Here is our 2015-16 list of technology loans for SLA Primary schools
This set features five programmable robots, including Bee-Bots, a Constructa-Bot, a Bee-Bot floor map, and a tablet device loaded with EYFS programming apps. It provides the perfect framework for developing young children’s problem solving and critical thinking using technology.
This set is perfect for schools planning to invest in control technology for KS1 and 2 but uncertain about which to choose. It contains a variety of sample robots including the Yo!Bot, Blue-Bot, Sphero, Bigtrak and a pair of Ozobots.
Blue-Bots are TTS’s latest offering in programmable floor robots for EYFS and KS1. They are similar to Bee-bots but, thanks to their Bluetooth capacity, they can be controlled remotely through the accompanying app, opening up a huge range of new activities.
The new BBC Micro:Bit, part of BBC 2015 Make it Digital initiative, allows young people to design and program wearable technology. Using conductive thread, LEDs and switches, pupils can sew circuits into fabric, literally lighting-up their wardrobes. Code meets the catwalk, whilst pupils learn about electronics and computer science.
Pippins are suitable for KS1 and lower KS2. The inclusion of numbers in their controls means that, when fitted with a pen, they can be programmed to draw shapes and patterns.
2 sets of 6
Probots are programmable robots with numbered buttons and can be fitted with a pen for geometric drawing activities. Additionally, they feature a digital display screen, a useful visual aid for building up more complex instructions.
These robots are programmed remotely through an app, which comes preinstalled on the six accompanying iPods, and is also available for other Android and iOS devices.
These KS2 robot kits feature several sensors and motors, all of which are programmable through Lego’s Mindstorms software. They provide opportunities to create more complex programs. Sets include six pre-assembled robots and laptops. In terms 3 and 4, the kits are only available to schools participating in the IBM Robo-Challenge.
WeDo is a simple, programmable Lego kit. Pupils can design and build a simple robotic device and program it through Scratch or with Lego’s own software. The set includes six kits and accompanying laptops.
Raspberry Pis are small, cheap DIY computers, which come with programming software preinstalled. Pupils can build a Raspberry Pi computer, and then program games or even use Python coding to manipulate a world within Minecraft Pi Edition.
Makey Makeys can transform any conductive object (including bananas or pupils) into a computer keyboard button, creating the potential for a plethora of creative electronics or computing projects.
This set of 15 lightweight Minibooks include a range of programming software, such as Scratch, which can be used by pupils to create games or animations.
This simple-to-use data logger includes light, sound and temperature sensors. Readings can be downloaded via a USB cable for more detailed analysis of field experiments. This loan set includes a laptop with the software installed.
Much like the Log-Box, these ergonomic data loggers can gather light, sound and temperature data to support the science and geography curricula. This can then be analysed using the accompanying laptop and software.
Our range of media equipment loans is extremely versatile and can be used to support virtually any curriculum area.
These easy-to-use cameras enable students to create digital images, either with a design or research focus. The Canon Ixus can also record video.
This set makes use of the iPod’s high-quality camera and recording function. It also contains tripods, microphones and the iMovie app, allowing children to write, shoot and edit footage in their own mobile film studio.
Animation is an effective and engaging way to support learning across the curriculum. Animation sets now include HD webcams, making them even easier to use.
These portable cameras are extremely simple to use and can store up to an hour of footage. This makes them suitable anywhere from EYFS to Year 6.
The potential for green-screen filmmaking to support the curriculum is boundless, as it allows any background image to be imported into a piece of video. It can take your class anywhere – past or present, real or fictional. The set includes a green-screen backcloth with supporting frame, a camera with tripod, a microphone and a MacBook laptop.
These sound recorders are extremely simple to operate and accessible to all ages. They allow pupils to create, store and retrieve audio information related to any curriculum area.
This set of computer microphones are ideal for making high-quality audio recordings. They connect via USB and can be used to make podcasts, audio books or school radio shows in conjunction with a range of software, such as Audacity.
This mix of large, high-quality cameras and cheaper, more mobile webcam visualisers can be used to display all kinds of lesson content. This loan enables schools to explore a range of devices and make an informed decision before purchasing their own. Please note that software may need to be installed on school computers.
This set offers a range of exciting ways to use technology to enhance outdoor learning in EYFS. It contains two microscopes, cameras and sounds recorders, a visualiser and three Talking Buttons, all of which create exciting opportunities for young children to interact with the outside world – from examining minibeasts to recording voices.
If your school is excited by the prospect of 3D printing but uncertain about buying a printer, this loan could be the perfect solution. The 3Doodler is a pen which extrudes heated plastic at a steady pace, so that as it cools it solidifies into a 3D shape of your design. Like glue guns, these pens reach high temperatures, so should be used with care under adult supervision.
USB microscopes can support primary science and EYFS outdoor learning. They are ideal for exploring plants, minibeasts and everyday objects up close, providing a fascinating new perspective on the world around us. Software installation on school computers may be necessary, so contact the CLC technical team for advice.
iPads have fantastic potential for learning but they can also represent a huge financial commitment for schools. This loan is a great opportunity to explore the possibilities they offer in the classroom before investing in this fast-developing and versatile technology. CLC iPads come with a range of education apps for use across the curriculum.
Technology is used by athletes throughout the sporting world to monitor, analyse and improve performance. This set includes a Wii Fit, a camera, a heart rate monitor and a pedometer to help pupils measure the effects of exercise upon the body.
Voting pads can be used to survey parents or pupils in large groups, and are great for big events and parent consultations. They allow you to transform PowerPoint presentations into interactive quizzes or surveys. The software can display feedback in real time, presenting a great stimulus for class discussion. Results can be stored and retrieved for analysis. The loan includes 90 handsets. A laptop is available on request, although any computer with PowerPoint installed can be upgraded to run a survey.
Many schools are exploring the potential of eReaders to engage pupils and to share books across a school. This set of six Nook Simple Touch devices will give schools the opportunity to trial an eReader, to support targeted pupils and to provide a resource for guided reading sessions. The CLC Nooks will come preloaded with a range of popular children’s books including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Holes, Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, War Horse and many more.