Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Wordmark.it

| April 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

wordmarkit inspireWith WordMark.it it’s is easy to see what a word looks like in all the available fonts on your computer. A quick and useful tool when doing some desk top publishing.

Inanimate Alice

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments 

logo_largeA great site we stumbled upon, nearly 10 years ago and referred to before, encourages great discussion and interaction in a range of settings:

‘Inanimate Alice’ tells the story of a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad.

Alice umbrellaUsing high quality visuals, and sound (make SURE your sound is on) this is your chance to join the protagonist on an adventurous path. Over different episodes, each a self contained story, we see Alice grow from an eight year old, living with her parents in a remote region of Northern China, on her way towards beconing a talented older games designer.

Alice and mobileThis series of multimedia, interactive episodes uses a combination of text, audio, images, and games as Alice takes us on a journey through her life. Alice becomes an animator, & creator of characters for the “most successful games company in the world”.

She meets many along the way and one character stands out: Brad, Alice’s “only true friend in life”. The episodes of ‘Inanimate Alice’ become increasingly interactive and game-like, reflecting Alice’s own developing fascination with games. ‘Inanimate Alice’ is a study of human/computer relations in a world where having “friends” means never having to actually meet them.

Read the Education section for some background & thoughts on what might happen in this established yet still developing story… (see original logo below)

Some down time…

| March 29, 2015

daffodilsOFFTaking time to take time…

Taking a break—even for 15 to 20 minutes—is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day.

We are taking a bit of down time, switching off for a little bit. See you back after a bit of exploring of Mexico. Hoping YOU can take a break too.

HookPad by HookTheory

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments 

HookpadHookPad is software that simplifies songwriting by helping you choose chords that sound good together and guiding you to write a good melody. It’s a musical sketchpad with music theory “built-in”.

A soft murmer

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments 

A soft murmer 1A soft murmer 2A Soft Murmer is another great way to create and play with ambient sounds. Descriptive narrative and beyond.

Vocaroo ~ record & embed audio… easily

| March 19, 2015 | 2 Comments 

VocarooVocaroo is a quick and easy way to get audio in to a blog post without loads of hassle, & technical equipment. (This uses Flash, so won’t work on an i device, sadly.) Click the arrow for an example.
Record and upload voice >>

“Virtual Manipulatives”

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Virtual Mnipulatives!Virtual Manipulatives

Virtual Manipulatives is a superb free app offering some support with fractions, percentages and decimals through the use of tiles to investigate.

Virtual Manipulatives: Fraction, Decimal & Percent Tiles is a great way for students to explore how parts make up a whole.

‘tinterweb in graphical form ~ a challenge

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

screenshot0621Have a look at THIS totally fascinating collection of images from the Internet Mapping Project, or go straight to Kevin Kell’s Flickr page of the maps HERE

Thought provoking images. How about trying this as an activity with your students.

The digital world is a wonderful place… What does it look like maybe?

We would be fascinated to see any iterations of this process.

…still in Wimbledon ~Anyone for Tennis?

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never even be as good as a wall.

TennisStill in Wimbledon, the throne of tennis.

Try a few online games of tennis here and here

Or get some good coaching videos for young players HERE

We love this quote from one of the great men of tennis:

“You’ve got to get to the stage in life when going for it is more important than winning or losing”
Arthur Ashe

Pictaculous

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments 

pictaculousPictaculousColour Pallette, colour palette generator, gets your thinking about tones, & how they mix. Here are their suggestions for the 3 Bald Blokes pic:

BigThink

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments 

BiGBig Think contains a vast amount of articles and videos of some of the most intriguing thinking around. A forum of knowledge and ideas from some great brains, including Ruby Wax, (of course!) on Neuroplasticity and how “You’re the Architect of Your Own Brain”.  Some complex issues, but worth an explore to stretch our own thoughts. Try out some of the playlists, for some fascinating views on the world around, and within, us. Not for everyone, but a fascinating collection of concepts. Think Big with Big Think.