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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 :-)

 

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

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How To Rid Your Primary Computing Classes Of ‘Learned Helplessness’

How To Rid Your Primary Computing Classes Of ‘Learned Helplessness’ | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Solving a computing problem for a child denies them the ability to learn key skills, says Phil Bagge. The more you do it, the more helpless and reliant they become...
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Some wise words in this post & guidance on strategies to encourage your children to be independent & confident coders. I like the 'constructive banning' idea.
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Welcome

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A wealth of ideas on this site, you can also follow on Twitter @amazingict

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emaze - online presentation software

emaze - online presentation software | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
emaze is the next generation of online presentation software. Select any of the professionally designed free templates to create amazing presentations.
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Another alternative online presentation tool.
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AnswerGarden - FREE feedback, opinion, brainstorming tool

AnswerGarden - FREE feedback, opinion, brainstorming tool | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Plant a Question, Grow Answers.

AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Plant a question and invite participants to your AnswerGarden. Their answers will instantly form a growing word cloud! Feel free to use AnswerGarden for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.


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This is a great tool to encourage collaboration. It is easy to use and set up and there are many useful applications across the curriculum. You can create a classroom word board of key words and you can gather student opinions. You can use any internet enabled tech to access it. There are quite a few security and filtering features too. You can easily share the results and make your 'question' locally searchable.
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How to add annotations to your YouTube videos

How to add annotations to your YouTube videos.
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Really helpful video from freetech4teachers with tips on how to add annotations to your youtube videos. If you want to learn how to create some choose your own adventure story videos then watch this to learn how to add a hyperlink to you videos.
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Create Free Interactive Timelines – Stories Displayed on Maps | myHistro

Create Free Interactive Timelines – Stories Displayed on Maps | myHistro | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Watch and read thousands of fascinating timelines, or create your own. Complete with text, video and pictures to create a dynamic timeline mashup.
Using myHistro, you can combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation, convert any public timeline into a personal pdf file, or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage. All completed timelines can be embedded into your class blog, VLE and websites.

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myHistro is a free multimedia timeline creation tool. When you create a timeline on myHistro each event that you add can be simultaneously displayed on a map on the same screen. Every event that you add to your myHistro timelines can include pictures and videos. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. myHistro timelines can be created online or you can use the free iOS app to create events on your timeline.
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Watchkin - Watch videos without distractions

Watchkin - Watch videos without distractions | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Watchkin lets you watch youtube videos without all the distractions of related videos and comments, and creates a safer viewing environment for families.
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You can enter the direct URL of a video into Watchkin to have the sidebar content removed. You can search for videos through Watchkin and have family-friendly results displayed (if a video appears that is not family-friendly Watchkin has a mechanism for flagging it as inappropriate). Watchkin also offers a browser bookmarklet tool that you can click while on YouTube.com to have the related content disappear from the page.
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Global Elevation - see the elevation of the land

Global Elevation - see the elevation of the land | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Interactive geography mapping tool to see the elevation of the land. Draw on the map to mark the area you want to investigate. Move your cursor across the chart to view where that point is on the map.
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Recommended E-safety Scoop.it site

Recommended E-safety Scoop.it site | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
A host of resources to help you embed e-safety into your teaching
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An esafety focused Scoop.it site with links to all things primary/EY esafety related.
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Coding 'toys' and programming games

Coding 'toys' and programming games | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
A round up of some of the latest educational coding and programming games.
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Board games, robots, maker kits & STEM projects to help learn & consolidate computational thinking & programming skills in a range of contexts.
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Learn about binary and data representation - BBC Bitesize

Learn about binary and data representation - BBC Bitesize | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
KS3 Computer Science - Data representation: learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers. Great resources for learning from scratch, consolidation and self assessment.
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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
National Geographic’s Mapmaker Interactive is a free map creation tool that doesn’t require any kind of registered account in order to make great thematic map.
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Some of the excellent tools include: measuring distances, adding placemarks, layering information, switching between base map layers. All maps created in Mapmaker Interactive can be printed. They can also be shared online.
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5 Common Classroom Blog Mistakes

