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.


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.


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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Introduction to Apple Teacher badges and Creativity with iPads
Introduction to Apple Teacher badges and Creativity with iPads
Get started with Apple Teacher badges and discover how Everyone can Create resources can improve engagement and quality of learning

Get started with Apple Teacher badges and discover how Everyone can Create resources can improve engagement and quality of learning in the classroom, whether in school, remote or blended.

- 17:00
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
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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.

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