Give it a try – our pick of the best apps and tools, part 8

Each week in our newsletter we highlight a favourite free or low-cost app/tool/resource/piece of software and give a brief rundown of how you might use it in the classroom. Every month or so 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 6 and part 7.

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Scratch language bot
Check out London CLC Rowan’s latest Scratch project. This one uses Speech to Text and Translation. If you click “See inside” you can change it to whatever language you like!

Emoji feedback
Ever thought of gathering feedback from your class using emojis? Here’s one way of doing it.

Green screen for free
Up until now the favourite green screen app has been Do Ink’s but iMovie has just introduced a free green screen option. There are some additional features in Do Ink that still make it good for more advanced work, but iMovie’s news is great for those schools who haven’t been trying green screen due to cost. 

The Earth, 750 million years ago…
This is fun! Put in a city, discover what the earth looked like between 20 million and 750 million years ago and track how land has moved over time.

Create a Scratch Mayan calendar
London CLC’s Rowan Roberts devised this Scratch art project for a new workshop last week and it went down a storm. Try it here

Story dice
Story dice can be a great writing prompt – you roll the dice and use the pictures as a starting point for a story – but those little dice are prone to getting lost… No chance of that with this free app that offers 40 dice (up to 10 with each roll) with a shake of your iPad. There are categories, such as mystery or Star Wars, and more than 200 dice images in total.

 

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Upcoming CPD

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.

30/09/21,
16:00
- 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)

12/10/21,
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.

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