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Augmented 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 a free app that can be used on iOS and Android devices. You can make your own Layars via layar.com 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.
Download them for free until 2nd February courtesy of Nelson Thornes.
Vaporising Ethanol in a 2 litre bottle using a foot pump. Once the ethanol has been vaporised light the vapour and stand back…
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Model in video the outstanding @steve_sdavis make sure you follow him!
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.
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.
Color Zen is a new kind of puzzle game. One that invites you to put on your headphones, relax, and find your way through an abstract world of colours and shapes.
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 problem solving. 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.
Word Mess is great for students of all ages but particularry for students in KS2-KS3 as it boosts spelling, word recognition and general knowledge. It is also being used in special education programs and by occupational therapists.
Word Mess has four different modes.
Find Mode – simple word finding, boosts visual scanning
Rhymes – find words that rhyme together. Great for little kids
Categories – boost your general knowledge with endless combinations of hundreds of categories!
Bonus Round – Odd one out. Our personal favorite!
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.
Similar to The Guardian Eyewitness app, The Telegraph Pictures app gives you a daily snapshot of the world with The Telegraph Pictures for iPad app. Ideal to use during tutor time to generate discussions about current affairs.
After watching the whole of my tutor group playing 4 Pics 1 word app on their iPhones and iPods and getting very enthusiastic about finding out the answer I decided to try and use the concept of the game in one of my lessons.
For those of you that do not know the app, it is a very basic app but has become very popular with my students. Basically, 4 pics are displayed and the player must link them all with one word. Easy!
I decided to trial this idea with a Year 8 group that love using iPads and love playing the 4 Pics 1 Word app. The lesson was looking at the properties of metals and one of the objectives focused on learning new key terms. I challenged the students to make there own 4 Pics 1 Word game using Comic Life app. Students chose a keyword that described the properties of metals and produced some excellent game cards. Some example can be seen below. These could be used to aid recall of the meaning of kewwords and we will be using these as a starter activity for the next lesson.