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Welsh Medium Go Large

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Well done to all those involved in the speedy making of today’s film – under an hour for EVERYTHING

Welsh Medium Schools Day 2- Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge, Wales

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The second day, 27th of September will be held at Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge with a group of  28 children and staff from each of the cluster schools. And, oh!, what experimental fun we had! More to follow on the digital and analogue inventiveness from this group of creative children and adults. Continue Reading

Welsh Medium Schools Day 1, Ysgol Pen y Garth, Penarth

| September 26, 2011 | 6 Comments 

“Bore da!!”  A great welcome to a really fun day: an INSET day with 6 “Welsh medium” schools, taking place at Ysgol Pen y Garth, Penarth, Redlands Road Penarth.

Our aim: to provide “Ysbrydoliaeth ansbaradigaethus ar gyfer ysgrifennu estynedig i bob oedran!” (Fantastic inspiration to aid extended writing for all ages!) Continue Reading

Yrrep dna Nivek (no, not Welsh)

| November 26, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Welsh Medium Schools Cluster- Bridgend

| November 26, 2007 | 13 Comments 

“Bore da!!”  Just the start of a facinating day…

Another “First” for me. I have done a lot of work now with children and adults who communicate regularly with each other in a language other than English. I have always thought, though, that one of the most fascinating, expressive and mysterious languages I have ever encountered, a language I have close to NO understanding of, is spoken, not in some far away distant land, but just over the narrow stretch of water from where I live. Welsh.

I had the great privilege of working with teachers in the Welsh speaking schools of Bridgend today.
Teachers from Ysgol Bro Ogwr, Ysgol Cynwyd Sant, Ysgol Cwm Garw, and Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sgêr.

We are going to try an experiment and Blog in both English and Welsh :::::::::::>

Wedi mwynhau a dysgu llawer mewn awyrgylch ymlaciol a llawn hwyl. Mae’r gem yn wych.

A really enjoyable experience -in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere!Loads of ideas! The game is fantastic.

John and Pete

Ffordd arbennig o ddal sylw plant y dosbarth. Nifer o syniadau gwreiddiol yn addas i bob oedran. Diolch am y cyflwyniad diddorol yma!

A unique way of grabbing the attention of the class. Many original ideas which are appropriate for every age. Thank you for this interesting presentation!

Jenny Davies
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr.

Bydd y rhaglen yn wych ar gyfer ysbrydoli’r disgyblion i ysgrifennu’n greadigol, i ddatrys problemau, i wneud gwaith pâr, grwp a dosbarth ac i fwynhau a gwella’u sgiliau TGCh. Bydd y raglen yn arwain at waith Thesawrws fel bod y plant yn gallu disgrifio’r golygfeydd i’w llawn botensial. Gwych ar gyfer ysgolion cyfrwng Cymraeg! Cyflwyniad gwych gan Tim.

We’re quite sure that Myst will prove to be brilliant for creative writing, problem solving, paired work, group and whole class activities and opportunity to develop and enjoy ICT skills. The program will lead to Thesaurus work so that the pupils will be able to describe, to their full potential, the excellent graphics. An excellent resource for Welsh medium schools. A brilliant presentation. Thanks!

Sian Phillips

Syniadau arbennig ar gyfer ysgrifennu creadigol – yn enwedig sut i ysgogi plant i ysgrifennu yn y ddwy iaith. Ffordd gwych o ddysgu ac addysgu trwy ‘chwarae gemau’. Mae gan Tim Rylands bersonoliaeth unigryw sydd yn medru ysgogi athrawon a disgyblion fel ei gilydd. Gwych!

Excellent ideas for creative writing – especially how to inspire children to write in both languages. Fantastic way to learn through ‘game play’. Tim Rylands has a unique peronality that is able to motivate and inspire pupils and teachers alike. Brilliant!

Rhian, Dewi a Rebecca

Adnodd wych i ysbrydoli plant yn eu gwaith ysgrifenedig a llafar. Cyflwynydd bywiog a dychmygol dros ben.

