Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Inspiring Science Education

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Inspiring Science EducationInspSciEd Logo [inspiringscience.eu] is an online portal which hosts innovative learning resources. Combining digital resources with an online delivery tool, it allows teachers to use enquiry-based learning scenarios in their lessons and keep track of the students’ assessment results. The aim is to make science education more imaginative and inspiring for students of all ages.

The UK National Coordinator is Dr Chris North [ise@astro.cf.ac.uk], from Cardiff University.

CInsp Eci Ed webhris can support UK teachers with getting started with the project and the tools. The learning scenarios developed showcase the use of the tools in the classroom or science, technology, engineering, and maths~STEM club, and cover all of science – from particle physics and cosmology to honey bees and school gardens.

SPACE TELESCOPEIf you’re interested in astronomy you can, for example, use a lesson plan that covers the lifecycle of stars, combined with the award-winning online tool “Star in a Box”. Alternatively, you could follow a lesson which investigates the cosmos across electromagnetic spectrum using Chromoscope, and then go on to design your own space telescope.

If those don’t quite meet a teacher’s needs for a specific lesson, then they can copy and edit the lesson plans using the authoring tool. For more information about the project, and how to take part, visit the website (inspiringscience.eu), or contact Chris North at ise@astro.cf.ac.uk or on Twitter here.

Curriki

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 

CurrikiCurriki is a global community for users to create, share, and find free learning resources. Curriki contains thousands of free lessons and curricula built by educators that are shared throughout the Curriki community using collaborative networking groups. All resources have been vetted and organized to better serve you and your students. Find out more at the Curriki Blog. Curriki’s Mission – Open Educational Resources for educators, students, and parents around the world.

Space Shuttle Audio Collection

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Space audioThe Space Shuttle Audio Collection ~a fascinating glimpse in to life beyond the pull of Earth. An archived site, through the WayBackMachine, well worth browsing & to use as inspiration for  inventive writing maybe? What would it feel like? To affinity & beyond.

Kompoz ~ Collaborate with musicians across the world

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Kompoz

Kompoze is one for those of you who …compose… from time to time, but are short on people to play with, to bring that music alive. Create songs with a bass player in Birminham, a drummer in Dortmund, and a guitarist in Goa…or from across the street?

Mp3mymp3

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

mp3mymp3_sound_recorder_logoHere’s one for PC users: Take sounds from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, or Skype calls, create MP3’s from Vinyl or Cassette maybe. Happy listening.

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

 

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Jam With Chrome

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments 

JAMJam with Chrome is a collaborative live music experience in your browser, allowing you, and up to three others, to jam together in real time

For the best viewing and audio experience, use Chrome so you can make use of Web Audio and Web Socket required to run the site. Get Google grooving. Enjoy!

Plink

| May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments 

PlinkPlink by Dinahmoe Labs, is a fun way to discover some fairly random music alongside total strangers (and they remain that way). A look at visual representations of sound.

Patatap ~ visual representation of sound

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Patatap

Patatap ~ an animation and sound exploration. With the touch of fingers on a keyboard, create sound scapes alongside appropriate moving shapes.

A visual jamming and beat making tool.

Combine simple geometric shapes, and colours, with sounds. The visuals correspond to the sounds and create a good start to looking at visual representation of audio. Warning: includes flashing visual images.

Sound Uncovered

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

su-screenshotSound Uncovered An Interactive Book for the iPad from the good folk at Exploratorium

Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an award-winning interactive collection from the Exploratorium featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

Hear with your eyes, see with your ears, test your hearing, make and modify recordings—this app puts you at the center of the experiment.

Why do some noises seem louder at night? Are there secret messages in music played backward? How can Siri understand different accents? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears.

And it’s free! Download it at the iTunes App Store.

Academies Show Questions

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments 

QuestionsPrior to the Academies Show, we shared a few ideas and some thoughts in answer to a few questions from the Academies Show team:

  1. Nowadays, children are more tech savvy than they have ever been before. Do you think that this trend is effectively reflected in the school curriculum?

Trying to keep up to date is always a challenge. Despite our assumptions, not all children are interested in tech.

In addition, we have to ensure that our curricula offer a broad range of both analog, and digital, experiences.

  1. What are your expectations for the new curriculum to integrate ICT, notably in English and Mathematics?

Programming remains just one element of computing. We have to keep our use of tech broad, fascinating and enabling.

There are some remarkable ways we can extend speaking, listening, writing, and collaboration using technology. Sharing those remarkable opportunities is what we do when working alongside schools. Developing inventive use of language could come from wandering in the world of words in some peaceful, and inspiring, virtual worlds.

  1. Technology in classrooms might be a double edged sword as kids often get distracted by playing with the tech devices. What approach should teachers use when using technology in lesson activities, so students don’t get tempted to use the tech devices for any other purposes?

Our lessons should be sufficiently engaging, challenging, and exciting to ensure that distraction is almost irrelevant. ~ involving enough to be compelling. If our use of tech is outdated, or unchallenging, then they almost have the right to use devices for another purpose!

  1. More and more schools are looking to work together on various landscapes, how do you encourage the confidence and ability for schools to collaborate and what can be gained from this?

A teacher who isn’t involved in something like Twitter, is disconnected. Collaboration is real, and achievable these days. How about making use of a Padlet to gather ideas at the start, middle, or end of a project. This could be across a classroom, schools, authorities, countries and beyond

  1. And finally, if you could share one message with visitors at The Academies Show London, what would it be?

The word teacher is too one sided. If we don’t know, there will be children who do. If we do know, maybe we should pretend we don’t, as that is when some of the best learning can take place.

Be brave and inventive; open to possibilities; unfold those metaphorical arms; use the remarkable positive potential of technology rather than focus on our worries about the negatives.

Take. ~ Your.  ~ Time. ~ ~ Don’t feel tempted to rush from the latest site, tool, or gadget, to the next. Effective use, and powerful outcomes, come from wise application of these resources. Go for it. It IS a remarkable time to be a teacher.

Capzles

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Capzles is a little bit like Animoto, Powtoon & Photostory on some levels, but has different elements to explore.

Capzles has been running for a while now but YOU might find it is worth investigating. Let us know how you get on

Capzles.com allows users to tell a story using pictures, video clips, audio tracks and text. Place this media, called “moments”, together chronologically in a timeline. The result is called a “capzle”.

This is a social site, but can be used on an individual level, to create some interesting results. Well worth an explore.