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SPHERO

Sphero SPRK: The robot ball which teaches you how to code

 

 

The Sphero Edu platform uses app-enabled robots to foster

creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science. Our program goes beyond code with collaborative STEAM activities, nurturing students’ imaginations in ways no other education program can. Cross-platform apps are approachable for all skill levels of programming JavaScript, allowing us to reach as many minds as possible. Think outside the bot and inspire your future. This is Sphero Edu.

Check out the Sphero Edu site.

 

DO THE Sequenced lessons

 

WATCH Sphero Maze AND Sphero SPRK+ Education Pack videos

 

CHECK OUT Teaching with the iPad by Peter Abt

Great site for SPHERO ideas and other APPS for iPad

 

WATCH Things you can do with a sphero

 

TRY Story telling with sphero lights and sounds

 

Check out the Video WE made ROBOTS Self Destruct

 

 

Metaverse  APP
is a fabulous augmented reality app

which is FREE and the easiest way to create AR without writing one line of code.

 

YEAH!

 

 

the Metaverse app has all the elements of a great APP

1. IT'S FREE

2. Easy USER interface

3. Easy to get started BUT offering more complex options as you learn more.

4. Easy and fabulous support

 

 If your students love POKEMON GO

they will love creating their own version using Metaverse.

There is great support online with live chat right on the site and YES they actually do respond. Metaverse has an amazing support group for teachers through their Facebook group, YouTube Tutorials, and on Twitter.

Creating AR EXPERIENCES is easy, takes minutes, & anyone can do it

Experiences are built in Metaverse Studio in your browser at https://gometa.io/ then arrange components on a “Storyboard” and linking them together. Hundreds of components can be combined to create almost anything.Experiences are instantly viewable on iPhone, iPad, Androids, or Chromebooks using the free Metaverse App.

 

CREATE YOUR FIRST INTERACTIVE STORY

This is a great place to start...........

Condiment Switcher on Youtube is great for a "Create your own Adventure"Experience

Create Your Own Adventure 1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Wr6K8aQuuHhtOyt9OCXpQ

Use this site for some cool adventures follow tutorials from 1 through 10 tutorials

 

1. To Get Started, GOTO https://gometa.io/ CREATE account username email password and login, on your computer.

 

2. Tutorial 1 - The Beginning of the adventure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8SBMDbrRKI

 

3. Then work through the rest of the tutorials on this 1 - 10

 

CREATE A SCAVENGER HUNT

Creating a Group in Metaverse (Scavenger Hunt)

 

GOOGLE VISION

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jGqEESYUn8

google vision in metaverse is the person happy or sad (easy)

 

CREATE A PHOTO WALL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AQPYt4c-HQ

(trickier)

 

CHECK OUT the GAMERS RETREAT

For some great metaverse expereince ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoG9sKcS29MYCBpk2R9OIcw/videos

 

READ

the MEDIUM blog for more videos

 

 

CHATTERPIX

I am a great believer in less is more when it comes to apps. Download a few great ones and use them for every thing. Chatterpix is one I use for everything. With just one iPad I can rotate it through the class group by group, everyone can record a 10 - 30sec video and then I can easily turn them all into an iMovie.

 

ChatterPix is an all age App that is simple and easy to use, I have used it from kindergarten up. Students can add a picture or screenshot (Pixabay is great) overlay the mouth on their picture and record their voice to animate a story. They can add stamps to the object or background and text.

 

You can create informational movies, book reviews, jokes, demonstrate alliteration and other literary devices, animate a poem the list is endless, a maximum of 30sec sound bites. I like the students to write the script and do timings before they start to use the app.

Here's one I did on alliteration with a grade 4 - they loved. If you have any great videos send them
along and I will upload them to my new
YouTube Channel.

 

Start Here - How to use Chatterpix - WeGo Tech

Ideas for using Chatterbox in the Classroom and great video

Kindergarten Word Wall Words with Chatterpix Kids - a great video for a staff meeting.

 

Once you have all the Chatterpix videos you can upload them into iMovie and make them into one movie for all to watch. Great for revision and showing off in assemblies.

ART APPS

I love these are APPS. They give children the opportunity to REALLY explore a style of art or art movement, and develop ideas before they begin to use concrete materials.

