Now THAT was really good fun!!
I was honoured to be asked to present an extended keynote for the afternoon of the Kent ICT Conference 2008.
About 200 folk at the Ashford International Hotel.
It is a huge risk for an authority to ask someone to witter away for a whole afternoon! But, it was a very enjoyable experience because everyone was up for some fun, and challenges too.
I provided more than a few “heart in the mouth” moments too, as I nearly disappeared through the backdrop a couple of times. I blame gravity rather than my wobbly leggies!
A superb event, with speakers and suppliers from all around the country.
I was amazed to find out that 2Simple are in the last few days of an incredible 10th birthday offer: an 80% off everything deal. Incredible isn’t it!!!
Schools get 28 programs on site licences forever! PLUS – they are giving all the children at those schools access to Simple City and 2Type online so they can use them at home too!
A remarkable and VERY generous offer – get in quick!
Well done to Carolann, who won an Asus minibook and survived The Doors of Doom Challenge.
Discovered Issuu recently. A way to publish online.
Some super FREE music at the Sounds Font site
I mentioned the use of Quick Time VRs again today. www.panoramas.dk is one of the best sites for finding these great little ways of stimulating discussion and creativity.
Mentioned these recently but, a really useful tool when recording podcasts or filming films with a large amount of script (e.g. reading out some Myst writings) is Cue Prompter, a free autocue.
Cut and Paste text into the window and it automatically scrools up the screen at the speed and size you find most useful.
Try this nifty little tool: an on screen/ whiteboard friendly way to make your own word magnets. This clever idea transforms your text into ‘magnets’ which can be dragged around the screen, colour coded and re-sized. You can also add new magnets at any time and remove any magnets that you no longer wish to use. Great for writing a shared text or looking at word order in sentences.
Also, come up with your own Thriller Story titles.
Don’t forget to take the time to stand still in each QTVR (Quick time virtual reality) Panorama and write or discuss – before you even think about moving. It is the first movement that creates a bit of magic when using these with children.
Thank you to Cathie Edwards, Doug Smart and colleagues for a super day. Thank you too, to Graham King for pickies through the day.
We had a huge amount of definitions of Ellie’s new word “Fligminkle” We’ll post ‘em on the blog when we get a chance…
A few goodies included: when ICT equipment, which was working a few moments ago, fails. “My interactive whiteboard fligminkled in front of an Ofsted inspector!” (Heather Bird)
Fligminkle: The muck I scrape off the boittom of my boat (Robert Dudridge)
Fligminkle: “What lingers at the bottom of a child’s tray at the end of term!” (Rachel Nash)
Fligminkle: “That feeling, when you have just started the dishwasher and you find a mug on the living room floor” (Lucy Henderson)
See what you’ve started Elles.
More to follow… In the meantime, don’t be shy folks. File a comment, my widdlers.
(Due to admin-itis, if I haven’t contacted you and you were one of the bods interested in more (!!!) drop me a line )
UPDATE: Instead of replying to the truly lovely E-MAILS and comments after today’s event, can I thank all those so far for your generous and thoughtful comments. Some enchanting new definitions of “Fligminkle” too.
Perhaps the most delightful definition I have heard so far is from Carolyn Lewis: Fligminkle- the fluttering touch of a moth’s wing against a lit window at night.
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