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Google Tour Creator- Creating a FREE web-based Google Street Maps Based 'Virtual Tour'
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Google Tour Creator- Creating a FREE web-based Google Street Maps Based 'Virtual Tour'

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Google Tour Creator is a FREE web-based tool lets you build a VR ‘tour’ using Google Street View imagery and the bonus is that you can even add your own 360 photos, if you have that available. The interface is designed with educators and pupil in mind and is all simply drag-and-drop. The flexibility of tour creator is that you can choose any points of interest within the Google Street View maps and add extra texts, or points of interest if you like. With the Virtual Tour you can save any tour you have made and also publish it, for public or private use. The ability to import tours to the Google Expeditions app is not available yet but will be very soon states Google. Being able to create an Expedition and share it with a classroom of pupils is a great opportunity for technology being able to bring people closer, to understand other people worlds. Not every pupil will need a VR headset as this can be created and used on a laptop attached to an interactive whiteboard, but for those that are lucky enough to have a class set the sense of immersion and engagement would be outstanding I think. This presentation informs you what Google Tour Creator is and I have created a simple model that can be used to show pupils as an example.
Branching Databases (Choose Your Own Adventure in ppt and Twine)
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Branching Databases (Choose Your Own Adventure in ppt and Twine)

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A sequence of lesson plans on creating a Choose Your Own Adventure game using either PowerPoint or Twine (a free branching database making software) The idea behind CYOAS is very simple: pupils start writing a story, then present options to their readers after the first sentence or paragraph. So when a reader makes a choice they then start to determine how the story proceeds. And each new choices presents a further step in the story, and further choices – and so the adventure really does become the reader’s own. This resource pack contains all you need to help engage even the most reluctant of writers and readers. The lesson plans here have a flow and contain links to documentaries and resources which you may find useful to supplement your lessons.
Making Nightlights for Electricity Unit (Science and DT)
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Making Nightlights for Electricity Unit (Science and DT)

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The Electricity unit of work is always exciting for children but when it comes to making a product to show their understanding of circuits, conductors and insulators this sequence of lessons to make nightlights is great. To see examples and actual work produced from my class of year 4 students please visit: http://thedeadpixels.squarespace.com/current-practice/nightights-for-electricity-science-unit?p
Pixel Art and Graphic Design
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Pixel Art and Graphic Design

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A series of lessons where the children produce graphic illustrations using pixel art as their inspiration. When creating the lessons I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the children could identify the various old-school pixel art computer characters, the children easily identified such icons as Mario, Pacman and Sonic but the more obscure icons such as Samus Aran and Donkey Kong were quickly recognised too. The children enjoyed making their own image in a pixel art style.
Little Planet- create your own world using photo editing software (Image Manipulation)
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Little Planet- create your own world using photo editing software (Image Manipulation)

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I don't know about you but in my more megalomanic dreams I've ruled the world. Now I know this isn't possible, mores the pity, but I have figured out a way to create my own world by using Photoshop and GIMP, the image and photo manipulation and editing software. Photoshop is quite pricy but is the worlds leading software in the field, however GIMP is free and does an amazing job too. Within a few minutes you could create an amazing planetoid, similar to the ones seen below or like the ones in Mario Galaxy.
Computer Game Making and Coding using RPG Maker VX Ace- Programming and Debugging
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Computer Game Making and Coding using RPG Maker VX Ace- Programming and Debugging

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We all know that children like computer games but instead of just being passive consumers how about making them producers? This sequence of lesson plans has a portfolio for the pupils to complete and has links to the RPG Maker Guide which will allow your children to make higher level games and practice their coding using the Ruby language. I have also included some ideas for cross-curricular links which can turn this into a creative curriculum topic. There are links to many videos and guides which can help supplement your lesson plans.
Documentary Film Making
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Documentary Film Making

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Media has the power to inspire and inform us and in these sequence of lessons pupils will learn how to write, film, and edit their own documentaries. The idea is to immerse the pupils in various documentary short documentary films and are asked to comment on them. Then they develop an understanding of the genre of documentary films and learn how informative and persuasive messages are crafted in film. Finally they plan and create their own audio-visual documentary around a theme that they have been studying (in this case we share a Great Barrier Reef themed documentary, which is included, but it can be about anything they want.) This is a great way for pupils to share their work and show what they have learnt. The lesson plans here have a flow and contain links to documentaries and resources which you may find useful to supplement your lessons.
Non-levelled Teacher Assessment Grid
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Non-levelled Teacher Assessment Grid