Excellent resource to inspire written and oral work. A lively and enthusiastic presentation.

ysgol cwm garw

Edrychais ar y rhaglen neithiwr heb ddeall llawer amdano ac, i ddweud y gwir, wedi bod yn ‘frustrated’ iawn. Ar ôl hanner awr gyda Tim, rydw i, nawr, gweld y rhaglen trwy llygaid newydd. Y syniad o ddisgrifio golygfeydd, defnyddio synhwyrau, ac ati, yn wych! Diolch yn fawr.

I looked at the programme last night and, to tell you the truth, didn’t understand very much about it and felt very frustrated, as I am not a great fan of computer games. However, after half an hour with Tim, this morning, I now see the programme through new eyes. The ideas presented about describing scenes and using one’s senses, etc are excellent. Thank you very much.

Vicky Waters

Nifer o syniadau arbennig ar gyfer addysgu yn y dosbarth. Wrth gael fy nghyflwyno i’r gem gwelais y potesial sydd ganddo o rhan cyflwyno profiadau a syniadau newydd i fi fel athro ac i fy nosbarth. Diolch yn fawr iawn!

Loads of brilliant ideas for teaching in the classroom. By being introduced to the game i saw the massive potential this game has for introducing new experiances and ideas to me as a teacher and for my class. Many, many thanks!

Aled ap Iwan
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr

Adnodd cyffrous sydd yn addas ar gyfer pob oedran. Syniadau arbennig o dda sydd yn apelio at ddychymyg y plant. Diolch yn fawr!

Exciting resource which is suitable throughout the ages. Excellent ideas that appeal to the pupils imagination. Thank you very much!

Mari ac Ian

Cwrs defnyddiol, diddorol a unigryw. Yr amser wedi hedfan – doedden ni ddim wedi treulio’r dydd yn gwylio’r cloc!! Edrych ymlaen at yfory a gweld Tim yn gweithio gyda’r plant.

A useful, interesting and very unique course. The time has flown – we didn’t spend our time clock watching!! Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing Tim working with the children.

Anne Marie +Ruth

Fe fydd yr adnodd yn fodd gyffroes o symbylu defnydd iaith – ar lafar – yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg. Credaf y bydd yn ddefnyddiol ar gyfer hybu ysgrifennu estynedig ymhlith disgyblion sy’n gyndyn o fynegi eu syniadau a’u sylwadau ar bapur. Rwyn falch iawn i mi fynychu’r seswn yn y bore – roedd y mewnbwn yn cynnig nifer fawn o syniadau ac arddulliau i hybu ysgrifennu creadigol.
Rwy’n edrych ymlaen at weld Tim wrth ei waith yn y dosbarth yfory. Yr hyn sy’n amhrisiadwy ynglyn a’r adnodd yw’r ffaith y gellid ei ddefnyddio drwy gyfrwng unrhyw iaith. Mae hyn yn fanteisiol i ysgolion Cyfrwng Cymraeg.
Rwy’n hoffi’r syniad o’r pennaeth yn ysgrifennu llythr at y dosbarthiadau “gwarthus ein bod yn defnyddio gemau DVD – angen basio hyn”!! Bendant am wneud rhywbeth tebyg i hyn.

This resource is an exciting tool to promote the use of oral and written language in both English and Welsh. I believe the resource will be useful in developing extended writing with children that are reluctant to express themselves through writing.
I am pleased to have had the opportunity to attend this mornings session. The input outlined many ideas and techniques that could be implimented within a classroom
I’m looking forward to observing Tim at work within a classroom tomorrrow. The priceless element of this resource is that it can be used through the medium of many languages. This is advantageous to us as school in the welsh medium sector.
I like the idea of the head teacher sending a letter to the classes .
I will do something simular to this!

Ann Williams

Ysbrydoliaeth ansbaradigaethus ar gyfer ysgrifennu estynedig i bob oedran! Roedd MYST yn hawdd i’w ddefnyddio ac yn amlwg yn mynd i fod yn adnodd amhrisadwy yn ein hysgol.
Mwynhad llwyr i’r athro a’r disgyblion sydd yn cynhyrchu gwaith traws-gwricwlaidd o’r safon uchaf.
Llwyddodd Tim i drosglwyddo ei frwdfrydedd i ni am MYST ~ mae’n amlwg mae ganddo ddawn i agor meddyliau plant.

Diolch yn fawr Tim – Rwyt ti’n seren!

