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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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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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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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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Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources
Feb05

Children’s Mental Health Week : Year 6 Wellbeing Resources

This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week. In 2017, the aim of the week is to encourage everyone — adults and children alike — to spread a little kindness. Third Space Learning have released a Year 6 Wellbeing resource pack, featuring downloadable guides for teachers and school leaders with handouts for parents and carers and pupils. The pack aims to dispel the scaremongering about KS2 SATs and support pupils to thrive and do...

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New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month
Feb02

New teaching resources launched for LGBT History Month

Coinciding with this year’s LGBT History Month, researchers at the University of Bristol are launching a new set of PSHE resources for secondary schools.  Pupils can explore local LGBT+ history via a digital map and mobile app, and reflect on social and philosophical questions around gender, sexuality, social norms, freedom, crime and punishment. The resources were developed in collaboration with young people from the LGBT+ youth...

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Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017
Jan31

Mind Moose – Teaching Children to Have a Healthy Mind #BETT2017

I’ll post a more detailed round up of BETT 2017 later on, but most of the fun I had was investigating the BETT Futures zone as well as the STEAM area. I was really looking for some of the more unusual stands and resources out there. One stand that stood out was the Mind Moose stand. Mind Moose is a fun, digital platform that teaches children how to keep their minds healthy. The importance of mental health and well-being in...

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Explore the world with the Discovery VR App
Jan11

Explore the world with the Discovery VR App

Discovery VR is a new video resource from Discovery Education. The app allows you to explore a wide range of content filmed by Discovery on your phone, iPad or via a VR headset such as Google Cardboard. When viewed on a phone or iPad, the videos work as 360 videos, so you don’t need any special viewers if you don’t have access to one. You can just tilt and move the iPad to look around or pan around with your finger. But if...

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Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions
Oct03

Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions

Want to take your class to the International Space Station? Well now you can, with a Google Expedition! Google Expeditions is a new virtual reality teaching tool that lets teachers lead their class on immersive virtual trips all over the world. Take them to look at historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit a real space station! What Does it Do? The Google Expeditions app allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead...

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Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App
Apr17

Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using as a virtual human beatbox. I’ve written about the web version of Incredibox before, but now it is finally available as an iPad app! As you drag outfits onto the people on the screen they begin to perfom different sequences of sound. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. This would be a good way to introduce...

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LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers
Feb21

LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers

littleBits is a really simple way to get children (and grown ups) into making and designing their own electronic devices. The littleBits library includes 10 kits and nearly 70 interoperable modules, with each module snapping together easily using magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. It’s impossible to connect them up wrong! I’ve just bought myself a...

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