Biddisham Harvest Festival Fun

BIDDISHAM HARVEST Biddisham Harvest Festival

A total honour ~ to be invited to contribute a couple of presentations, on the magic of ICT, to an event at our village hall, The Biddisham Harvest Supper.

Biddisham is a tiny, but incredibly sociable place, so it was great to meet up with neighbours, and friends, new and old, from this rural hamlet.

We shared a lot of free ways to use, and entertain, with some simple, but powerful, technology. We explored the village, and the surrounding countryside, and headed off in to some distant, intriguing worlds too. A bit of magic weaving, and storytelling.

Here is a simple list and then a more detailed report below that:

Crazytalk is the facial animation and lip-sync software, as is Morfo on iPads.

Taggalaxy for solar systems of images and words.

Panoramas are a fantastic way of immersing children (or yourself) in a different location, and a superb tool for stimulating discussion in children of all ages, and abilities.

www.panoramas.dk a glorious collection of landscapes.

CleVR provides a suite of online tools for creating and sharing panoramic photos.

The CleVR Stitcher is a free Adobe AIR application that will automatically stitch photos into a panorama.

We can also recommend the excellent Arounder, for a collection of panoramas from locations around the world and 360 Cities.

Google Street View Stereographic. This joyous gem makes your very own, free, explorable, mini planets!

Visit your location, in StreetView Stereographic, & then learn to fly, as it is possible to move around within your world.

Google Streetview and GoogleTreks for the real adventure.

A picture is worth a thousand words” and ThingLink helps you tell your stories, because images can come alive with connections to music, video, photographs, text, and more! Create interactive scenes. Build, share, touch and discover.

Lunapic is well worth a deeper investigation than just the first page. It is a very easy to use image manipulator. Both fun and useful.

There are many, many different effects that you can add to your image.

Another photo editing gem is Photofunia.

Try the app String AR to bring a dragon to life.

Download and print the target image for the dragon from here and the target image for the alien here!

And the coloured in fireworks were brought to life using ColAR Mix app.
PhotoSynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas…

To make synths, just install the Photosynth application.

The Photosynth app is available now for iOS in the iTunes App Store.

Other operating systems are supported too….

To make panoramas from your iPhone, get the Photosynth App from Apple’s App Store.

Soundation is a most impressive online digital music machine that has huge potential.

The FREE version allows a lot (except you can’t save or mix down your end results).
A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap.

Ambient Mixer makes it possible to listen to free audio atmospheres, or mix your own ambient sounds online.
With the sound board site you could create a calming sonic atmosphere within your classroom. Mix the relative levels, and panned position, of different sounds, from a choice of birdsong, bonfire, creek, crickets, gulls, ocean, rain, thunder, and wind chime sound effects, & music. Sound!

Also try Go Mix It
Dragon Dictation might be a good way to turn talk in to writing for real.
Like many people, we are big fans of Wordle and similar word cloud generators, and the magic of Tagxedo.

Tagxedo brings a word-cloud alive. The layout of each cloud can be manipulated to a great level of detail: colour, shape, rotation and more.
In looking at maps, old and new, we find the site “Wherethepath” to be really useful. It gives you the power to see different map formats, side-by-side, and to toggle between modern maps & old 1940s versions.

Talk Typer is a great online speech to text tool, which works within the Google Chrome browser. It does need a little help with some punctuation and, like any speech recognition, can make some mistakes, but is a good free way to experiment with spoken-to-written word.

Build Your Wild Self

Switcheroo Zoo to create and investigate animals.

Zooburst :Make your own 3D pop up books.

Pottery HD Lite, to throw virtual pots. iDough enables inventive creation.

Epic Citadel, a peaceful medieval landscape, to wonder through, on your iPad.

 

Thank you to everyone, this evening, for coming with us in to familiar, and uncharted lands.

Talking CowCrazytalkTagGalaxy Biddisham is the facial animation and lip-sync software, as is Morfo on iPads.