Fantastic inspiration to aid extended writing for all ages! MYST was easy to use and will be an invaluable resource in our school. Total enjoyment for teacher and pupil that produces work of the highest standard.
Tim succeeded in transferring his enthusiasm about MYST to us ~ it is clear that he has a gift to unlock children’s minds.

Thank you Tim – you’re a star!

Sonia a Sarah Gwen

Well done, and thank you, to Peter Price, Ian Thomas, Mari Thomas, Sian Phillips, Aled ap Iwan, Sarah Proctor, Jenny Davies, Ann Williams, Dewi Owen, Rhian Evans, Rhodri J Evans, Peter Williams, Sarah Gwen Davies Richards, Rebecca Morgan, Mike Webb, Anne Marie Roderick, Sonia Gatt, Rhian Cornish, Pam Williams, Vicky Waters, Ruth Davies,  and John Mason, for a fun, bi-lingual day.

For some more Welsh, try visiting the Welsh language site for Ngfl HERE or Cynnal or the delightful BBC Tacteg site.

We ended the day making a glorious cacophony of a soundtrack. It is definitely “more enthusiasm than accuracy” but if you are mad enough to want to watch, read on. YOU WERE WARNED!

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| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments 


Here are a few usefuls: iVersity (Provides open courses, empowering you to learn for free with peers from all over the globe); Ptable ~ Interactive periodic table; Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content. It empowers you to collect web resources in one place and share with just one link. Can measure student understanding with built-in quizzes and monitor their progress and adapt to student needs in real-time; Etherpad, write and edit simultaneously; infuse learning, every student, any device; ExamTime ~ A free online learning web-app where students and teachers can create, share and discover a large library of Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes Notes and more; Google for education‘s ever expanding offerings; Presentme ~Powerful “in-person” communication because email and voicemail no longer cut through the noise; Curate with BagTheWeb ~Create focused bags, containing the best links on your favorite topics.A bag is a hybrid media container that allows you to organize the links you find most interesting into a cohesive unit. A bag on Blooms revised Taxonomy and one of the links is the incredibly useful. (Remember: there are over 900 links out there on the rest of the blog)

A first few iPad tools: The powerful Educreations; Get scientific with Science 360;


Today’s Meet is designed as a place to create a “back channel” during an event, such as a meeting, or conference. It can make a good way to encourage, and record, communication in a learning environment too.

A potentially useful way to gather thoughts, and ideas, in a collaborative way. At the moment TodaysMeet is open, so anybody could contribute. This means you need to consider WHO might add in from “outside”, but it is unlikely to attract people who you haven’t given the URL to, and Today’s Meet does not publish a list of active rooms. Give it a go.


The Answer Pad is a great, FREE, way of creating questions (in many styles), gathering answers, and keeping a track of the results. Use the reporting system for item analysis, reports by skill, by class, by student. Setting questions free.

Choose from 8 different question types: Numberwheel, Fill in, Pie Shade-In, Rectangle Shade-In, Co-ordinate Grid, Multiple-Choice, Yes/No, and True/False. Students can also show their “working outs” on the scratch pad.

Teachers register for FREE at Students either download TAPit Free iPad app or log in at to use the browser version on any device/tablet.

The free version allows a teacher to set up one class with 36 students.

The new Go Interactive component of The Answer Pad allows teachers to engage their students by “pushing” out different response types to the class. The students submit their responses and the teacher dashboard displays a great visual of all the students responses on one screen. The best part about Go Interactive is the fact that, since teachers are not typing in questions, or making slides and presentations, there is almost no preparation needed to use this tool in the classroom. The Go Interactive feature is currently only available with the TAPit Free app. A browser version is “coming soon“.

Use the answer sheet feature for summative assessments, quizzes and tests and get immediate reporting, or the Go Interactive for formative assessment to drive lesson sessions.

A cross-platform, easy to master, tool, and a chance to go way beyond multiple choice?

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of their work on the Enquiring Minds project.

It provides a series of ready-made interactive ‘thinking guides’ or ‘frameworks’ which can support students’ projects and research.

Exploratree guides can be used as a basis for whole class discussion. They can also be used as a presentation tool to share your findings and thinking with others.

As well as providing a set of ready to use thinking guides, which are completely customisable and shareable, Exploratree also enables teachers and students to create their own simply and easily.

