Archive for January, 2012

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments is the source of an open source piece of software that would only be better if you smothered it with sauce.

XMind is brainstorming and mind mapping software and is a great way to share ideas.

With XMind, you can just double-click to create and edit topics anywhere on the map. Drag-and-drop for reorganizing topics, moving markers, taking a mapshot, and adding attachments. You can even search, on topic, with Google and drag images into your map without leaving the working window.

XMind‘s design, and features, let you, or your pupils, focus on your work and share it easily with others. You can export mindmaps into a variety of common formats, such as PDF, Word and PowerPoint.

The free version of XMind is powerful, with some inevitable restrictions, but still enough tools to make it worthwhile to experiment with, at least.

British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2

| January 31, 2012 | 2 Comments 

Today we spent a joyous day at An Phu campus and huge “thank you”s to Deputy Head Simon Higham, and Richard Vaughan, Head Teacher, for inviting us to their beautiful school to spend time with their delightful children.

The day started with 60 Year 5 pupils followed swiftly by a group of 40 Year 5 pupils.  A quick break, then a further 60 Year 6 pupils followed by another 40 Year 6 pupils – phew! This 5 form entry school has the most gorgeous children to spend time with: up for challenges, up for a laugh, and up for some creativity, in so many ways. Continue Reading


| January 30, 2012 | 0 Comments 

SporcleVisit Sporcle for a great twelve minutes of challenging discussion, logic (and guess work!) Challenge a group to work out which are the most commonly used words in the English language.

It is based on research by The Oxford English Dictionary and the “answer” can be found HERE (Don’t cheat!!)

British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1

| January 30, 2012 | 4 Comments 

The first of three days at The British International School, (BIS) in Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon, Vietnam. BIS is a selective, independent, co-educational day school. It provides a British style education for an international student body, and is the largest international school in Vietnam, with 1,700 students, from pre-school to Year 13, from more than 40 countries. The school is based in three purpose-built modern campus sites in Ho Chi Minh City. Continue Reading

3D Models

| January 29, 2012 | 0 Comments 

In response to yesterday’s 3d digital doodlings, we promised a few folk I would link to some other ideas for simple, analogue, paper DT models.

Here’s fun site with some free nets of 3-D models to print and make. (Click here or on the model)

Read about Design and Make, on the 2Simple blog for some simple, but powerful, model making.

Go back and have a look at the our link to Rob Ives’ paper sculptures, for some inspiration.

Voxel art

| January 28, 2012 | 2 Comments 

With Voxel Art, you get the chance to experiment with, and manipulate voxels (3D pixels).

We have mentioned voxels before, when talking about the Voxel iPad app.

We are going put up a couple of nudges to more detailed voxel design packages soon.

In the meantime, go get “boxy but good”.
(Usefully, the gallery on the site is moderated, by the way.)

Exploring Ho Chi Minh – Saigon

| January 28, 2012 | 2 Comments 


The Internet Bird Collection

| January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments 
Having just left Qatar, & the land of the Falcon, and now set for our time working and exploring Vietnam…
…reminded of:  The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) a non-profit endeavour, with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world’s avifauna.The IBC is an on-line audiovisual library of the world’s birds that is available to the general public free of charge. The aim is to include videos, and pictures, for every species of bird on the planet.

A very useful collection of information, and maybe YOU could help complete it? Something to tweet about?

The Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar – Day 5

| January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Our last day at Qatar Academy started with 2 classes of Year 4 pupils and their teachers, followed by a session with some key people (including Sandy Sheppard, the Principal, and Joneen Walker, vice Principal), exploring, sharing, discussing some of the outcomes of this huge, and busy, week. Continue Reading


| January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments 

With eMailDodo you can create and administer email groups in one central place (‘in the cloud’).

Because eMailDodo is a cloud service, all members in your group can use the same single email address for the group on any pc or mobile & it’s easy to remember.

Never again worry about misspelling an address or accidentally leaving somebody out of an email.

Via eMailDodo you can not only send eMails but also Questions (“polls”).


| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Stage’d is a fun way to make digital animated comics.

Stage’D is definitely a work-in-progress, but already there’s lots of fun to be had.

You can pick characters and choose costumes for them. Then you can pick from a library of animations for them to perform, and don’t forget to give’em some dialog! Pick some scenery and you have a comic. As easy as that.