Archive for January, 2013

WikiMindMap

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Wiki pages in large public wiki’s, such as wikipedia, have become rich and complex documents. Thus, it is not always straight forward to find the information you need.

WikiMindMap aims to support users to get a good, easy, structured, and understandable overview of the topic you are looking for, by browsing multiple wiki content, in a branching, mindmap style.

Whilst not always perfect, this is an interesting way to start investigating interrelated information.

Virtual Ability

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments 

We  know that people with disabilities can face many barriers in living in the “real” world.

There are also barriers to entering into a virtual world. Some people have only one hand or even one finger they can control to type. Some use a stylus, or type with their toes. Some can’t type at all, and use voice recognition software to control their computer.

Virtual Ability, Inc. helps people with these kind of challenges get into and become successful in virtual worlds like Second Life®, with some fascinating, and positive, medical benefits.

They conduct an individualized skills assessment, refer clients for help with assistive hardware and software as appropriate, and provide customized training and orientation.

Once they are “there,” Virtual Ability, Inc. helps members of the community integrate into the virtual society, and provides an ongoing community of support.

“We also do a lot of dancing. We have taken folks to walk in the virtual woods, climb mountains, go virtual skydiving – all kinds of things that are profound and a pleasure to someone with physical or mental limitations. It’s an amazing experience helping someone who will never walk again in real life to jump on a virtual trampoline”.

A chance to investigate some empowering online worlds, or help someone you know gain a new confidence maybe?

Class Badges

| January 29, 2013 | 4 Comments 

ClassBadges is a free, online tool where teachers can award badges for student accomplishments. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school.

With hundreds of beautifully designed badges to choose from, “every teacher can create an experience unique to their classroom”.

Request an invite HERE. Then, please let us know what your experiences are. Badge worthy or not?

PollEverywhere

| January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

PollEverywhere is a good way to gather real-time feedback.

This could be during events, or learning sessions, using mobile devices, or laptops.

Choose between responding using texts, web, or Twitter. Anyone with a smartphone (or computer) and internet access can respond and skip the need for text messaging.

The free plan allows up to 40 responses per poll. By default, everyone’s identity is protected unless they give you permission to know something unique about them. Phone numbers are never shared.

Download ready made slides from PollEverywhere, enabling the display of live results, in PowerPoint or Keynote, with nothing to install.

Invite the audience, or class, to send in anything such as a phrase, event feedback, or a question for the panel, teacher or presenter.

Manually approve each message to prevent inappropriate, off-topic, duplicate, or irrelevant responses from showing up on your screens.

A chance to really learn how things are going ~ any time, everywhere.

Imagination and inventiveness DO work (5)

| January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Go through life expecting to learn something new every day, and you will.

“It is good to be a learner”. Show that you are still, and always will be, learning how you learn. Admitting we don’t know, shows we are genuine in our desire to help our students in their search for the most useful element of learning: knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.

We must not worry that “taking a back seat” looks like you are not driving things forward, especially when we are being observed.

Allowing students to drive their own learning forward, builds confidence, develops connection with the journey, and increases a feeling of success when a destination is approached.

Completing a task is only one sign of success. The process of getting to a conclusion is as important as finishing it. It’s important to try to encourage peer review during the session, not just at the end, when it can be too late to change something for the better, isn’t it…

MoodTurn

| January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

MoodTurn is a superb way to create atmosphere in a room, through calming sound effects, over atmospheric images.

Useful early in a day, or lesson, as a settling experience, or as the background setting, or stimulus, in writing challenges.

Weezic

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Find tens of thousands of copies of free public domain sheet music on Weezic. Search your score composer, instrument or musical form. For each work, several arrangements and editions are available.

The site also features “paid for” accompaniments, and other resources, but “the dots” are available for free. A great collection and speeds up the tempo of discovery. Music to our ears!

ELMLE ‘European League for Middle Level Education’: Rome, Italy II

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Honoured to be asked to open the ELMLE ‘European League for Middle Level Education’ conference, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St Peters, Rome, Italy.

We were joined by a couple of hundred middle school educators, from far & wide, for the start of this superb event. It is a committed group of middle school teachers who plan, arrange and present the most widely recognized dedicated middle school conference in Europe. Continue Reading

Chogger ~ Online comic creation

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Chogger enables easy online comic creation for free.

Add images from your webcam, from online, or from your own collection, then get creative. Kerpow!

Chogger spent a little time offline, but seems back up and waiting for you to get comic.

Breaking down a story, article, or set of instructions, in to simplified steps, is a good way to get children thinking, planning, disecting & presenting, writing in different forms, beyond even the comic itself. Kerboom! Zap! Woosh! Go get comical!

ELMLE ‘European League for Middle Level Education’: Rome, Italy I

| January 24, 2013 | 6 Comments 

If “All roads lead to Rome”, where should you go when you’ve got here?

Today, many have headed to the ELMLE ‘European League for Middle Level Education’ Pre-conference event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St Peters, Rome.

We had a great day with folk who had travelled those roads to Rome, exploring a huge range of digital tools, and other elements, but with a focus on the learning that springs from them, rather than the technology itself. Well done all for being “up for a challenge”. Continue Reading

FreeSound.org

| January 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.

Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways such as “sounds-like, and to upload and sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license. So, download and enjoy, but what about giving your class the challenge of recording, and uploading, some quality clips too?