Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Apps for Your Primary Classroom The Fifth (The Augmented Chronicles)

So, our fifth post about apps. This one's not just all the newest ones we've found, it's all the new augmented reality apps we've been playing (learning) with. See our other app based blog posts by clicking on The 'app' label at the bottom of this post.

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These apps also appear on some of our other posts. We thought it might be useful to have them all listed together too:

AR Flashcards 

AR Flashcards Space


ColAR Mix

My Dragon Toy

SkyView Free
Spacecraft 3D
Space AR 

Space Journey
Star & Planet Finder

Walking with Dinosaurs

Again, if you have any we don't know about then please let us know.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Padlet Your Thinking

After reading a blog post by @SwayGrantham about her implementation of iPad devices I decided to give one of her ideas a go. This would work on any internet enabled device.

In maths, we spent two days working on a real life investigation looking as redesigning the school's garden. The task was the culmination of our work about 2D shapes and their properties.

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I set up a Padlet wall and asked the children to post ideas, thoughts, help, suggestions and photos onto the Padlet wall for others around the classroom to see. The wall can be found here. The children completed the task, whilst sharing their knowledge and learning from each other. It's also created a good digital record of the lesson.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Create Your Own Word Banks

We've written before about Google Forms and how it can be used to generate vocabulary. This time we didn't rely on the kind people of Twitter, parents or colleagues to generate the words, we handed that over to our children. 

We provided them with these two links:

Bossy Verbs


Interesting Adverbs

The children entered up to 10 words each. This generated over 1,000 words for each and we then made the result into word clouds to use during our instructional writing: 

Words for the children to use, by the children who will use them...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

What is It?

Firstly, this is not our idea. It's stolen, er sorry, 'magpied'. So, if Sarah is reading this, yes we listened during your staff meeting, yes we liked your idea and yes, now we're blogging about it so the country, continent and wider universe can find out about your idea too...

Below is an example that could be used for a history lesson. We've adapted this for a geography lesson about map knowledge too, but it can be adapted for any subject and age group. The idea is to show different parts of a picture or object 3 or 4 times and ask the children to work out what is being shown.

For example, the wives of Henry VIII:

Firstly, showing shoulders, then hands, followed by eyes and so on. Children make predictions, based upon previous knowledge and think about how their predictions change as they see more and more detail. So, hence forth and give it a go. Oh and thanks again Sarah, if you're reading.