Give it a try – our pick of the best apps and tools, part 11

Each week in our newsletter we highlight a favourite free or low-cost app/tool/resource/piece of software that we think might be useful or fun in your classroom or school. Every few weeks we round them up here on the blog.

We’d love to hear what you think about them if you give them a go, and any others you’d like to share – leave a comment in the box below. Catch up with all the tools in Give it a try, part 1 part 2, part 3 part 4, part 5, part 6part 7part 8,  part 9 and part 10

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The life-changing magic of decluttering Google Drive

If your new year’s resolution was to declutter and get organised, where better to start than your Google Drive? Here’s a great list of tips and tricks, from the magic of ‘shift+z’ to emojifying your folders (possibly not for everyone, that one).

Accessibility tools

We’re sharing a bumper Richard Byrne Give it a try this week: his seven-page handout that outlines a wealth of accessibility tools to use to improve the accessibility of documents, slides, videos, and on websites.

ProjectEVOLVE

SWGfL has updated its digital literacy resource and turned it into ProjectEVOLVE, a well-organised tool which resources each of the 330 statements from “Education for a Connected World” with research, activities, outcomes, supporting resources and professional development materials covering an age range from three years to 18. Eight strands tackle all aspects of online life from self-image, relationships and reputation to bullying, privacy and security.

Facebook’s ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool

Facebook has launched its ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool, which lets users manage and delete the data that third-party apps and websites share with Facebook. But is it all it seems? Not quite. Nonetheless, here’s a step by step guide to using and managing the information Facebook collects on you from other sites and apps.

AI Bingo

Designed at MIT to teach children aged 9-14 about AI, this AI Bingo game features lists of datasets and predictions and children have to match them to the corresponding AI task. We haven’t tried it yet and we’re sure it must be less complicated and more fun than the instructions make it sound…we’d love to hear what you think if you try it.

Educandy

Recommended by the ever-reliable Richard Byrne, Educandy offers an easy way to create interactive learning games. It offers eight options, from word searches and crosswords to memory games and noughts and crosses, and the games can be played on individual computers, tablets, via the Educandy app or on the interactive whiteboard.

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Upcoming CPD

Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers
Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

03/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools

Discover how digital technology can change the way we assess pupils’ work. We will demonstrate how teachers can use technology to monitor, evidence and respond to pupils’ progress in school and learning online remotely, and how pupils can use technology to present and reflect on their learning. We will outline a range of approaches to help assess and evidence learning across the curriculum.

16/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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