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Park Walk Primary, Chelsea ~ Day 2

| April 4, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Day Two at Park Walk Primary with a focus on Key Stage 1 children today, and working on MORE digital possibilities, with the teachers. Park Walk Primary School staff work extremely hard to deliver a stimulating and fun curriculum for the children to engage in. Our Literacy co-ordinator leads on encouraging the children to ‘put [...]

Gadwin ~ Quick and easy screenshots

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Gadwin. This useful free program, for grabbing screen shots, is something we have recommended for a few years. Well worth checking out. Take multiple shots and add them to your pictures folder, instead of one shot, just added to your clipboard. The FREE Gadwin PrintScreen 5.0 version, ia a great PC tool. The pro variety [...]

Park Walk Primary, Chelsea ~ Day 1

| April 3, 2014 | 8 Comments 

Thank you to Jo Walkden, Head Teacher of Park Walk Primary for inviting us to spend two days with the children, the staff, and visiting colleagues. This morning, we spent some joyous time,  exploring (but standing still too) alongside children from Year 5 and 6. We, indeed, stood still (before turning, gently, and nothing more) [...]

Dragon Dictation ~ Free speech to text

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to speak and see the resulting text. It is thought that it’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard. Great to get your reluctant writers, or those emerging in to the process, transcribing their writing ideas. Dragon [...]

Atlas ~ iPad augmented reality robot

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments 

The Atlas Robot is a two legged robot that was built primarily for search and rescue tasks. DARPA, the United States Department of Defense, was primarily responsible for its production and design. Oliver Diaz’s digital recreation, in iPad app format, is a fascinating augmented reality experience Whilst not perfect, you can sequence small movements and [...]

West Thornton Primary Academy, Croydon

| April 1, 2014 | 7 Comments 

Thank you to Di Pumphrey, head of school at West Thornton Primary Academy, for inviting us to contribute to the third West Thornton Book Festival, nicknamed ‘The BOF’, (Blow out Festival- a name accidentally given to it in the first year by Paul Geraghty!). The school’s curriculum places a lot of emphasis on talk and [...]

Lissa Explains it All ~ an HTML programming introduction

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Lissa Explains it All is a long established, colourful, and fun, approach to learning HTML for children. With this tutorial, beginners learn step by step how to make their own Web page and publish it on the web. Whilst no aspect of HTML programming is simple on first encounter, this site takes you through introductory [...]

Bucklebury C of E Primary School, near Thatcham, West Berkshire

| March 31, 2014 | 3 Comments 

A joyous, whizzing, trip to Bucklebury C of E Primary School, Upper Bucklebury, near Thatcham, Reading in Berkshire. One of the things we investigated, today, was how virtual worlds, with their stunning landscapes, peaceful characters and realistic challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities and age ranges, with remarkable effects: developing speaking, listening and [...]

GamePress ~ Drag & drop game creation

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

GamePress is a game creation app that allows anyone to make the games, with no programming or graphic design. GamePress allows you to create, share, and play right on your iPad. Fun, creative, and entertaining. With the GamePress Arcade you can share your games to the world, and even play other users’ games. You could [...]

NAACE Strategic Conference 2014 – ‘Outstanding in a technology-enhanced world’, Nottingham

| March 28, 2014 | 11 Comments 

An honour, to be invited to the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, to present the closing keynote for the NAACE Conference, 2014. In this speedily changing education world, with a potentially daunting set of “new” elements to teach, we picked apart some of the possibilities to unravel the computing conundrums, but also started off [...]