Archive for May, 2016

Artcyclopedia .com

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Artcyclopedia is an online database of art works that can be viewed, and investigated, online.

With over 9,000 artists, and 160,000 links to 2,900 art sites, this is a comprehensive resource.

Type in the artists name or browse by medium, subject, nationality, or focus on specific subjects such as women Artists. Search by “movement” such as Pop Art, Magic Realism, Photorealism, & Pointillism

There are some interesting collections, such as Tiltshift versions of Van Gogh paintings.

Use the Actualizer to view art works at their real life size.

ButtonBeats

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Button Beats has many elements worth exploring.

In one, trigger the range of beats and breaks by activating different sections of the cube. Then add your own elements, such as guitar riffs and synth lines.

There are many interesting ways to investigate aspects of composition in the free version of Button Beats. You can even sample, and play, your own voice or sounds.

Dig deeper in to the site to try out such things as the drumpad, & Rock Face remixer. Each one can also be embedded on a blog as below.

Have a play and remember there is the red STOP loop button!

ButtonBeats.com

“Improving Outcomes” using Technology Conference – Warwickshire

| May 20, 2016 | 3 Comments 

Warwickshire IO with ICT

WESToday in Leamington Spa for the “Improving Outcomes” using Technology Conference hosted by Warwickshire ICT Development Service’s Summer Conference, delivering a keynote exploring the wonders of the web assisted by plasticine, googly eyes and feathers, followed by workshops developing story telling and writing skills, with and without technology.

Huge thank you to Colin Talbot, e-learning adviser for ICT Development Service, Warwickshire County Council, for inviting us to his event and for coordinating today’s processings magnificently.


Folk round here are doing some REMARKABLE things in the face of challenging times, and misconceptions. We are honoured to know such inventive, inspiring educators.

It just goes to show that with the right stimulus and input, many of the children will write not just because their teacher wants them to, not even because it’s about a computer game, but because they have been challenged and inspired and want to write for themselves.

School and home life is not, and shouldn’t be, all about technology. However, if we, as educators, do not keep up with some of the skills, interests, passions, and playful times of our pupils (those who are lucky enough, it has to be said, to have access to these technologies) then our classrooms will appear stagnant environments, in comparison to their homes. Giving children the opportunity, and encouragement, to become “creative plagiarists”, to borrow ideas off their teacher, and from each other, that is when you get a spiral upwards within a classroom.

In our keynote, we investigated the power of engaging children in the writing, speaking and listening, and inventing, processes – and how this can impact on so many areas of a child’s progress. In our workshops we shared links, ideas, and tools, for encouraging creativity within our students, whatever age, whatever ability.

We took folk on a magical tour of inspirational tools to inspire the uninspired learner.

Whilst what we do is sometimes subtitled as “Tech To Inspire… writing”, if you look at the pictures of any event, you will notice that children are not often at computers. We are really using the ICT in an “invisible” way to inspire speaking, listening, writing, behaviour management, and so much more.

We then balance that with a HUGE amount of technical things with the staff, who can, with the extra time, and developed contact they have with their classes, apply to great effect, back at school.

There was certainly a shared desire to tackle the challenge of pupil engagement today. Well done all.

Other workshops included:

–       Making the most of your data – Using your management information systems to help close the gap for all learners

–       Technologies that make an impact – Getting hands-on with new technologies that will help to improve outcomes

–       The Outstanding School – The role of technology

 

Français interactif

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Français interactif!, is a huge & comprehensive, web-based French program developed at the University of Texas.

In addition to interviews of native French speakers and a wealth of cultural information, the website also includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, grammar explanations, and Internet activities.

Français interactif! helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real students who participated in a Summer Program in Lyon, France. The students introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.

Français interactif is organized into 13 chapters that deal with themes relevant to beginning French learners.

Each chapter begins with a short video, in a combination of English and French, but using French mainly, to introduce vocabulary that will be encountered in that chapter.

After practicing the pronunciation of each word in isolation, videos capture native speakers who use the new vocabulary in a context that provides important visual support.For example, watch, and hear, a fruit vendor name each type of fruit on sale at the market that day. pdf support materials are provided, & the textbook is available as “print-on-demand” or downloadable by individual chapters free of charge.

 

The goal of these materials is in the title: Français interactif!

Onelook ~ search with a difference

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments 

OneLook® Dictionary Search a search engine for words and phrases: Have a word for which you’d like a definition or translation- it’ll take you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate it. If you don’t know the right word to use, it’ll help you find it. “No word is too obscure”: More than 5 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.

Define words: Type a word into the search box on the front page to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that define that word. Be sure “Find definitions” is selected.
Find words: Type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern. The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters or symbols. The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter or symbol. (Read these sections for more info on wildcards and the Reverse Dictionary.)
Translate words: Type a word into the search box and select “Find translations” to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that have translations of that word into other languages.

CoSketch

| May 11, 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.

May The Forth Be With You

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments