Author Archive: Tim
Vcasmo 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!
Any presenter sometimes has to think twice about putting their presentations on-line. Not because they don’t want other people nicking them, but because people might think that they have had “the full experience”. I think that you can never fully understand the impact of a presentation unless you were there.
I think we may have a next step towards recording an event on a level that goes beyond just putting static PowerPoint slides on-line though, with Vcasmo.
There is an awful lot more that you can do to extend the virtual presentation experience.
Use video, audio/music, PDF, PowerPoint, photo/images in the presentation.
Slides can be synchronized with video/music.
User-friendly visual editor to arrange the slides in a timeline.
Video seeking Skip to any part of the video without having to wait for the whole video to be downloaded.
There is the power to take things even further, as you can link to other webpages inside slide.
Presentation can be for public, private, friends or group of selected people and password protected.
It is possible to embed presentations in your webpage or blog.
Receive comments about the presentation from visitors.
There are many mind mapping applications out there. However, the desktop apps are often bloated and not intuitive, and most web apps charge you for premium features.
DRichard.org’s MindMap is free, open source and it’s full of HTML5 goodness.
This is a prototype of an HTML5 based mind mapping application. It lets you create neat looking mind maps in your browser.
It is also available offline? You can use the app wherever you are, there is no need for an internet connection.
It is so easy, it could be useful for pupils planning a project. Could it also be helpful when doing your own planning?
Music Theory Is Your Friend friend could be helping you make extraordinary music.
34 Music Theory Hacks: contains Theory Ideas and Techniques that could spice up your music. How To Read Music is a guide to getting up and running in record time! What about 208 Songwriting Tips: Yes! : 208!
Key signatures can be really confusing when you are starting out. What Are Key Signatures?
How about 6 Steps to Harmonising a Melody: simple approach to the basics of 4 part harmony
In Understanding Modes you can have a go at untangling one of the most misunderstood subjects in music theory!
A Lesson from Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is a simple but powerful lesson in using process-driven rhythmic patterns!
Modes Reference Guide: Yeah, lists. But hey, it’s a reference guide not a John Grisham thriller!
Arranging Chords: Does not mean hanging your trousers in interesting ways!
Potentally worth investigating.
Thank you to Kelly Campbell for the nudge towards a few astronomy tools. She oversees a small team of retired educators and librarians who volunteer their time with EducatorLabs. The primary role of this team is to answer resource requests that come to them from educators every day, on a variety of topics. Each time they get a request, they put together a resource toolkit to be used in the classroom.
Some eclipse links and resources here, come from Exploratorium which we have been fortunate to visit at Pier 15, in San Francisco.
EducatorLabs is funded by donations and fueled by help from people like you. They greatly appreciate any help you can provide!
Education can sometimes be a little slow in its uptake of new technologies.
Whatever format, whatever degree of complexity, there has been a slight history of initial reluctance, before, eventually, some have involved “this new stuff” in their classroom environments. Whether it is a stick and sand, wax tablets, scrolls, books, slides, film, video, computers, PowerPoint, YouTube films, and beyond, …they have all been integrated in to teaching sessions, in some way though.
All the way through, however, these new tools have often been used to modify the way a teacher presents facts, and information, to their pupils.
They have had more impact on TEACHING, than on LEARNING.
In many educational settings, the relationships, and interactions, stay unchanged: A teacher, as “Sage on the Stage”, imparting their wisdom, information, and knowledge, to an unsuspecting audience sat in front of them.
Are we training our children how to come to school, sit, bored, for a few hours, and get away with it without being spotted?
In the same way, challenges (or, sadly, what we more often call “Tasks”), the independent elements of a lesson, can remain, rooted to the spot, for a long time: children still wading through printed text books, step-by-step, and completing units set by teachers, in, and out of, the classroom?
How much tech has impacted upon, and benefited this part of the education process, is still debatable.
Is there a chance that ICT can still be thought of as “When students go to the computers”, or “When they get to do some typing”.
On a basic level, very little has changed.
It is so good to explore some of the potential for imaginative, inventive and different and innovative, “creative” use of technology, to bring our learning environments alive. Onwards onwards… (With a break too perhaps. See you on the other side…)
Spent is an interactive game which asks players to consider what life would be like as a potentially homeless person.
The game puts you in the shoes of someone who has lost their life savings, and has you choose one of three low-paying jobs to see for yourself how quickly money runs out, raising a child and making it through the month getting paid a minimum wage.
Take the role of restaurant server, warehouse worker, or office temp and discover how difficult it is to manage your initial $1000. “Homelessness is something that could never happen to me”. How one life changing event can send life spiraling out of control.
Useful when looking at personal economy, empathy, understanding and life choices. How would you cope?
Andy Thelwell’s “Blobz” is targetted at 7-to 11-year olds
The hosts, a group of simple animated characters called ‘The Blobz’ and the absent-minded Professor Flobsworth. ‘The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits’ the basic principles of electric circuits, about the need for a complete circuit and a power source to be present. You can learn about how switches work, about which materials make good conductors, how the length and thickness of wires affects the current in a circuit, how circuit diagrams can be used to describe circuits and more.
Aspects include—‘What makes circuits work’, ‘Conductors & Insulators’, ‘Switches’, ‘Changing Circuits’ & ‘Circuit Diagrams’. Each section has useful info, an interactive activity and a quiz.
It is impressive the way you can explore Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante, HERE with hyperlinks to wiki entries about each character. Art, History, Wiki links AND mouse over “tagging” – creativity on many levels.
The 2006 artwork by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang Anjun became an internet hit, with people scrambling to identify all the 103 figures depicted in it.
The dinner party guests – including Stalin, Beethoven, Audrey Hepburn, Bruce Lee, Marlon Brando, Mao Zedong, Gandhi and Bill Clinton – are surrounded by images of Man’s creations such as the Pyramids.
How many people can you recognise? Continue Reading
We’ve mentioned a few ways to export a website, or blog, as a pdf or jpeg. Blogbooker does the job in great style.
It exports everything, (except embedded flash files, for example) including images, and every hyperlink. It even produces an index page & each title links to the relevant post.
The process is easy & requires no sign up. Produce a pdf booklet of all of your hard work.
Easy Prompter is a FREE, full-featured, and easy to use teleprompter, for online and offline use!
Like Cue Prompter.com Easy Prompter is powerful because you can adjust font size, vary the speed, check the time that has elapsed, control and operate the prompter through keyboard and mouse controls (start/pause, ff/rew, etc) and run it in full screen, for clutter free guidance through your chosen text.
The “portable” version of Easy Prompter means you can use the prompter without an active internet connection.Put your text, and the prompter, on to a USB drive and you’ll always have a cue card wherever you are.