Taggalaxy for solar systems of images and words.

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Panoramas are a fantastic way of immersing children (or yourself) in a different location, and a superb tool for stimulating discussion in children of all ages, and abilities.

Over the years, we have frequently pointed folk in the direction of www.panoramas.dk a great site, full of resources that you can use as a visual stimulus, a huge and glorious collection of landscapes, and experiences.

It is important to not forget to take the time to stand still.

In each QTVR (Quick time virtual reality) Panorama, take your time and write or discuss – before you even think about moving. It is that first movement that creates a bit of magic when using these with children.

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CleVR provides a suite of online tools for creating and sharing panoramic photos.

The CleVR Stitcher is a free Adobe AIR application that will automatically stitch photos into a panorama. These are uploaded and displayed in a Flash viewer on the CleVR site. This can also be embedded into other sites and blogs. Interactive hotspots can be added to the panorama, which can be clicked to display photos and text. Sign up is required, but the program is FREE.

The software deliberately has fewer features than other photo stitching software, as the focus is on simplicity and ease of use. Stitching & uploading a panorama takes around 5 minutes & is fully automatedThe one you see, to the right, is not perfect as we did it at great pace, down at the side of the Bosphorus. Take a little more care and we wouldn’t have the gap on the far shore, or a blurred dome. Hey ho!Get pupils to make a virtual tour of your school maybe, and embed it on a blog or website? A still image AND a moving panorama!CleVR eh? And, easy. Panorama of Bebek Hotel Istanbul on CleVR.com

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As big fans of virtual panoramas, such as those to be found at Panoramas.dk, we can also recommend the excellent Arounder, for a collection of panoramas from locations around the world and 360 Cities.

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Something we have used for quite a while now, and involve as just one step in the process of bringing worlds alive, with the schools we work alongside, is the wonderful Google Street View Stereographic. This joyous gem makes your very own, free, explorable, mini planets!

Visit your location, in StreetView Stereographic, & then learn to fly, as it is possible to move around within your world.

Just one way remember, but a fantastic stimulus for talk, discussion, talk for writing, and a whole lot more. Fun!

Google Streetview and GoogleTreks for the real adventure.

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A picture is worth a thousand words” and ThingLink helps you tell your stories, because images can come alive with connections to music, video, photographs, text, and more! Create interactive scenes. Build, share, touch and discover.
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Lunapic is well worth a deeper investigation than just the first page. It is a very easy to use image manipulator. Both fun and useful.

There are many, many different effects that you can add to your image.

I have heated up the Lunapic logo, and the two lads, from one of our events, to the right, are really reflecting on their work. Old movie scratches, rotating cubes of a few images, or even let your image be struck by lightning! The end results can be exported as gifs.
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Whilst I have put on a bit of weight, (Infact, I am turning in to a bit of a wok smuggler) I haven’t gained as many pounds it looks like in this picture!

That was made, along with MANY other quick and easy, fun or intriguing, photo editing gems from Photofunia.

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String ARTo celebrate the launch of their Augmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase. Investigate Scrawl, the first world’s first 3D augmented reality drawing app.

ARdragon1Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a dragon flew out of your screen, or out of your wall? Try the AR Dragon.

Download and print the target image for the dragon from here and the target image for the alien here!

And the coloured in fireworks were brought to life using ColAR Mix app.

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Have YOU tried PhotoSynth yet? Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and now its mobile too.

You can tilt and turn your way around a sight, zooming in on closer detail, and it is remarkably simple to create these engaging experiences.

Choose a panorama when you can capture everything from a single location with a single zoom level. Great for giving a sense of what it feels like to be in a one particular place. Can be 360° in both directions, but doesn’t have to be. Panoramas are simple to navigate – you can go left/right, up/down and zoom in/out.

Synths are good for capturing different sides or details of an object. More complex to navigate than panoramas because you are moving from photo to photo., and somewhat more complex to create.

