Archive for May, 2012

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments 

A great day at Clevedon School (and we look forward to writing this up soon). One, superb session, using iPads in an art lesson, involved creating a font, in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. (Again, more to follow on all the activities of today).

Meanwhile, how about investigating MyScriptFont, a great way to turn your own handwriting in to a useable font!

You download a pdf of a template, within which to write letters individually. Scan this in and send it up to MyScriptFont, and it converts them in to a personal glyph.

What about using this when working with children on letter formation? A real reason to WANT to polish up each letter.

Online Pianist

| May 28, 2012 | 2 Comments 

OnlinePianist: a great collection of free, online, animated piano lessons. The site contains hundreds of songs, such as Adele’s Someone Like You, One Republic’s Apologize, through to Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Work on one hand at a time, & change the tempo, as you rehearse to perfection.

Solar System Scope

| May 27, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Solar System Scope offers the chance to explore the planetary bodies orbiting around our sun. It is a Watch and Play model of the planets and constellations moving over the night sky. Fuel up and fly folks.

The sun and Moon scope could also be really useful, when trying to get across the relationship between us, on Earth, and the moon as it displays the current position of the Sun and the Moon for your Location.

Please install latest Flash Player to run Solar System Scope

Road to Grammar

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Road to Grammar, a site for ESL, is useful for exploring, and testing, aspects of English grammar and vocabulary.

Hutton CE Primary School, North Somerset – Day 2

| May 25, 2012 | 8 Comments 

Very often, our two days, working alongside the staff and pupils of a school, are back to back and consecutive. Some times they’re not. In this case, it has been quite few months since our first visit to Hutton CE Primary School, We had the great joy of starting the year in this little gem of a school, way back in September, and now we’re back for a day of fun and full on learning, and filming, with lots of the children.

The school has a superb new motto:

“Believe. Achieve. Succeed.
In our hands we hold the future”

This was so, so appropriate today. We spent the afternoon with small groups of children thinking about what the future may hold. Predictions, inventive ideas and imaginative concepts flowed. The world, and the world of education in particular, will be an intriguing and captivating place, with these children in involved. Continue Reading


| May 25, 2012 | 8 Comments 

Storybricks is an interesting concept: a game-building tool & way to do some fascinating storytelling at the same time.

Storybricks puts the emphasis on narrative by giving players the tools to craft a story using blocks which direct aspects of an avatar’s personality traits. This could be the way they form relationships with others in the world, their needs, likes, dislikes, the way they communicate and how they interact.

Set in the Kingdom of Default, a fairy-tale-fantasy village, with some dark & developed souls in amongst the town’s folk, this could be challenging yet engaging. Early days for the idea so it will be fascinating to see where things progress.

Playing, programming and plot planning. Potentially potent.

Story Scrapbook

| May 24, 2012 | 1 Comment 

Thank you to Ben Train @benjamintrain for the nudge towards Tristan Bancks’ Story Scrapbook, a free multimedia story brainstorming and presenting app, that has potential beyond just the telling of tales.

Story Scrapbook lets you bring together images, video, music, text and web grabs on virtual pages, bringing the writing process alive for people who think visually, interactively and aurally, as well as textually.

As a way of gathering, and presenting, information of any kind, Story Scrapbook means you can insert any form of media alongside free hand drawings too. Collate, create and make a statement, whether it is a report or ripping yarn


| May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments 

The free version of Podomatic allows you to generate podcasts using easy publication tools. Another way to get pupils thoughts and ideas out there for others to hear. Try a Minicast by combining photos & an audio track to make a video slideshow. This is a social tool but careful creation could be powerful.

iSpring – PowerPoint to flash

| May 22, 2012 | 2 Comments 

ispring_logotype_blue iSpring Free version is a free PowerPoint to Flash converter and creates web-friendly Flash movies from your PowerPoint content keeping its visual parameters and animation effects during conversion.

“…and hyperlinks”!!

iSpring Free works within PowerPoint, transforming it into a fast and easy Flash authoring tool. Just click Quick Publish and iSpring will generate a Flash movie from your PowerPoint presentation in just a few seconds.

ispring-freebox_free_mid180+ PowerPoint animations, All PowerPoint slide transitions, Hyperlinks and action buttons, Animations and hyperlinks on Slide Masters, One click conversion, Embedded audio and video clips play too!

“…and hyperlinks”!!

Unfortunately, you can’t use this on a Mac. As that is what I am sat at at the moment, I am chomping at the bit to test the hyperlink facility more carefully.

Keep Calm-o-Matic… again (with an upcoming event in mind)

| May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments 

With the “Keep Calm and Carry On” mania that seems to have swept our nation, there have been some delicious variations,
“Keep Calm I’ve Kept The Receipt” being a favourite, along with
“Keep Calm and Have A Cupcake”!
Keep Calm and Make your Own with the Keep-Calm-o-Matic

How about making one for the classroom, (especially when studying WW2) the office, staffroom, or home, as I have done here.
Remember: “Printers have Ears”

Disabling Autoplay on a PC

| May 20, 2012 | 0 Comments 

As we travel around different schools and establishments, we often share files with others by means of USB drive pens; we all do it, it’s quick & easy.

However, recently we needed to consider the risks attached to this practice, should there be excutable files stored on the drive. With this in mind, we think the following link would be useful to consider:

Safe use of USB drives when sharing files.

There are 4 easy steps ensuring that Autoplay (Autorun) is disabled on all your drives, including the USB. This will then remove the risk when inserting other people’s USB drives in to your computers that might automatically run a .exe by using a *.inf file.

A bit geeky but worth knowing.