Here are the links explored in our keynote. We hope you find them useful.

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 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.


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.

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

ZooKazam, which is free, at the moment, on the App Store

This gorgeous Augmented reality app, brings wildlife to life on your desktop, even with rain or snow. Lots of amazing settings to explore.

Their partners, Atlanta Zoo, have a free extension to the idea HERE

GoogleTreks for the real adventure.
Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and it’s 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. The Photosynth app is available now for iOS in the iTunes App Store. Other operating systems are supported too….


Create atmospheric soundscapes with:
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.
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.
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, (convert using


Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds, and Garageband comes free on Apple devices. And have a go at Soundation and iMovie.  Have a look at Welsh Medium Go Large.


Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to speak and see the resulting text. It is thought that it’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.Great to get your reluctant writers, or those emerging in to the process, transcribing their writing ideas.
Also text into speech with Talk Typer (a Google Chrome Extension, so you need to download Google Chrome)


Ivona create some superb, paid for, text to speech software, but on their Ivona Recordings page, you get the chance to hear your words spoken by some quite convincing voices, as a free preview. What is good is that you can do so in English, Welsh, English with a Welsh (or Australian) lilt, or other languages such as Italian, Castillian Spanish, Polish & Brazillian Portuguese.


From Text To Speech is a free online Text To Speech (TTS) service with natural sounding voices. The voices aren’t quite as convincing as those in Ivona, great for its accents and languages) but, after you have converted your text, you can then save your phrses into MP3 audio file to play it on your computer or iPod ~a useful tool.

With Nice Translator, you just start typing, and it automatically turns what you have written in to multiple languages, all in one go. Then turn text into speech in other languages with Ivona.



Myst, Riven, Exile, Revelation and Real Myst iPad, the peaceful games series we explored.

There are quite a few games in the Myst series, but the ones we use most are Myst 3:Exile, and Myst 4:Revelation.

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

Thinking Dice, the thought provoking question starter cubes to extend higher order thinking skills;

Some creative iPad apps PotteryHD, Colorsplash, Puppetpals, (get the Director’s Edition for PuppetPals as it includes all the downloads)

Zooburst for the pop-up book creator and Voicethread to add audio comments and more to images.

String ARARdragon1Try the AR dragon or the alien from String!

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a dragon flew out of your screen, or out of your wall?

Download and print the target image for the dragon from here.

Fun with photos using Lunapic and Photofunia, (another one is Big Huge Labs) and Multicolr, when hunting for images with a specific colour, or range of colours.

Get comical with: Comic Life and Chogger. And Bayeux Tapestry Maker.

Multimodal Writing Frames using PowerPoint

Now here is the clever stuff! Here are the helpsheets you have been looking for, for that nifty stuff Sarah showed you on using the hidden gems within PowerPoint. Download helpsheet for PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010.

(PowerPoint 2013 very similar to 2010).


Zoom It is a desktop zoom, and annotation, tool and enables you to zoom your desktop, with your wheel mouse, or the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard. It is activated with a customizable keyboard shortcut. (PC only as Macs don’t need it as you can ctrl~ 2 finger zoom).