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#FridayFiver 🧼✋ – And We’re Back

How did you enjoy the bank holiday weekend?

You might have missed us last Friday, but not to worry – we’re back with another instalment of our beloved blog series.

And this week has seen top tech platforms stepping up their game as well as gaming faves announcing new releases, plus the, erm, controversial series finale that everyone’s talking about right now.

Grab a brew and let’s get started!

📸 Instagram To Add New Accessibility Features


After the hugely successful worldwide launch of the Reels function last year, Instagram have revealed they’ll be adding a caption option to the popular video format to make it easier for all to use. Accessibility is key in online content and we applaud Instagram on this inclusive move.

Read on…

😊 Microsoft Teams’ New Teaching Tool


Microsoft teams is one of many video calling programmes used by teachers throughout the pandemic to continue taking classes. But their newest ‘Reading Programs’ feature just raised the bar by introducing uploading and recording functions that allow teachers to assess a student’s reading fluency on a one-to-one basis. This is huge news for online teaching and will give many kids a much-needed boost to those early literacy skills.

Find out more.

🎮 Latest Game For The Switch Turns Players into Devs


Aspiring designers, listen up – this one’s for you. This week Nintendo have shared details of their next Switch release, Game Builder Garage, which allows players to create their own video gaming experience using basic programming. The fruits of your labour will be shareable with friends and you can even experiment with a few pre-set options which will show you the ropes.

Learn more here.

🦆 Duckling Rescue


Caroline Appleby and Keeley Parsons were at a loss when they attempted to save a group of baby ducklings found stranded in West Yorkshire after losing their mother. But it was a YouTube video of a mother duck’s call that came to the rescue, luring the chicks to safety as they followed the familiar sound. The ducklings have now been safely rehomed by Ms Appleby and thankfully are doing very well. How’s that for a daily dose of adorable?

Quacking news!

📺 Your Next Netflix Binge


Hit police drama Line of Duty came to a controversial end this week after almost nine years onscreen. Many viewers were disappointed by its ending whilst others were simply hungry for another series to fill the gap in their schedules. Whichever side you were on, we’ve found a list of suitable replacements to keep you entertained this weekend.

Grab the popcorn.

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