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Just Paste .it

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

JustPaste.It is a free, simple note sharing service. In its simplest form, Just Paste It provides an online word processor for writing notes and documents. It is also possible to add images and videos into your JustPaste.It pages. When you’ve finished, just press the “publish” button. This creates a unique url for your page. Students and teachers can easily share notes with each other, or test out a web layout.

It is possible to Just Paste content from a word processor in to a JustPaste.It note so also provides a way to convert Word documents in to a format that can be easily used online. ~ some great thoughts on careers

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

“Need some ideas for the future? Some inspiration on what kind of career might be right for you? Just want to find out what’s out there? iCould can help you to discover what you could do and how you could get there”.

iCould features videos of people sharing stories and experiences from the working careers. Many types of job are covered, from Accountancy and Advertising, through to Travel and tourism.

The site contains a huge range of very well produced films and could be a realistic, yet inspiring, guidance to many at a secondary level, when students are making those crucial decisions about their future. It could also be a great way to help younger pupils realise what it really entails to become, let’s say a sports person, or a pop star!

Image manipulation

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments 

If you find blank spaces in our blog posts, then it is probably because your school filtering system is blocking what it thinks to be “dodgy stuff”. Things like social networking and images get filters in a jitter.

We sometimes use Flickr to host some of our pictures and, unfortunately, this is sometimes blocked. A real shame as we have so many delightful pickies of smiling folk on our days around the country. Have a look at home and you’ll get a lot more out of the experience.

One of the best elements of Flickr though, is that they allow outside (”third party”) applications or websites to communicate and exchange information with the images you host there.

Some of the best websites for creating cool new images and fiddling with Flickr Photos include:

PicJoke …What fun and madness you can create, so easily.

It is free but does require logging in (easy and discrete.) Look what Sarah did to the bald bloke! The (Toblerone) cheek of it!

Big Huge Labs Flickr Toys

and our old fave, Spell with Flickr – not a way to edit or alter your images, but a neat little tool to create pictures from text. Try it.

Vcasmo ~ a handy way to record presentations

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 083Vcasmo means that you can film a presentation and synchronise it with the slides a presenter is talking about

Useful for recording the goings-on at a conference. But also in a classroom environment, perhaps when preparing for an interview or other presentation.

We have used it with great success in a “challenging” setting, and therefore we wouldn’t have clearance to show you how the children flourished using it. A great boost to their confidence to see themselves and their presentations “as one” though. Also a good opportunity to discuss presentation styles and techniques. Powerful! Continue Reading

Behold ~ Creative Commons Image search

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The search engine Behold helps you find good Creative Commons licensed images for your presentation, blog, or video. Behold sifts through tens of thousands of Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr. This is an advance on the Search by License option in Flickr as it also factors in the quality of the found images.

Behold searches for actual image content rather than just on the tags that the originator has assigned to the image. Useful when you are preparing material, or when helping students find appropriate, and useable, content.

We Tell Stories ~ Interactive Fairy Tale & more

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments 

A couple of years back, Penguin set six authors the challenge of creating online stories, that would develop as they were written. This was called We Tell Stories. Some of these tales were aimed at a mature audience.

The result of the third week was the interactive, personalized fairy tale by Kevin Brooks, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. This could be useful when investigating the structure of traditional tales.

Knoword ~ quick thinking word game

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 18.03.52Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time.

If you’re ever stuck on a word, just hit the skip button and a new puzzle will present itself.

If you’re able to string together correct answers, you will notice your Word streak counter increasing. You can accumulate badges and additional points by achieving certain amounts of consecutively correct words… How far can you get?

A good warm up, or end of the day activity, maybe
If you’re ready, click here to get started!

Don’t forget FREE-RICE as an alternative and help to raise much needed funds too.

Little Wheel ~ an intriguing game

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments 

We’ve mentioned the delightful and engaging game Little Wheel before, but rediscovered it and have enjoyed its potential.

A challenge, and great to discuss with a class how to solve the problems encountered.

Lovely music, reminiscent of the Pink Panther theme: slinky, lounge-lizard jazz, – all muted-trumpets-and-brushes-on-tom-toms-sophistication.

Cool, man! Cool!

“Wall-e” like, in the isolation of a poor robot who’s mission you assist: to find and restore the power from the main generator.

Does that sound familiar to any of the Myst players amongst you? Think Myst IV:Revelation and Yeesha’s resigned comment of “Don’t tell me! Dad blew the power again, didn’t he?” Play The Game here

Have fun, and good luck! Here’s power to your elbow, metal or otherwise.

Masher ~ mash video clips, music tracks & photos

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Masher let’s you easily create a video by mashing together video clips, music tracks and photos- all for FREE! Whatever you have to say, a video speaks a squillion words, so get mashing!

Mix, Mash, and Share.
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Join Me ~ screen sharing

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments could be a good way of delivering an online presentation that many others can participate in. Get everyone interacting, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train others. Demo teaching ideas or just share ideas . is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool.

In the FREE version, you can have screen sharing with up to 250 viewers, share control, chat, send files, and even communicate with those who are on iPad/iPhone or Android

Sound FX Now!

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Making a layered recording, using something like Garageband or Audacity, then is a great way to find, and download FREE sound effects.

Do a quick keyword search, using the search bar, or dig through the various sound effect categories. The great thing about search results, is that all sounds, matching your search, are presented in a “Sound Grid” for easy playback! Useful in its own right. Sounds good eh?