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Forvo ~ “All the words in the world, pronounced”

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Find out how to say a word you’re unfamiliar with, at the web site Forvo.

Forvo describes itself as: “the largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers”.

For example, if you want to hear the words “Web2.0″ are pronounced in many different languages and dialects, you can, HERE.

Aiming to one day have “all the words in the world pronounced”—including words in 23 languages—Forvo relies on users to generate both words in demand and the proper pronunciations of those words. How about getting students to contribute their own pronunciations.

So you could, for example, check out the pronunciation of major cities, and if you can’t find the city,  just head to the add a word page and put in a request for the word you want. Alternately, you can head to the pronounce page to record pronunciations of words you know.

Forvo has a simple aim, to harness a bit of social web power and create a valuable resource.

The Beatles Year 3000 ~ History: Myth, fact or confusion?

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Here’s a fascinating film that gets you questioning what our impressions of history are based upon.
We find an artifact and put our impressions upon it. What is fact? What is fiction? What is confusion of the two? What is based on flimsy, half forgotten evidence?

Useful in history lessons in the build up to research on a topic. Useful when discussing how to trust a single source or recording of an event. (A Youtube film, so possibly blocked at school, but well worth a watch & finding a way to show) ~ mind mapping

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

In our sessions on mind mapping, we often share how some of the many ideas might be applied back in the classroom, have a quick discussion on the power of recording ideas visually, and a discussion of how it can confuse some students who DON’T think or work in a visual way. We find it useful and it reminds us of the “old style topic webs” we started using to plan at the beginning of our careers. lets you create thought bubbles and connect them together.

The free version allows up to 3 mind maps, ing to images or HTML, sharing mind maps and email support

You also can easily move the bubbles around or change the links connecting them to each other.

Being an online application it is a shame there are no collaboration features in it, but if you can fit your thoughts into little connected bubbles, try it.

It prints, which can strangely still be a rarity for some Web 2.0 apps.

You can:

• Brainstorm online
• Create colourful mind
• Share work with others
• Embed your map in
your blog or website
• Email and print map
• Save map as an image is free to try and it’s fun. It might help you see connections in your own thoughts.


| August 16, 2015 | 0 Comments 
cnfMusic composition software is, sometimes, not cheap. Noteflight is a free online music composer and note editor. With the simple and easy to use interface, which you can create, edit, display and playback music notations online.

See how easy it is to use Noteflight, by watching the Noteflight Demo.

musicgaloreThere is a premium format, but, with the free version, you can create up to 10 Scores, with any number of staves plus guitar & bass tabs, have 15 Basic Instruments, for composition and audio playback of your scores,link, embed and share scores online, have high-quality score printing, Go Mobile ~& Play and edit on iPads, iPhones and other devices. Worth an explore.

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| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

After a great 2014 ~ 15, and thousands of miles of travel, Tim and Sarah are taking a bit of time to do some blue sky thinking. Thanks to Clive for looking after the blog. … … …Back soon

Blue Sky

Moonbase Alpha!

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments 

NASA has gone back to the moon! You can become an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement…

In MoonBase Alpha anyone can take the role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the base. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.

Moonbase Alpha is a NASA-funded multiplayer game scenario with 20 minutes of play set on a hypothetical lunar outpost in 3-D immersive setting.

An educators’ guide contains lesson ideas for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The challenge is best suited to middle school aged voyagers.

If you head off in to space, please send back some communication about what you discover.


| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Wiki pages in large public wiki’s, such as wikipedia, have become rich and complex documents. Thus, it is not always straight forward to find the information you need.

WikiMindMap aims to support users to get a good, easy, structured, and understandable overview of the topic you are looking for, by browsing multiple wiki content, in a branching, mindmap style.

Whilst not always perfect, this is an interesting way to start investigating interrelated information.

IfTTT ~If This Then That

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments 

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If This Then That.

The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. If a tweet, or blog post mentions “Z”… then

The that part of a Recipe is an Action. An example Action could be “send me a text message”

Some could be quite complex, but useful: Text me if it’s going to rain or Save my tweets to Evernote by creating an ever appending tweet backup note.

A practical tool, but also a fascinating example of programming language, terms, and purpose.

Geogebra ~ Free engaging mathematics software

| July 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Geogebra provides free mathematics software for learning and teaching. Interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheets. From early years to university level, Geogebra brings numbers alive.

Chogger ~ Comic creation online

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Chogger enables easy online comic creation for free.

Add images from your webcam, from online, or from your own collection, then get creative. Kerpow!

Chogger spent a little time offline, but seems back up and waiting for you to get comic.

Breaking down a story, article, or set of instructions, in to simplified steps, is a good way to get children thinking, planning, disecting & presenting, writing in different forms, beyond even the comic itself. Kerboom! Zap! Woosh! Go get comical!

Nice Translator ~ Valuable word play

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments 

This could be very useful. Това може да бъде много полезен. 這可能是非常有用的。To by mohlo být velmi užitečné. Det kunne være meget nyttigt. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ χρήσιμο. これは非常に有用かもしれない.

With Nice Translator, you just start typing, and it automatically turns what you have written in to multiple languages, all in one go.

This can be in your choice of Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, & Vietnamese. A fascinating experience of languages.