Identification guides and resources | OPAL
Download our free resources to help you identify some common British plants and animals
lesson plans CFE links
outdoor  outdoorlearning  trees  cfe 
3 days ago
My Naturewatch
Simple DIY wildlife cam. Very easy to set up. local web server.
camera  photography  nature  Raspberrypi  classroom  birds 
12 days ago
New Findings on Tutoring: Four Shockers
> tutoring by paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) was at least as effective as tutoring by teachers
teaching assistants were more effective in reading with small groups than teachers. Due perhaps to being able concentrate on the job in hand without thinking too much about the rest of the class.
>Tutoring does not work due to individualization alone. It works due to individualization plus nurturing and attention.
Also volunteers were not as effective as assistants (move on not committed in the same way).
I'd say a big plus for classroom assistants.
classroom  classroompractise 
10 weeks ago
Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink
poetry interactive activities, flash based, but might be useful for ideas
classroom  poetry 
10 weeks ago
Multiplication Grids
One of many interactive and the like for maths on the site. Some Secondary but a lot look useful for primary.
classroom  maths 
10 weeks ago
Controlling a Raspberry Pi via SSH | Rosemary Orchard
one of the many links I am finding via This has info for controlling a pi from iOS Workflow app.
Raspberrypi  iOS  workflow 
10 weeks ago
Start Coding with the JavaScript Blocks Editor | micro:bit
some microbit it activities for 8+ using the Microsoft blocks editor. looks like could be set of self directed activities. 30 minutes each.
microbit  Computing  classroom 
11 weeks ago
Teaching with ‘The Lost Words’ – Education With Espresso
>The Lost Words is a beautiful book created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. It contains not poems, but spells to conjure back certain words which have been ‘lost’.

>The first thing worth noting about this spell book is how alluring it is. I felt enticed into immersing myself in the spells and illustrations immediately. You could quite easily lose yourself for days by: soaking in every inch of detail, finding the hidden meanings of the spells and decoding the kennings.
writing  classroom  poertry 
11 weeks ago
Plotting live microbit sensor data in Mu | Blog My Wiki!
>I decided this would be even neater if you could untether a microbit, so here’s a project where I send accelerometer data as a string wirelessly from one microbit to another plugged into a computer running Mu. It could be great for physics experiments.
microbit  classroom  data 
11 weeks ago
Parts-of-speech.Info - POS tagging online
> Enter a complete sentence (no single words!) and click at "POS-tag!". The tagging works better when grammar and orthography are correct.

