Archive for November, 2012

Back To Their Future… at The BETT Arena, ExCeL, London

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments 

The Saturday of BETT Week (02:02:2013) sees us at The BETT Arena, a 1000-seater, circular theatre, and we would love to see YOU there.

Hold on to your hats and be prepared for a rocket ride through a newly explored galaxy of oodles of, mostly free, web tools and more.

While pressures on educators can push inspiration, and fun, out of the classroom, yet teachers recognise the need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations, enhance their creativity and confidence, encourage resourcefulness through challenge and motivate a love of learning for life.

We are going to lead an exploration through a huge and accessible range of ways to engage and motivate students of all ages and abilities, pointing out essential elements for quality learning experiences and how these can have a massive impact on achievement and enjoyment.

If you’re in London on the morning of 02:02:13, we’d love it if you could join us.

Incompetech ~ Royalty Free Music

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Despite the slightly disconcerting title, Incompetech is far from useless. Kevin MacLeod made links to some really well made, royalty free, music in different, searchable styles. Helpful when looking at musical description, if nothing else.

Bursting with ideas

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to attend one of Tim’s seminars, with our literacy co-ordinator Hil. When I went into work the following day I completely drove my colleagues batty with how inspired I had been, how empowered I felt and how I was so desperate to put my learning into practise.  It was quite difficult to apply my new found skills, due to the fact that, although I had done the first part of my teaching degree several years ago, I had taken time out of higher education due to some family commitments. I had tried again to apply at my chosen University, unfortunately after a very stressful interview (I completely bundled and stumbled throughout the entire time) I was declined a place. Continue Reading

Educreations in action

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Hi Tim
As an avid follower of your page, I thought it was only fair to drop you a line and try and think of something that just MAYBE you haven’t mentioned but I can’t quite keep up with everything you do mention, so maybe you have already.

Educreations is a fabulously easy to use i-Pad app and web tool which allows you to create simple video tutorials by touching, tapping and talking. Free to use and simple to set up, it allows you or your students to draw or write on the screen, add photos, and record a commentary over the top. Cleverly, you can add text or pictures first then record your commentary, or you can draw and speak as you go. Continue Reading

Mutopia ~ Free sheet music

| November 27, 2012 | 0 Comments 

The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.

A team of volunteers are involved in typesetting the music, using the LilyPond software.

Cotham School, Bristol

| November 27, 2012 | 5 Comments 

For us, a trip in to Bristol is a lovely, local journey. So it was, that we headed, for a day of lessons and training at Cotham School, Cotham, Bristol.

Our day was a joyous combination of the analogue and the digital.

We splattered the teachers with “almost too many” digital tools, but started the day with some wonderful wanderings in the worlds of words with students from across the school. Continue Reading

Spell with Flickr

| November 26, 2012 | 2 Comments 
I have the mentioned the following link before, but it remains a useful gem for use by teachers and students.

The above word was made with SPELL WITH FLICKR Try it for a fun way to play with words and letters.

Interactive Colours in Culture

| November 25, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Colours in Culture is an interactive exploration inspired by David McCandless’ Information is Beautiful.

It is fascinating to think that a single colour could denote “love” & “marriage” in one culture, & “death” in another.

Colours are important in communication. Ideas, feelings and emotions can be expressed with a variety of tones and shades. Understanding them is vital. Not paying attention to how a colour is perceived, could result in embarrassing problems, or misunderstandings.


| November 24, 2012 | 2 Comments 

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music have come up with a really useful tool, to help you rehearse an instrumental, or choral piece, at your own pace.

Simply load a track, and Speedshifter allows you to vary the speed of audio from CD or MP3 without altering the pitch.

Speedshifter is great whenever a student might benefit from playing with an accompaniment at a reduced tempo. Could also be useful rehearsing a school choir (a tad slower) some times.

Because Speedshifter varies the speed of the audio recording, any fluctuation of tempo is kept. This ensures that Speedshifter provides, in many cases, a more musical solution to slow practice than a metronome. Not an unforgiving, fixed tick. Instead, a real, yet slower, experience to play along to, with musical feeling.

Flubaroo ~ “Grading made easy” (?)

| November 23, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Flubaroo helps you make useful measurements, report and make analysis on student performance, for free. Grade online assignments in a single step. Designed by a teacher, for teachers. Read the Overview to see how easy it is.

You can try Flubaroo now by grading a sample assignment: Make sure you are signed into your Google docs (or Gmail) account first. Open this spreadsheet.  Before you can grade it, you’ll first need to make your own copy. Once you’ve made the copy, follow the instructions for grading. The first response should be used as the answer key. Not everybody’s cup of tea, but could be useful.

Science360 for iPad

| November 22, 2012 | 0 Comments 

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides free, and easy, access to engaging science and engineering images and video.

Spectacular graphics are available, in high res, for download to your iPad. Via wifi, you can enjoy engaging, streaming video on a wide range of topics. Discover more with an in-app news feed.

Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch. A single touch, saves pictures & video, in app, to watch again. All round science.