Category Archives: RM Unify & 0365

Research and Play: Breathing new life into Photosynthesis

Research and Play just got more creative as a set of Y10 Scientists from The Kingswood Academy join our project.


                            Research and Play

The school have been exploring circuits with Bare Conductive’s electric paint and developing investigations with Raspberry Pi for over a year now, so we’re thrilled that this group can join us to share ideas at the Technology for Change conference on Tuesday 7th July.

They’ve already started to plan projects to bring along on the day and, along with their own teacher,  will invite others to join them and collaborate to develop further ideas in the live hackspace.  Activities will include:

  • Getting creative with capacitive touch using electric paint and Touchboard (ideas below)
  • Developing games and controlling devices using Makey Makey
  • Exploring and designing personalised ‘wearable tech’ using Codebug
  • Using Sonic Pi as a visualisation tool to code musical compositions with scientific data
  • Racing Cannybots as another way to explore contextual modelling
  • Collecting health data and looking at creative visualisation possibilities with the Young Pioneers
  • Getting creative (and possibly slightly mischievous) with Raspberry Pi and Pi-Cam project possibilities

Ideas to share as a taster before the conference?

This week the students have been finalising capacitive touch projects which are focused on creating resources and models to support revision.  Groups have each selected their own topic from their Y10 course.

One group has taken the electromagnetic spectrum as it’s stimulus; another space and planets.


                   Revision notes as a starting point 

The group looking to add ‘modern learning’ (their words) to breath new life into Photosynthesis have been investigating ways to explain areas and share learning tips.

Their ideas have a waft of reminiscence from the BBC Adventure Game (circa 1986…eek) as they take a song, a plant and some nail varnish as core elements to design and create their model.

This time it’s not the BBC Microcomputer but a Touchboard that’s launching their interactive designs.  And the plant will need to be more sturdy than an aspidistra if it’s to hold up to paint and clips : )


      An aspidistra, nail varnish and a tune

Did you know that the pilot show for Adventure Game included a planned activity using salt water to conduct electricity?  It was pulled.  How times change……

Hope you can join us to find out more about how Research and Play is supporting teachers across the curriculum through creative computing projects.  You can register here for your free ticket.

Booking a place for a CPD session or student event

Dates for events and courses continue to be added into the calendar for the Summer term:

To book a place for yourself or a colleague please email one of the Education team and we’ll confirm your booking by email.

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Claire Garside – get in touch about the ‘Supporting an inspiring & engaging Computing curriculum project’ and general information.





Neil Skipper – get in touch about the ‘iPad Academy in Hull’ project.





Russell Smith – get in touch about the ‘Unify and O365′ project


How is ‘the Cloud’ supporting Home Tuition for Children with Medical Needs?

The Home Tuition Service for Children with Medical Needs has started to evaluate how Office 365 and RM Unify can be used to enhance and extend their students’ learning.  

Their fundamental aim is to maximise the ‘learning time’ for students and to see how the online resources and tools can support their learning and teaching provision.

Here’s how they’ve planned to evaluate the resources to meet educational priorities:

Supporting individualised learning

  • Quick secure access for students and adults to commonly used web resources via RM Unify
  • Students can hand in work and tutors comment upon and mark it using Document libraries.

Supporting literacy and independent reading

  • Easy and engaging access for students to relevant books using RM Books

Sharing and collaborating

  • Students can access and engage with tasks anytime-anywhere using Office 365 Team Sites
  • Tutors and students can communicate outside set contact times using discussions and Newsfeeds

We look forward to learning more about the impact of their project.

“How do I?” videos to support 0365 for teaching

Our good friends in the North, from our Sunderland BSF project, have created three new videos to support teachers implementing O365 for education.  They cover the following topics:

Creating Interactive Quizzes in SharePoint (Parts 1 and 2)

These videos cover how to use the Survey app to create quizzes for pupils.  The quizzes can include media such as videos and pictures.  You can also get a graphical display of the entire classes responses.

Part 1 –

Part 2 –

The third video covers how to create blogging pages for individual classes in SharePoint. 

It covers how to get around menu placement limitations with RM Site Creator as well as how to amend the permissions to the page to allow students to create posts on class pages.