How to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ tech to look inside the human body!


Our new class topic is called ‘iDoctor’ – in a nutshell: human biology with a STEAM focus. I decided to ask the children to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ technology to look inside the human body! How do you do it?

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A great lesson to teach children about #FAKENEWS


Fake news has recently been a popular topic, and teachers need to deal with this important issue in schools. How could you teach it? Start by asking children to visit this fantastic (completely made-up) website about a ‘tree octopus’!

A great lesson, exploring how websites have changed over time


Who remembers the film Space Jam? Believe it or not, the original website, which was created in 1996, still exists! Have a look at it with your class (click here for the link) and discuss the differences.

10 Edtech Tools to Try in 2018


The EdTech industry continues to grow with new products. These edtech products are available to educators and school administrators. Each one can make a big difference in your teaching and your students learning. Do you want to introduce a new product in the classroom? Here’s a complete list of must-try Edtech Resources and Technology Tools for Teachers: BOOK CREATOR. Insert Video: [link]. Any student can create, publish, and share online books using Book Creator.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

A great website for geography lessons


I recently stumbled upon a fantastic website – perfect for teaching geography. It’s called AntipodesMap.com . The site helps you find the antipodes (the other side of the world) of any place on Earth. Have a look at my video walk-through: Let me know how you get on.

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Let’s Start Coding!


If you’re an EdTech teacher, you’re likely thinking about teaching your students some coding. There are many options, but what do your students really need to learn and how can you integrate it into your classroom? The folks at Let’s Start Coding are here with the answer.

6 Ways to Add Video to Your Classroom with Animoto


Students relate to video — it’s a growing part of how they share and how they absorb information. And if you’re looking for a good way to tap into that natural enthusiasm and understanding, it helps if you can communicate with video, too. That’s where Animoto comes in handy. What is Animoto?

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Activities for Computer Science Education Week


Computer Science Education week is December 4-10, and the annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will be in full swing.

Bring poetry to life by using a ‘green screen’


I recently did a lesson in my school’s STEAM centre. It went really well, so I thought I’d share. And don’t worry, you don’t need any specialist equipment! In the prior lesson, the children had rehearsed poems and learnt them off by heart.

10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy)


Dr Spencer Kagan is a renowned educator who changed the way the world viewed teaching. He is mainly known for his work on cooperative learning strategies (often referred to as Kagan learning structures).

How to use Padlet as a collaborative edtech tool


I love using Padlet with my class – completely free and easy to set up / use. It is basically an online ‘wall’ which all of the class can simultaneously contribute to. Have a look at my video walk-through: Have a go!

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Codemoji – Changing the Classroom Coding Landscape


First and foremost: What is Codemoji? Codemoji demystifies coding and gives students hands-on experience building web pages, animations and much more. The “emoji” part of Codemoji is exactly that, a set of emojis that function and work like real HTML, CSS and JavaScript tags.

The Curiosity Challenge… full STEAM ahead!


My school is encouraging inquisitive learners and has taken on a project inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. It has huge links with our new STEAM curriculum and will guide the students through this new approach.

A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates


I’ve made some writing frames, which are completely free to download (just right click and ‘save image as’, or find high quality PDFs by clicking this link ). I hope they are useful.

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Write on the walls!


My school have painted some of the walls with ‘whiteboard paint’ The children absolutely love it and it is fantastic for collaborative learning.

Everything you need for a Remembrance Day assembly / lesson


It is nearly Remembrance Day and I was asked to do an assembly for it. I began by playing a game with emojis: out of a group of them, the children had to spot which one disappeared. I linked the game to the importance of remembering things.

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What is the SAMR model?


A new acronym floating around at the moment is SAMR. But what does it mean and what implications does it have for classroom practise? SAMR stands for: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. It basically details all the ways technology can impact or not on learning. Substitution.

Deepen mathematical understanding with ‘Think Boards’


I went to an education conference recently, and in one session a maths expert shared ‘Think Boards’ They are a simple but excellent idea, and fit in very well with maths mastery. They basically encourage students to explore numbers or problems in a deeper way.

Can Virtual Reality Improve Education?


When most people think of virtual reality (VR), video-gaming is probably the first thought that comes to mind. VR has the ability to provide an alternate universe, an escape from the mundane via computer-generated simulations of realistic, three-dimensional environments and images.

