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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Send your Padlet to Nearby Devices with new Broadcast Feature
Mar13

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...

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Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device
Jun20

Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device

Unio is a free interactive lesson delivery, student assessment and real-time tracking tool for the classroom. A simple description of Unio is that it works by broadcasting content onto student’s screens. They can individually annotate and follow along with the lesson while the teacher monitors their progress from their own screen. The teacher sets up the lesson from the Dashboard. Lessons can be organised by topic. The lesson creator...

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How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers
Jun15

How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers

Padlet gives teachers a virtual cork board where anyone can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Unlike a classroom board, the great thing about a Padlet board is that it can be shared between people all over the world! Or your class could use it to collaborate and share ideas outside of the classroom. Ways to use Padlet Use it as a backchannel tool where...

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Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM
May30

Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Would you like to make an electric guitar and learn about the physics of sound? How about making a game with a huge red button to explore coding or human nervous systems and the ethics of experimenting on humans? These new kits from educational startup Do It Kits allow you to do just that. Do It Kits have launched a new range of innovative educational maker products designed to encourage more children, especially girls, to engage with...

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The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017
Feb12

The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017

One of the larger stands I visited at BETT 2017 was the Invest Northern Ireland pavilion. Invest NI was at BETT for the first time to showcase six of the region’s upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. This included: Go-Berserk Go-Berserk is a multi-award winning company that has developed resources to help teach real code to everyone from eight years old and up. It currently has three hard copy books...

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Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On
Dec01

Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

3D Printers have been getting more popular in the last few years, as the price has dropped enough to make them a sensible purchase for schools and the home. I’ve already documented our initial journey into 3D printing last year with a printer that we built from a kit. I’ve recently been approached by Dremel to see if I wanted to try out their new Dremel 3D40 Ideas Maker printer, so here’s how I got on. The Techie Bit...

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Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow
Sep09

Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow

Promethean users should hopefully already know about the Promethean Planet site, which provided ready-made ActivInspire resources to download, community discussion and technical support. Well, the big news is that Promethean Planet is moving, and becoming part of Promethean ClassFlow. Planet users will continue to find flipcharts, resource packs, and other teaching resources within ClassFlow. You will be able to download and use your...

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40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom
Jun14

40 Essential iPad Apps for the Primary Classroom

I’m in the process of setting up a small cluster of iPad minis to use with my PGCE students and teachers on CPD days. I’m getting a basic set of apps installed to give them an idea of how to get good use from iPads in the classroom. I thought it might be useful to share the apps that I’ve been adding. Quick tip: Before I set these up,  I made some desktop images with numbers on so I can identify which iPad is which....

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Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects
Jan25

Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects

One of things I was most interested in seeing at BETT last week was the new Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kit for primary school students. Just like the older WeDo kits, the new Lego WeDo 2.0 is aimed at introducing students to robotics, engineering and coding.  Designed for primary school classrooms, the WeDo 2.0 Core Set, Software and Get Started Project is a hands-on solution that ignites pupils’ curiosity, enhancing their skills in...

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Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us
Jan03

Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” Their kits include plant watering kits, DIY loudspeakers, synthesisers and hand held games. They also provide a pack for making your own “squishy circuits” with electro dough. A few months ago, they very...

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The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers
Sep22

The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers

Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps. There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom...

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