A solid root (!), and basis, in thinking processes. As things grow (!) and you’re knot (!) stumped (!) yew (!) could spruce (!) things up, branch out (!) and design your own thinking structures. Very poplar (!). What are you waiting fir? (!) Don’t leave (!) anything out. Tree-mendous!
iBuildApp is the established “do it yourself” platform to make iPhone/Android apps, with no coding required.

The self service web platform provides easy way for any organization to create their own mobile (iPhone, iPad, Android, Symbian, Win Mobile, Blackberry) applications and publishing materials. Your start to the process of your app making millions pennies?

Creating a mobile app with iBuildapp is absolutely free. You can have an app published within minutes, in some formats. Give it a go.
The MIT App Inventor is a Google supported platform where you can get to create apps using just drag and drop. It enables you to customize the look & feel of your apps, add buttons, attach objects and much more. (Requires a Google account).

TouchCast: a medium that looks like video, but feels more like the web. Create visual, interactive, gems, for free on your iPad.

TouchCasts are completely clickable. A TouchCast is a video that is fully browsable, responsive, and alive. Webpages, images, and an assembly of video Apps (vApps) can be tapped for a two-way video experience.

A TV studio in your hands. Create broadcast-quality videos with a built-in teleprompter, green screen, visual filters, sound effects, and titles. Watch TouchCasts from the app or online at

“Compared to a typical webpage, with its dozens of clickable links and widgets, the average video might as well be trapped behind Plexiglass. That’s the problem that TouchCast set out to solve” —Forbes
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated message called a Gami.

Select and customize a character.

Personalize your Gami with photos and your own voice. Then share your Gami. It’s simple and easy to create in seconds! Record your voice or type a message for your character to say.

It could be a fun way to tell your story. Requires an email but worth investigating maybe? Be creative!

WavePad is free audio editing software that can be used across many platforms*. The tablet version has the big advantage of not limiting your recording size (apart from the free space left on your device)!

*Windows XP/Vista, 7 & 8; Mac OS X, iPad, & Android.

Haiku Deck, a free iPad app, is a new kind of presentation software designed to “make your slides stunning, simple, beautiful, and fun”.

Slides can be shared via social media websites such as Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email them to your students and/or embed them in your website or blog. “Presentation software, to set your story free”.

The Haiku web app is now in private Beta, so you could request an invite to try it first.

Fotopedia is a growing, collaborative photo encyclopedia.

Find superb images in the online search facility. (Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the page). Anyone can join the community and help build the encyclopedia.

Investigate some of the free fotopedia collections on iPads here.

Useful & inspiring tools. Maybe YOU, & your students, can add to the collection too?
Gadwin Printkey is an easy to use utility that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to your clipboard, or both. See this helpsheet on setting up Gadwin. (Scroll down their page to find the Gadwin PrintScreen free download option). Try out Duck Capture (also free) for your Mac.
“A picture is worth a thousand words” and ThingLink helps you tell your stories, because images can come alive with connections to music, video, photographs, text, and more! Create interactive scenes. Build, share, touch and discover.
Lunapic is well worth a deeper investigation than just the first page. It is a very easy to use image manipulator. Both fun and useful.

There are many, many different effects that you can add to your image.

I have heated up the Lunapic logo, and the two lads, from one of our events, to the right, are really reflecting on their work. Old movie scratches, rotating cubes of a few images, or even let your image be struck by lightning! The end results can be exported as gifs.
Whilst I have put on a bit of weight, (Infact, I am turning in to a bit of a wok smuggler) I haven’t gained as many pounds it looks like in this picture!

That was made, along with MANY other quick and easy, fun or intriguing, photo editing gems from Photofunia.

CleVR provides a suite of online tools for creating and sharing panoramic photos.

The CleVR Stitcher is a free Adobe AIR application that will automatically stitch photos into a panorama. These are uploaded and displayed in a Flash viewer on the CleVR site. This can also be embedded into other sites and blogs. Interactive hotspots can be added to the panorama, which can be clicked to display photos and text. Sign up is required, but the program is FREE.

