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AppShed

| September 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Appshed allows teachers, or learners, to create free, online, apps, that can be accessed by mobile devices or online browsers It is very straight forward to use and has the potential to allow learners to become ‘creators of technology, not just consumers’. The free student account offers: 1 user, 50MB storage, Unlimited App Downloads, Public/private […]

PawsExplore ~ eSafety

| September 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

PawsExplore is a website which provides up to date e-safety information. Although there aren’t a wealth of resources, as ICT co-ordinator I have found the visual ideas a great starting point to generate our own school ideas for e-safety. For example, we will be creating a competition for our children to create their own monitor […]

Coleshill C of E Primary, Coleshill ~ Day 1

| September 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Our first of two days at Coleshill C of E Primary, Coleshill. Today, we took off on two explorations of digital worlds, one with upper Key Stage 2 children, and a brave excursion with Year 2 travellers ~ Superb analog responses to remarkable digital stimuli. After a good deal of discussion, the children wrote spontaneously, […]

NoRedInk

| September 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Help your students improve their grammar and writing skills with NoRedInk The site is “currently free for everyone – teachers, students, parents, tutors, school administrators, and all who want to improve their grammar!”

Turn Off The Lights with Chrome

| September 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

We have mentioned a couple of great ways of watching YouTube, and other, film sites, free from distractions. Here’s another: the Google Chrome gem “Turn Off The Lights”, means that with one click on the lamp button, the entire page will fade to dark, (with many adjustable options) so you can watch the video as […]

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn, Pontypridd, South Wales ~ Day 2

| September 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

A second day at Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn and a pair of lessons with children from across the age range. One of the elements we looked at, were ways of communicating, as a class, often without hands up. Putting your hand up can often act like putting a cork in a bottle. Nothing comes out and nothing […]

Text Compare

| September 15, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

TextCompare could be a useful way of looking at changes between 2 texts. Paste, or type, the texts in to each box, and see the differences highlighted. Or, try Grammarly, which we mentioned here.

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn, Pontypridd, South Wales ~ Day 1

| September 15, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Our first of two days at Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn and an INSET to boost writing across the school. Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn is a bilingual school, with Welsh spoken in many areas. Great, to spend time with teachers, and TAs, who understand how it is the learning that flows behind the technology which is most important. Alun Rees, […]

Legend.me

| September 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Life fills us with stories.  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  Stories fill us with life. Legend is an online platform enabling teachers to use stories to create meaningful and engaging content for their pupils. Visual story telling is a fascinating way to cover, or introduce, new ideas and concepts. Use images, video, and text […]

UNI•C – National Agency for IT and Learning, Copenhagen

| September 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Following yesterday’s conference, in Odense, we made our way, by train, to Copenhagen, for a session with  the National Agency for IT and Learning in Denmark, leading an informal session for executives. We shared a vast range of online possibilities to expand the curriculum. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that […]