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Cargo-Bot ~ A pad programming game

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B.

After successfully programming the robot you are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating a loop of movements.

Find the Cargo-Bot app HERE. “A puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates”. Sounds simple, right? Try it out! A stack of fun!

StarLogo TNG

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

StarLogo TNGis the “next steps”, aiming to lower the barrier entry to programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by coloured blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.

Entice more young folk into programming through tools that facilitate making games.

3D graphics and sound, a blocks-based programming interface, and keyboard input – make StarLogo TNG a great tool for programming compelling and rich educational video games and simulation models.

Quandary ~ Ethical gameplay

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Quandary is a free, online game that engages students in ethical decision-making and develops skills that will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives.

The teachers’ page has a handy teacher guide and video, a sample lesson plan and worksheet.

A thought provoking experience worth exploring.

Sploder ~ Make your own games, online

| January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Sploder is a place where anyone can make games online and share them with the world. Make your own platformer games, retro arcade games, and even complex physics-based puzzle games.

No existing programming skill is necessary. “All you need is a good imagination and a desire to be creative”. Fun too!

Gamestar Mechanic ~ Game design

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!

The free version has limitations but is worth exploring.

Sense and Sensibility ~ An illustrated retelling

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

A comic version of the romantic novel “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.

Illustrated by Luise Schröder, this is an enchanting, fairly brief, retelling, in a simple comic book style. Useful in an analysis of the comic book technique as well.

JewelBeat & DanoSongs ~ Free music for many projects

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

JewelBeat provides some superb free background music, to use in many contexts, online, and off.

Check the terms of the Creative Commons copyright, but they are generous.

DanoSongs does the same thing in different styles.

BETT 2014 ~ Make your own mini planets II

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

A fast paced whiz through just some ways to create your own planet, on the eSchools stand, at BETT.

How about trying out some still, stereographic, images?: Make a panorama, in something like CleVR. This, for free remember, will also make you a fully navigable, 3D panorama, at the same time.

Next, turn that panorama in to a stereographic world in something like Gimp (one of THE most unfortunate names for any piece of software, but a fantastic Photoshop alternative!) Online and free. To do so, follow this step-by-step guide from PhotoJojo. Continue Reading

Inkscape ~ Vector illustrating

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Inkscape has all the capabilities of Corel draw or Adobe illustrator. This one, however, is free. Windows and Mac compatible. Work with amazing vector effects and see effects applied in real time.

Placing Literature ~ Where Your Book Meets the Map

| January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments 

With the international element of our days these days, it seems appropriate to think about geographical setting.

Setting is a vital component in any work of literature- from Charles Dickens’s London to Mark Twain’s Hannibal. Putting a story in the context of a real physical location gives stories context, placing readers in a familiar locale as the story unfolds.

Placing Literature is a new, & growing, online database of places from scenes in literature- sourced & plotted by readers & researchers. Created by an author, an engineer, & a geographer, the goal of Placing Literature is to connect readers to the places they are reading about, highlighting the meanings, values and emotions attached to a space.

Can you, and your students, add to the crowd sourcing and continue to create a respected reference material for future research. Get reading. Get mapping.

Videolicious ~ Easy video creation

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“Video Made Easy”. You choose the content, and Videolicious does the rest—combining your video clips, photos, and sound to make a powerful, professional-quality video, without the work.

Access Videolicious on both desktop and mobile devices.

The free version allows 20 1 minute videos, with 10 shots per video.

Tell your story on camera, add a voiceover to existing shots—or switch from one to the other using simple controls. Choose the combination of sound and music to tell your story. One-swipe mixing lets you perfect your video’s sound options.

Just tap to indicate when you want each shot to start or end. Enhance your message with additional content- e.g.interviews, cutaways, shot before or after your video was compiled. Go for it!