The software deliberately has fewer features than other photo stitching software, as the focus is on simplicity and ease of use. Stitching & uploading a panorama takes around 5 minutes & is fully automatedThe one you see, to the right, is not perfect as we did it at great pace, down at the side of the Bosphorus. Take a little more care and we wouldn’t have the gap on the far shore, or a blurred dome. Hey ho!Get pupils to make a virtual tour of your school maybe, and embed it on a blog or website? A still image AND a moving panorama!CleVR eh? And, easy. Panorama of Bebek Hotel Istanbul on

String ARth_scrawl-8fe20ea10ee3e8e85d13e0e421ef1961To celebrate the launch of their Augmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase. Investigate Scrawl, the first world’s first 3D augmented reality drawing app.

ARdragon1Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a dragon flew out of your screen, or out of your wall? Try the AR Dragon.

Download and print the target image for the dragon from here!
QuicktimeVR’s and panoramas are superb tools for stimulating discussion as well. Some of the best can be found at, a huge and glorious collection of QTVRs of every landscape and event imaginable.

Don’t forget, stand still, and get the most from a static sight, before you even think about moving.

As big fans of virtual panoramas, such as those to be found at, we can also recommend the excellent Arounder, for a collection of panoramas from locations around the world. Great for inspiring talk for writing.

It is important to not forget to take the time to stand still in each Panorama and write or discuss – before you even think about moving. It is the first movement that creates a bit of magic when using these with children.

Don’t forget that you can also make your own panoramas with CleVR, Dermander, Photosynth and others.
Have YOU tried PhotoSynth yet? Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and now its mobile too.

You can tilt and turn your way around a sight, zooming in on closer detail, and it is remarkably simple to create these engaging experiences.

Choose a panorama when you can capture everything from a single location with a single zoom level. Great for giving a sense of what it feels like to be in a one particular place. Can be 360° in both directions, but doesn’t have to be. Panoramas are simple to navigate – you can go left/right, up/down and zoom in/out.

Synths are good for capturing different sides or details of an object. More complex to navigate than panoramas because you are moving from photo to photo., and somewhat more complex to create.

To make panoramas from your desktop, install Image Composite Editor and the Photosynth application.

To make synths, just install the Photosynth application.

The Photosynth app is available now for iOS in the iTunes App Store.

Other operating systems are supported too….

To make panoramas from your iPhone, get the Photosynth App from Apple’s App Store.

We have tried it on a few scales: sat inside a car, and out in the great wide open. Both have problems but still end up being remarkable, speedy, ways to remember somewhere, and explore it again later. Try it in a room with a group who aren’t able to sit still, and you get some gloriously, almost Picasso-like, mix ups. Worth exploring and developing this aspect, and turn it in to a strength in art project perhaps.

I wanted to give a shout out for PhotoSynth again, as I think it has a lot of additional potential now it has gone mobile. It might also be a good end of year challenge for some pupils: to make a virtual tour of the school they are leaving, for example, whether using the mobile, or desktop, version.
Something we have used for quite a while now, and involve as just one step in the process of bringing worlds alive, with the schools we work alongside, is the wonderful Google Street View Stereographic. This joyous gem makes your very own, free, explorable, mini planets!

Visit your location, in StreetView Stereographic, & then learn to fly, as it is possible to move around within your world.

Just one way remember, but a fantastic stimulus for talk, discussion, talk for writing, and a whole lot more. Fun! _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Now THIS is something worth a massive exploration: Soundation is a most impressive online digital music machine that has huge potential.

The FREE version allows a lot (except you can’t save or mix down your end results).

Nature Sound Map, enables exploration of the wonders of the world, in some superb ambient audio recordings of landscapes, and animals, across the globe ~ from a rock pool in Devon, to jackals in the Kalahari, …& beyond. Sound!

A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting & inspiring sounds.

Hear the World Like Never Before

Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.

Many recordings in the collection are ‘binaural’ soundscapes, in other words, stereo recordings made with two microphones which capture sound in 360 degrees.This recording technique most accurately imitates the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location. If you sit back, close you eyes and relax while listening to a well-recorded soundscape, it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re actually there!

Great to enhance the atmosphere of a space, or create the soundtrack to the piece of descriptive narrative perhaps. Enjoy your exploring. Sounds good eh? _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Ambient Mixer makes it possible to listen to free audio atmospheres, or mix your own ambient sounds online.

