Archive for August, 2013

Touchcast ~ Videos come alive

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments 

TouchCast: a medium that looks like video, but feels more like the web. Create visual, interactive, gems, for free on your iPad.

TouchCasts are completely clickable. A TouchCast is a video that is fully browsable, responsive, and alive. Webpages, images, and an assembly of video Apps (vApps) can be tapped for a two-way video experience.

A TV studio in your hands. Create broadcast-quality videos with a built-in teleprompter, green screen, visual filters, sound effects, and titles. Watch TouchCasts from the app or online at

“Compared to a typical webpage, with its dozens of clickable links and widgets, the average video might as well be trapped behind Plexiglass. That’s the problem that TouchCast set out to solve” —Forbes

Meograph ~ Location or timeline story telling

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Meograph provides the opportunity to create map, or timeline, based narratives. “Four-dimensional storytelling”

You can do similar in Google Earth itself, but, Meograph is browser-based (in most modern browsers) therefore pupils can generate stories even if they can’t install Google Earth on their device. Audio & visual road trips or time tales.

Retronaut ~ See the past like you wouldn’t believe

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Retronaut offers a categorized collection of utterly fascinating photos through the ages.

Search by era, category (such as old ads & brands, art & design, ephemera, famous people, places, politics, transport and science & technology), or clusters (including “construction of…”, “firsts”, “behind the scenes”…)

From a trio of policemen, leaping joyously in to a dockyard to test lifejackets, (you can almost hear them giggling!) to a besuited diver sheltering from the rain, and a plethora of gems in between, Retronaut keeps you intrigued, learning & delighting in the remarkable images time almost forgot.

St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Melton Mowbray

| August 28, 2013 | 8 Comments 

Back to it, and the start of a huge few months for us. And, what a way to begin: St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, who have the superb motto of: “Learn to live: Live your dreams”!

We were joined by colleagues from Bottesford C E Primary School, Old Dalby C of E Primary School and Asfordby Captain’s Close Primary School.

Thank you to Sharon Deackes, Headteacher, for inviting us to join her colleagues, with an exploration of technology and teaching, to start their new school year. Continue Reading

Salariya’s You Wouldn’t Want To Be A…

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Explore four free online books from Salariya: “You wouldn’t want to be a… Gladiator, Explorer, Mummy or Whaler.

Will you live or die after your first fight as a Roman gladiator? Follow the step-by-step process that will turn your body into an Egyptian Mummy! Join Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to icy Antarctica as a polar explorer. Do you have the stomach to be a 14-year old cabin boy, about to begin your first voyage aboard a whaling ship?

The start of a new school year…

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Back down to it, & a new school year for many of us (in the UK, at least). We wish you all the best for the year ahead.

Those in charge of technology in a school, can experience quite a few pressures in their role.

* Stress, irritability, loneliness, lack of time, inexperience, antagonism, disinterest, guilt, regret, inadequacy, lack-of-appreciation, deflation, insecurity, inferiority, admin, volume, pace, change, expectations, lack-of-materials

But the positives can, most definitely, outweigh those negatives:

* The chance to disseminate, explore, resolve, mediate, participate, drive-forward, support, advise, take-risks, facilitate, co-ordinate, inform, innovate, create, play, enquire, initiate, invent, model, problem-solve, collaborate, encourage, motivate, lead, follow, develop, provide, teach, & learn. Go for it!

(*These ideas came from the tech support staff during our time with the great folk of The Qatar Academy in Doha)