How To Use QR Codes In Lessons.


QR codes or quick response codes are brilliant to use in the classroom. They are basically machine-readable labels that contain information about the item to which attached. You can create them easily on the website QR Stuff.

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Fiskkit Classroom Pilot: Practicing Critical Thinking


Join Stamford University, Simmons College and dozens of High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area by participating in this important Pilot Program. . What is it? Helping students develop critical thinking skills is one of the greatest educational and civic challenges of the 21st Century.

Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.


It’s that time of the year again when I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose websites I like when teaching writing: this prepares me well for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists!

The role of technology in the PYP


This post will outline the aims of the PYP (the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate) and the role that technology plays in helping teachers and students to achieve those goals.

Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.


“Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.” – Jerry Blumengarten. I absolutely love this quote. It is such a powerful reason to use technology in the classroom. Image courtesy of clickrain.com. But what does Jerry Blumengarten mean? A few years ago, I had a painfully shy and quiet class.

Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.


QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free ! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is.

A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app


I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description.

6 Awesome (and free) Video-editing apps.


Science week is coming up at my school and the students have to make a video of an investigation / experiment. I wanted my class to have the edge, so I showed them these brilliant tech tools to help them along the way! 1) Magisto.

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How To Gamify Your Classroom.


Gamification is the process of making learning into a game. It is made up of a number elements: Giving online badges to students. Setting goals and competitions. Giving instant feedback. Creating levels of learning which pupils must try and climb. Why is gamification effective?

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How To Document A Science Investigation Using Google Keep.


Recently, my class did a science experiment, where we explored how rain falls. In short, you put shaving foam (the cloud) on top of a cup of water and drop food colouring onto it. When the cloud gets full, it begins to ‘rain’ the food colouring.

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Reluctant writers in your class? Engage them with Pokemon character reports.


I recently came across this amazing art on BoredPanda. It is an artist’s vision of the anatomy of different Pokemon characters. Here is an example: This inspired me to set a homework challenge for my students to create their own Pokemon character non-chronological reports.

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Online Writing Is Really Engaging With Night Zookeeper


Recently I was contacted on Twitter by the owner of Night Zookeeper to try out his website with my class. Night Zookeeper is a ‘digital learning tool that inspires writing through competition’ My students had a go and it really is brilliant!

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5 Fantastic Websites For English Teachers


I recently made a video, featuring 5 excellent websites for English teachers. The sites are all packed full of useful resources and teaching tips. Watch the round-up below: Do you have any more to add?

5 Pieces Of Assistive Technology Which Can Help Pupils With Special Educational Needs.


Technology certainly has pros and cons. However, assistive technology (technology designed to support people with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND) has had many positive impacts which have been life-changing for some.

Fumio Matsumoto 3D printed mega model brings 35 world famous buildings together


If you fancy yourself an expert in architecture, we’ve got a fun challenge for you. Fumio Matsumoto, an architect and a professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan has designed and 3D printed a complex homage to architectural history which includes building details dating back to the 18th century BC. The challenge is: can you identify them all? 3D Printing Applications


Try Out Google Expeditions… WOW!


“Wow! Amazing! Ohhhhhh! Wooaahhh!” ” These were the sounds that could be heard in my classroom when we tried Google Expeditions this week! What is it?

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A Better Way To Teach Programming?


It’s no secret that learning to code has massively increased in popularity over the past decade. A quick peek at Google Trends gives you an idea. Since 2011, interest in the subject has exploded.

An AMAZING website to use when teaching character description.


Buildyourwildself.com is absolutely brilliant. I used it recently as part of a lesson on character description. What is it? To put it simply, you create a fantasy creature from a huge number of options i.e. ears, hair, legs etc.

Ten Quick Questions: A Fantastic, Free Mental Maths Tool.


Ten Quick Questions is a free program you can download on your computer. It looks quite dated, but is still an excellent tool to use in arithmetic sessions. After using it a few times, I noticed the quick impact it had on my pupils’ numeracy skills. How do I use Ten Quick Questions?

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How To Use ‘TED-Ed Lessons’ – Includes A Free Video-Viewing Worksheet.


I recently found TED-ED lessons … they’re brilliant! Created by educators around the world, they are a great way to share knowledge with your students. They include resources and opportunities for online discussion. How do I find them?

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