Archive for January, 2014

StarLogo TNG

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

StarLogo TNGis the “next steps”, aiming to lower the barrier entry to programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by coloured blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.

Entice more young folk into programming through tools that facilitate making games.

3D graphics and sound, a blocks-based programming interface, and keyboard input – make StarLogo TNG a great tool for programming compelling and rich educational video games and simulation models.

Quandary ~ Ethical gameplay

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Quandary is a free, online game that engages students in ethical decision-making and develops skills that will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives.

The teachers’ page has a handy teacher guide and video, a sample lesson plan and worksheet.

A thought provoking experience worth exploring.

22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference – Headteachers

| January 30, 2014 | 6 Comments 

The Arora Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex, for the second day of the 22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference, and today we were joined Headteachers from across the region. Continue Reading

Sploder ~ Make your own games, online

| January 29, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Sploder is a place where anyone can make games online and share them with the world. Make your own platformer games, retro arcade games, and even complex physics-based puzzle games.

No existing programming skill is necessary. “All you need is a good imagination and a desire to be creative”. Fun too!

22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference – Deputy & Assistant Headteachers

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Another fast paced whiz, down the country, to The Arora Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex for the 22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference, today with Deputy & Assistant Headteachers.

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Gamestar Mechanic ~ Game design

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!

The free version has limitations but is worth exploring.

Victoria Junior School, Workington, Cumbria ~ Day 2

| January 28, 2014 | 11 Comments 

Our second day at Victoria Junior School, Workington, and headteacher Pauline Robertson has organised an inventive training day, creating an INSET while the children are still in school ~ powerful learning taking place everywhere. Continue Reading

Sense and Sensibility ~ An illustrated retelling

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

A comic version of the romantic novel “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.

Illustrated by Luise Schröder, this is an enchanting, fairly brief, retelling, in a simple comic book style. Useful in an analysis of the comic book technique as well.

Victoria Junior School, Workington, Cumbria ~ Day 1

| January 27, 2014 | 4 Comments 

A slightly diluted trip (oh, the joys of the English weather system) up to the incredible scenery of Cumbria, for the first of two days alongside Pauline Robertson, her colleagues, and children, at Victoria Junior School, Workington.

The school has been really inventive, to organise a day of lessons alongside the pupils from Year 5/6, and those from Year 2, but to enable a day, tomorrow, with just the staff, whilst the school continues.

Mysterious! Fabulous! Amazing! Intriguing! Continue Reading

BETT ~ The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom?

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Great, to contribute to the closing debate at BETT 2014: ‘closing Ceremony’ – The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom? “A panel of passionate experts join us to discuss the future of technology”.

Alongside Anne-Lise Kjaer, Maggie Philbin, Simon Milner, Ian Bauckham, and joined by Jon Briggs, (the UK voice of SIRI) we discussed whether tech can take the place of a class, teacher, and much, much more. Continue Reading

JewelBeat & DanoSongs ~ Free music for many projects

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

JewelBeat provides some superb free background music, to use in many contexts, online, and off.

Check the terms of the Creative Commons copyright, but they are generous.

DanoSongs does the same thing in different styles.