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| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments ~ Image manipulation

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments 

There are quite a few, free, online photo and image manipulation programs (we have mentioned many including PhotoFunia, iPiccy, and Lunapic to name a few)

Whilst is full of the inevitable advertising that supports many such sites, there are a few fun effects, and frames, you can apply to your images.

You can touch up your photos, smart fix to make quick changes, edit your picture, make avatars, or even send “free” ecards. Some fun and possibly useful results.

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 2

| April 11, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A second day at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, this time with the staff, looking at a vast amount of digital delights to bring learning even more alive.

What we shared today fits so well with the school’s ethos, and ways of working, already. We experienced some of the confidence, sense of humour, and imagination, of the children yesterday. Carrying out lessons, both in English, and Welsh, is a superb way to develop written, aural, and oral, dexterity. We looked at a huge range of tools that can be used in developing that word play, thought juggling, and imaginative inventiveness.

Thank you to Ceri Parry,- Deputy Head, at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, for organising our visit, & sharing her thoughts:

Mae ein hysgol yn fwrlwm o greadigrwydd!  Rydyn wrth ein bodd yn annog y disgyblion i ysgrifennu’n estynedig trwy eu trochi mewn gweithgareddau Drama, Athroniaeth i Blant a defnyddio ffilm a cherddoriaeth i ysgogi ysgrifennu.  Rydyn ni nawr mewn man lle yr hoffwn ddefnyddio T.G.Ch mewn modd ehangach er mwyn sbarduno’r dysgu hyd yn oed yn fwy.  O ganlyniad i hyn rydyn yn edrych ymlaen yn fawr iawn i groesawu Tim atom i gynnig dimensiwn newydd cyffrous i’r addysgu a’r dysgu sydd yn digwydd yma.

Our school is a bubbling pot of creativity!  We love nothing more than to inspire extended writing through Process Drama, P4C, and through the use of film and music.  We are now in a place where we want to further enhance our teaching and learning of Literacy through I.C.T, and we believe that Tim holds the key!  We have been looking forward to welcoming Tim to our school so that he can offer us a new and exciting dimension to further enrich our teaching and learning.

Ceri Parry, Dirprwy Bennaeth Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Deputy Head, at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd

Thanks to Gwenda Roberts, head teacher, and all of the staff, and well done folks. We look forward to finding out how you continue to work wonders in the impact on standards, happiness, and confidence across your school. Nice one!

KidsRuby ~ Programming on many platforms

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Whilst not initially simple in its set up, and use, KidsRuby could be another interesting exploration of the art of coding. You can see your code, run it, and see what it outputs all at the same time. This makes it a lot more fascinating to learn inputs and outputs, and what changes to your coding achieve. Works on Windows, OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi.

Like Hackety-Hack, another program we have written about, this is real Ruby programming, but in a slightly simplified introduction. We don’t have a lot of experience with this but you might find it worth investigating, then (please) …tell us how you get on.

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 1

| April 10, 2014 | 13 Comments 

Great to be back in Newport, for the first of two days alongside the children, and staff, of Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd.

Welsh really is a beautiful language, and perfect for poetic, descriptive, invention.

We carried out our lessons in that fascinating cross between two languages. As someone who grew up only a few miles across the River Severn, yet never managed more than a poor impression of spoken Welsh, it has always been intriguing to carry out lesson sessions in a mixture of tongues.

Well done indeed to our intrepid explorers for doing so with such style, and alacrity.

The younger children have yet to write in English, as there schooling is carried out entirely in Welsh. We shared some imaginative wonderings, verb and adverb clauses, inventive creations, all in a wondrous Englwelsh, or Wenglish, dancing between both ways of talking and writing.