Looks useful. I've seen a lot about the immersive reader in Word, but it is lacking in the iOS version of word (although present in OneNote). I like the simplicity of this and the warning:
>Computers make mistakes too!
partsofspeech  classroom  webtool 
11 weeks ago
p5.js | home
>Hello! p5.js is a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners, and reinterprets this for today's web.
processing  js  javascript  programming 
12 weeks ago
OK Go Sandbox
>We want to give teachers whatever tools they need to connect the joy, wonder, and fun in our videos to the underlying concepts that their students are learning.
Or maybe we just wanted to have a ton of fun? Quite stunning videos. One Moment esp.
12 weeks ago
Google Web Designer
Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.
march 2018
Pyonkee - Visual Programming with iPad
>Pyonkee is a real visual-programming environment for iPad. It is based on Scratch from the MIT Media Lab.
>Projects made for Scratch are compatible with Pyonkee.
looks interesting. I *think* pyonkee is based on Scratch 1.4?
scratch  ios  classroom  Computing 
march 2018
Learn Blockchains by Building One – Hacker Noon
This actually looks doable even by no programmers. Reading this and Stephen Downe's post helped me understand blockchain a bit.
python  tutorial  blockchain 
march 2018
Donald Clark Plan B: We don’t need no stinkin’ badges? Why the badges movement has literally run its course
Donald Clark is always challenging.
> The main problem has been credibility. When explicit accreditation is not anchored in a major accreditation body with quality and standards, there’s no real anchor in the real world. You’re up against recognised accreditation with branding, marketing, frameworks, objective assessment and longevity. Overbadging and weak badging have added to the problem of credibility. Badge projects are here today gone tomorrow, mosquitos not turtle
february 2018
Virtual Reality using HTML and javascript Computing At School
>A collection of bite-size videos taking the user through free VR using Thimble and A-Frame to make relative simple and quick Web VR.
javascript  thimble  Mozilla 
february 2018
‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian
The true scale of the problem is hard to gauge, but our best guess is that there might now be as many as 1.5m deer in the UK, at least half of them in Scotland; more than at any time since the last ice age.
>Might be good info for class discussion/debate/writing
deer  cull  persuasive  writing  classroom 
february 2018
The Only Good Thing About Winter Is This Story Written in Snow
>now entering her fourth winter of carefully embossing serif letters into light snowfall. Before this weekend, the most recent sentence, composed entirely during a snowfall in March, 2017, cut off in the middle:
language  poetry  snow  instagram  art 
january 2018
Going Fishing, an amazingly fluid stop motion animated film
> Animator and sculptor Guldies has combined his passions and made this short stop motion animated film out of 2500 still photos. The result is remarkably fluid, particularly in the scenes with the human hand.
january 2018 - Light Pollution Map
Quite an amazing map. I think I can get fairly dark in about an hours drive from home. Some people are not so lucky.
astronomy  light  map  maps  sky 
january 2018
Designing Emotion: How Facebook Affordances Give Us The Blues - Cyborgology
>Facebook’s design features work in several ways to reinforce status quo ideas and popular people while maintaining an ancillary status for those on the margins. Given findings about the psychological effects of production versus consumption, these features then have behavioral consequences and in turn, emotional ones. I
design  webdesign  Facebook 
january 2018
Comic Sans: the myths, the lies and the truth about fonts
>The big question of this article, then, has a clear answer: Comic Sans use should not be justified by claims of increased readability or benefits to dyslexic students or indeed for handwriting, but if you just like it, and your pupils like it, there is no good reason you should not use it. Or not use most other fonts for that matter. Font choice, it seems, is the least of your worries.
classroom  fonts  dyslexia 
january 2018
Annotating Web Audio – Jon Udell
>It’s a beautiful example of small pieces loosely joined. My clipping tool is just one way to form URLs that point to audio and video segments. I hope others will improve on it. But any clipping tool that produces unique URLs can work with Hypothesis and, of course, with any other annotation or curation tool that targets URLs.
I didn't know that browsers support playback of assessment of audio!
web  audio  mp3  playback 
january 2018
We are a loosely-knit, tightly-honed group of educators dedicated to working together to address our common dream of providing open and ethical online tools to educators.
december 2017
Top 9 Linux and Raspberry Pi education stories in 2017 |
>We rounded up our most popular 2017 articles that showcase how education is leveraging the Raspberry Pi and Linux.
Raspberrypi  classroom  linux 
december 2017
Digital Polarization on Pinterest - YouTube
Mike Caulfield shows how the items that are suggested change as you show interest in Pinterest pins. I think I’ll stick to pinboard.
IFTTT  YouTube 
december 2017
The zone of proximal depravity – The Ed Techie
>But what the algorithmic feed does is effectively collapse this protective layer, so our previous signals, defensive mechanisms and means of establishing distance are no longer effective.
december 2017
Networking with the micro:bit
>This book presents a series of activities to teach the basics of computer networks. While you will not learn all aspects of computer networking, we hope that it will serve as a good starting point.To network micro:bits, we use custom micro:bit radio to radio communication. When one hears the word radio, what comes to mind is the radio that blasts out tunes from your favourite radio broadcasting channel. But, a radio, or a radio transceiver (transmitter/receiver), is used in communications to generate and receive radio waves that contain information such as audio, video or digital data. And all micro:bits have built-in radios1.
computing  Grabbag  microbit  classroom 
december 2017
If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine | Internet Archive Blogs
>In recent days many people have shown interest in making sure the Wayback Machine has copies of the web pages they care about most. These saved pages can be cited, shared, linked to – and they will continue to exist even after the original page changes or is removed from the web.
internet  web  archive 
december 2017
The Toy Shovel
> This is my over-simplified parable on using social media platforms in education
socialmedia  classroom 
december 2017
ptwobrussell/Mining-the-Social-Web-2nd-Edition: The official online compendium for Mining the Social Web, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly, 2013)
> This toolbox provides the ability to explore and run all of the source code in a hassle-free manner. All that you have to do is [follow a few simple steps]( A - Virtual Machine Experience.html) to get the virtual machine installed, and you'll be running the example code in as little as 20-30 minutes. (And by the way, most of that time is waiting for files to download.)
python  data  juypter  maybesomeday 
december 2017
Gutenberg 1.8 Adds Greater Extensibility for Plugin Developers – WordPress Tavern
> The release also improves meta box compatibility with a fallback to the classic editor if Gutenberg detects that the meta box is unsupported. Plugin authors can now explicitly declare Gutenberg incompatibility when registering meta boxes, which will trigger a warning to the end user that explains which meta boxes have caused the fallback to the classic editor.
> It introduces block templates, which developers can use when registering a new custom post type. The block templates define a set of pre-configured blocks that will initialize when a user creates a new post.
WordPress  GlowBlogs 
december 2017
Gutenberg — WordPress Plugins
Preview of upcoming editor
> The goal of the block editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable.
>The new post and page building experience will make writing rich posts effortless, making it easy to do what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.
WordPress  GlowBlogs 
november 2017
Setting up your classroom!
ideas from a tech blog, not techie
november 2017
Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online | Cult of Pedagogy
Might be a nice guide to copyright?

