Author Archive: Tim
AnswerGarden, a kind of Wordle for responses. The more frequently an answer is given, the larger it is represented. Well worth investigating.
This free resource is a minimalistic feedback gatherer. Use it in the classroom as an educational, creative brainstorming tool. Embed it on your blog, as a poll.
Create a new AnswerGarden by submitting a question or statement. Embed the empty AnswerGarden on your blog or website, or “share” it. Visitors submit feedback filling in your AnswerGarden. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing word cloud.
If you’re using AnswerGarden in the classroom, they recommend that you provide a password, so that you can moderate the contents during the session.
The free version of Trello is a great way to organise yourself, independently, or as part of a group, simple and fun collaboration.
Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Never ask “Who’s doing what?” again.
Ollie Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) tweeted “Enjoying Trello’s pirate map mode. Untouched to do items slowly crack and yellow until you touch them again”. Could be a great writing stimulus.
Pen.io is a simplistic, quick and easy way to make a web page, including with a graphic. Get your content online, speedily, without the need for hosting either. Here is a test page made in 28 seconds. (The image, to the left, is of Clive, our Web Wizard, and his dogs, as, whilst Pen.io is a useful tool, it’s not going to put him out of a job!)
The service is free, and anonymous. They don’t ask for, now store, email addresses or any personal information.
There is no setup. Just write and hit save. It takes just seconds to publish your article and share it with the world. View their demo page with some amusing or, indeed, clever ideas.
The usual eSafety consideration would need to be made but, as there is no place for comments, interactions or communications, you need to moderate what goes out, and get your audience response in other ways.
Whilst this is not as advanced as a full blown blog post, or web page, and is limited in terms of design, methods of delivery and administration, this could have some positive aspects when speed is key maybe. Pen.io. Give it a .go
Developed as part of the St. Jude Cancer Education Outreach program (Cure4Kids for Kids), The St. Jude Cure4Kids Jr. Health Explorer is an interactive iPad app that teaches children about science and healthy living.
The educational content presented in this app is divided into three modules:
1 What are Cells? 2. What is Cancer? & 3. What is Healthy Living?
Each module employs an illustrated book written at a US grade 3-5 reading level, a quiz to test their knowledge, video clips of experts from St. Jude, and an interactive activity. These modules are designed to reach children with a variety of learning styles and backgrounds as well as to encourage children to think critically through problem solving and scientific inquiry.
Thank you to Yuri Quintana for bringing our attention to this fascinating resource.
Computer Science Online provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career and developmental information related to the world of computer science.
Features include: -
- The learning of computer science and coding at a young age, in the “Coding before College” guide.
- Discussion on the advantages of a masters degree in computer science.
- The promotion of Women in computer science.
Thanks, to Dan Schuessler, Co-Founder of CS Online, for his nudge towards some new, superb, resources.
Nature Sound Map, enables exploration of the wonders of the world, in some superb ambient audio recordings of landscapes, and animals, across the globe ~ from a rock pool in Devon, to jackals in the Kalahari, …& beyond. Sound!
A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting & inspiring sounds.
Hear the World Like Never Before
Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.
Many recordings in the collection are ‘binaural’ soundscapes, in other words, stereo recordings made with two microphones which capture sound in 360 degrees.This recording technique most accurately imitates the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location. If you sit back, close you eyes and relax while listening to a well-recorded soundscape, it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re actually there!
Great to enhance the atmosphere of a space, or create the soundtrack to the piece of descriptive narrative perhaps. Enjoy your exploring. Sounds good eh?
Whilst Pho.to is full of the inevitable advertising that supports many such sites, there are a few fun effects, and frames, you can apply to your images.
Whilst not initially simple in its set up, and use, KidsRuby could be another interesting exploration of the art of coding. You can see your code, run it, and see what it outputs all at the same time. This makes it a lot more fascinating to learn inputs and outputs, and what changes to your coding achieve. Works on Windows, OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi.
Like Hackety-Hack, another program we have written about, this is real Ruby programming, but in a slightly simplified introduction. We don’t have a lot of experience with this but you might find it worth investigating, then (please) …tell us how you get on.