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Welcome everyone!

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Welcome to the SCOOP on computing and using ICT in primary schools. Here you will find lots of ideas, links to relevant resources, blogs and videos to keep you on task and stimulated :-)

 

Check out my two other SCOOPs....

Animation: http://www.scoop.it/t/talkprimaryanimation

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FREE CPD online course - Childhood in the Digital Age - The Open University

FREE CPD online course - Childhood in the Digital Age - The Open University | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Are you a technology optimist or a technology pessimist?

Delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives. The amount of technology available to children today is greater than in any previous generation, and it is more specifically designed to capture their imaginations. There is heated debate as to how the digital influx is shaping children’s development and experience......

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A free online course from OU - this runs in June or July for 4 weeks. The course is intended for anyone with a general interest in childhood studies and child psychology and does not require any prior experience of studying this subject. Check out the link, there is a short video that provides more info on the course, ideal for teachers, parents or students.

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CBiS Education - Cardboard2Code - Cardboard Robot Arm

CBiS Education - Cardboard2Code - Cardboard Robot Arm | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Cardboard2Code is an innovative process produced by CBiS Education, to teach students about Innovation, Engineering & Computing. Consisting of 3 modules, each mapped to the various aspects of the Design & Technology & Computing Curriculums, Cardboard2Code is a fun & engaging way to learn complex tasks such as Programming.

 

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This looks interesting, I have just applied for the free download of Module1 - Cardboard Robot Arm. According to the site Module 2 - Virtual Robot Arm using Scratch, will be available very shortly for download!

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LSBU PGCE Computing in Primary Schools

These slides accompany the computing workshops that all LSBU PGCE trainees take part in.
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I have just finished updating the notes to accompany my computing workshops for our PGCE trainees. They are available via SlideShare. Lots of ideas for practical activities for EY - KS2.

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BBC in school computer giveaway

BBC in school computer giveaway | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

The BBC will be giving away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro Bits - a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi - will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term.

The BBC is also launching a season of coding-based programmes and activities.

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I like the idea of a new documentary on Bletchley Park but not so sure about a new drama based on Grand Theft Auto! Will children engage with that??!

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Hackaball: Make it, hack it, play it

Hackaball: Make it, hack it, play it | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Hackaball — Make it, hack it, play it. A smart and responsive ball children can program to invent and play their own games. Hackaball can be programmed by children as young as six with the iPad app.
Program games like Truth or Dare. Shake the ball, and if it goes red you tell the truth, if it goes blue you do a dare!

talkPrimaryICT's insight:

My PGCE students and I were lucky enough to meet the makers of Hackaball and have a hack and a play with one. It is an exciting idea and really engaging. We found it easy to use and after a few minutes the Hackaballs were bleeping and flashing and being frantically or lovingly passed or thrown around depending on the game being created on the accompanying app. I think they will be a big hit with children, they definitely support the computing curriculum in many ways, and also we came up with lots of ideas for classroom application for teachers to use them in other curriculum areas. I'm getting one.....!

 

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ETAG | Education Technology Action Group report: 'the use of digital technology is not an option'

ETAG | Education Technology Action Group report: 'the use of digital technology is not an option' | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

At the beginning of 2014 a Ministerial team from DfE and BIS asked a newly formed Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) how digital technology might empower teachers and learners by enabling innovation using the new smart technologies around us. Their intention was to see how that empowering could deepen and accelerate learning – and by the way they added, “it needs to be fun”.

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One of the report's recommendations is 'the use of digital technology is not an option'. You can find out much more by visiting this link and downloanding the report.

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Many 'children taking risks online' BBC Learning poll

Many 'children taking risks online' BBC Learning poll | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

More than half of children in the UK (57%) have done something "risky" or anti-social online, a poll of 2,000 11- to 16-year-olds suggests.

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Article reporting on the BBC Learning's research into children's online behaviour and promoting their campaign as part of Safer Internet Day.