Great for making background sounds to a piece of music, or descriptive narrative? Use as an underscore, to inspire talk for writing, as a way of making the soundtrack to a podcast or other audio broadcast.

Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effect, use endless audio loops, or upload your own, to create a unique audio mix.

No software installations required. All ready made, mixable atmospheres use royalty free audio files, thanks to the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license.

A good way of experiencing mixing of sounds, level, crossfade, left to right placement, and more. You need to pay to download the end result, but don’t need to & the process itself is free. Enjoy some relaxing sounds whilst you plan too.

With this sound board you could create a calming sonic atmosphere within your classroom. Mix the relative levels, and panned position, of different sounds, from a choice of birdsong, bonfire, creek, crickets, gulls, ocean, rain, thunder, and wind chime sound effects, & music. Sound!

Try Go Mix It too
Hyperlapse gets Streetview moving.

Set a start, and end point, (keep it short) in Streetview, and then watch, as Hyperlapse creates a swooping journey along the route, paying attention to landmarks along the way.

Hyper-lapse photography ~ combining time-lapse & sweeping camera movements ~ has been a growing trend on video sites.

It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations.

TeehanLax labs aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid. It worked so well, they decided to design a User Interface around their “engine” and released Google Street View Hyperlapse.

The site settings are purposely low (for example, having a maximum of 60 frames per animation) for greater accessibility. However, all the source code is available on Github (including examples and documentation) so, if you feel brave, you could become a “developer”, and play with higher frame rates, better image quality, and more complicated camera movements. Free & freeing! Get experimenting. We would LOVE to see your animated travels!
Like many people, we are big fans of Wordle and similar word cloud generators.

Our post on Wordles of Character created a bit of trend, with people from all over the place sending their own, pieces of art.

We have been having fun with students, exploring the magic of Tagxedo, since then.

Tagxedo brings a word-cloud alive. The layout of each cloud can be manipulated to a great level of detail: colour, shape, rotation and more.

When you hover your cursor over a word within that cloud, it spins, and forms a hyperlink to your chosen URL. (The default being a Google search based on that word.

Here is one on the theme of feet. Have fun experimenting.

earth album is a simple, slick Flickr mash-up that allows you to explore some of the most stunning photos in the world courtesy of Google maps and Flickr. To begin your journey, just click somewhere on the map… _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Ever wondered what, and where, is exactly on the other side of the world from where you live? With’s Earth sandwich tool you can do just that.

Drag one map around, until you have placed the locator above where YOU are, & the other map will scroll into position showing where, if you dug through the globe, you’d end up. For many of us, it would be in the middle of an ocean. Pack goggles as well as your spade!

This could be very useful. Това може да бъде много полезен. 這可能是非常有用的。To by mohlo být velmi užitečné. Det kunne være meget nyttigt. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ χρήσιμο. これは非常に有用かもしれない.

With Nice Translator, you just start typing, and it automatically turns what you have written in to multiple languages, all in one go.

This can be in your choice of Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, & Vietnamese. A fascinating experience of languages.

Colours in Culture is an interactive exploration inspired by David McCandless’ Information is Beautiful.

It is fascinating to think that a single colour could denote “love” & “marriage” in one culture, & “death” in another.

Colours are important in communication. Ideas, feelings and emotions can be expressed with a variety of tones and shades. Understanding them is vital. Not paying attention to how a colour is perceived, could result in embarrassing problems, or misunderstandings.
Woices encourages the recording of geo-located voice overs, guides, commentaries, or “echoes”, about the places you explore. There are also free Iphone, Android, & Blackberry apps. What about trying this as a way of leading a guided walk, or challenge, around an environment? Potentially very useful.
Powered by Google Earth, and Google Maps, Hypercities is a huge collection of historic, and more modern maps, that can be viewed overlayed upon up to date plans.

HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive way.

Cities mapped include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Rome, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Saigon, Toyko, Shanghai, Seoul, with more to come.
In looking at maps, old and new, we find the site “Wherethepath” to be really useful. It gives you the power to see different map formats, side-by-side, and to toggle between modern maps & old 1940s versions.

This a free site, (and OS impose a limit of 200000 map tile fetches per day”), but, if it runs out temporarily, the site will run with out of copyright 1940s OS Mapping. There is a version of this site without route planning HERE.

