10 Social Media Apps that Parents and Teachers Should Know About
Oct09

10 Social Media Apps that Parents and Teachers Should Know About

For teachers, and parents, it can sometimes seem like you’re fighting a losing battle against the tide of social media apps that kids are using these days. This post will take a look at a few common apps, and look at the e-safety issues that arise. 1. Snapchat Snapchat is a social network where users send ‘Snaps’ – short videos or photos to Snapchat friends.  Users can also send text messages or ‘Chats’. Snaps and Chat...

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Get Coding Cross-Curricular!
Oct05

Get Coding Cross-Curricular!

Note: This is a guest post by Joslyn Adcock from Lego Education. Technology has become a central part of our daily life; it is intertwined in our day to day activities. The vast majority of the technology that we now depend on would not exist without the brains behind the machine who is able to see beyond the designs that are already there, continually building on the code to further improve. Because of this reliance on technology,...

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Autodraw : AI Powered Drawing Tools from Google
Sep28

Autodraw : AI Powered Drawing Tools from Google

If you’re looking for drawing tools to use on your interactive whiteboard (or tablet) but are unable to draw anything without it looking like a mess, then Autodraw is for you. Google describe AutoDraw as a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. As you draw on the board, the AI inside Autodraw scans your artwork and compares it to...

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MeteoEarth – Live Weather View and Forecasting App
Sep18

MeteoEarth – Live Weather View and Forecasting App

MeteoEarth is a fantastic free website and app that lets you view weather patterns around the world on your IWB or tablet. You can view live or see a forecast for the day ahead. When opened, MeteoEarth presents you with a 3D globe much like Google Earth. You can then pan and zoom around the globe and overlay different weather conditions such as temperature and wind speed and direction. You can also track tropical storms and hurricanes...

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Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture
Sep14

Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture

Ever wanted to just whisk your class off to the Pyramids of Giza in the middle of a lesson? One of the great things about having an interactive screen connected to the internet is that it can become a window on the world, allowing you to explore places that you’d never be able to easily take a class to. One of the best tools to help you with this is the Google Arts & Culture site, created by Google Cultural Institute in...

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Design via Code with Tinkercad’s new Codeblocks
Jun29

Design via Code with Tinkercad’s new Codeblocks

3d Design platform Tinkercad has introduced a brand new (beta) feature called Codeblocks. Codeblocks is an interesting new way to design things in Tinkercad, using blocks of code to set up and create 3D objects. Users of Scratch will recognise these kind of drag and drop blocks of code, so many children will be able to get started quite easily. The blocks use simple non-technical language to make it more accessible. Once created, the...

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Microsoft buys Flipgrid. Now Free for Educational Use
Jun19

Microsoft buys Flipgrid. Now Free for Educational Use

The social learning platform Flipgrid, has this week been bought by Microsoft, who then immediately announced that the tool will now be free to all educators. This brings it in line with Office 365 Education which is also free for schools. If you’ve not seen Flipgrid before, it’s in essence a video discussion tool. Teachers can create a visual “grid” for a classroom with one or more topics, and students respond with short...

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Help Kids be Internet Awesome with these Google Resources
May16

Help Kids be Internet Awesome with these Google Resources

To make the most of the Internet, our students need to be prepared to navigate the online world. Be Internet Awesome is a set of resources from Google that teaches them the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore online with confidence. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts such as the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely, Be Internet Awesome...

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Students can make their own VR tours with Google’s Tour Creator tool
May11

Students can make their own VR tours with Google’s Tour Creator tool

Google have just released Tour Creator, which allows students, teachers, or anyone else to make their own VR tour using images from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. The tool is designed to let you produce your own quality VR content without having a steep learning curve. To use the service, start by giving your tour a name and upload a cover photo. You can add scenes by searching through Google Maps for a place or point of...

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OK Go Sandbox – Music Videos with added STEAM Projects
Mar27

OK Go Sandbox – Music Videos with added STEAM Projects

OK Go are a band which pride themselves on making eye-catching music videos. I’m sure you’ve already seen at least one video by them over the years. I use their videos a lot in my science lectures – from their amazing Rube Goldberg machine in This Too Shall Pass to stretching a 4 second burst of action into a full length video in The One Moment. OK Go have obviously been aware of how many times their videos have been...

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Great Fake Websites to Help Teach Students About Digital Literacy
Mar20

Great Fake Websites to Help Teach Students About Digital Literacy

A lot of us take anything they read on the internet at face value. A simple Google search brings us the correct answer to any question we have. Or does it? An internet search might be a good place to start to find out about something, but we shouldn’t just trust the first website result we find. This is especially true when using the internet for research with students. How can you teach them digital literacy and critical...

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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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