Archive for October, 2013

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 9

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Word It Out

| October 25, 2013 | 1 Comment 

Word It Out is another simple word cloud maker.

It has nowhere near the finesse of Wordle, or the remarkable Tagxedo, but is quick, easy and free. Type text, or enter a website address to use as the source

(The tilde “~” and underscore “_” keep words together).

Millfields Community School, Hackney ~ Day 2

| October 25, 2013 | 5 Comments 

Right! So much for all this standing around yesterday! Today it is full steam ahead! A fast-paced hurtle, through almost too much. Whizzing and whirring through a plethora of digital delights with the staff of Millfields Community School. Continue Reading

Blood Typing Game

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The Blood Typing game, from the official website of the Nobel Prize, is Flash based, and asks for an email to sign up, but is a fascinating set of games, and lessons, around the theme of medical detection.

How will you get on finding out about blood types?

One challenge is to save three patients who have been in a car accident and need blood transfusions. It is your job to blood type each patient and give them the correct blood. Quickly. Mission based games offer even bigger challenges.

Millfields Community School, Hackney ~ Day 1

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Great to be back in Hackney, for the first of two days at Millfields Community School, today with the children and staff and tomorrow an INSET day.

Millfields Community School is a much larger than average primary school. The community is culturally and ethnically diverse, 8% of pupils are Turkish, 6% African Caribbean, 66% White British, 11% from other white European backgrounds and the remainder are from a wide range of ethnic groups represented in smaller numbers.  This means that the percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is more than twice the National average and therefore the school works hard, and is proud to be, culturally inclusive.

Many pupils speak English as an additional language and a large proportion are at the early stages of learning the language.

Today, we went wandering in the world of words, with some intrepid explorers, many of them in seasonal costume. A gang of ghastly ghouls and gangling ghosties galavanted gloriously alongside us. Continue Reading

Narrable ~ Visual Storytelling

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Unlike complex tools, “Narrable gets out of the way so you can focus on telling your story”.

Narrable‘s unique canvas intertwines visuals and voices to awaken the storyteller in everyone.

There are two free plans that enable you to create up to five “solo” narrables.

PartyCloud.fm

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments 

PartyCloud is a fascinating experiment in mixing music. You would need to think about copyright elements but an exercise in sound shuffling… and fun to cook to too!

Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury ~ Day 2

| October 22, 2013 | 3 Comments 

A fun second day at Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury. Our focus, today, was on talk, and how that can transfer in to some superb writing. Continue Reading

Privnote & TLWSD.in

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Privnote is a free web based service that allows you to send top secret notes over the internet. It’s fast, easy, and requires no password or user registration at all.Create a note and get a link. Copy the link and send it to whom you want to read the note.

The note will disappear after being read, and closed.

When whoever clicks the link for the first time, they will see the note but once only. This means no one can read the note again. Not even the original recipient. The link won’t work.

Another, time related, tool is TLWSD.in, (This Link Will Self Destruct) which can be automatically disabled in minutes, hours, days or months. The start to a Mission (Im)~possible.

How about using Privnote, or TLWSD, to give an intriguing edge to a thrilling challenge for a group of students. Think of the potential… but quickly… “This note will self destruct in…”

Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury ~ Day 1

| October 21, 2013 | 10 Comments 

Our first of two days at  Mitton Manor Primary School, in Tewkesbury, today for an INSET with all the staff and visiting colleagues from Longlevens Infant SchoolRandwick C of E PrimaryShurdington C of E PrimarySoudley SchoolSt James C of E Junior School, Haresfield C of E Primary, St Lawrence C of E PrimarySt Peters Primary (Newnham)Steam Mills PrimarySwindon Village Primary, Coopers Edge School,  Fairford C of E Primary, Benhall Infants, Blakeney Primary, Brimscombe CE Primary, Castle Hill Primary, Christ Church C of E Primary, Dunalley Primary, Elmbridge Infant, Forest View Primary, Gastrells Community Primary, Heron Primary, Hill View Primary and Warden Hill Primary.

Mitton Manor Primary School has the moto “Try, enjoy, achieve, move forward“. The staff are committed to ensuring that every child, whatever their ability and starting point, achieves his or her potential. They aim to provide an exciting and challenging curriculum matched to the needs of the child, within a happy and caring environment.

Thank you to Matt Fletcher, headteacher, for inviting us and organising this two day event.

Matt Fletcher, Headteacher

Mitton Manor Primary School has been on a journey over the last two years.  The vision was to create a learning atmosphere where children were excited to come into school, engaged in their learning through excellent teaching within interesting themes and where ‘Team Mitton’ could develop together to create a school where excellence is the norm.

As a ‘Talk for Writing’ school that has worked alongside Pie Corbett for the last two years, we now want to develop our ICT provision to support this in class, along with our exciting curriculum.

Everyone has been excited about the prospect of working with Tim and Sarah, to develop our own subject knowledge, confidence with using ICT in the classroom and our bank of ideas.

More Myst (like) magic… if the money is made

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Myst, one of the best-selling computer games in history. “Amazingly immersive worlds where the point is to understand your environment rather than test your reflexes”.

The creators of the legendary adventure game, are seeking cash for a new game via Kickstarter.

Rand Miller, and Cyan Worlds, have a proven history of delivering visually stunning environments that immerse players in the games. Obduction will be built using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. Epic Citadel was an early glimpse in to the possibilities of one Unreal Engine.

Cyan is looking for $1.1m (£679,000) from the crowdfunding site to develop a game called Obduction.

Ob`duc´tion, n.1. The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering.

On its Kickstarter page, Cyan said Obduction would continue with the amazing traditions of the Myst games, but with updates to take advantage of the power of modern computers.

If Cyan reaches its funding target it plans to release PC and Mac versions of Obduction in mid-2015.

Fingers crossed then, and pockets patted. There are just 28 days until the Kickstarter time is up…

Having been blessed to spend some time with the Cyan Team, in Spokane, and to experience the passion that Rand has for creating stunning, immersive worlds, and then to live so much of our lives entwined with these incredible landscapes, we wish them all the best making Obduction (un)REAL. Image Credit Cyan