Great Random Number Generator

clock April 20, 2009 by Sue

SpinnersI've come across a fantastic interactive whiteboard resource which is great for presenting calculation problems in a motivating way. It's ideal for starter or plenary sessions. The site is called Spinners and it is a random number generator with the added facility of being able to select addition, subtraction, multiplication or division operations.

I love the flexibility of this website as you can use it with classes right across the primary age range. You can select the number ranges you want to use from single intergers to decimal numbers. There is also the facility of entering your own numbers and importantly the site works out the answers too!


clock April 2, 2009 by Sue

Wordle I've just come across 'Wordle', a nifty tool for generating 'word clouds' from the text that you provide. Creating your own cloud is easy, quick and you can tweak how it looks by changing the colour scheme, font and layout.

The advantage of using this website is that teachers and students can create a wordbank together and the finished article can either be printed out or displayed on an interactive whiteboard by clicking the 'Open in Window' button. Alternatively it is simple enough for students to be able to create their own 'Wordles' if you want them to use the website on individual workstations.

Ideas that sprang to my mind as being ideal 'Wordles' are wordbanks such as finding alternatives to 'said', 'went', 'good' and 'nice' but the possibilities are endless. Topic related wordbanks make excellent 'Wordles' too.

I think this website has good potential for encouraging children to improve their word choices in written work.

Kids with Eggs Factor to meet X Factor stars

clock March 27, 2009 by Sue

British Lion eggs are embarking on a star-studded nationwide search for children with the ‘Eggs Factor’.

Same DifferenceThe young chefs who make it to the final of the cooking competition will meet X Factor finalists Same Difference who are hosting the event alongside children’s food expert Annabel Karmel.

Budding Nigellas and Jamies between the ages of seven and 11 can enter the competition by uploading an eggy recipe inspired by their favourite character or celebrity at

Six finalists will be chosen to compete in 12 regional cook-offs during June, judged by top chefs from all over Britain. The young chefs with the most imaginative and tasty recipes will meet Same Difference at the national final in London on 6 July and take home a Nintendo DS console along with a Cooking Guide: Can’t Decide What to Eat? game.  

The national Eggs Factor champion will be treated to a special culinary weekend in London, including an afternoon at the research kitchen where Annabel Karmel develops her recipes. The winning recipe will also be published in one of Karmel’s forthcoming cookbooks. 

Andrew Parker, Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, said: "We want to encourage children and their parents to cook healthy, easy meals at home. Eggs can be cooked in many different ways so we are really excited to see what the young chefs come up with!"

The competition is open for entries until 5 May. Children can enter at school with the help of their teacher or from home with the help of their parents.

There are twelve regional cook-offs in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge, London, Maidstone, Plymouth, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool and Belfast.