With the world cup just days away i’m sure your pupils are brimming with excitement! I know I am!


With it taking place during term time it gives you the opportunity to follow the teams progress through the tournament with your pupils. A great way to do this is with a match tracker built on Excel. Some VERY clever people have built spreadsheets on the program using VDA codes and the spreadsheet automatically calculates the goals, updates the data in the table, sorts the table according to the Rules of FIFA and assigns a team to the next stage of the competition at the right time and place.

Perfect for using with kids! The best one I have found online is by eexcel.co.uk. There are loads available online but a lot of them have adverts for betting companies. Not something really suitable to use in schools. The one HERE at eexcel is simple and clear, and does exactly what it says on the tin.

All I need to do now is some how shoe horn the Panini Sticker album into the curriculum…..

Wunderground Weather

October 17th, 2013 | Posted by AlwaysComputing in ICT Resources - (0 Comments)

Wunderground is a great little website I want to share with you all. Although I don’t think it was designed for use in education it can easily be commandeered! Wunderground pulls information and data from weather stations all around the world, and presents them in lovely maps and graphs. Great for and data handling topics you might be doing. As well as showing you the weather data it also tracks any different weather events such as tornadoes or heavy storms. This can be a great discussion starter with your class, plus with all the data and images available you could be on here daily! Enjoy and share!

Last week I posted about my plans for the curriculum in Key Stage 1, and how I was going to meet the criteria with lesson ideas. It seemed like a popular post, and as I have done the same for Key Stage 2 I would be a shame not to pop it on the site.

As with the format before I have included it in a mind map for you to explore and search through. The map is split up into the 4 main sections of Digital Media, Programming, Data Handling and Technology in our lives. Having this variety of learning areas means pupils take part in a wide range of activities, making the learning fun and accessible. I have tried to include a number of different equipment types, not just the computers. This included things like digital cameras, ipod/ipads, and Lego robots. While your school might not have these available yet, there are other cheaper options to give the pupils similar experiences.

Hope you find this useful, and please share it around.



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