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MeteoEarth – Live Weather View and Forecasting App

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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 as they happen and see their predicted paths. MeteoEarth lets you track data such as Rainfall, temperature,...

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Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture

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Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture

Ever wanted to just whisk your class off to the Pyramids of Giza in the middle of a lesson? One of the great things about having an interactive screen connected to the internet is that it can become a window on the world, allowing you to explore places that you’d never be able to easily take a class to. One of the best tools to help you with this is the Google Arts & Culture site, created by Google Cultural Institute in partnership with museums around the world. Using the website, your class will be able to discover artworks,...

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Design via Code with Tinkercad’s new Codeblocks

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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 3D objects can be sent to a 3D printer (if you have one) to be created as a real-world object. Codeblocks is...

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Microsoft buys Flipgrid. Now Free for Educational Use

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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 videos on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or Chromebooks. The teacher can record and upload video starters...

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Help Kids be Internet Awesome with these Google Resources

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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 focuses on five key lessons to help our students navigate the online world with confidence. These are: Be Internet...

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Students can make their own VR tours with Google’s Tour Creator tool

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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 interest, or upload your own 360 photos. To add via Google Maps just search for locations and drag the icon...

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OK Go Sandbox – Music Videos with added STEAM Projects

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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 shared by teachers, and so have now created the OK Go Sandbox to help teachers get the most out of their...

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Great Fake Websites to Help Teach Students About Digital Literacy

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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 thinking skills we all need to survive in the digital world? One way to demonstrate this to students is to share...

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Inspire Curiosity and Creativity with the Wizard School App

Posted by on 9:06 am in Computing, Interactive Whiteboards, Literacy Resources, Science Resources | 0 comments

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 explanatory videos as well as links to additional information if the children want to learn more. There are more...

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Chrome Music Lab – an Accessible Online Music Maker

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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 science teachers when teaching about sound. Just added to the toolbox is Song Maker, a simple way for anyone...

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