5 Common Classroom Blog Mistakes | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
A classroom blog can be a powerful tool for improving communication with parents, for building a sense of community amongst your students, and for creating a record of what you and your students have learned throughout a school year. But you can only reap these benefits of classroom blogs if you maintain the blog and avoid some of the most common mistakes made in classroom blogging.
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Useful advice & simple to implement.
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E.A.K. | Erase All Kittens - learn html by playing this game

E.A.K. | Erase All Kittens - learn html by playing this game | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Erase All Kittens is an online activity that teaches HTML coding. As you play, learn how to build ledges, add boxes, and more as your friend Arka endeavors to save the missing kittens. Short demos and tips throughout the activity guide players on how to add and edit code. Erase All Kittens works best in Firefox and Chrome browsers.
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I'm addicted to this game. It is such a great way to see the relationship between the html code and the output. Highly recommended.
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Screencast-O-Matic - easy screen recording

Screencast-O-Matic - easy screen recording | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Screen and Webcam Recorder
Use our world famous recorder to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate!
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I downloaded and started using this in under 5 mins. It worked perfectly and I found it very easy. There are many screen casting tools out there and this is as good a place as any to start. Free tool - paid version with more features available.
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The Teacher's Guide To Twitter | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter | Edudemic | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
This teacher's guide to Twitter is designed for anyone ready to use the service or already old hat. Whatever your skill level, this should help!
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Some useful tips for newbies and seasoned tweeters e.g. for searching for fellow tweeters with similar interests etc. You can always follow me @talkprimaryict
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Choose your own adventure video example: Journey Into the Arctic

Journey Into the Arctic is an adventure in which you play an explorer on a mission to find the Northwest Passage. At the end of each video you can choose what happens next.....
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Great example of choose your own adventure videos. Watch the first short video and then at the end you can choose what happens next. This is quite simple to create using the annotation tool in edit mode in YouTube. Have all your videos prepared and saved in your YouTube space then go in to each one and annotate with the choices and links to the next videos.
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Alternatives to YouTube

Alternatives to YouTube | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. Here is a list of other places to find educational videos that don't rely on YouTube.

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Thanks Richard from Freetech4teachers for sharing so many alternatives to YouTube. If you can't access YouTube in your school all is not lost! There is also a handy search engine embedded in this page to find educational videos that are not hosted on YouTube.
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TinEye Reverse Image Search

TinEye Reverse Image Search | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Tineye is a free tool that helps you conduct reverse image searches.

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In a reverse image search you’re searching for the places where an image has been posted online. Conducting a reverse can be a good way for students to discover information about an object or location featured in a picture. When an image is located through Tineye students can click through to the source to see how the image was used and what was written about the image. Performing a reverse image search can provide students with a good lesson on digital footprints. Have them conduct a reverse image search for images they have posted online and then count the number of places where that image has appeared.
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The Museum of the World

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The Museum of the World – an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.
The project is a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute. For the first time ever, discover objects from the British Museum’s collection from prehistory to the present using the most advanced WebGL (Web Graphics Library) technology available.
Jump back in time to explore objects from across diverse cultures and listen to British Museum curators share their insights. Click to connect objects across time and space, and discover hidden links between then and now.
Take a look around, explore and learn something new! Enjoy your visit.

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Visually beautiful enchanting site packed full of info from the British Museum - a wonderful resource.
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Net aware: your guide to social networks, apps & games that children use

Net aware: your guide to social networks, apps & games that children use | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and Tumblr a simple no-nonsense guide for parents from NSPCC and Mumsnet to the social media, apps and games that kids use
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O2 and the NSPCC have worked with over 500 parents and carers, and 1725 young people to review social networks and apps that children use.
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How algorithms shape our world - Kevin Slavin

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/kevin-slavin-how-algorithms-shape-our-world Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- an
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How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life - Mind/Shift

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life - Mind/Shift | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
It might have been the banana piano. Or perhaps the bongos, made from lemons that students had plucked from the citrus tree at school. Elizabeth Little, who teaches middle school math and science, doesn’t know exactly which of the hands-on projects she introduced to her remedial math class turned the class around. But by the end of the school year, all her math students, not just those needing extra support, were clamoring for more math.

How did this happen?

Via John Evans
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Tweet from @talkPrimaryICT

Tweet from @talkPrimaryICT | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
My new book 'Computers & coding' from Usborne publishers looks great - loads of really quite challenging concepts around computational thinking & computer science presented in a fun & accessible way.
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