Archive for September, 2013

DropTask ~ Collaborative task management

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments 

DropTask is collaborative organisation in an easy, and visual, format. A free, genuinely useful, and practical tool, for students, or groups of teachers.

Add ideas in bubbles. These can be labelled in priority and status. People can be assigned to a task and they can be tagged. Add files and sub tasks to each section of your challenge. Break large tasks down in to smaller, manageable sections, and group these in to logical pathways. The help section is a great starter.

View in a highly visual format, or in list view, and filter in different ways to search through the whole project. Sign up using Google, Facebook or an email address. DropTask is well worth a comprehensive investigation.

New Pasture Lane Primary School, Bridlington ~ Day 1

| September 30, 2013 | 8 Comments 

The first of two days at New Pasture Lane Primary School, Bridlington in North Yorkshire. Thank you to Alison Tadman Headteacher and Martin Coleman, Assistant Headteacher and ICT Coordinator for inviting us to their school, with NPL Rockin’ Radio  broadcasts live during school hours.

New Pasture Lane Primary School is a small primary school in the seaside town of Bridlington in East Yorkshire. They have a 52 place Foundation Unit, two key stage 1 classes and five key stage 2 classes.  They have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities available to all pupils. The school also encourages music and drama through lessons, whole class ensembles and performances. Continue Reading

Online Stopwatch.com

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Online Stopwatch.com offers a selection of interesting timers.

Whilst this is in Flash, and so won’t work on every platform, it could be a fun way of timing, and counting down, on some clasroom activities.

Can you beat the World Swimming Games?

Download Flash timers for use ofline too.

The British International School, Budapest ~ Day 3

| September 27, 2013 | 4 Comments 

Following two fun days of lessons, at The British International School, Budapest, today we had a full on, and fizzing, day of digital training, with the staff from across the school. Continue Reading

WavePad ~ Audio Editing Software

| September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

WavePad is free audio editing software that can be used across many platforms*. The tablet version has the big advantage of not limiting your recording size (apart from the free space left on your device)!

*Windows XP/Vista, 7 & 8; Mac OS X, iPad, & Android.

The British International School, Budapest ~ Day 2

| September 26, 2013 | 6 Comments 

Our second day at The British International School, Budapest and today lessons with Year 4 and Year 5’s, and their teachers, in the morning, and then an afternoon with the Year 2 children and teachers. Exploring, adventuring, discovering, talking, writing, sharing … Continue Reading

Pinwords

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Pinwords is a simple site: pin text to images. Done.

As this IS so simplistic, it does focus a mind on elements of design.

If only life had a “cntrlZ” option::::::::>

The British International School, Budapest ~ Day 1

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Hazel Gibbons, Head of Primary, at The British International School, Budapest, Hungary, for coordinating a three day visit and structuring, masterfully, a schedule that means we can spend time looking at both the analog, and digital, elements of learning taking place.

Our first two days working with the pupils, their teachers and support teachers, then the third day with the colleagues looking at so much technology and Web2 tools they might crackle and fizz.

Today, we set off on a journey with Y5 & Y6 pupils in the morning, & Y3 & Y4 in the afternoon. Our time with children are an exploration of the many ways that virtual worldscan be used as the stimulus for writing, & so much more. Continue Reading

Textivate

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Textivate is a web application which allows users to generate interactive browser-based, activities based on any text of up to 500 words.

Simply type or paste a text into the text box on the textivate front page and click on the “textivate now” button to see the available exercises. Exercises are generated automatically based on the length of your text.

AudioTool ~ Modular musical manipulation madness

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Audio Tool is a “next step” audio creation tool, for those who are looking to extend their understanding of, and experiments with, modular music, & sound, manipulation.

Building blocks of audio, as in many other tools, AudioTool is then centred around modular effects units, encouraging advanced alteration, twisting, filtering and some quite remarkable bending of your original tones and beats.

Whilst daunting on first look, AudioTool’s interface takes very little time to master. Like GarageBand, it could be possible to, at the same time, become hooked on creating the next great hit, and learning a lot through the process.

 

Haiku Deck ~ iPad presentation magic

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Haiku Deck, a free iPad app, is a new kind of presentation software designed to “make your slides stunning, simple, beautiful, and fun”.

Slides can be shared via social media websites such as Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email them to your students and/or embed them in your website or blog. “Presentation software, to set your story free”.

The Haiku web app is now in private Beta, so you could request an invite to try it first.