 

NGA Kids Art App - The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program.

 

The child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools, and the overarching emphasis on discovery, careful looking, and artistic self-expression.

 

 

iClass Shapes                     Interesting Augmented reality APP - download the pdf and watch the magic begin.

 

PDF is available from the APP. Totally amazing. Watch flat nets form 3D solids before your eyes.

 

Check out the app on iTunes

 





Online iPad Sites
Here are some online educational games that can be played using the iPad.

NO APPS to download. No waiting for weeks for IT department permission to download.

MULTIPLICATION.com This is a great site for multiplication and the online iPad friendly games are great. Ask your students to try them out - describe them and rate them.

TOPMARKS are increasing there iPad friendly online options. These are listed by age and subject. I love these games and whiteboard interactives. HIT THE BUTTON is Fabulous. AND I LOVED THE INTERACTIVE EAR linked from this site.

 

Mr Naussbum Site has some great interactives and games K-6. Covering all KLAs. World Landmarks including videos. Free iPad games Semi Colon Wars and lots more.

 

Learn for Good Games There are some real mind benders here.

 

CODING APPS

 

Pixel Press What if you could draw a video game? FREE

Pixel Press is an entirely new breed of social gaming that enables anyone to create and share video games, simply by drawing. Don't just play video games, start creating your own!

 

Draw Your Own Video Game Pixel Press Watch the Video

and the other How To Videos

 

 

 

 

 

LEARNING GAME APPS

 

Play Online

This game is sooo much fun. Created by Colin Northway and Andy Moore, Fantastic Contraption is a physics puzzle game in which the objective in each level is to move all red objects into a rectangular goal area.

To make your machine, click on the type of material you want, and then click or drag in the light blue "building area" to place it.

 

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious what needs to be done and will only take seconds, other times though it feels extraordinarily convoluted and complex.

That’s the beauty to Fantastic Contraption though, it’s really quite cerebral in nature. You just have to persevere through the mind boggling part until it all begins to click in your head.

Take a look at the YouTube Videos

 

 

 

Stop Motion app FREE for iPhone and iPad.

Fabulous.

Download it now. I played with it for a whole weekend. No instructions needed

your students will be able to figure it out for themselves. A tripod of some sort is suitable. I rigged a simple one up for my iPhone using one of one of the car hands free devices and masking tape. It worked a treat.

So simple and easy.

Check out these samples:- A FLOWER: stop frame animation using a whiteboard, SPIKE AND SAM'S ANIMATION - animation using LEGO

 

Chicken Coop Fraction Games FREE

A really neat little app is called Coop Fractions.It has helped Year 5s to see the correlation between fractions & their decimal equivalent.

 

Learn to ace fractions with this suite of hilarious chicken-themed educational games.

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLAIN Everything

Making a Robot using Explain Everything App for iPad

Explain Everything lesson 2 - set rotation and animations

The Explain Everything APP has been around for a while and it is still fabulous. Check out the Video from Paul Hamilton on making a robot - just show the kids and they will figure it out. Very Cool!!

APP costs $15.00 Just for iPad

 

iBeacon

Paul Hamilton explains iBeacons

One of the first examples in the world. Edtech visionary and ADE Paul Hamilton shows how iBeacon technology has been used in education to create learning zones.

 

iBeacon technology has massive potential in schools,

both from a teaching and learning context and administration.

 

 

Mathemateer - ROCKET Maths  App

Mathemateer App - students get to build their own rocket to shoot into space.  Once they have built the initial rocket they can complete math missions to earn more money to allow them to customize their rocket even more.  Students love to complete the math missions so they can make their rocket bigger, fancier & prettier.  Watch the Video for a quick overview

 

One of the Coolest APPS Solar Walk

Tour the solar system with this dazzling astronomy app, which lets you fly Google Earth-style from one planet to another, learning along the way.

 

It has a beautiful pictures, the easy to understand interface and the abundance of information. There is a free version but it has a lot of limitations, the paid version offers much more and is way less frustrating at $8.00 - much better deal.

 

 

 

iMovie Lesson Plan - Introduce yourself. Basic beginner tutorial for iMovie.

 

 

 

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