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With the reforms to the National Curriculum, the system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress was removed in September 2014 and was not replaced. The hope was that by removing levels teachers would be given greater flexibility in the way that they planned and assess pupils’ learning. What has resulted is an unmitigated mess with different schools trying to find a way to assess pupils using teacher assessments but still showing progression. I have created a simple grid which can be utilised to assess pupil progression fluidly over the year. This can be tweaked to allow schools to request teachers date evidence of progression.
The Romans and Boudicca- 12 lessons, all presentations and resources included (complete term)
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The Romans and Boudicca- 12 lessons, all presentations and resources included (complete term)

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A terms worth of work on the topic of Romans, Roman Britain and Boudicca. The work covers: - Who the Romans were and where they came from - Researching the different areas of Roman life including fashion, food, entertainment, army etc - Comparing the life of rich and poor Romans - Slavery - Roman Entertainment including gladiators and chariot racing - The Roman Army and the Marian Reforms - Celtic Britain and life before the Romans came - Boudicca and the rebellion - Roman legacy in Britain including creating a Roman building model Over the course of these 12 lessons the pupils get a great understanding of the Romans.
Foodart and Foodscapes- Creating Art With Fruit and Vegetables (Mixed Media)
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Foodart and Foodscapes- Creating Art With Fruit and Vegetables (Mixed Media)

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Using fruit and vegetables pupils can create their own fantasy landscapes, or foodscapes if you will. The work can be done in Word all the way up to higher end software like Photoshop. There is a detailed guide on how to create the foodscapes in Word and PowerPoint, similar in style to Carl Warner. This sequence of lesson plans has links to external websites where you can use many online tools for free to supplement the lessons. This pack also contains all you need to complete the whole sequence of lessons too.
Point and Click Game Making and Debugging
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Point and Click Game Making and Debugging

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Back in the 80's and early to mid-90's Point and Click Games were very popular. They fell out of favour when the more powerful gaming systems emerged but have since risen from the flames due to the popularity of tablets and mobile phone devices. Now instead of having your pupils as consumers how about making them the producers by getting them to make their own Point and Click computer game! This sequence of lesson plans gives you guidance on how to make your own computer games and can be used cross-curricular to promote writing. There are many links to useful websites and resources which you may find useful to supplement your sequence of lessons.
Journeys (Pilgrimage and Christmas)
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Journeys (Pilgrimage and Christmas)

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This sequence of 4 lesson plans looks at the concept of 'Journey' and what it means. Questions considered are: What can make a journey special? Why are people drawn to certain places? Do certain places affect all people in the same way? Can visiting a particular place have an affect on an individual? Is it important to remember past events and visit places associated with them? The concept of journey is linked to pilgrimage and culminates by looking at the the journey the 3 Wise Men took over Christmas and the story of the Nativity.
Researching On the Internet
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Researching On the Internet

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A sequence of lesson plans on databases and researching on the internet. The lesson plans were created a few years ago but can easily be modified and adapted for the new Computing curriculum.
Simulations and Modeling
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Simulations and Modeling

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A sequence of lesson plans based around simulations and how they are used to present real world scenarios. The lesson plans were created a few years ago but can be modified and updated for the new Computing curriculum.
Endless Ocean: Under the Sea Literacy 2 weeks
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Endless Ocean: Under the Sea Literacy 2 weeks

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There are a sequence of lessons using the wonderful picture book Dougal's Deep Sea Diary alongside the Endless Ocean game. The computer game allowed the pupils to become stimulated and engaged. Over the two weeks in Literacy the children created adverts for the imaginary island of Manuarai, wrote diary entries, newspaper reports and wrote poetry. I also incorporated D and T into the sequence of plans and got the children to create dioramas of the underwater world. Enjoy!
Mythical Beast Creation Monsterology-myths & legen
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Mythical Beast Creation Monsterology-myths & legen

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A sequence of lesson plans with resources to bring the unit of 'Myths and Legends' alive. There are links to Ray Harryhausen and the classic films of old including 'Jason and the Argonauts'. I have also linked to my blog which contains an article and work created by pupils using this plan.
Internet Research and Presentation
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Internet Research and Presentation

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A sequence of lesson plans on internet research and presenting these using Word or Publisher. The lesson plans were created a few years ago but can easily be modified and adapted for the new Computing curriculum.