Words, in any language, are best when you pick them up, and juggle them. There were some admirable examples of word juggling today. A balanced argument with a seven year old! A vast amount of imaginative flying from all of the children. Some creative characterbecominging (that’s not Welsh) and all round superb, and enchanting, reflections of that this school already does, with their Philosophy for Children, drama, and whole school ethos. Well done all. More tomorrow…

Am ddiwrnod anhygoel! Roedd bod yng nghwmni Tim a Sarah yn ysbydoliaeth. Roedd y defnydd o gemau cyfrifiadurol yn sbarduno’r plant i feddwl , siarad ac ysgrifennu yn wefreiddiol. Cawsom wledd! Fe wnaethom gwrdd a dreigiaid ffyrnig, crwydro dinasoedd rhyfeddol, a chropian yn ofalus wrth groesi hen bont. Diolch o galon i chi’ch dau am y mewnbwn, byddwn yn bendant yn defnyddio eich awgrymiadau yn ein gwersi. Rwyf yn gwybod bod y staff yn edrych ymlaen yn eiddgar at yfory. Diolch i chi hefyd blantos, roeddech yn WYCH a chawsom lawer iawn o hwyl hefyd!!!

What a superb day! Being in the company of Tim and Sarah really was an inspiration. The use of computer games motivated the pupils to listen, think, talk and write creatively and above all allowed the pupils’ imagination to run wild. We met dragons, came across mysterious kingdoms, and crossed rickety bridges whilst creeping cautiously. The staff, I know are eagerly awaiting Day 2 tomorrow. Thank you children, you were FANTASTIC and I know you had lots and lots of fun too!!!!

Ceri Parry, Dirprwy Bennaeth Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Deputy Head, at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd

GapMinder ~ A “knowledge-based world view”

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“The Gapminder Foundation is a non-profit venture that makes current data about the world freely available in a format that is accessible, meaningful and dynamic, a kind of modern ‘museum’ on the internet”.

The Gapminder website is free and is a great resource for geography teachers and students. Animated ‘bubble graphs’ show how countries of the world have changed. Change the parameters and so create your own graphs and animations. Endless fascinating explorations.

Gapminder World is an easy to follow guide.

Music Droid ~ An Android programming game

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments 

MusicDroid is a surprisingly challenging, FREE, Android puzzle game, designed especially for children, to develop programming skills and get them in to coding and maths games.

The goal is to power your Droid companion around the golden music plates and proceed to the next level. To move your Droid you need to build a set of functions across the screen using instructions.

MusicDroid might look look a little simplistic initially, but it is a great educational tool and makes learning the basics of coding fun by combining enjoyable challenges and an engaging droid character.

Explore the temples of Angkor Wat & other world wonders

| April 7, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Thanks to @amycoole1979 for the nudge to the new chance to explore Cambodia’s most famous ancient temple, Angkor Wat, through Google “Street”view experiences.

Julian Wood (@Ideas_Factory) also told us of the Google Cultural Institute, which includes this and other wonders, such as The Ancient Kyoto: Daigo-ji Temple, The Grand Canyon, the Pompei, or even as remote as Scott’s Hut in Antarctica,

Ancient Civilisations ~ interactive investigations of the past

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

The British Museum’s Ancient Civilisations provides a useful resource for studying the history of writing, religion, trade, technology and more. The site is organized into six themes. These are accessed via the Themes Home page. Each subject links to a theme map, which displays the cultures selected to illustrate that topic. (Unfortunately, Flash based, but superb nevertheless).

Park Walk Primary, Chelsea ~ Day 2

| April 4, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Day Two at Park Walk Primary with a focus on Key Stage 1 children today, and working on MORE digital possibilities, with the teachers. Continue Reading

Gadwin ~ Quick and easy screenshots

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Gadwin. This useful free program, for grabbing screen shots, is something we have recommended for a few years. Well worth checking out. Take multiple shots and add them to your pictures folder, instead of one shot, just added to your clipboard.

The FREE Gadwin PrintScreen 5.0 version, ia a great PC tool. The pro variety adds some things you don’t need.