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Sumdog ~ games for learning

| March 15, 2016 | 1 Comment 

This is not a new site and is, in fact, the most common link we find in the side bar of school blogs, but… SumDog is one you should see, if you haven’t done so already.

SumDog’s maths games can be good to play, either at home or at school. Most are multi-player, so you can play on your own, or against thousands of students worldwide.

The games cover over a 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels, and because the games are presented in engaging ways, pupils enjoy developing their mental maths skills.

You can also purchase a subscription to get progress reports on your students and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Anybody up for a talent show, Holi splatter, or a game of tennis?

Spring Lane Primary, Northampton ~ Day 2

| March 15, 2016 | 3 Comments 

Spring Lane Primary

Today saw another new steps taken in the age of adventure, with the children. What fun was had, in the lands of technology today! Exploring uncharted territories, discovering distant digital domains, and generally stretching technology in wild and wondrous ways. We set foot in the high~ways, low~ways, no~go~ways, by~ways, here~ways, share~ways, there~ways, slow~ways, up~ways, down~ways, under~ways, wonder~ways, no-wonder!~ways, plunder~ways, try~ways, wonder-why~ways, explore~ways, never~before~ways, your~ways, my~ways, our~ways, oh~the~power~ways, who’d~have~known~ways, should’ve~known~ways, newly~truly~alone~ways… To tell a tale, of any kind, is a challenge. To do so, with access to the wondrous opportunities that technology offers, these days, surely makes it simple?! Well, it does produce a lot of potential, but also introduces challenges of their own. The children showed some remarkable, mature, problem solving techniques, through which we all learned a lot ~ the mark of great digital leaders. To teach is to learn. To be open to learn teaches us a lot. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana Empowering learners, teachers and sharers of discovery in so many ways.


Co Sketch

| March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments 

CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.

Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.

Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.

On screen digital keyboard

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Can’t get much more simple than this: a virtual keyboard, that can be used on whiteboards, in musical activities, …including playing along to X Factor!

Click the mouse pointer on one of the ‘piano’ keys, or press the letters on your keyboard. The ‘Chord Mode’ button allows you to select sets of notes. Click the ‘play chord’ button to hear it played.

Questionaut ~ an intriguing game

| February 19, 2016 | 1 Comment 

QuestionautQuestionaut is a great game, we have mentioned before, made for BBC Bitesize from the makers of Samorost and Samarost 2.

 

Journey through strange worlds of Questionaut and test your knowledge of English, Maths and Science on this magical mission to recover your friend’s hat.

 

This is now an archived site, but well worth an explore.

Exploratorium ~ the science of music

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments 

The Science of Music collection will keep you experimenting happily for a while, and discovering lots about the theory behind real audio.

These online exhibits, from Exploratorium, will help you mess around with music in ways you probably haven’t before, and learn a lot too.

Kitchen Sink-o-Pation, explores the concepts of visual dominance, hearing sounds out of context, and playing with concrete sounds in an unusual setting.

Produce some mashed up music with Dot Mixer, playing with sound samples from different styles. An interesting investigation of the science of sound itself.

Take the Beat Back, and explore the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments, or even form your own Online Drum Circle.

Head out in to the open with real and found sounds in the Headlands Experiments, or get even more physical with Step Remix, a fun way to explore rhythm, body percussion, combining beats of contrasting structure, to create complex poly-rhythms & dances!

Headphones are recommended, or at least a decent set of computer speakers.

Enjoy your experiments with some sound science about the science of sound.

Chirbit audio

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Chirbit is a useful tool that enables you to record, upload & share any audio files easily. Embed your audio anywhere with the HTML5 player.

Record using a webcam or microphone connected to your computer, or upload an existing audio file, which can be in wav, mp3, ogg, amr, m4a, wmv, aiff, and 3gp formats. Upload 120MB of audio per file. That’s 2 hours of audio for each.

Record directly from your browser using a webcam or microphone, or post audio from any smartphone with a voice note app and email. It is also possible to get an instant QR code for each of your audio posts, & attach an image.

History Cats ~ find your cat’s ancestors

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments 

As your cat snoozes serenely by the fire, have you ever wondered who its ancestors were and what they did in their lifetimes?

Have you ever wondered what their family tree looks like?

At History Cats you can quickly find your cat’s ancestors, and their characteristics.

Just enter your cat’s details in the boxes and click search. It will trawl their historical records & identify one of your cat’s ancestors. It couldn’t be simpler, so give it a try!

Jekyll, for example, tugged Nelson’s boot to get his attention, the Admiral was struck down by a sniper’s bullet.

Horrified, and feeling slightly responsible for distracting Nelson at such a vital moment, Jekyll felt morally obliged to take the place of the Admiral. Putting on Nelson’s jacket and hat Jekyll bravely directed the rest of the battle, confirming the victory. Instead of basking in the moment of glory though Jekyll made sure he got ashore as fast as he could. He’d lost his appetite for sailing.

A fascinating glimpse in to building a character description and background.

Biblionasium

| January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Biblionasium

BiblioNasium is a reading-centric, “safe, social network for children aged between 6 and 13”. Particpants can log their reading, play games, complete reading challenges and earn rewards within a safe social network built especially for them, connecting kids in an encouraging community of friends, family and their educators. BiblioNasium excites, engages and encourages a love of the written word.

Children’s safety online is a top concern. BiblioNasium does not allow children 13 years of age or younger to have an account until a parent, legal guardian or an educator creates one for them.

“Our aim is to help children, parents & teachers to find “just right” books for the children’s school & pleasure reading.”

joinOnly approved friends and a child’s registered educator can see a child’s name and school. Other signed-in users can see a child’s anonymous username, books, and other non-personal information. People who are not signed in to BiblioNasium are unable to see any information on the site. No users can see your information or that of your child without your authorization.

A with any social element, care is always needed, but they assure “The website is free and safe for children to use.”

On an adult only basis, this coud be a fun, and useful, way of encountering new, and appropriate books organised in interesting ways.

Picasion ~Animated GIF Maker

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments 

It can be useful to create animated gifs when you want to get a few pictures in to one space and want to avoid flash or HTML5 programming. This could be on web page, or even in a presentation.

Picasion is a simple starter to this process. Upload a series of images and, hey presto, there’s your gif.

We found it useful when making graphics for the Musicals page on this site. “A load of Rubbish!”

Life ~ Live It ~ First Aid for Children

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Life. Live it. First Aid education for Children from the British Red Cross is a really well designed and useful site, full of life saving information for use with children.

This site aims to give all 5 – 11 year olds the confidence and skills to help in an emergency and to help save lives.

It is full of quizzes, activities, discussion, drama, films, practical activities, drawing and ‘how to’ videos along with full lesson plans and supporting worksheets.

This is part of the British Red Cross’ campaign to bring first aid to young people through learning inside and outside school.

Life. Live it. is a free, comprehensive and yet easy-to-use teaching resource.

Life. Live it helps fulfill some of the requirements of the current programmes of study across all key stages for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) education, but doesn’t require any previous knowledge of first aid for either teacher or pupil.