Archive for October, 2011

Web Cam Toy – an online Photobooth

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments 

A web cam, and the Mac Photobooth, and it is amazing what you can distort your face in to!

With Neave Interactive’s Web cam Toy, you can manipulate live images in some remarkable ways, and on-line. There are over 50 fun digital effects, and filters, to use with your web camera.

Like Bouncy Balls, this would be great as an experience on a large screen, in a “special” school setting, too.

Bouncy Balls – sound activated motion

| October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Here is a fantastic sensory experience (by Neave Interactive) to use with those that might gain from realising that they can have an influence over image, by making sound.

Set this going on a large projected space, activate your microphone, and watch the results. A special school gem maybe.

WISE Conference EuroNews – Aah! Mr Bond

| October 30, 2011 | 2 Comments 

It might just be the music, (almost Jaws like in its slightly ominous nature) but I find this bit of film a bit …spooky.
I didn’t know that I walked so much like a Bond villain these days! And, that dark shadow! All I need is a grey cat…

This was made by Euronews as part of the Qatar WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Conference. We are looking forward to flying out to Doha on Monday. That’s if I don’t get mistaken for some mysterious film baddie!

The Artist’s Toolkit

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The Artist’s Toolkit provides guidance and support for students when learning the basic concepts of artistic styles and techniques.

It then gives the chance to experiment with these aspects.

Explore Line ,Edge & Outline, Primary & Secondary and Warm & Cool  colours, Complementary , Natural & Arbitrary , Tints & Shades, Depth , Positive & Negative , Linear & Aerial perspective, Geometric & Organic shape, Symmetrical & Asymmetrical balance, Visual Rhythm  and Repetition making a Pattern

The Toolkit also contains a chance to see a couple of artists in action, and an encyclopedia, which is an in-depth guide to learning more about the building blocks of composition. Go get arty!

A few of September & October’s “Useful ‘n Interesting” links

| October 28, 2011 | 2 Comments 

During our joyous travels, since August, we have put up “a link a day” to some things we hope might be useful.
Here are some of them:



1 in 7 billion

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The world’s population has passed the seven billion mark.

After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years.

Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth, on this BBC page, to find out. Will it ever stop?

Robot Band plays The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments 

For no other reason that it is an inspiring and creative use of robotics… and the fact that the workings from a scanner can be the soloist in a band. I also love the fact that bd594 had originally planned his band, EOL, to play a version of “Mad World” when, ironically, the cyber cello went mad and couldn’t, or wouldn’t, play the long notes! A great film to play as inspiration for an ICT control and monitoring unit. Next, on the main stage: printers and whisks do Elvis!


| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Masher let’s you easily create a video by mashing together video clips, music tracks and photos- all for FREE! Whatever you have to say, a video speaks a squillion words, so get mashing!
Mix, Mash, and Share.
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| October 24, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.

It’s easy – no installations and can be used on PC, Mac, Linux, working with powerpoints, documents, images, videos, mp3’s, flash files.

  • It’s FREE! – The free version is “free forever”. Unlimited use with up to 10 people, but is ad supported.
  • Conferencing features – whiteboarding, video conferencing, screen sharing, Voice-over-IP.
  • Collaboration features – continuous rooms are always saved and always-on. Contextual discussion forums, voice-notes, track and log activity. Give it a go and let me know.

Smokescreen – the game

| October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments 

“You don’t know me, but I know you…”

Smokescreen is “a cutting-edge game about life online”.

“We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our mates – and we’ve all heard the stories about parties on Facebook being mobbed, or people getting stalked on MSN. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you?” Continue Reading


| October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Short and simple: is extremely simple file-sharing site with a (10MB limit)

Whilst there are many other, and some of them better, Minus is quick, disposable and easy.