Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Lissa Explains it All ~ an HTML programming introduction

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Lissa Explains it All is a long established, colourful, and fun, approach to learning HTML for children.

With this tutorial, beginners learn step by step how to make their own Web page and publish it on the web.

Whilst no aspect of HTML programming is simple on first encounter, this site takes you through introductory stages in an interesting way. If you get really in to your designing, there are far more complex elements you could explore.

Maybe YOU could design the next big “FaceTube” or “YouBook”!

GamePress ~ Drag & drop game creation

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

GamePress is a game creation app that allows anyone to make the games, with no programming or graphic design. GamePress allows you to create, share, and play right on your iPad. Fun, creative, and entertaining.

With the GamePress Arcade you can share your games to the world, and even play other users’ games. You could even make unique learning games featuring pictures of your children right in the game!

Make use of GamePress to teach students about game design, logic, computer science and engineering! You don’t need any technical experience to bring your art to life with GamePress.

(Caution: The free version contains an in app purchase option to unlock unlimited elements).

From Text To Speech ~ Free TTS

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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.

Autodesk Homestyler ~ Graphical modelling

| March 26, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Which method is the most effective, when deciding on a new layout of a room: pen and paper, computer, or drag the furniture around until you’re happy. The answer is debatable, eh? Now we can to see how powerful a digital design can be.

There are quite a few ways of tackling the challenge of helping children explore the world of graphical modelling.

We have covered a few before (as you’ll see from the comments) as it forms an increasingly important part of computer science and graphical modelling. is an outstanding extension to the whole process, enabling interesting, & genuinely useful planning.

It is a great FREE tool, powerful in helping pupils to understand how ICT can be used to explore certain aspects of design even if they lack technical drawing skills.

A simple design package to model or simulate real life settings, like planning rooms in a house, and is easy to understand and master.

There is now a free app for iDevices and Android tools

As children plan the layout of the room, they choose furniture from a collection of graphics and when they arrange the furniture in the room they can select, drag and drop, move, rotate, copy all the different elements… and then see their room in 3-D! ——->

Computer Science Unplugged ~ CS… without a Computer!

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

CS is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use analog ways of considering digital ideas… cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, without all the distracting technical details we usually have to negotiate with “the real thing”.

CS Unplugged is suitable many different ages, from elementary school to seniors.

X Ray Goggles ~ Remix the web

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

You could build a custom homepage for the BBC News page, an alternate version of a favourite webpage, a funny remix of a well known site, and more!

Add a toolbar to your browser and change any page. When you’re ready to share your remixed page, click the Publish button or press P on your keyboard. This makes your changes visible on the web for others to see. ~ Interactive locations to inspire

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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.

ThinkUknow ~ Internet Safety

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments 

CEOP’s thinkuknow site provides a range of FREE educational resources – films, lesson plans, presentations, guidance, games and posters – to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of their educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off.

To access these resources you will need to register on the site.

This established toolkit continues to develop, and is well worth investigating, and integrating in to any internet safety planning.

Digital Dialects

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Digital Dialects is a long established, and superb site, that quietly continues to grow.

It contains (Flash based) animation games for learning phrases, numbers, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets, in 60 different languages: from Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, Bulgarian… all the way through to Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Zazaki

They also have some really good geography games about regions and countries across the globe.

Digital Dialects was launched way back in January 2007, originally a “by-product of a dissertation reviewing web resources for language learning. The site was conceived as an educational tool for learning languages, and as a guide to online resources”.

All animation and webpage design is by Craig Gibson. The games are intended to provide a relaxed way of acquiring basic language skills, “a break from books”! Audio files have been incorporated into animations for certain languages, and more audio materials are planned.

Spreaker DJ

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments 

All-new Spreaker DJ for the iPad enables live broadcasting/podcasting of voice, music, mixes and audio FX!

Spreaker transforms your iPad into a full-featured radio station, allowing you to mix your voice with music, and sound effects, to create your own personal radio shows or podcasts. It can feature “LIVE chat” and that feature might take some consideration.

The easy to use interface allows integration with your iTunes music library, microphone input, and an audio FX library. Record your mixes or broadcast them live, controlling all volumes and mixing all channels independently.

Codeacademy ~ iPad programming

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Programming underpins apps, websites, games, and more. Codeacademy (as opposed to Codecademy) is a free app to build things online through programming. Pick apart the basic structure of code, and the concepts behind the apps you use, and websites you visit.

Hour of Code is a great way to go from zero to programming. Its is now longer than an hour too! “Make a webpage from the app with a photo, bio, and more, and share it with friends to show off what you’ve learned”!