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Newswordy ~ Be less intransigent about news vocabulary

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Buzzwords are frequently used in news media. These are words that do not typically occur in everyday speech, but are common among newscasters, talking heads, and pundits on cable news.

These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.

Newswordy is a growing collection of these words*, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject.

Some powerful examples should mean we become less Ivocabntransigent. about our definitions of these terms. They could offer some Certitude. and make sure you don’t Vacillate. in the future.

*Click the tiny graphic, in the top right-hand corner, to find an archive of past words.

Newsmap ~ What’s making the news? Where?

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Another fascinating news explorer is Newsmap, which is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” aggregator. Another fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.

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.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it (tomorrow)!

10 X 10 ~ Picturing the news

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 


10×10™ (‘ten by ten’) is an interactive exploration of “the words and pictures that define the moment”. It is also possible to look back, in great detail, for the last ten years!

10x10 titles10x10Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale. Each hour is presented as part of a window, composed of 100 different frames. Each one allows us to peer a bit deeper into the story. Because of the nature of the world, and world news, some of these stories can be challenging, and even disturbing, of course.

10×10 runs with no human intervention, autonomously observing what a handful of leading international news sources are saying and showing. 10×10 makes no comment on news media bias, or lack thereof. It simply shows what it finds.

When we see a picture of a movie star next to a picture of dead bodies, we understand the extremes that exist in our world. If you’d like to learn more about 10×10, read how it works.

Recce ~ Explore London in style

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 


Recce is a fast, beautiful, and fun way to explore London and everything that is going on in the immediate environment. It is available, for free, here through iTunes or Google Store.

A Super-fast, fully interactive and immersive 3D way to discover some fascinating aspects of the capital.

RecceRecce features built-in GPS and Compass functionality to locate yourself, quickly, but it is available both on-line and off-line, with rich and relevant information.

Recce choicesTake a quick tour and explore London’s finest landmarks, from the classics such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace & Big Ben to the modern additions such as The Shard, Gherkin, and Olympic Park. Explore areas known & unknown with fresh eyes.

Recce could be useful when planning, or taking part in, a trip to “the smoke”, or if studying a contrasting landscape. An intriguing experience of a different form of mapping. Fascinating.

History Today’s History Dictionary

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments 

History Today

The History Today dictionary is a compendium of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It covers people, places, & key events. Each entry is concise and expertly written, and the dictionary is ideal as a study tool or to improve your knowledge of history. Search those intriguing terms.

String ~ Augmented reality experiments ~ Oooh AR

| June 25, 2014 | 5 Comments 

String ARdragon_thumb-b740c6a00e97c3a8a0ee7ecf748cdf4eTo celebrate the launch of their Augmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase

th_scrawl-8fe20ea10ee3e8e85d13e0e421ef1961Have 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. Investigate Scrawl, the first world’s first 3D augmented reality drawing app.

Download and print the target images from

Stat World

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Stat WorldStat World features an intuitive interface that enables both technical and non-technical users to easily explore and analyze data.

Data can be viewed as mapsbar chartsline graphs and scatter plots, & then switch easily between different types of visualisations.

Stat World bubbleSelect map areas (such as countries) and details for that area are displayed inside popups and visualization components. Animate changes over time as maps, bar charts, vertical bubble charts and scatter plots.

A massive, adaptable and engaging, experience that would intrigue many ages, and abilities, when investigating elements about the history, geography, social and economical aspects of the development of our planet.

*This is Flash based (sadly) but will work on most non “i” tools.*

Pixabay ~ copyright free images

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

digital-32871_640Pixabay is a collection of free to use images. The top line of pictures are the sponsored pictures from Shutterstock. They are not free. But, if you were to search for textures, or leaves, or many other key words, you will find a vast amount of copyright free, and high quality, images to download. Great for teaching resources of many kinds.

If you register, for free, (& you don’t have to) you avoid the need for Captcha tests. (Thank you @NessMatthews)

Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons ~ surprising CC images

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Wiki-commons Wikipedia-logo-v2_1xTwo, slightly surprising, places to discover images, and video, shared under Creative Commons licenses. Select an image on Wikipedia to see the license attributed to it.
Also, search the entire Wikipedia collection by visiting the Wikimedia Commons website.

SoundBible ~ Free & royalty free sounds

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments offers free, and royalty free, sound clips, and sound effects, for download in either wav or mp3 format.From dog barks, city sounds, bird songgame show sounds, through to sports soundscrowds, and a vast amount more. Some are openly unsavoury, but most form a big collection of useful audio for many uses.

Flickr Creative Commons Collection

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Flickr Creative Commons Collectioncc-logoFlickr logo ~ Millions of high-quality images to explore. Whilst it could take some time to exhaust the list of CC images, (and you might fancy trying TagGalaxy as an alternative method of searching through Flickr) FCCC could host just the picture you need.