Archive for November, 2012

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is an amazing app with a number of cool features. First you have the story of the artist with beautiful illustrations. If you want the app will read the story for you which will help children who struggle to read.


The next cool feature is the ability to repaint the pictures using the art art pen pad so your children can create their own interpretation of the scenes.


As the story progresses you collect Van Goghs paintings and store them in a virtual art gallery which gives the children an interesting way to examine his art and provides grounds for great class discussion.


The very clever part of this app is its potential for DT. Where you see a moving picture you can press the screen which turn the movement into a cardboard reconstruction of all the fears,leavers and pivots you need to recreate the scene. This is totally amazing and the children can experience putting each model together.



The potential in this cheap app is amazing it provides a number of cross-curricular activities for teachers to experiment with and ideas to develop. Download the lite version and have a play. Let me know what you think.



123D make

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a great tool that I have started to play with this term. It provides 3 d templates to make models of different things for you to build.
With my class topic of Up,Up and Away I uploaded the template for a hot air balloon and we built the 3d slices in class. My year 2/3 children struggled with cutting the cardboard so we used small cardboard spacers up the spine of the model to give them depth. The result looks good so far Nd there’s loads of different models to make.

With 123 catch and design out now as we’ll I am hoping it won’t be long before my class are designing and building their own 3d models. Great app with great potential.