Dot and Dash: My experience so far

Dot and Dash are robots which respond to voice, navigate objects, dance, sing and much more. If you aren’t familiar with them follow this LINK . Please note it is very commercial, then I’ll give you the run down from my experience as a teacher. We’ve had 9 Dot and Dash robots at school for the past two years and I must admit, I hadn’t had much success using them as […]

Create videos with the Photos app for Windows 10

When you select the Photos App in Windows 10, you can select an image and edit it easily. You can edit if from a simple crop, rotate, filer or enhance. However, you can also draw on your photos by selecting Edit and Draw.               However, the feature which I really like is that you can create a video using your own images, videos and […]

Paint 3D Free Windows App

Windows Paint 3D is a free app by Microsoft for Windows 10,  which includes both basic and advanced art tools. The Paint 3D tools are easily accessible for users of any experience level. My daughter recently discovered the app after her Surface Pro updated, explored the app and then shared it with her friends. Below my daughter drew a 3D rain cloud and decided she’d like to be struck by lightning? […]

Fire Boy and Water Girl: Free strategy game

Fire Boy and Water Girl is a fun game for two players or one player. Players need to help  Fire Boy and Water Girl find an exit through multiple puzzling levels. Fire Boy must avoid the water and Water Girl must avoid the hot lava.  Players will need to think ahead and plan their way through each puzzling room in order to get them both safely to the exit. Reading […]

TGM- Team Girls Movement, promoting girls in technology roles

TGM is a non-profit organisation promoting positive female information technology role models, to encourage and raise awareness of technology careers options for girls. This organisation was founded Jenine Beekhuyzen. I saw Jenine deliver a key note at the EdTech SA conference and witnessed how committed and enthusiastic she is about the program. The program is based on an inspiring book which shows different personalities of women who work in the […]

80 plus coding resources!

Throughout the year I have been blogging and pinning resources for teaching students how to code. So I decided to put them all together in a single document. I thought this was a great idea to start off with but it ended up taking longer than I thought! Below is a Slide Share presentation containing resources for both Primary and Secondary teachers who are required to teach coding. The presentation includes online resources, apps (Android, iPad and […]

Create QR Codes with QR Droid

QR Droid  provides a free online QR code generator for nine different QR code types. One which I think is of particular use is the QR text generator. Simply type in your text, adjust the size and colour if your choose and the click generate QR code. Print the QR code and post it on the front door of your classroom. All parents/students need is a device with a QR code reader app […]

Looking for Educational Android or iPad Apps?

apps4primaryschools.co.uk is a great place to start. The site allows you to filter by platform (Android or iPad), by age and or by subject. It provides an image of the app, pricing and a brief description. However, the links are not to the Australian app store. For Australian iPad teachers, when you find an app which you like, open a new browser, search the name of the app + iPad […]

Christmas Drama Ideas

The slide share below covers a range of curriculum areas including English, Arts (drama), Technology and Religion. If you don’t teach at a Catholic school the slide share also offers alternatives. It also includes teaching ideas using Green Screen iPad app. Ideas for teaching Primary Drama at Christmas time from Joanne Villis