Here is a powerful tool, when carrying out a geography project of any kind: GeoPlanet Explorer. Here you can explore the geographical information provided by Yahoo in the GeoPlanet API and data set.

Simply enter a location in the form and submit it to get detailed information about the place you are looking for – including its “ancestors”, “siblings”, “children” (smaller regions of the area) and other relationships.

For example, when you look up Bristol (you can drill down much deeper and in more detail than that) it shows the ancestors as England and The United Kingdom. It “belongs to” category includes area codes, counties (both existing and historical) and much more.

This could be useful information when investigating a local area, or contrasting region somewhere else in the country, or indeed, the world.
eyePlorer is “an interactive data visualization of various facts and the relationships between them. Keywords related to a user-chosen topic are placed in a circle, which once selected, reveals the nature of the relationship. An engaging, visual exploration of information.

The colours within the circle denote different categories such as people, countries or organizations. Click on All Facts and see many of interrelated findings, by category.

We think eyePlorer is superb but has the one limitation that it is only based on Wikipedia entries, which are excellent sources of information but aren’t exhaustive. Give it a go and let us know what you discover.

Snappy Words is a bit like InstaGrock, GraphWords, WordSift and Visuwords and has the advantage that you can sometimes double click on a node to dig deeper.

It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each piece of vocabulary by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

Learn how words associate in a visually interactive display. Get ideas to help write content for your blog, article, thesis or simply play with words!

For younger children, Snappy Words shows that words are malleable, playful delights, to be picked up & juggled with. For older students, it beats “right clicking words in Word”!

Type words in the search box and click Go or simply hit Enter. Once the words branch off the main query, you can double click a node to find other related words. To explore the features:

Place the mouse cursor over a word to view the meaning.
Double click a node from the branch to view other related words.
Scroll the mouse wheel over words to zoom in or out. This helps you see more
associations or view words and meanings more clearly.
Click and drag a word or branch to move it around and explore other branches.

Try out GraphWords, WordSift and Visuwords to see which one you find the most useful. Remember that InstaGrock uses the interlinked word and concepts graph, and then allows you to dig in a different way too. But the others focus on the word play and vocabulary aspects more fully.

Snappy Words requires no registration or software installation. All you need is an internet connection and a browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and others). It’s free and fun! _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Useful Pickie 028Spicy Nodes is something we have linked to before, but feel that is well worth further exploration. Present, store, link and group …almost anything.

Text, links, photos, and other media — are placed into “nodes,” which are then linked together in an attractive, interactive interface that invites exploration.

Spicy Nodes allows you to add pieces of information and embed images and youtube videos. These elements can then be linked together as a mind map which, as you click on different ‘nodes’, changes to show all the linked bits and bobs.

One use: a research tool in that children can investigate a particular topic, link, and then expand upon, the information already posted. How about using Spicy Nodes for lesson or topic planning?

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Useful Pickie 027A delightful aspect of Spicy Nodes is that there are many design styles you can manipulate, to make your mind map unique.

You can embed links to external sites as well as create links to existing nodes.

Another use of Spicy Nodes, or any mind map, can be to present a non-linear argument or debate – opening up aspects, as they are needed, to add an argument to a group’s standpoint. Powerful.

These dancing, malleable, interactive collections of thoughts, notes, headings, and more, can be viewed and manipulated full screen, and embedded into other sites. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Talk Typer is a great online speech to text tool, which works within the Google Chrome browser. It does need a little help with some punctuation and, like any speech recognition, can make some mistakes, but is a good free way to experiment with spoken-to-written word. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
From Text To Speech is a free online Text To Speech (TTS) service with natural sounding voices. The voices aren’t quite as convincing as those in Ivona, great for its accents and languages) but, after you have converted your text, you can then save your phrses into MP3 audio file to play it on your computer or iPod ~a useful tool.

Thank you to Gwynfor Owen (on the left here) for translating this. You could try Ivona to do some word juggling for you.

Hello, my name is Tim, We are looking at some IT to inspire you. This is an on line instrument which works in a number of languages, including the Language of Heaven, which is Welsh of course

Helo, fy enw i yw Tim. ‘Rydym yn edrych ar dechnoleg gwybodaeth i’ch ysbrydoli. Mae hwn yn offeryn ar lein sydd yn gweithio mewn llawer iawn o ieithoedd yn cynnwys iaith y Nefoedd sef Y Gymraeg wrth gwrs.

