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Isle of Tune ~ I love tune

| September 23, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Now, this is an intriguing twist on music creation, and one which some of yours will find enticingly challenging, and rewarding.

To build a hamlet, village, town, conurbation, or even a rambling city, and then hear that creation come alive, in sound, as vehicles navigate its highways – delightful.

Isle of Tune is a musical sequencer with unexpected twists and turns. Construct your layout- roads, houses, trees, streetlights,and other objects. Cars trigger sounds, making music as they travel. Aurally more attractive than any true-life township tumult. Continue Reading

Newsmap ~ The news here and there

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Newsmap is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” news aggregator.

The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.

It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.

A fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.

Bugscope ~ control an expensive microscope

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports “K-16″ classrooms worldwide. Continue Reading

Winged Sandals ~ Greek Mythology

| September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Winged Sandals is a perfect example of how a website can “inform, educate and entertain” at the same time.

Winged Sandals explores the magical world of Classical Greek mythology, a place filled with awesome gods, daring heroes and fabulous monsters.

Winged Sandals features modern interpretations of Classical Greek myths and characters. Continue Reading

iSpot ~ identifying & classifying

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Found a plant, or minibeast, and you haven’t got a clue what it is called? Try identifying it through iSpot.

iSpot is really a great way to get a class finding, and identifying, wildlife around the school, or neighbourhood, adding to data about habitats too.

As part of Open Air Laboratories (the OPAL project,), the The Open University launched iSpot in 2009. iSpot helps beginners learn how to identify wildlife, get in touch with wildlife experts, and go on to get involved in wildlife survey and conservation.

On iSpot, people can upload digital photos, and/or descriptions, of the species they’ve seen, and are encouraged to try identifying it for themselves.

Other users on the site can click a button to show they agree with the identification, or, if it’s not correct, they can add an alternative suggestion.

See also the iSpot online identification keys and the OU’s Neighbourhood Nature course. If you have any questions, contact iSpot:

Lunapic ~ image manipulation

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments 

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.

We 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.

Self Portraits in the style of Julian Opie

| September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Experiment with another ArtisanCam creative delight, and their Explore Self Portraits, for the chance to create your own portraits in the style of Julian Opie.

Julian Opie’s style is a very distinctive one, using as few lines as possible, & with limited colours & textures.

When you have finished, remember to label your picture in an authentic style: first name of the subject, job, and date.

Wikisky and Stellarium

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Wikisky allows you to imagine yourself viewing the Universe through one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. By changing the scale with your mouse, you can watch the entire sky in one window and receive the detailed images of distant galaxies and nebulas in another. Click on an interesting object and you will get the detailed scientific information about it.

Combine Stellarium and Wikisky and you’re a star! (Sounds like a fascinating cocktail too, eh? Hic!)

If It Were My Home

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

If It Were My Home .com offers a fantastic chance to compare aspects of life between almost any two countries in the world.

Initially, the site has the US as the default country to compare others to. This is not fixed and you could compare Morocco with Guatemala if you wished.

You are able to see the two countries overlayed on top of each other for comparison of size

To have Great Britain as your base country start HERE

This is a superb tool when carrying out a geography unit, or as a Start-The-Day thought provoking investigation. Continue Reading

Primary Games Arena

| September 8, 2015 | 1 Comment 

With thousands of organised links to learning games, Primary Games Arena is a great resource to add to your school bookmarks. All of the games are FREE and could be embedded in your school website or blog. The collection is categorized into subject, unit area & year group appropriate games.

A handy “Top 5 Games” widget is useful for blog sidebars and a clever badge system encourages children to engage with their exploration. Another imaginative tool from the Primary Technology team.

Kuller culler…Colour color

| September 7, 2015 | 0 Comments 

We may disagree about the spelling of colour/color, but we can all agree that it is a fascinating subject to investigate. is an original way to look at colour and colour palettes*.

How we perceive colour, is a good summary of the scientific process.

The site links to two really good web exhibits, investigating why things are coloured, and colour vision and art, a look at vision science and the emergence of modern art.

*Try for some delicious colour palette collections.

The app isn’t free but the online site is

A pigment of your imagination.