Archive for June, 2014

10 X 10 ~ Picturing the news

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 

10x10

10×10™ (‘ten by ten’) is an interactive exploration of “the words and pictures that define the moment”. It is also possible to look back, in great detail, for the last ten years!

10x10 titles10x10Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale. Each hour is presented as part of a window, composed of 100 different frames. Each one allows us to peer a bit deeper into the story. Because of the nature of the world, and world news, some of these stories can be challenging, and even disturbing, of course.

10×10 runs with no human intervention, autonomously observing what a handful of leading international news sources are saying and showing. 10×10 makes no comment on news media bias, or lack thereof. It simply shows what it finds.

When we see a picture of a movie star next to a picture of dead bodies, we understand the extremes that exist in our world. If you’d like to learn more about 10×10, read how it works.

Recce ~ Explore London in style

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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Recce is a fast, beautiful, and fun way to explore London and everything that is going on in the immediate environment. It is available, for free, here through iTunes or Google Store.

A Super-fast, fully interactive and immersive 3D way to discover some fascinating aspects of the capital.

RecceRecce features built-in GPS and Compass functionality to locate yourself, quickly, but it is available both on-line and off-line, with rich and relevant information.

Recce choicesTake a quick tour and explore London’s finest landmarks, from the classics such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace & Big Ben to the modern additions such as The Shard, Gherkin, and Olympic Park. Explore areas known & unknown with fresh eyes.

Recce could be useful when planning, or taking part in, a trip to “the smoke”, or if studying a contrasting landscape. An intriguing experience of a different form of mapping. Fascinating.

History Today’s History Dictionary

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments 

History Today

The History Today dictionary is a compendium of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It covers people, places, & key events. Each entry is concise and expertly written, and the dictionary is ideal as a study tool or to improve your knowledge of history. Search those intriguing terms.

Hampshire Primary ICT Conference, Winchester

| June 26, 2014 | 17 Comments 

Hampshire Conference

HCCA great day, alongside 130 delegates, from primary schools, one secondary school and four special schools, from across Hampshire.

Today, we explored the range of technology, and approaches to using it, that are essential across the curriculum. Sue Savory, ICT Adviser, for sharing her thoughts below: Continue Reading

Frog 14 ~ ICC Birmingham

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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Each year Frog Trade hold the Frog Annual Conference, to explore and celebrate the FROGrole technology plays in facilitating outstanding learning in the classroom, and this year we are delighted to have been invited to present a Keynote, at the ICC Birmingham.

‘Celebrating outstanding education and awesome technology’ Continue Reading

Stat World

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Stat WorldStat World features an intuitive interface that enables both technical and non-technical users to easily explore and analyze data.

Data can be viewed as mapsbar chartsline graphs and scatter plots, & then switch easily between different types of visualisations.

Stat World bubbleSelect map areas (such as countries) and details for that area are displayed inside popups and visualization components. Animate changes over time as maps, bar charts, vertical bubble charts and scatter plots.

A massive, adaptable and engaging, experience that would intrigue many ages, and abilities, when investigating elements about the history, geography, social and economical aspects of the development of our planet.

*This is Flash based (sadly) but will work on most non “i” tools.*

Pixabay ~ copyright free images

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

digital-32871_640Pixabay is a collection of free to use images. The top line of pictures are the sponsored pictures from Shutterstock. They are not free. But, if you were to search for textures, or leaves, or many other key words, you will find a vast amount of copyright free, and high quality, images to download. Great for teaching resources of many kinds.

If you register, for free, (& you don’t have to) you avoid the need for Captcha tests. (Thank you @NessMatthews)

Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons ~ surprising CC images

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Wiki-commons Wikipedia-logo-v2_1xTwo, slightly surprising, places to discover images, and video, shared under Creative Commons licenses. Select an image on Wikipedia to see the license attributed to it.
Also, search the entire Wikipedia collection by visiting the Wikimedia Commons website.

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 2

| June 20, 2014 | 7 Comments 

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Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolOur second day at Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens.

Today, we went all digital, and splattered the staff and visiting colleagues, with a vast amount of, mostly free, ways to bring their curriculum even more alive. Joining us were colleagues from : Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary,  St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Newfold Community Primary and Eaves Primary.

Thank you to Nicola Ryan, Literacy Co-ordinator, for organising our visit, and sharing these thoughts:

Nicola Ryan‘We are very large school with an extremely varied intake of children from all kinds of exciting backgrounds. One thing we all have in common is our love of ICT, however, we do not feel that we are using our ICT facitlities to the best of their potential.

As teachers we want to become more creative and imaginative in our approach to teaching and learning. We are also hoping to work well and share good practive with colleages from neighbouring schools. We envisage ourselves, in a few years time, to be incorporating 21st Centrury ICT and mobile technologies (not just SMART and Bee Bots!) into many of our lessons and making learning fun and exciting.’

SoundBible ~ Free & royalty free sounds

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments 

SoundBible.com offers free, and royalty free, sound clips, and sound effects, for download in either wav or mp3 format.From dog barks, city sounds, bird songgame show sounds, through to sports soundscrowds, and a vast amount more. Some are openly unsavoury, but most form a big collection of useful audio for many uses.

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 1

| June 19, 2014 | 3 Comments 

Newton-le-Willows Primary

Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolThe first of two days exploring alongside the voyagers of Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens. Tomorrow, is a day of digital delights with the staff.

Today, we went for some wanders in the world of words, in some intriguing virtual landscapes. There is no replacement for getting children outside, encountering the REAL. There are, however, a lot of elements you can develop in these digital terrains, that you can apply to more realistic experiences. Joining us today were colleagues from Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary and Eaves Primary. Continue Reading