Here's my annual round-up of what caught my interest at this year's BETT show in London (which was opened by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State of Education in England with this speech):
- Flipped learning can be implemented successfully in primary classrooms I have finally discovered, having listened to @chriswaterwoth's superb and inspiring presentation about how he has done it with great impact using Edmodo (which I already love) and tools like Educanon (which is a new one to me) in his Year 3 classroom - read more on http://videoformyclassroom.blogspot.co.uk.
- Dorling Kindersley have just launched an amazing, FREE online research site - www.dkfindout.com - which contains not only information on an ever-increasing range of topics, but also clickable hot spots on pictures and quizzes for children to play. Seriously do bookmark this website - it has the potential to be HUGE in my opinion!
- Espresso Coding (which I LOVE - see my resources for it here) has now been renamed Discovery Education Coding and commands to insert sound effects into programs are currently being developed, which should make children's games even more fun to play in future.
- You can learn to program using marble runs - see everyonecanprogram.com.
- Parent pay is an interesting solution for parents to pay for school-related things online.
- TTS have launched the Blue-Bot as a companion for the traditional Bee-Bot, having a transparent shell and being programmable from a Bluetooth-enabled device.
- Harper Collins have a range of great online curriculum resources available to subscribe to, such as Snap Science (which my school uses).
- CAPITA SIMS has a new teacher app for iOS.
- Doodle Maths looks like an interesting app but I'm not sure how well it's calculation strategies align with the new primary curriculum requirements.
- Interactive Resources have a few more iOS maths games now available - http://primarygamesapps.co.uk/
- LEGO have launched a new maths resource called MoreToMaths 1-2 for KS1 - I wonder if they'll bring out something for KS2 in the future?
- The BBC have just started a new downloadable Computing podcast for KS1, which I spotted on the train journey down to BETT - http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/code.
- Here's another computing scheme of work if it's of any help - http://www.nicholawilkin.com/home.
Leftover Christmas chocolates seemed to be popular freebies on stands this year, although Pearson were giving away bacon butties and Discovery Education were giving away pens with a tablet stylus on them - both of these were VERY much appreciated!
Having visited BETT in the morning, I then went on a quick tour around the cities of London and Westminster in the glorious sunshine, including walking on the newly-opened glass floor on Tower Bridge.
What were your BETT 2015 highlights?