Archive for December 7th, 2011

Blobz Electric Circuits

| December 7, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Andy Thelwell’s “Blobz” is targetted at 7-to 11-year olds

The hosts, a group of simple animated characters called ‘The Blobz’ and the absent-minded Professor Flobsworth. ‘The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits’ the basic principles of electric circuits, about the need for a complete circuit and a power source to be present. You can learn about how switches work, about which materials make good conductors, how the length and thickness of wires affects the current in a circuit, how circuit diagrams can be used to describe circuits and more.

Aspects include—‘What makes circuits work’, ‘Conductors & Insulators’, ‘Switches’, ‘Changing Circuits’ & ‘Circuit Diagrams’. Each section has useful info, an interactive activity and a quiz.

ICT For Education Magazine Conference, Swansea

| December 7, 2011 | 22 Comments 

Two further keynote sessions at the ICT For Education Magazine Conference, at The Liberty Stadium, at Swansea.

In our first session, at the almost unearthly hour of 08:15, was still incredibly well attended, despite it feeling like “Badger 0’clock” or “Milking Time past midnight” We presented some accessible tools and ideas for raising the levels of creativity, writing, speaking and listening among children of all ages. We described the powerful effect of using games, Web2 tools, software, handheld devices and more to model a way of teaching that focuses on quality learning, rather than the latest gadget. We also investigated how virtual worlds, with their stunning landscapes, peaceful characters and realistic challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities and age ranges to deliver remarkable effects. Continue Reading