Archive for March, 2011

eTwinning Conference 2011 – Budapest, Hungary

| March 31, 2011 | 7 Comments 

Day 2 of the eTwinning Event 2011 in Budapest, Hungary, and the start of the conference.

We had the chance, this morning, to travel with the eTwinning students, from Finland, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Italy and Hungary, on a trip around the beautiful city of Budapest.

The conference welcomes 530 teachers and 120 pupils from 31 countries in Europe, and features a packed programme including  some fantastic workshops and an exhibition.

To present to such a varied group, with so many languages, and countries, present, is a joyous opportunity. Thank you to everybody for their very kind feedback and full on laughter. Continue Reading

eTwinning Camp 2011 – Budapest: Switchzoo + Camelephantelopelicanaries!

| March 30, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Wow! What a way to end the first day here in Budapest and the eTwinning Conference and Camp. Over 100 weary travellers voyaged with us into the world of fantasy creatures. In groups who had never met each other before and didn’t speak the same language, they made a Camelephantelopelicanary or other fantasy animal, in an analogue buzz of brilliance.

Tired, but up for it, these students were. I whizzed through a few digital things including some of our Wild Earth African Safari and Wii experiences, and many other sites. (More to follow at the conference tomorrow). Continue Reading

eTwinning Camp 2011 – Budapest, Hungary

| March 30, 2011 | 0 Comments 

A thoroughly enjoyable evening session with 100 students from across Europe, taking part in the eTwinning Camp 2011 Continue Reading

eTwinning Camp 2011 – Budapest, Hungary: Face IT!

| March 30, 2011 | 2 Comments 

Here at the eTwinning conference in Budapest, and doing a really fun session with around 90 students from all over Europe. We looked at strange and wonderful creatures today, but also at how weird and wonderful the human being is. Particularly its FACE! 

Try out the glorious MonoFace. This goofy time killer might take awhile to load, but it’s worth the wait if you enjoy doodling with people’s faces. Simply click on the eyes, nose, mouth, and heads to change those elements into 759,375 combinations. Continue Reading

Conference for Bedfordshire Middle Schools & Holywell Middle School

| March 29, 2011 | 6 Comments 

A great start to our visit to Bedfordshire, with some sixty children from Holywell Middle School in their school hall. Continue Reading


| March 28, 2011 | 3 Comments 

You have to see this one in action to really gain some understanding of what Bomomo offers.

Draw on the screen and your cursor comes alive, dancing and somersaulting, creating magical swirling, living patterns. I think this is one to use with younger children, or students in a special school setting, on a whiteboard, making it a glorious, tactile experience.

My “masterpiece” doesn’t illustrate the real magic of the process. Go play!

Southfield Technology College, Workington, Cumbria

| March 25, 2011 | 4 Comments 

The last day of a great week in Cumbria, and the chance to work with secondary colleagues, and children, at Southfield Technology College. Continue Reading

Inspiring Creative Teaching–Cumbria 3:St Margaret Mary Primary, Carlisle

| March 24, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Following yesterday’s event with the secondary head teachers of Cumbria, we are today at our third primary school here in Cumbria, St Margaret Mary’s Primary in Carlisle for day three of the ‘Inspiring Creative Teaching’ project, and our fourth day in the region. Continue Reading


| March 23, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Aren’t some of the error messages computers churn out, a little confusing?

(This one came up today).

Some times they contain delightful spelling mistakes too:

“An error has arroased” being one of my favourites.

In trying to get used to the countless error messages that came up in Vista, when we, briefly, took the foolish step of trying it, I frequently wanted to make one that simply said:


Try out Atom Smasher’s Error Message Generator to make some funnies of your own.

Adding one in to a presentation could really get a few people worried, eh?

Have fun! 🙂

Cumbria Association of Secondary Headteachers

| March 23, 2011 | 3 Comments 

Cumbria Association of Secondary Headteachers (or CASH) at the Westmorland Hotel Penrith.

Thanks all for your laughter and learning today… Continue Reading

Shape Collage

| March 23, 2011 | 2 Comments 

I have been finding Shape Collage particularly useful when creating a lot of new presentations recently.

It give you the power to make really quick collections of related photographs, set out in shapes that fit in to your display, etc

Try drawing a curve at the bottom of the working space, and you get a good footer for a presentation page, for example. (And, for a first try, avoids the watermark 😉 )

Shape collage is free, but you can upgrade to get rid of the watermark.