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£8 HDMI capture stick – must have kit

Been toying with the idea of making a few YouTube videos on setting up various Raspberry Pi things and thought that just pointing a camera at the monitor would look a bit rubbish. I had always thought that HDMI capture devices would be crazy expensive but it turns out they are very cheap now, around […]

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Geeky stuff to do during lockdown

You can and should do these things all year round really, but perhaps especially so now. Some of these may be UK specific. Just a few things that can help with staying at home for a few weeks. Reading Libby App to access your local public library to borrow Audiobooks, eBooks and Digital Magazines, for […]

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Mental health during troubling times

This CoronaVirus outbreak is understandably difficult for everyone. Many people will be struggling with their mental health, including “normal” people who have not had issues before. I hope that sharing what little I know from my personal experience might help even one person. I have issues with mental health (hence the name of the blog!), […]

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2017 Xmas Gift Guide for Geeks

It’s that time of year again already! Time to start ordering stuff up for yourself or a geeky loved one. Here is a list of some cool stuff to give you ideas. Some of these will also be included in the Black Friday deals so order fast!   Voice Assistants These are all the rage at […]

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Getting free iPad apps for education

I may be late to the party on this one but figured it was worth sharing just in case others have not come across it. The website Boy Genius Report has a section that seems to be updated with a daily post detailing iPhone apps that have gone from being paid to free. There will […]

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Grow Wild Raspberry Pi Time-lapse

This year our school Eco Club began a project to plant a wild flower area in the school grounds. This was part of the Grow Wild scheme run in association with Kew Gardens. I am not much of a gardener so my attention was turned to the techy side. The team wanted a time-lapse video […]

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Digital Signage on a budget with Screenly, Google Docs and Raspberry Pi

Cheap digital signage perfect for use in a small business or school using Open source tools and Raspberry Pi

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Help Dyslexic students with this free font

Just a quick post today to draw attention to something we have used for a while but I keep meaning to mention. A few years ago I came across a student that was considering using a laptop instead of the iPad. I was keen to know why and it transpired that they had dyslexia and […]

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Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction

If you are a beginner to the Moodle Learning Management System or even a current user just wishing to update and hone their skills then I can highly recommend this free online course delivered by the Moodle team themselves. The course will take you through the basics of using Moodle to deliver Learning and Teaching […]

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The Perfect Month

So I have a dark secret….. I play Pokemon Go. It is a part of the reason things have been so quiet on here. I just missed the original Pokemon craze as a player, but I worked in Game at the time so was exposed to the mania of it on a daily basis. “Hey […]