Archive for May, 2013

Historical Novels ~ Reviews, synopses and more

| May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Historical Novels.info: a superb collection of details about 100s of books, in geographical, theme, & time categories, plus author interviews. No need to purchase here, to gain valuable insight.

iBuildApp

| May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments 

iBuildApp is the established “do it yourself” platform to make iPhone/Android apps, with no coding required.

The self service web platform provides easy way for any organization to create their own mobile (iPhone, iPad, Android, Symbian, Win Mobile, Blackberry) applications and publishing materials. Your start to the process of your app making millions pennies?

Creating a mobile app with iBuildapp is absolutely free. You can have an app published within minutes, in some formats. Give it a go.

The Doors of Doom Challenge

| May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The Doors of Doom Challenge has many, hidden, values. This shorter, highlight, shows how simple an idea it is: to create a game, using hyperlinks in PowerPoint. That challenge runs alongside the fun of coming up with some short, pithy, text to bring the experience alive. (Watch for the detail the second time you get back to the 1st door!) The doors all come from Riven, the second in the Myst series. There are so many other “Door” related activities, but this one opens a few of its own. Download one example, made by some Y5 children, HERE.

A few pointers: they have taken off “Advance Slide on Mouse Click”, relying on the hyperlinks to enable a journey; you could add disconcerting/intriguing “ScreenTips” to each link, & really make the route choices fascinating. Have fun!

Squizzes

| May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The Squizzes website is a free, online site, with “safe and enjoyable activities for primary aged pupils to visit during wet weather play time, reward time and after school clubs, to make the learning experience engaging, relevant and fun”.

The Teacher Zone is password protected, the pupils section does not offer a chat facility, but some intriguing games instead. Fun.

Interval training (of the musical variety)

| May 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

This tool will be utterly useless to anybody who hasn’t struggled with the fiendish challenge that is “working out what the gap between those two notes actually is”! If a major second means the extra food a military man asks for… If a perfect fifth is getting in to top gear smoothly… If an octave is the things an octopus has… then move on, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing for you here.

For those of you who want to develop your skill identifying the distance in pitch, the interval, between two notes, try Music Theory’s Ear Interval challenge~ a test, & training, tool.

Panoramio

| May 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Panoramio is a community-powered site for exploring places through photography: cities, natural wonders, or interesting sights, and locations, you, and your students have visited.

Panoramio is different from other photo sharing sites because the photos illustrate places, and are geo-located. You won’t see many people posing in front of places ~ Panoramio‘s all about seeing the world. Get exploring some stunning images.

Every Last Drop ~ Thinking about water usage

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Every Last Drop is an interactive website which takes a look at how much water we waste on a daily basis, and how small changes can make a big difference.

Worth scrolling down to the end, this is a simple, but really thought provoking, drop by drop nudge.

All About Explorers ~ Or is it?

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

“On May 2, 1947, John Cabot set sail aboard a magnificent cruise ship named The Matthew with a crew of servants, and an abundance of DVD’s to keep the crew entertained”.

All About Explorers was designed, to help children discover the importance of checking the voracity of information they find on the web, & this site is almost complete fabrication.

Registering is free & lesson plans are available to download.

With links, from the fabricated facts, to more solid “info”, it is then up to the pupils to work out the “truth”, or “innacurate” information, & through this, begin to gain respect for the need to assess the validity of what we are “fed” on the net.

Button Bass ~ Sound experiments

| May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments 

We have mentioned Button Beats before. They have now changed their name to ButtonBass yet still produce some remarkable, simple, & fascinating musical experiments.

The GreenFrame player is just one of the interesting sound tools you can explore. Record, and trigger, your own sounds, and mix them with prerecorded samples.

Try the cubes, mixers, keyboards, drum kit, guitars, or audio recording studio.

There are many musical machines, and gizmos, that enable remarkable invention.

The site is supported by panel adverts but free otherwise. What are you waiting for? Go on and and get playing.

Linaker Primary School & Children’s Centre ~ Day 3 ~ A Digital Leaders Challenge

| May 22, 2013 | 2 Comments 

The last, of three, full on days at Linaker Primary School and Children’s Centre, in Southport, in Sefton.

Today saw another, new, step taken in the age of adventure, with the newly appointed “Digital leaders”.

The school recently “hired” 15 Digital leaders (7 in year 6, 8 in year 5) who have already set up and logged into Blogger accounts, and started in their support of teachers, fellow pupils, and each other, throughout the school. Thanks to them for their support today and “here’s to the up-for-it explorations of today”. Continue Reading

MIT App Inventor

| May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The MIT App Inventor is a Google supported platform where you can get to create apps using just drag and drop. It enables you to customize the look & feel of your apps, add buttons, attach objects and much more. (Requires a Google account).