Archive for October, 2010

European Laptop Institute Conference II – The Hague, Holland

| October 31, 2010

Another great day, our third at the European Laptop Institute Conference at the American School in The Hague and today a keynote looking at challenge based learning and the power of the games making process, and then another workshop using various iPad and Web based resources in one of the classroom. Continue Reading

Mess Dudes – another avatar maker

| October 30, 2010 | 3 Comments 

In a recent post on avatars, we mentioned  quite a few ways to make an avatar version of yourself, perhaps just for fun, or for a Twitter icon, or similar.

A few goodies include: Doodle Avatar Maker, Simpsons Avatar Creator, Lego Minifig creator, Bitstrips, Wii Style Avatar, Manga Style Avatar , The Hero Factory.

Thanks to a few folk for suggesting another one:Mess Dudes!

“Design your very own Dude or Dollz from hundreds of different body parts, clothes, items and backgrounds to express your personality and mood”!

European Laptop Institute Conference – The Hague, Holland

| October 30, 2010 | 2 Comments 

A great second day at American School of The Hague for a workshop, in the main theatre, for the European Laptop Institute Conference – The Hague, Holland.
The European Laptop Institute is an international event for schools using or considering laptops or tablets and other handheld devices as tools for learning. Hosted by the American School in The Hague in The Netherlands, the European Laptop Institute offers breakout sessions – from hands-on events to lectures, discussions and networking.
We delivered a session using various iPad and Web based resources. Thank you, to our two, unsuspecting, characters, who joined us in Epic Citadel.

Other speakers at this event include Dr Gary Stager, and the glorious John Davitt, with numerous workshops presented by teachers and administrators from various international schools. Continue Reading

American School of The Hague, Holland

| October 29, 2010 | 2 Comments 

A fun time of demo lessons, with staff and students from The American School of The Hague, Holland, or “ASH” as it has been known for over fifty years.

It nearly being Hallowe’en, all of the students, and the teachers, were dressed in their spooky finery:

Ghosts, ghouls, spiders, witches, wizards, and all manner of scary beasty, haunted the halls of this hallowed building.

What an incredible, bubbling, school.

Today, it was abuzz with celebrations, but it is always a thriving community. Continue Reading


| October 25, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Seaquence is an “experimental musical petri-dish. Adopting a biological metaphor, Seaquence allows you to create and combine musical lifeforms into unique, dynamic compositions. This is an initial alpha release and still under development”… but that’s like the primordial swamp, isn’t it?

Design, and drop, creatures into a virtual sea. Each life form can be one of five sounds (including a drum module). You can click and drag the waveform and turn notes on/off in a grid. When you have your sea full of creatures makings sounds click Share to to flood the world with your creation.

I feel that Seaquence is a powerful, yet almost hidden, introduction to many aspects of sound manipulation. It allows users to tweak various parameters of the creatures’ sounds – such as waveform, octave range, and simple melody.
Explore, and dive deeper, into a sea of sound.

Seaquence Demo from Daniel Massey on Vimeo.

St Louis Catholic Primary, Frome : Somerset

| October 21, 2010 | 4 Comments 

The third of our Somerset Somersettings Days, today at St Louis Catholic Primary, in Frome.

What a delightful set of children and visiting colleagues. We are so lucky, to spend our days with so much laughter, amongst the creative challenges. Continue Reading

King Arthur’s School, Wincanton : Somerset

| October 20, 2010 | 3 Comments 

The second day of the Somersettings: ICT to Inspire Project, and we are here at King Arthur’s School  in Wincanton, Somerset.

Thank you to Harry Hughes and his colleagues, for organising a great day, full of laughter and enjoyable challenges and for his overview of today’s event.

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West Pennard Primary, Glastonbury : Somerset

| October 19, 2010 | 15 Comments 

The first, of a three day project, in Somerset, and a fantastic day at West Pennard Primary.

The project has become entitled Somer-Settings: Using ICT to Inspire Powerful writing.

The day started with 24 teachers and 61 Year 1 and 2 pupils in the hall – remarkable engagement and remarkable outcomes, including a high level balanced argument with a Year 2 girl. Continue Reading

National Middle Schools’ Forum Conference 2010

| October 18, 2010 | 5 Comments 

Today we are in Nottingham at The National Middle Schools Forum – the national organisation representing middle schools in England, held at the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. Continue Reading

One Man Band

| October 16, 2010 | 0 Comments 

I love this delightful piece of story telling, and feel that it fits really well with the feeling, and themes, of our, on-going, Epic Citadel project. A delightful use of colour, texture and subtle nuance too.

Orbiter 2010

| October 16, 2010 | 0 Comments 

This one needs a little investment of time, but no investment in money. Orbiter 2010, is available for FREE in an educational context. Take control of a variety of spacecraft in this highly realistic flight simulator. Very believable. To affinity and beyond! Continue Reading