Archive for April, 2014

Animaps ~ travels & time off

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Trying to get to grips with Animaps, as a way of plotting our journeys.

We are, presently, taking a bit of “down time” in Abu Dhabi, before preparing to head to Thessaloniki, in Greece, to do a talk for TEDxThessaloniki 2014 there. More travels ahead…

Animaps could be a superb way of producing beautifully informative animated maps, for free! Give it a go


| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Some interesting loops, and complete pieces of music, with more open copyright arrangements, can be found at SampleSwap, Creative Commons Licensed Electronic Music for Commercial and Non-Commercial Royalty-Free use. Free registration enables downloading of full quality samples. Bazillions of them.

AnswerGarden ~ A kind of Wordle for responses

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments 

AnswerGarden, a kind of Wordle for responses. The more frequently an answer is given, the larger it is represented. Well worth investigating.

This free resource is a minimalistic feedback gatherer. Use it in the classroom as an educational, creative brainstorming tool. Embed it on your blog, as a poll.

Create a new AnswerGarden by submitting a question or statement. Embed the empty AnswerGarden on your blog or website, or “share” it. Visitors submit feedback filling in your AnswerGarden. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing word cloud.

If you’re using AnswerGarden in the classroom, they recommend that you provide a password, so that you can moderate the contents during the session.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 4

| April 29, 2014 | 8 Comments 

Aldar Academies

Our fourth, and final day (for this trip), at Aldar Academies in Abu dhabi, The United Arab Emerites… and, what a crucial day. So great to have got such valuable, positive, feedback…. but how are we going to take this further, and how is the school to continue to make sure that the impact is sustainable? Continue Reading

Trello ~ Organise anything, together

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

The free version of Trello is a great way to organise yourself, independently, or as part of a group, simple and fun collaboration.

Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Never ask “Who’s doing what?” again.

Works on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 Tablet, and your web browser

Ollie Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) tweeted “Enjoying Trello’s pirate map mode. Untouched to do items slowly crack and yellow until you touch them again”. Could be a great writing stimulus.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 3

| April 28, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Aldar Academies

Our third day with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. Mr Walker, (the walking stick with magical properties, and mysterious holes, who had intriguingly disappeared at Heathrow Airport, instigating a brief airport wide search) began a session of unbridled imagination and creativity; the children here, whatever nationality, needed little encouragement to offer their thoughts to the whole class.
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Tapestry ~ Tap to tell a tale

| April 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Tapestry is an intriguing site ~ “Create your own story with gifs, pictures, text and taps!” ~ hence TAPestry. Step by step stories. The free app is worth exploring. An interesting way to plan, and present, a tale.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 2

| April 27, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Our second day with Aldar Academies, in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates, and well done, to everyone, for taking off and flying “big time”. Fun! …and learning. (Surely, not at the same time? Oh yes. Indeedy.)

After yesterday’s deluge of digital delights, we were decidedly analog, on many levels, today. A huge amount of respect to the children and staff, for wandering with us in the world of words, in such style. Continue Reading ~ Quick and easy post publishing

| April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“Publish a Beautiful Blog Post Online in Seconds” is a simplistic, quick and easy way to make a web page, including with a graphic. Get your content online, speedily, without the need for hosting either. Here is a test page made in 28 seconds. (The image, to the left, is of Clive, our Web Wizard, and his dogs, as, whilst is a useful tool, it’s not going to put him out of a job!)

The service is free, and anonymous. They don’t ask for, now store, email addresses or any personal information.

There is no setup. Just write and hit save. It takes just seconds to publish your article and share it with the world. View their demo page with some amusing or, indeed, clever ideas.

The usual eSafety consideration would need to be made but, as there is no place for comments, interactions or communications, you need to moderate what goes out, and get your audience response in other ways.

Whilst this is not as advanced as a full blown blog post, or web page, and is limited in terms of design, methods of delivery and administration, this could have some positive aspects when speed is key maybe. Give it a .go

Aldar Academies Conference Day, Abu Dhabi

| April 26, 2014 | 10 Comments 

Our first, of four days with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. We started with a conference day for a vast amount of school staff, doing the first stage of what we love: an introduction to some of the huge range of possibilities available, freely, on the web.

We had a joyous, fast paced, day delving in to a deluge of digital delights. (We are going to go more analog over the next two days, with the children, before finishing in a whizzing whirr of wonders with staff on Tuesday. “Watch this space”. Continue Reading

St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

We have mentioned that the Cure4Kids for Kids ~ Clarity on Cancer site before. The St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App is now available, for free, on the Apple Store.

Developed as part of the St. Jude Cancer Education Outreach program (Cure4Kids for Kids),  The St. Jude Cure4Kids Jr. Health Explorer is an interactive iPad app that teaches children about science and healthy living.

The educational content presented in this app is divided into three modules:
1 What are Cells? 2. What is Cancer? & 3. What is Healthy Living?

Each module employs an illustrated book written at a US grade 3-5 reading level, a quiz to test their knowledge, video clips of experts from St. Jude, and an interactive activity. These modules are designed to reach children with a variety of learning styles and backgrounds as well as to encourage children to think critically through problem solving and scientific inquiry.

Thank you to Yuri Quintana for bringing our attention to this fascinating resource.