App Review – 30Hands (a simple multimedia presentation tool)

When I discovered 30 hands via Twitter this week, I felt like Christmas had arrived! I had planned for children to show their understanding of the first chapter of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by creating a virtual tour of Charlie’s home from his point of view. So far, we have created things […]

App Review – Coding Apps: Kodable

With the new National Curriculum, complete with its new ‘Computing’ subject, looming closer, schools are thinking more and more about how they are going to deliver this aspect. With the arrival of some quality coding apps, I have no worries, as the apps available will complement our existing control resource beautifully, and Kodable is just […]

Lesson idea – Google maps scavenger hunt

Terraclues is a lovely free site which teachers can use to create Google maps-based scavenger hunts. These can range from very simple searches (eg finding the 7 continents) to ones which involve searching another source to find the answer first (a Google search function is inbuilt). There are lots of possibilities for cross-curricular work using […]

Lesson idea – using Strip Designer to show inference skills

We’ve been using picture books in school with older children for a few years now. For my lower ability Year 4 set they are ideal for developing skills linked to inference and author intent etc, before moving on to applying these to written texts. This week we’ve been using the book Robot Dreams by Sara […]

Getting Started – Free iPad ‘course’ online

A few months after I started using iPads in my classroom, I found this excellent resource from Rising Stars. The educational publishing company have recently branched into providing online CPD courses, and the iPad module is a free taster. Completing the course led to a real shift in my thinking, and made me feel better-equipped […]