Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
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.
Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. It requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE) and works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).
It is not always accurate, but can some times be way ahead of us, as in the classic quote, as we headed to Cardiff:
“Driving, with Sarah and Ellie, two whales”!
(Thankfully, neither of them are easily offended)
The Atlas Robot is a two legged robot that was built primarily for search and rescue tasks. DARPA, the United States Department of Defense, was primarily responsible for its production and design. Oliver Diaz’s digital recreation, in iPad app format, is a fascinating augmented reality experience
Whilst not perfect, you can sequence small movements and it does have a significant wow factor! Print out the AR target, and get Atlas moving!
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 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!
(Caution: The free version contains an in app purchase option to unlock unlimited elements).
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.
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.
Homestyler.com is an outstanding extension to the whole process, enabling interesting, & genuinely useful planning.
A simple design package to model or simulate real life settings, like planning rooms in a house, and is easy to understand and master.
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! ——->
CS Unplugged.org 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 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.
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.
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 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.