Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
It is impressive the way you can explore Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante, HERE with hyperlinks to wiki entries about each character. Art, History, Wiki links AND mouse over “tagging” – creativity on many levels.
The 2006 artwork by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang Anjun became an internet hit, with people scrambling to identify all the 103 figures depicted in it.
The dinner party guests – including Stalin, Beethoven, Audrey Hepburn, Bruce Lee, Marlon Brando, Mao Zedong, Gandhi and Bill Clinton – are surrounded by images of Man’s creations such as the Pyramids.
How many people can you recognise? Continue Reading
We’ve mentioned a few ways to export a website, or blog, as a pdf or jpeg. Blogbooker does the job in great style.
It exports everything, (except embedded flash files, for example) including images, and every hyperlink. It even produces an index page & each title links to the relevant post.
The process is easy & requires no sign up. Produce a pdf booklet of all of your hard work.
Easy Prompter is a FREE, full-featured, and easy to use teleprompter, for online and offline use!
Like Cue Prompter.com Easy Prompter is powerful because you can adjust font size, vary the speed, check the time that has elapsed, control and operate the prompter through keyboard and mouse controls (start/pause, ff/rew, etc) and run it in full screen, for clutter free guidance through your chosen text.
The “portable” version of Easy Prompter means you can use the prompter without an active internet connection.Put your text, and the prompter, on to a USB drive and you’ll always have a cue card wherever you are.
Could this be useful when working with students who find personal organisation a challenge? TrackClass offers free tools to coordinate things like timetables, notes (which track changes), overdue and upcoming exams and assignment reminders. You can even attach files to events …so the dog can’t eat your homework.
Here are some more of his celebrations, this time using Myst III:Exile.
I just wanted to contact to say how continually surprised I am with the results of using Myst 3 in the classroom. Even with the graphical improvements today it is still hands down the kids favourite part of English during the year. I’ve attached some writing that my class did this week! #proudteachermoment
We have used Myst 3 in Year 4 since Tim visited a few years ago. It continually surprises me just how fantastic the writing is from it. My class are always eager to return to the lands and their descriptions of it are vivid, showing the high level of engagement they have. I have also loved using Myst III as a teacher because each class you have come up with slightly different ideas and descriptions of the landscape and wonderful scenery the game has to offer.
Attached are a few pieces of work from my Year 4 class, who showed a great deal of pride and enjoyment in their writing.
Park Mead Primary School
Wordsmyth is a suite of dictionary-thesaurus resources, useful for many ages & abilities.
There are different levels of dictionary, each with their own style and structure. The Beginners’ Dictionary, for example, has very easy-to-read entries written with a simple defining vocabulary of 2000 “starter” words.
The differences between the dictionaries could be useful when looking at use of language. If you try looking up “inspire” in the Beginners’ dictionary, in the childrens’ dictionary, and then in the advanced dictionary, you get carefully selected results. All include the word in an audio format.
Designed to accompany the Harry Potter Exhibition, organised by the US National Library of Medicine, the Online Education Resources are a touch of magic in their own right.
Follow the clues, to discover similarities between Harry’s fictional world and ours. Investigate the Potions section and find answers to things such as the difference between the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Philosopher’s Stone, and what Nicolas Flamel was really famous in history?
Examine the historical records in the Monsters section and find answers to investigate The Monster Book of Monsters that Hagrid used to teach the Care of Magical Creatures class in Hogwarts, and the creatures and monsters that Gesner’s Historiae Animalium included.
Mandrake is used in a potion for un-petrification in Harry Potter. Find out what Mandrake was used for historically in the Herbology section.
“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand & saying a few funny words.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
Culture Street’s Picture Book Maker
Whilst it is not perfect, you can, quite quickly, create some little gems.
Choose your characters, some backgrounds, objects and artefacts, then get composing your tale over multiple pages. This can help break down simple stories in to distinct sections, perhaps as a plan for a more extended tales
Younger children could find the Picture Book Maker a great stimulus for planning, but also for presenting the end results of their writing.
SoapBox is a controlled digital space, designed to “improve student engagement by breaking down the barriers students face when deciding whether or not to participate in class, and gives teachers a concrete assessment of student comprehension, in real time”.
Soap Box is a service that enables teachers to gather instant feedback from students through their cell phones, tablets, or laptops. Soap Box offers nine useful functions for teachers and students. There is even a “confusion barometer” that enables students to put their status as either “I get it” or “I’m confused.”
As there is a chance to communicate through a back channel, there is also a “profanity filter” that blocks inappropriate language from being posted.
SoapBox is currently in beta and free of charge. This could be well worth exploring within schools who are lucky (and wise) enough to allow, and encourage use of mobile technology, and interactive judgments, and evaluations, within lessons. A hard point to debate. Maybe try it through Soap Box.
“Do you believe in “magic”? You might after using The Levelator® to enhance your podcast.
An old and archived piece of software but genuinely useful
So what is The Levelator®? It’s software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three.
It’s much more than those tools, and it’s much simpler to use: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler’s application window, and a few moments later you’ll find a new version which just sounds better.
(*The sound of a clink in their TipJar would be enhanced with The Levelator® too, b.t.w. 🙂 )
Because eMailDodo is a cloud service, all members in your group can use the same single email address for the group on any pc or mobile & it’s easy to remember.
Never again worry about misspelling an address or accidentally leaving somebody out of an email.