar19

Inspire Curiosity and Creativity with the Wizard School App

Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) is an iOS app which inspires curiosity and creative thinking. Explore, create, and share with your family and friends. The app is completely free and has no sneaky in-app purchases. It’s available for both iPad and iPhone. There are lots of different challenges for children to complete covering a range of different areas such as science, design, art and geography. Many activities contain...

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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore the Solar System and the ISS
Jan29

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore the Solar System and the ISS

For a while now, Google has let you explore the Moon and Mars alongside planet Earth. Well now they’ve added a whole new level of places to visit with “Space mode”. This includes planets such as Mercury and Venus, dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres as well as moons such as Io, Europa and Enceladus. It also provides a tour of the International Space Station. It’s great fun, and would be a useful addition to any...

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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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Annotate in Word and more with Office 365 Drawing and Inking Tools
Sep18

Annotate in Word and more with Office 365 Drawing and Inking Tools

With a recent update to Office 365 there’s a whole new set of drawing and annotation tools that let you scribble directly into Word, Excel, One Note, PowerPoint and more. There have been inking tools in Office for a while now (You could find them under Review -> Start Inking), but I always found them a a little hit and miss, sometimes the tool would be missing and hard to see how to get it. The Draw tab looks much more...

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Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories
Jun30

Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories

Google have released a brand-new version of Google Earth for your browser. You can now tour the world in Google Earth using the new Voyager mode. Voyager is a collection of map-based stories written by Google Earth partners that is updated weekly. Please note. To use this new feature, you’ll need to use the Google Chrome Browser. To get started, visit Google Earth. Or go direct to Voyager here. You can then choose a subject...

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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 Padlet – A guide for Teachers
Jun15

How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers

Padlet gives teachers a virtual cork board where anyone can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Unlike a classroom board, the great thing about a Padlet board is that it can be shared between people all over the world! Or your class could use it to collaborate and share ideas outside of the classroom. Ways to use Padlet Use it as a backchannel tool where...

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Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio
Mar13

Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

Story Spheres is an interesting way to add stories to panoramic photographs. It’s a simple concept that combines the storytelling tools of words and pictures with a little digital magic. To use, you first need to upload a Photosphere, a 360-degree photo you can take on your phone or tablet using Google’s Photo App or similar program. Once uploaded, you can add dialogue, sound effects and even a music track (if it’s rights-free)....

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Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?
Mar09

Prowise Presenter v9 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. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about version 8 coming...

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity
Mar07

Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity

Pobble 365 provides you with an engaging photo every day to inspire creativity in your classroom. Every day, you can find an interesting picture to spark a lesson. Scroll down to find additional writing prompts and philosophical questions that you can use with your students on your interactive whiteboard or printed out from the provided PDF file. There’s a calendar so you can explore past images too. Use Pobble365 as a story...

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Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate
Jan13

Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate

Creation Crate is a very interesting project that aims to get more people making and tinkering with simple, fun electronics projects. The ethos of Creation Crate is that anyone can learn the basics of building electronics. They want people to see that it’s not as complex as they think it is. It’s a subscription service, for a regular fee they will send out a box every month. You can subscribe for just a single month, or...

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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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