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Skype with Guest Speakers in Computer Science

Skype with Guest Speakers in Computer Science | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

We have smart, passionate and engaging tech industry professionals who would love to talk to your class about their jobs. Whether it's career education or just understanding the different roles available in technology, we are here to help you find the right people to inspire your students......

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Through ‘Guest Speakers in Computer Science’, Skype and Code.org are making it possible for schools to find inspiring figures from the tech world, who can offer insight into their roles within the industry, and offer students an interactive experience with real time feedback.
All you need to do as a teacher is to visit Skype in the classroom to view a list of speakers available in your time zone and suitable to the age range of your children, and then create a shortlist of industry figures that you would like to speak to your class.

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Beautiful web-based timeline software

Beautiful web-based timeline software | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.
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This looks fantastic, the 3D view is a really exciting looking option. I can't wait to try this out with my next class! FREE option available.

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Recommended iPad apps for KS1/2

Recommended iPad apps for KS1/2 | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

I know there are tens of thousands of brilliant apps out there but a school I went to on Friday gave me their list of the apps they use all the time with the children in KS1/2. So these are their top MUST have apps if you have iPads in your school, mostly free:

 

Creating

Book creator - create ebooks and pdfs, publish to iBooks £3.99

https://appsto.re/gb/wDIxA.i

Pic collage - Photo, GIF and video editor - FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/EpBVA.i

TinyTap, make and play educational games and interactive lessons - FREE 

https://appsto.re/gb/kD9BD.i

Morfo - turn your face photo into a talking 3D avatar - FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/NG-9y.i

Popplet Lite - FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/1FxVv.i

LEGO® Movie Maker - easy animation - FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/Z8yWE.i

 

Maths

Foldify - design and print 3D nets - £2.99

https://appsto.re/gb/7jZAF.i

King of Maths Junior - FREE (there is a younger version too)

https://appsto.re/gb/_rvZQ.i

Sushi Monster - is hungry - do maths to feed him! FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/6_MJE.i

 

Computing

A.L.E.X. - program your robot - FREE

https://appsto.re/gb/e6HLJ.i

 

Other

Letris (yes you guessed correctly- tetris with letters)

https://appsto.re/gb/rhFHC.i

 

 

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TwitterChats: weekly education chat times on Twitter for UK teachers

TwitterChats: weekly education chat times on Twitter for UK teachers | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

As it is the start of a new year, we wanted to feature this excellent infographic by @TeamTait, outlining the Twitter Chats each week. It may be a few years old, but it is a great way to understand what a Twitter Chat is and how to get involved.

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Great stuff!

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Hack Education

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To "Hack Education" isn't something that just technologists should do or care about. Nor is this just a concern for teachers, administrators, parents, or students. We all should weigh the implications of technology on how we teach and learn.

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Ed Tech writer, journalist, thinker Audrey Watter's site is a must visit for anyone interested in this area.

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CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game

CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Learn programming with a multiplayer live coding strategy game for beginners. Learn Python or JavaScript as you defeat ogres, solve mazes, and level up. Open source HTML5 game!
talkPrimaryICT's insight:

This is so brilliant, I have been playing for the past 2 hours. Account needed if you want to save your code but otherwise free and instant to play. This would be great to play with a group or the class on an IWB.

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Computing graphic novel: The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

Computing graphic novel: The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Sydney Padua’s new graphic novel, set in Victorian London, tells the story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage’s attempts to invent the first computer, with cameos from George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

talkPrimaryICT's insight:

I think this looks fantastic, released on 21st April 2015, I've preordered my copy and one for the Uni library :-) Great for adults and children.

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Matific - Free online maths activities mapped to NC

Matific - Free online maths activities mapped to NC | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Matific develops mathematical excellence and problem solving skills through playful interaction. The Matific site features hundreds of maths games and activities for ages 4-11, organised according to national math teaching programs and popular textbooks.

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Matific is an online maths platform that helps primary school pupils learn and practice mathematical concepts using engaging interactive activities. Currently there are over 400 free resources mapped to the new NC.

