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Onelook ~ search multiple dictionaries in interesting ways ~ ~ ~ ~ OUR 1000TH USEFUL AND INTERESTING POST ~ ~ ~

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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OneLookType a word in to OneLook, and search many dictionaries at once. Also has a reverse dictionary and translations. If this is only useful to crosswords lovers, it’s a good start…

OneLook goes beyond the basic definition search too. Their examples offer a glimpse in to some of the possibilties:

bluebird Find definitions of bluebird
blue* Find words and phrases that start with blue
*bird Find words and phrases that end with bird
bl????rd Find words that start with bl, end with rd, with 4 letters in between
bl*:snow Find words that start with bl and have a meaning related to snow
bl*:adjective Find any adjectives that start with bl
*:snow or :snow Find any words related to snow
*:winter sport Find words related to the concept winter sport
**winter** Find phrases that contain the word winter
expand:nasa Find phrases that spell out n.a.s.a.

St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Oswaldtwistle ~ Day 1

| November 13, 2014 | 14 Comments 

St Andrews CE Primary

header-e1407573574837Great, to be invited to spend two, full-on, days at St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Springfield Street, in Oswaldtwistle, a town within the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England, on the course of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 3 miles east-southeast of Blackburn.

Joining us today were colleagues from Peel Park Primary, St John with St Augustine C of E Primary and St Philip’s C of E Primary.

I contacted Tim because I recently started using Twitter (@standrewscep) and I was reminded of some amazing training we had with Tim at an NAHT conference in Manchester in 2012.  I loved the way he used technology to inspire the children to write and be so creative.

St Andrew’s was a good school in 2012.  Two days before Christmas 2013, we had another inspection (it should have been section 8) and we were found to require improvement.  I have been at the school since 2001 and school has improved beyond recognition in that time.  Unfortunately our results in 2013 didn’t reflect this and reading and maths results were below floor targets. In 2014, we have improved the results for reading and maths, but writing was very low.  It took us a long time to get to good and it feels as though we are back to square one.

As teachers we have been working so hard with every area of teaching and sometimes we burn out from too much feedback, marking, and pressure to do things well!  Teachers who have been with me on the journey to good are ready to be refreshed with new ideas.  Newer teachers will benefit from learning new teaching techniques.

I wanted to invite Tim and Sarah to our school to bring back the enjoyment of teaching and watching as our children realise that they can write and use their imagination.  I am hoping that the use of technology with Tim and Sarah will really encourage them and they will learn without realising it!  I have been looking forward to these two fun-filled days.

Mrs Christina Wilkinson
Headteacher

St Andrew’s CE Primary School
Springfield Street
Oswaldtwistle

Ptable ~ Interactive periodic table

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments 

PTableThe detail behind the development of Ptable, is remarkable.

Ptable is a very well designed, interactive, periodic table, suitable for many platforms, with interesting links to web pages about each chemical element.

As it is HTML, has no images and isn’t created using Flash, it is truly adaptable. Write-up windows can even be torn off or docked to the edges to allow simultaneous use of the table while reading. Budding scientists will be in their element!

Fotobabble

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Fotobabble Fotobabblecould be useful in an educational context, or a personal level.

Instantaneously share your Talking Photos in three simple steps:

1. Snap or select a photo
2. Speak into your microphone to record your voice and/or enhance your photo with visual effects
3. Share via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Interesting when creating feedback at the end of a project, as a stimulus for writing, or, simply, when making virtual “greetings cards” for those with a special event.

TitanPad

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Titan pad in actionTitanpadThere are quite a few “pads” to collaborate on texts. TitanPad is designed for collaboration on many platforms, but is also at home on iPads. Work, with others, simultaneously, on a single document.
Get a space, on your own subdomain, & work away together, happily. A powerful tool.

Note: access to pads is possible for anyone who knows the URL, so do not keep sensitive information in pads, and be aware when working with your students.

Whatever it Takes, reading initiative conference

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Whatever it takesWhatever it Takes, the Leicester city-wide reading initiative, is hosting its 3rd annual conference year of using ICT to inspire learning and creativity, with an emphasis and reading and writing.

ICT to Inspire – will be held on 25th February 2014 at Leicester City Football Club along with Feedback and Reflective Session, 4th June, venue TBC.

Open BookThe conference will be lead by Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild and supported by a number of providers, exhibiting a range of products available to schools to support pupils learning by the use of ICT. The day will include a presentation around ‘Raising the levels of creativity of children of all abilities’, a hands on session exploring the virtual worlds of Myst III and practical tasks delegates can undertake back at schools.

The follow up day has been designed to advance schools learning by  feedback and reflective sessions along with peer review. Tim and Sarah will keep in touch with delegates online, between events.

Click here to book your places now.

Geography IQ

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments 

GeographyIQWhich country has the smallest land mass? Which has the youngest population? The GeographyIQ rankings pages rank countries and territories by more than 50 geographic, demographic, & economic criteria.

What is the capital of Belarus? What languages are spoken in Afghanistan? What time is it in Buenos Aires? How’s the weather in Taipei in May? Find the answers to these questions and many more. The world map helps you quickly navigate through the world atlas so that you can explore our world. To get started, click on a continent and then a country. You’ll find tons of useful information including:

  • Facts and figures about each country’s geography, demographics, economy, government and political system
  • Fascinating historical, cultural and political background information
  • Country maps and flags
  • Climate and weather information for major cities
  • Up-to-date foreign currency exchange rates
  • Current time and time zone information for major cities

Comment Bubble ~ notes on videos

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Comment bubble logoWith Comment Bubble, you can experiment with adding, and gathering, thoughts on videos. Useful in a flipped classroom maybe, or when studying a film in detail.

White Noise

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments 

White NoiseWhite Noise, in its various formats, Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android & more) is a fascinating voyage in to the world of soundscapes, and the manipulation of ambient noises.

It is possible to mix your choice of background sounds, changing their volume and position.

Pick your favorite sound to relax and calm your mind (or class), or act as a stimulus for descriptive narrative.  Listen to pouring rain, crashing waves on a beach, or create your own perfect sound texture for writing, acting or relaxing, and much, much more. Sound!

The Children’s University of Manchester

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments 

logo-leftThe Children’s University of Manchester is full of useful, and fun, learning opportunities.

Their Adjective Detective game, is a fun way to explore the craft of description. Explore life in Ancient Greece, or Ancient Egypt. Polish up your French… & much, much more.

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf
The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

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The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

8/29/2014 By:

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

8/29/2014 By:

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf

TinkerCAD ~ Mind to 3D design, in minutes

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

tinkercad-logoTinkercad is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. Users are guided through the 3D design process through ‘Lessons’, which teach the basics, before moving on to more complex modeling techniques.

Tinkercad uses WebGL, a new 3D web standard. It works best with Google Chrome 10 or newer, and Mozilla Firefox 4 or newer. It works on Windows Vista or newer, Apple OS X 10.6 or newer, and Google Chrome OS on Chromebook. Get tinkering!