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Recce ~ Explore London in style

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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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 

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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 www.poweredbystring.com

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 

SoundBible.com 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.

The Creative Commons Search Tool

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments 

CC SearchA great place to start seeking Creative Commons content is The Creative Commons Search Tool. Search across multiple sites, to find images, video and music that can be used without asking for permission in advance.

Just2Easy programming

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments 

J2codeJ2code Homepage is the latest tool from Just2Easy. It is completely FREE for all UK schools, offering links to share work. There are three “engines” to use: JIT turtle, logo and a visual block editor, giving children progression, differentiation and a variety of interesting challenges.

If you want to save to Just2Easy‘s e-portfolio system, this is how they make their money. Otherwise, J2code is utterly free to use.

Just2easy photoJ2code meets all of the coding elements of the Computing Programmes of Study for KS1 and KS2, in the 2014 Curriculum. Enjoyable and effective.

rocket copyA great bonus feature of J2code: there is no login, or registration, so you can just bookmark the url, and get a class coding in minutes. On your marks. Get set. “-.-. — -.. .. -. –.  ..-. -. !”

“Bringing Magic into the Classroom” ~ TEDxThessaloniki

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Here is a film, of the TEDx Thessaloniki session, we did recently, in Greece. Take a look at the blog post HERE

Tim Rylands, an education explorer and dreamer swept us off our feet by introducing us to the magical potential that interactive applications and games can bring into a classroom.

He talked about how the word teacher is too one-sided and how a teacher must be prepared to learn from the children, not only teach them.

“The element of picking up ideas from all over the world is something that we are blessed to do”, he said while talking about social media as teaching tools.

He focused on the importance of making the classroom a more vibrant place for children, a place that reminds them of the time they spent outside exploring and inventing while being full of energy at the same time.

Applications such as Runkeeper, Google Treks and 360 Cities can help inspire and motivate them and make them as open and hungry for new things as the world they explore.

It is a way to take education to the next level and help broaden the children’s minds.

In the end that’s what it’s all about: to help children embrace the world through their minds and shape it to the better place it should and can be.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.