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Creative Computing using Scratch

Creative Computing using Scratch | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Creative Computing: An Introductory Computing Curriculum Using Scratch. The guide can be used in a variety of settings (classrooms, clubs, museums, libraries, and more) with a variety of learners (K-12, college, and beyond). No prior experience with computer programming is required, only a sense of adventure!

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There are three useful guides to download, the original guide for educators, a workbook version for learners and editable Powerpoint files for presenting lessons or CPD.

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Barefoot Computing Update March 2015

Barefoot Computing Update March 2015 | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
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Lots more exemplar activities from Barefoot and advice on how to book a FREE CPD day for your school!

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Create Easy Infographics, Reports, Presentations | Piktochart

Create Easy Infographics, Reports, Presentations | Piktochart | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high quality graphics. Make your own infographics here.
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Free for basic package, reduced rates for Edu and not for profit.

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Software That Turns Your Lego Masterpiece Into a Digital Building | WIRED

Software That Turns Your Lego Masterpiece Into a Digital Building | WIRED | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Lego X, a new project that uses a set of networked Lego bricks to build digital 3-D files.
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Not sure of the application yet but looks interesting!

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Quickstart: Computing CPD toolkit for primary

Quickstart: Computing CPD toolkit for primary | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

QuickStart Computing is a free toolkit designed to help teachers to develop and run successful CPD in their school or cluster. All schools have access to QuickStart Computing online and 40,000 free hard copies will be distributed through Computing At School.

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Computing At School has produced a new resource to help teachers in England get to grips with the new computing curriculum. Funded by Microsoft and the Department for Education, QuickStart Computing is a comprehensive, national programme designed to help primary and secondary teachers to plan, teach and assess this subject.
The QuickStart website includes downloadable versions of the full teachers' handbook, and lots of additional resources including links to useful sites, online videos and interactive tools.

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Safer Internet Day 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Safer Internet Day 2015 will take place on 10 February with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'. 
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Needs no explanation really but check out the official page for links to advice, education packs, videos, activities etc.

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Super tools for your classroom: ClassTools.net

Super tools for your classroom: ClassTools.net | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Create free educational games and tools in flash
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Create your own Google Maps treasure hunt, or how about an SMS chat between two historical figures, fake facebook page for a famous person, a pacman quiz, customised countdown with music and or video, QR treasure hunt generator, or a 3D animated brainybox summary cube? Brilliant stuff for FREE - take a look....

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Sherston swaps Bett for greater investment in free classroom technology

Sherston swaps Bett for greater investment in free classroom technology | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

For the first time in 30 years, Sherston Software was noticeably absent at Bett 2015 last week.The decision not attend the world’s largest learning technology event follows the announcement that the company’s popular online digital world Planet Sherston will now be FREE for all primary schools.

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Teaching with Trailers | FREE lesson plans and resources

Teaching with Trailers | FREE lesson plans and resources | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Film Space’s Teaching Trailers 2014 - Primary

This latest edition of Teaching Trailers Primary includes brand-new content on a range of trailers for upcoming film releases. Suitable for pupils aged 5-11 and relevant to English and Computing, these flexible resources have instant application for the classroom.

talkPrimaryICT's insight:

Free resources to help you teach engaging lessons using film trailers such as Paddington, The Hobbit, Shaun the Sheep, Get Santa, Into the Woods, Tinkerbell and more......

Resources include:

- 5 Lesson Plans for each of the U and PG certificate trailers featured on the site.

- Medium Term Plan detailing how to implement the resource into your English and Computing planning.

- Overview information on the function of the trailer and how to integrate film literacy into your teaching.

- Film High Five: film language Primary prompt sheet.

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Online Advent Calendar 2014 - Interactive and Fun

Online Advent Calendar 2014 - Interactive and Fun | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

On each day in December 2014, test your knowledge on how Christmas is celebrated around the world, using our very own interactive advent calendar. Most of the facts and photos in the Woodlands Junior advent calendar have been sent to us by schools and visitors around the world.

No peeking before the correct day!

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To see how people all over the world celebrate Christmas, see this wonderful advent calendar.

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