To make panoramas from your desktop, install Image Composite Editor and the Photosynth application.

To make synths, just install the Photosynth application.

The Photosynth app is available now for iOS in the iTunes App Store.

Other operating systems are supported too….

To make panoramas from your iPhone, get the Photosynth App from Apple’s App Store.
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Now THIS is something worth a massive exploration: Soundation is a most impressive online digital music machine that has huge potential.

The FREE version allows a lot (except you can’t save or mix down your end results).
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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? _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Ambient Mixer makes it possible to listen to free audio atmospheres, or mix your own ambient sounds online.

Great for making background sounds to a piece of music, or descriptive narrative? Use as an underscore, to inspire talk for writing, as a way of making the soundtrack to a podcast or other audio broadcast.

Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effect, use endless audio loops, or upload your own, to create a unique audio mix.

No software installations required. All ready made, mixable atmospheres use royalty free audio files, thanks to the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license.

A good way of experiencing mixing of sounds, level, crossfade, left to right placement, and more. You need to pay to download the end result, but don’t need to & the process itself is free. Enjoy some relaxing sounds whilst you plan too.
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With this sound board you could create a calming sonic atmosphere within your classroom. Mix the relative levels, and panned position, of different sounds, from a choice of birdsong, bonfire, creek, crickets, gulls, ocean, rain, thunder, and wind chime sound effects, & music. Sound!

Try Go Mix It too
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Dragon Dictation might be a good way to turn talk in to writing for real.Dragon Dictation

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Like many people, we are big fans of Wordle and similar word cloud generators.

Our post on Wordles of Character created a bit of trend, with people from all over the place sending their own, pieces of art.

We have been having fun with students, exploring the magic of Tagxedo, since then.

Tagxedo brings a word-cloud alive. The layout of each cloud can be manipulated to a great level of detail: colour, shape, rotation and more.

When you hover your cursor over a word within that cloud, it spins, and forms a hyperlink to your chosen URL. (The default being a Google search based on that word.

Here is one on the theme of feet. Have fun experimenting.
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In looking at maps, old and new, we find the site “Wherethepath” to be really useful. It gives you the power to see different map formats, side-by-side, and to toggle between modern maps & old 1940s versions.

This a free site, (and OS impose a limit of 200000 map tile fetches per day”), but, if it runs out temporarily, the site will run with out of copyright 1940s OS Mapping. There is a version of this site without route planning HERE.
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Talk Typer is a great online speech to text tool, which works within the Google Chrome browser. It does need a little help with some punctuation and, like any speech recognition, can make some mistakes, but is a good free way to experiment with spoken-to-written word.

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This list straddles (ouch!) both Primary and secondary schools.

1. To explore the touch screen iPad experience Puppet Pals Directors Pass (£1.99) is a great way to start. Pupils can appear as cut outs in the animations and backgrounds /settings could taken from drawings, paintings and even “Street view” from the Maps app.

2. For some interactive problem solving Scribblenauts Remix (69p) is a fun place to start. I have to think quite hard about this!

3. Paper (basic version free) – an ironic name but a beautiful Zen-like experience. A uncluttered toolset for mark-making with digital pen, paintbrush and pencil. It looks just like real pencil marks. We bought the full version within minutes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

printImageWe have mentioned this before but it is such a joy to explore once more: Build Your Wild Self makes it easily artistic to apply some of the elements of SwitchZoo to your own human form.

An enchanting mixture of elf/fairy-like graphics, and interesting scientific information, makes this a great little application to explore with children of many ages.

Build a “you” then add animal characteristics that transport you in to a world of fantastic creatures and beyond.

Well done & thank you to all at the New York Zoos & Aquarium

Switcheroo Zoo to create and investigate animals.

Zooburst :Make your own 3D pop up books.

Pottery HD Lite, to throw virtual pots. iDough enables inventive creation.

Epic Citadel, a peaceful medieval landscape, to wonder through, on your iPad.
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