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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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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