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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Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows
May13

Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows

Plumbago is a free digital notebook from Microsoft which, although designed with tablets in mind, works really well on an interactive whiteboard. Plumbago will work on any device running Windows 8 upwards, so it’ll run on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard that’s connected to a Windows 8/10 computer. It’ll also work fine on Windows tablets. Like most notebook software, Plumbago offers a range of papers and inks, and...

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game
Apr27

Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game

Little Alchemy is a curious little game that invites you to experiment and explore. You start with 4 basic “elements” – air, earth, fire and water,  and mix these together to find interesting and surprising combinations. For example earth plus air produces dust. Earth and Fire makes lava. Lava plus air makes stone, and so on. There are over 500 elements to discover. I’ve been playing for a few hours and am on...

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AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder
Apr26

AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder

The AR Circuits app allows students to build and test realistic circuits which are then enhanced using augmented reality technology. The app allows you to build circuits without the expense, safety concerns, and problems associated with physical electrical components. The circuits are designed by arranging printed paper component cards which you can download and print from the AR Circuits website. The circuits can then be viewed...

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Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality
Mar07

Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality

Here’s an excellent idea for a app to teach about the body. The Curiscope Virtuali-tee app combines a wearable AR code with an augmented reality app to make the internal organs come to life! When the t-shirt is viewed through the app, it unlocks a portal into the body and transform the tee into an anatomy lesson. You can explore the body in fully animated 3D that lets you move in and look around the body. The T-shirt plus app...

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The DIY Human Body App for IOS
Dec08

The DIY Human Body App for IOS

The DIY Human Body app, allows children to investigate the human body at home, at school, or on the move! The app includes over a dozen easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the human body and your health. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them already. The app also...

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App
Aug28

Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App

The Everything Machine is a rather cool maker app that allows children to create simple instructions to hack the sensors in your iPad to create something much more fun. Using the simple visual programming language it’s possible to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can...

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Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay
Aug27

Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay

Autodesk Tinkerplay is a free app that lets you design and customize your own creatures and characters on your mobile device and make them real using a 3D printer. There are versions of the app for Windows, iPads and Android devices. You can choose from the supplied collection of professionally designed character templates or create your own model from scratch. Once the model has been designed, the app will produce a plan for printing...

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4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science
Jul23

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models. The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things...

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Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App
Apr20

Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App

DIY Sun Science for iPad allows children (and teachers!) to investigate and learn about the Sun, using live footage, archive images and practical activity ideas. The app was developed by UC Berkeley’s The Lawrence Hall of Science in association with NASA. The observatory module allows children to view live (or very recent) images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO satellite. They can select images taken using different wavelengths of light...

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