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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Set Kahoot Quizzes for Homework with the Kahoot App
Mar14

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...

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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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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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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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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 Socrative – A guide for Teachers
Jun19

How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers

Socrative is a web-based system that lets teachers and students set up quizzes and polling questions on any device that has access to the internet via a web browser. This includes iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc. This makes it perfect for use in a BYOD classroom. For Android and IOS devices you can also access it via an app. And the best news is that it’s all free. If you’ve always wanted to use it, but...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Toontastic is a fantastic digital storytelling tool. Since the last time I wrote about it it’s been bought by Google, who have just relaunched it as a shiny new 3D version. The new version is now free, with no pop up ads or additional in-app purchases! With Toontastic 3D children can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons. It’s really easy to do. Simply choose a setting and characters, move them around onscreen...

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PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App
Nov09

PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students. Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too! The app delivers all their HTML5 sims with these extra features: Automatic updates: get the latest HTML5 sims...

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Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?
Oct21

Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. Prowise have just updated Presenter to version 8. So here’s what’s...

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Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios
Oct06

Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios

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 storybooks to life with 3D models. While investigating new Augmented Reality apps for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled...

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