The BBC has announced an exciting new IT initiative that is free to all UK secondary. The BBC micro:bit is a small device that can be programmed and interact via bluetooth to computer software.
Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4hVG2Br1W1LKCmw8nSm9WnQ/introducing-the-bbc-micro-bit to find out more.
Another quick wee freebie – this time a set of spatial awareness puzzles from HappyNumbers.com.
Why not use a PDF reader or note-taking app to open these PDFs in so that your learners can complete them without you having to print them out? Try ClaroPDF, Notability or GoodNotes.
Enjoy – and as always, let me know what you think!
It’s been a wee while since I told you about a good app I’ve seen – I’ll try to do that more often!
This one is called “Where is that?” – a fun, yet challenging geography game. It’s free (woo-hoo!).
You can test your knowledge of countries, cities and geological features, and it’s available in many languages. For a similar range of games that can be played on a computer, see the Sheppard Software geography games.
As always, feedback appreciated!
Many of you will be aware of the fabulous Collins Big Cat range of reading books, but did you know that they also have associated free apps?
There are eight apps available, covering several reading levels. They work essentially just like the books that share their title, with a few lovely extras:
- the beautiful drawings come to life when tapped
- you can hear high-quality narration of the text, or
- you can record your own voice!
Ideal for a learner to practise reading, make a dual-language book, or just engage with a story! Did I mention that they’re free? No wonder they’ve won awards.
As always, please do let me know what you think of these apps if/when you try them!