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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Chrome Music Lab – an Accessible Online Music Maker
Mar15

Chrome Music Lab – an Accessible Online Music Maker

Chrome Music Lab from Google aims to make learning music more accessible to everyone through fun, hands-on experiments. The website provides a suite of 13 different tools for creating music. Tools include Rhythm, where you can build up patterns to make cute creatures play the drums and Kandinsky where you paint shapes and lines to make notes. Some of these apps, such as Sound Waves, Strings and Spectogram might also be of interest to...

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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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Google Science Journal : Turn your iPad into a Datalogger
Feb09

Google Science Journal : Turn your iPad into a Datalogger

Science Journal is a free digital science notebook from Google which turns Android and iOS devices into a data logging and recording tool. Each experiment is a blank page that students can fill with notes and photos as they observe the world around you. At the heart of the app is using the built-in sensors within your device to measure real-world data. Students can add in measurements taken by the app, along with their thoughts and...

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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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Lyfta – Immersive Learning Experiences
Jan29

Lyfta – Immersive Learning Experiences

Lyfta combines Finnish and British excellence in pedagogy, storytelling and technology to introduce an exciting learning platform. Lyfta’s immersive storyworlds and lesson plans help teachers capture the hearts and minds of their students, delve into complex topics, and satisfy National Curriculum learning objectives. Children can explore Lyfta’s real-life stories, built using interactive 360° environments, high quality...

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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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Science Explorers App and Primary Resources from BP
Sep14

Science Explorers App and Primary Resources from BP

The Science Explorer training app is a fun treasure hunt game for 7 to 11 year olds. Get your pupils to solve riddles to find trigger images around the classroom. Hold the tablet’s camera over the trigger images to unlock fun science skill activities and reveal your Class Challenge! Pupils can even select a scientist to take a selfie with, so they can join the ranks of other amazing Science Explorers! You can get the app here. You can...

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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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How to get started with Kahoot
Jun13

How to get started with Kahoot

Kahoot is a fab quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up, enter the options and select the correct answer. Using their tablet, laptop...

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