>OPTION 1: MAKE YOUR OWN If students create their own images, then they own the copyright and can use them without having to pay any money or get permission (unless the photos are of someone else…but we’ll get to that).
I like option 1
copyright  digitalliteracy  images  classroom 
november 2017
BBC - KS3 Bitesize History - The First World War : Revision
A bit too much detail for my primary pupils, but should be handy for me.
conflict  classroom  Ww1 
november 2017
E-safey knowledge organiser.docx
I am starting to notice some of these knowledge organisers popping up.
classroom  organiser  InternetSafety 
november 2017
WWI Uncut - YouTube - YouTube
WWI Uncut BBC series, short programmes. Medical one looks a bit to gory for my younger pupils.
ww1  history  classroom  bbc 
november 2017
World War 2 timeline by lindaayers - Teaching Resources - Tes
>This can be used either as a teaching aid to help with the chronology, or printed off and laminated as a display. I have it hanging on a washing line from my ceiling and the children refer to it quite regularly. Hope it's useful.
tes  ww2 
november 2017
Home - Minetest
> A free, open source voxel game engine and game. Fully extendable. You are in control.
I installed that on a few PCs in school. Testing it in a lunchtime club. Looks like a free minecraft. Lots of possibilities. I have it running on one pc as a server and the class can connect from different PCs (mac & Windows possible linux too).
minecraft  games  classroom 
november 2017
S3 for Poets
> S3 stands for Simple Storage Service.
It's a service provided by Amazon that provides storage and it's simple. If you look at it the right way. And it's Tuesday. And there's a full moon. :-)
>Simple is in the eye of the beholder. And to a programmer, like me, S3 is simple. But we forget sometimes that what seems simple to us might not seem so simple to a literate person who isn't a programmer. For example, a poet.
>But poets need to store stuff too, and Amazon provides a great service, so let's dive in and crash through the obstacles and get to the other side, where storage is simple. Dave Winer, New York August 2012
Aws  s3  web 
november 2017
Let’s Enhance
> Neural network hallucinates missing details to make image look natural.
neuralnetwork  photoediting 
november 2017
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
>Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users. Contact information you’ve never given the network gets associated with your account, making it easier for Facebook to more completely map your social connections.
Not sure if this is incredibly creepy, just the way things are heading or both.
Facebook  privacy 
november 2017
That IoT Thing: Bitty Data Logger 3.0
Bitty Data Logger is an application which can capture and chart data from a BBC micro:bit's internal accelerometer, magnetometer and temperature sensors. It's available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for Chromebook as well. Data is, of course, transmitted from the micro:bit to your smartphone over Bluetooth so you can be some distance away from the micro:bit and.... whatever you have connected to it.
microbit  datalogging 
november 2017
Something is wrong on the internet
> one of the traditional roles of branded content is that it is a trusted source. Whether it’s Peppa Pig on children’s TV or a Disney movie, whatever one’s feelings about the industrial model of entertainment production, they are carefully produced and monitored so that kids are essentially safe watching them, and can be trusted as such. This no longer applies when brand and content are disassociated by the platform, and so known and trusted content provides a seamless gateway to unverified and potentially harmful content.
There seems to be a myriad of weird videos automatically or semi-automatically created videos earning money
Children  internet  youtube 
november 2017
Disallow & Close Comments on WordPress Media Attachment Page - Tech Journey
function disable_media_comments( $post_id ) {
if( get_post_type( $post_id ) == 'attachment' ) {
wp_die("Comment not allowed.");
return $open;
add_action( 'pre_comment_on_post', 'disable_media_comments' );
spam  function.php  WordPress 
november 2017
Analyze | Webbkoll -
>This tool helps you check what data-protecting measures a site has taken to help you exercise control over your privacy. Read more.
privacy  openweb  tracking  web 
november 2017
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web -
>We're quietly replacing an open web that connects and empowers with one that restricts and commoditizes people. We need to stop it.

Lots of information and links clearly spelt out. Tempted to quote all of it, but here is one more.

> Pay for services and content that you like, if you are able. If you like reading The Guardian, for example, consider subscribing. If your favourite YouTube channel is on Patreon, consider pledging a small amount per video. If you like services like that charge in return for a useful service, buy it. There's mutual respect when both the user and the service provider know what basic service they are buying/selling.
open  Facebook  openweb 
november 2017
Creativity and digital technology
> Gardner and Davis suggested that the pre-packaged resources (no matter how vast) made available to young people through the Internet is limiting exercise of the imagination because (as Marvel has shown again and again) it is easier to repackage an existing idea than come up with a new one
So the digital is a less creative arena?
creativity  digital 
november 2017
The Case Against Automated Student Data Dashboards | EdSurge News
>We tried to inspire reflection, but it often happened separate from learning. At the end of the semester, we’d ask students about their strengths and weaknesses, and what they could do differently next semester. They would write down a few ideas, but were never asked to come back to them. It became an activity that yielded little impact.
data  eportfolios  classroom  learning 
november 2017
Teachable Machine
silly practical machine learning. Would be a good demo.
google  machinelearning  ai 
october 2017
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