Archive for March, 2016

FlockDraw ~ together

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments 

taketourWe often talk about collaborative drawing packages. Here is another one.

Flock Draw gives you the opportunity to draw, mindmap and collaborate on line

Paint a simple masterpiece. Make a point visually. Do whatever you want. Do it together. Grab a tool. Pick a color. Draw something. Show a friend. Show the world. Share your vision.

If you ever wanted to quickly share or collaborate on a simple sketch online, here is a fun tool to try.

With Flock Draw, you can draw simple sketches collaboratively in your browser in real-time. Up to 50 people can draw simultaneously on a single whiteboard. (Flock Draw doesn’t limit the number of people who can watch). FlockDraw isn’t anywhere close to being a replacement for a full-blown design app or a browser-based image editing suite like Aviary. The service, however, makes it very easy and fun to create simple drawings and sketches “in real-time”.

Flock Draw doesn’t have many advanced features – but THAT is the idea

Flock Draw offers a simple set of basic tools: freehand drawing, lines, eraser and text. You can also change the color and size of your font or pencil. There are no fancy tools here, but what is there is more than enough to draw a quick sketch. It’s important to note that these FlockDraw rooms are meant to be disposable — once the last person leaves the room, the image disappears.

Noisli and more…

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Noisili

Noisli is another simple, but really effective, ambient soundtrack creator. Use the basic graphic interface to manipulate the range of sounds, building an atmosphere for use in descriptive narrative, or setting an atmosphere in a room.

Try the Ambient Mixer for a more complex version of a similar concept.

You might also experiment with Go Mix It or listen to some real, and ready made, natural sound streams with the Nature Sound Map.

Sumdog ~ games for learning

| March 15, 2016 | 1 Comment 

This is not a new site and is, in fact, the most common link we find in the side bar of school blogs, but… SumDog is one you should see, if you haven’t done so already.

SumDog’s maths games can be good to play, either at home or at school. Most are multi-player, so you can play on your own, or against thousands of students worldwide.

The games cover over a 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels, and because the games are presented in engaging ways, pupils enjoy developing their mental maths skills.

You can also purchase a subscription to get progress reports on your students and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Anybody up for a talent show, Holi splatter, or a game of tennis?

Spring Lane Primary, Northampton ~ Day 2

| March 15, 2016 | 3 Comments 

Spring Lane Primary

Today saw another new steps taken in the age of adventure, with the children. What fun was had, in the lands of technology today! Exploring uncharted territories, discovering distant digital domains, and generally stretching technology in wild and wondrous ways. We set foot in the high~ways, low~ways, no~go~ways, by~ways, here~ways, share~ways, there~ways, slow~ways, up~ways, down~ways, under~ways, wonder~ways, no-wonder!~ways, plunder~ways, try~ways, wonder-why~ways, explore~ways, never~before~ways, your~ways, my~ways, our~ways, oh~the~power~ways, who’d~have~known~ways, should’ve~known~ways, newly~truly~alone~ways… To tell a tale, of any kind, is a challenge. To do so, with access to the wondrous opportunities that technology offers, these days, surely makes it simple?! Well, it does produce a lot of potential, but also introduces challenges of their own. The children showed some remarkable, mature, problem solving techniques, through which we all learned a lot ~ the mark of great digital leaders. To teach is to learn. To be open to learn teaches us a lot. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana Empowering learners, teachers and sharers of discovery in so many ways.


Co Sketch

| March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments 

CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.

Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.

Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.

Spring Lane Primary, Northampton ~ Day 1

| March 14, 2016 | 4 Comments 

Spring Lane Primary

Spring Lane PrimaryThe first of our two days at Spring Lane Primary. A school situated in the centre of Northampton town, serving with respect a diverse and vibrant community. Thanks go to Headteacher Alex Owens for inviting us, her staff and her colleagues from neighbouring schools and the Collaborative Academies Trust: St Barnabas Church of England School, Lumbertubs Primary, Willowdown Primary Academy, Priorswood Primary, Wellesley Park Primary, Manor Court Primary, Willow Brook Primary and Woolavington Village Primary.

Thank you to Gary Avery, Assistant Headteacher, for coordinating our visit, and for his thoughts here:

We are looking for ways to inspire our children to go ‘beyond’ what they think they are capable of, to develop imagination and creativity. Our teachers do a fantastic job but we think something different, innovative and that taps directly into the things our children are interested in will provide the spark for rapid progress. We have complete confidence that our staff will be able to integrate the new ideas and then add to them so that we end up with something that is perfectly adapted for our children.