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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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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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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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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Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad
Sep12

Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad

If you’ve wanted to try out the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi, or want a whole class to test one without buying lots, then this new emulator is just what you need! It’s now possible to code the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi in an emulator in a web browser, without any hardware. The Sense HAT emulator allows pupils to run the same Python code that runs on a real Sense HAT on a Raspberry Pi, emulating its behaviour in a virtual...

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Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado
Aug23

Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado

The Code for Life website has been developed by grocery giants Ocado to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Their first game, Rapid Router is a free teaching resource aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 children. It is a fun and engaging coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming. Built on ‘Blockly’, visual...

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Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Aug22

Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom

I can remember my first experience of Virtual Reality back in the early 1990s, standing in the middle of Keddies Department store in Southend with a huge headset on, moving round a very blocky dungeon. Sadly the technology just wasn’t quite there and apart from Sci-Fi movies (Lawnmower Man anyone?) – VR vanished. But 30 years later, it’s back, and the technology you need to make it work is sitting in your pocket...

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An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit
Jul22

An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit

The BBC Micro:bit is a low-cost, handheld, fully programmable computer. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. Mine has finally arrived, and I’ve had a chance to play with it and see what it can do. This little device is very much like an arduino, or similar programmable boards. You create code on a computer, then upload it to the Micro:bit to carry it...

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Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online
Jun02

Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online

We all need to be criticial of the things we read on the internet. There is a big problem in knowing what you can trust, with  so much material that is either unintentionally wrong or deliberately designed to minsinform. This can be a minefield for children (and adults). To help teachers address this, Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The ‘Trust Me‘ resource...

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Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code
May09

Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code

E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) is a very bizarre online platform game that teaches children how to code in HTML and CSS by encouraging them to hack into the game’s levels to solve puzzles. The children play as Arca – a mysterious little creature who was banished to the ruins of the Ancient Internet. Their mission is to save the kittens of the Internet before something terrible happens to them. To do this they have to build...

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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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