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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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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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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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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Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild
Mar24

Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild

With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers will be able to take school groups of 7-11 year olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time, to the late Cretaceous period! Specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations, it will put school groups face-to-face with living dinosaurs and bring science to life before their eyes. The creators behind new immersive live-action adventure Dinosaurs in the Wild gave me a...

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Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC
Mar03

Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC

Terrific Scientific is an ambitious new campaign from the BBC. Their goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist. Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage. The BBC have partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered will be sent to...

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Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News
Dec01

Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News

Reach Out Reporter is a new FREE online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning. Reach Out Reporter engages primary school children with the wonders of the world around them using high-quality films and other learning resources. The service is updated weekly with new content and is available free of charge to all primary school teachers across the UK. Reach Out...

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