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Help Kids be Internet Awesome with these Google Resources

Posted by on 1:39 pm in ESafety, Games and interactives, Resources | 0 comments

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

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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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Set Kahoot Quizzes for Homework with the Kahoot App

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Set Kahoot Quizzes for Homework with the Kahoot App

Kahoot is a brilliant free website for creating quizzes to use in class. Typically the teacher displays the questions on the interactive whiteboard, and the students answer the questions on any internet-enabled device. It works really well as an assessment for learning technique to check on how well a class understands a particular topic area before/after you teach it. Usually the quiz has to be run “live” with a whole class. But did you know it’s now possible to set a Kahoot for homework, and to have students access it in...

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Send your Padlet to Nearby Devices with new Broadcast Feature

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Send your Padlet to Nearby Devices with new Broadcast Feature

Padlet is a fantastic website (and app) for allowing multiple users to collaborate and share ideas in an online space. To access a padlet created by another user, you would have to know its URL or be able to scan a QR code created by the padlet owner. Well all that has now changed. The creators of Padlet have just introduced a new Broadcast feature which allows you to broadcast your padlets to other nearby mobile devices. Those devices can then access this padlet with one click. The devices don’t even need to be on the same WiFi...

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Tour Ancient Egypt with Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour Mode

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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 made it hard to share these game in a classroom setting. Finally, with their new game set in Ancient Egypt,...

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Google Science Journal : Turn your iPad into a Datalogger

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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 observations, as well any photos they’ve taken. Sensors can record information over time, as well as make...

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