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@xannov
Nottingham, England
ICT Coordinator at a UK Junior School
Interests: many and varied :-)
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A few hours later the children had discovered several more migrated beasts. "I can't believe that I got it right", said Nathaniel, "that there really was an eagle living in the sea. Wowzers. What a world". They had also watched a bear migrate into the sky, becoming an air-bear -... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beasts
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So the footprint for the pupils new project has been laid. Along with security guards, fences and even a familiar looking column. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at MineCraftEdu
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We're still having issues with the school laptops - meaning that things have dropped to a snails pace as we have only my staff laptop accessing our world. However - the Pixel Art is now completed, and when viewed from high up we can see this; Now the pupils are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at MineCraftEdu
The children had spent many hours watching the native beasts evolve. They had jotted down information about each beasts changes and drew images of the new, evolved beasts. After Nathaniel had finished his notes for the Gullinbursty, he watched another warthog nearby as it ate the rich, juicy grass around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Gullinbursty Habitat: Native Land Elemental Description / Information: The Gullinbursty has red spikes along the ridge of its purple looking back. It's blue and orange legs are much more colourful than the Warthog it evolved from, and it uses these powerful limbs to burst from a mud crust that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Megalodon Habitat: Native Sea Elemental Description / Information: The Megalodon is more colourful than the Shark that it evolved from. It has much bigger teeth, and its powerful fins have patterns adorning them. Its large tail is striped and pushes through the sea effortlessly. Its eye has a vivid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Kraken Habitat: Native Sea Elemental Description / Information: This amazing animal is a migrated octopus called a Kraken that can make lights as bright as a disco - but under the sea! Kraken has got eight pink tentacles with spots underneath them. Its eye has flower petal patterns all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Phoenix Habitat: Native Sky Elemental Description / Information: This Phoenix can look at things far away in the distance because it has sharp eyes. It is very colourful, and has its of patterns too. It has very sharp claws that hang down from its legs. Each wing is beautifully... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Toucan Habitat: Native Sky Elemental Description / Information: The rain bird has a blue green and pink bill with dark pink and orangey yellow spikes. It has a pink body that fades into purple The rain bird has spikes on its head too, but this time they are blue... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
A few days later, after the children had written lots of descriptions of the beasts they they found, they discovered something rather strange. Ada had been watching the bear when it slowly began a deep growl and raised it head to the sky. It opened its huge mouth as wide... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Beasts
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We've had a few issues recently with new laptops, the final build of MineCraft Edu and java meaning that the pupils have been computer-less for their sessions. However, this just meant we had to be creative and plan out future activities using squared paper, and this time we chose to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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On Monday of this week the children planned out and added the code to make a Raspberry Pi chime and bong so that it sounds like the real clock in London. And today the small speaker we were waiting for arrived, meaning we could finish off the project. The Raspberry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
Jacob excitedly picked up the paper from the grass whilst Isabelle bent down and picked up the pencils and crayons. Nathaniel cried out "Let's explore the land first". The children ran across fields of grass through every shade of green. Ada stopped, looked up and shouted "Stop. Look up to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Warthog Habitat: Native Earth Beast Description / Information: Warthog has a brown body, with brown legs, and a lighter grey-brown head. Two large, white, curved tusks stick out from the top of its mouth at the end of its long nose. It likes to spend most of the day... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Toucan Habitat: Native Sky Beast Description / Information: The toucan is a purple bird with a yellow belly. It's face is yellow with an orange beak. Toucan sleeps with its tail standing, and its head twisted over its shoulder so that its heavy beak rests on its back. When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Shark Habitat: Native Sea Beast Description / Information: Shark has smooth blue skin, powerful fins and a muscular tail. It has small, but sharp, teeth in his large blood stained mouth. Its jet black eye darts all around as it senses the slightest movements in the water around it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Octopus Habitat: Native Sea Beast Description / Information: Octopus is almost invisible in the water, and its skin shifts colours against the coral reefs and the ocean floor. It scuttles along using its eight legs to probe in rocks and crevices looking for food. If endangered or amused it'll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Eagle Habitat: Native Sky Beast Description / Information: The eagle is proud and massive. Its beak is sharp and its talons grip fish caught from the sea. Its eyes look a strange shape but its view of the world below is so wide that it can see every thing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Bear Habitat: Native Earth Beast Description / Information: This excellent beast is a brown, hairy bear. It likes to go over to the rushing rivers and catch lots of fish. It likes to gaze up at the stars. Perhaps it's wondering what's up there. It lives on land that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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The Raspberry Pi and speaker that will be needed to make the clock chime every hour will need to have a way of staying inside the tower - even if the tower is lifted, and so I've used the Morphi 3D design app to create these two files. The base... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
The clock is almost finished, but already there are requests to do more with it. The DHT has asked whether it could go in the hall, and chime like the real clock does. I've not spoken to the children yet about this as I want to make sure it's possible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
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Today we finally added the working clock to the 3D printed tower. I had drilled a hole in preparation for this session (as I couldn't let the children near a drill!) so that the children were able to get on with the fitting of the working clock parts. The back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
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A Lego advent calendar for the classroom. A personalised-to-the-school minifigs.me creation. A MacBook and pixelmator all come together to create a wonderful initial slideshow image... Continue reading
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In the previous session the children were busy building the cinema they had planned out. Luke was creating Screen1, and was thinking about how to put a cinema screen on the wall to make it look authentic. He decided to use the monitor block from the ComputerCraft mod, and discovered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at MineCraftEdu
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We've decided on the next idea once Elizabeth Tower is completed. We'll be building a computer game using 'Bloxels'. But what is Bloxels? "Bloxels® is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, the imaginative gaming worlds... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at STEAM @porchester