Ivona create some superb, paid for, text to speech software, but on their Ivona Home Page, you get the chance to hear your words spoken by some quite convincing voices, as a free preview. What is good is that you can do so in English, Welsh, English with a Welsh (or Australian) lilt, or other languages such as Italian, Castillian Spanish, Polish & Brazillian Portuguese. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

This list straddles (ouch!) both Primary and secondary schools.

1. To explore the touch screen iPad experience Puppet Pals Directors Pass (£1.99) is a great way to start. Pupils can appear as cut outs in the animations and backgrounds /settings could taken from drawings, paintings and even “Street view” from the Maps app.

2. For some interactive problem solving Scribblenauts Remix (69p) is a fun place to start. I have to think quite hard about this!

3. Paper (basic version free) – an ironic name but a beautiful Zen-like experience. A uncluttered toolset for mark-making with digital pen, paintbrush and pencil. It looks just like real pencil marks. We bought the full version within minutes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Zooburst :Make your own 3D pop up books. Taggalaxy for solar systems of images and words. GeoCubeto investigate our world, and GapMinder to explore further. Pottery HD Lite, to throw virtual pots. iDough enables inventive creation. Use Color splash to drain and focus. Try the powerful Voicethread to enable non linear audio interaction with images. Create interactive, branching, texts with Inkle Writer. Epic Citadel, a peaceful medieval landscape, to wonder through, on your iPad, and Epic Citadel Online. Dragon Dictation might be a good way to turn talk in to writing for real.

Padlet creates sticky notes on endless pages. Try the unfortunately named Gimp to edit your images, and the tutorial on Photojojo to create mini worlds from you panoramas. Internet buttons enable the creation of a simple site to guide your pupils to the sites you need them to visit. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

That’s it spuddlyduddlies. We would love to know your thoughts, what you try, and what others you find, and can suggest. Enjoy!

Remember, there are over 900 other links out there on the rest of the blog.


Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 2

| April 11, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A second day at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, this time with the staff, looking at a vast amount of digital delights to bring learning even more alive.

What we shared today fits so well with the school’s ethos, and ways of working, already. We experienced some of the confidence, sense of humour, and imagination, of the children yesterday. Carrying out lessons, both in English, and Welsh, is a superb way to develop written, aural, and oral, dexterity. We looked at a huge range of tools that can be used in developing that word play, thought juggling, and imaginative inventiveness. Continue Reading

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 1

| April 10, 2014 | 13 Comments 

Great to be back in Newport, for the first of two days alongside the children, and staff, of Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd.

Welsh really is a beautiful language, and perfect for poetic, descriptive, invention.

We carried out our lessons in that fascinating cross between two languages. As someone who grew up only a few miles across the River Severn, yet never managed more than a poor impression of spoken Welsh, it has always been intriguing to carry out lesson sessions in a mixture of tongues. Continue Reading

ICT to Inspire Event Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

| February 5, 2014 | 49 Comments 

Lovely, to be in Aberystwyth,  for a full on day with over 120 delegates from across the Ceredigion region. Continue Reading

National Digital Learning Event 2013, Cardiff

| June 20, 2013

The Welsh Government today presented the inaugural National Digital Learning Event and Awards, raising the profile of digital learning in Wales with a large scale conference, and highlighting cutting-edge digital learning taking place in classrooms all over Wales..

We were honoured to present a session at the Cardiff City Stadium, entitled “Out of This World: ICT to Inspire: raising levels of creativity in children of all ages and abilities”.*

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Ivona – text to speech in different languages

| June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Gwynfor Owen (on the left here) for translating this. You could try Ivona to do some word juggling for you.

Hello, my name is Tim, We are looking at some IT to inspire you. This is an on line instrument which works in a number of languages, including the Language of Heaven, which is Welsh of course

Helo, fy enw i yw Tim. ‘Rydym yn edrych ar dechnoleg gwybodaeth i’ch ysbrydoli. Mae hwn yn offeryn ar lein sydd yn gweithio mewn llawer iawn o ieithoedd yn cynnwys iaith y Nefoedd sef Y Gymraeg wrth gwrs. Continue Reading