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April Fools Day… Do not miss this opportunity!!

X-Ray Goggles allows you see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. By activating the X Ray goggles you can inspect the code behind any webpage. You can then pretty much do anything to a copy of that webpage. Do not worry you will not change the real webpage. You can change most elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

This could be used in the classroom to give your lessons a ‘real’ life context. Students will immediately engage in the topic. See the image below. Students may also wish to build their very own page on a famous website to share their learning.






News Article

Or make your own just in time for April Fools Day. The remixed website can be published to a web address where all other links still work and appears as a genuine webpage. The below screenshot can be viewed here.

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Apple TV, Spout App and Black & Gold Radio. A perfect combination.

We have recently installed a large 40 inch LCD Smart TV in the Science atrium at Clevedon School that can be used as a separate learning area for students and staff or an area for students to use before school and during break and lunchtimes. Using Apple TV and Spout App we now have digital interactive signage that can be used throughout the day.

spoutSpout is the newest way to enjoy news, messages, tweets and comments; delivered to your screen as a beautifully rendered up-to-the-second display of social content. With a wide range of themes, the app produces professional looking signage that is always up to date and interactive.



Together with Black And Gold Radio App (our very own in house radio station developed by one of our students) we now have an awesome interactive, fun and professional looking display of students work, key messages, tweets and images at our fingertips that can be streamed easily from an iPad.

Gavin Smart Lead teacher of the Digital Directors at Clevedon School and an Apple Distinguished Educator

Using Layar to make displays interactive.

layar iconAugmented reality (AR) is cutting-edge technology that allows for a digitally enhanced view of the real world, connecting you with more meaningful content in your everyday life. With the camera and sensors in a smartphone or tablet, AR adds layers of digital information – videos, photos, sounds – directly on top of items in the world around us.

Layar is one of the many Augmented Reality apps that could have so many uses within schools. Layar is similar to Aurasma but with a lot more options and a more user friendly and stable interface.

Layar is a free app that can be used on iOS and Android devices. You can make your own Layars via with a free sign up. Your Layars can link to numerous things videos, audio, apps, social media and so much more. For more guidance click here. This is an awesome ‘How to guide’ produced by fellow ADE, Mat Pullen.

Below is a video of how I have starter to use Layar around my school. I had produced a display in Science to share the recommended apps that we use a lot within lesson so students could scan the individual codes to download the apps. Now it is a lot more interactive. The display now includes Download Buttons for the apps, twitter feeds and also a tweet button. The twitter button can be programmed to say whatever you wish. In my example the tweet promotes the display and also @ mentions the science account so we can monitor the tweets.

FREE Multi-touch textbooks for your iPad

Download them for free until 2nd February courtesy of Nelson Thornes. 

GCSE Biology: Influences on the living world

GCSE English Companions: Romeo and Juliet

New GCSE Maths AQA Linear 1

GCSE French: Leisure

AQA GCSE Chemistry Essentials

AQA GCSE Biology Essentials

AQA GCSE Physics Essentials

AQA GCSE Science A Essentials

AQA GCSE Additional Science Essentials

Oxford Read & Discover: All About Space

Oxford Read & Discover: Great Migrations

Much Ado About Nothing

Ethanol Cloud In A Bottle

Vaporising Ethanol in a 2 litre bottle using a foot pump. Once the ethanol has been vaporised light the vapour and stand back…

Video to follow!

Model in video the outstanding @steve_sdavis make sure you follow him!

KNOW THE NET – Manners matter. Be a better digital citizen!

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do’s and Don’ts infographic.

Student speak exam command words descriptors.

Recently I have found that my students have struggled to understand what is required in their answer and end up missing out on vital marks. A common example was that students would produce a really good description of a graph but an explanation was required.

After a long search I came across the image below in our online OCR Gateway GCSE Additional Science Book. I tweeted it and it was an instant hit. This was exactly what I was looking for although not printer friendly. 

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So,using Phoster app I decided to reproduce these for a display in my room. Click on the image below to download them and help your students as well.

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Christmas Cookie Mystery – Science investigation

Mrs. Claus needs your help! Each Christmas, Mrs. Claus makes a batch of her special sugar cookies to give Santa all the energy he needs to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls around the world. A bad little elf has snuck into the kitchen and messed up all the special baking powders. Students need to find out the which of the powders is the cookie mix! I was given this resource at an NQT conference and thought I would share it.

Cookie Student Instructions

Cookie Teacher Instructions

Elf – PowerPoint

Centrifeud App for tutor time fun.

Screenshot 2013-12-04 21.50.48Centrifeud is a competitive multiplayer party game played on a single iPad. With easy one-button controls, players race around the arena, bouncing, blocking, and using power-ups to collect the most points.

Strap in to your spin-chariot and prepare your body and mind for the ultimate “DIGITAL CIRCLE SPORT” experience.

• four players on one iPad
• pick up and play, one-button controls
• high-definition retina graphics
• laser-bass soundtrack by Octophonix + Cyber Athlete
• eight unique power-ups
• bold minimalist styling.

This app is great for tutor time competition. Can be played individually or in small teams. A great way to get students alert in the morning and engage students during tutor time. Mirroring the iPad using Apple TV can share the screen with all members of the group. Or, mirror using Reflector to have multiple screens mirrored at the same time.

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Words Go-Round – Guess the Word – FREE TODAY

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Looking for a new and fun word game try Words Go-Round.

What’s the spinning letters word we are looking for? Hundreds of spinning words are waiting for you can you guess them all?

This app is great for tutor time competition. Can be played individually or in small teams. A great way to get students alert in the morning to improve their literacy. Mirroring the iPad using Apple TV can share the screen with all members of the group. Or, mirror using Reflector to have multiple screens mirrored at the same time.


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