Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
Expand your searches beyond what you’d thought of initially. Inspiration for broadening investigations.
Communication is vital. 81DASH professes to be “a safe solution that would allow students access to communicate anytime, anywhere, but also keep them safe and give the teacher the opportunity to monitor and have full control of that chat environment”.
81DASH is currently, free, and in BETA. Created by teachers for teachers. This could be well worth a try. It runs on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android
Although the chat feature is heart and soul of 81Dash, they believe that students need more than just a safe chat environment. A dashboard that allows them to communicate, share files, take notes, & keep track of tasks.
Thank you to Katie Swallow, of Bartley C of E Junior School, for the nudge towards Ribbon Hero 2, which teaches you how to use Microsoft programs.
The Microsoft paper clip goes on an adventure through time and, on the way, has to learn skills on Word, Excel & PowerPoint, earning you points. (Ribbon Hero 2 is only available for Windows).
It looks like you’re writing a blog post. “It’s defiantly helped me and I am hooked!” says Katie.
Extreme Planet Makeover, whilst sounding like an idea for a Gok Wan programme, is, in fact, a fascinating investigation of what makes a planet work. Control the look, and habitability, of your own planet.
Each potentially habitable planet has a window of time during which it is possible for life to evolve. The planet must be old enough for the turbulence years of its formation to of passed, but not so old that all the water on the surface has sunken into the cooled off core. Because smaller planets cool off more quickly than larger ones, the window of opportunity for life to exist is quite a bit shorter than with larger planets. Investigate.
Earth~like planets are the right size, and the right distance from its sun. This is the holy grail of planet hunting. Worlds like this have the right conditions to support life as we know it. A major goal of astronomers is to figure out how many planets like this might exist in the galaxy. Can you make one yourself?
Adjust the distance from a star, star type, size, & age of the planet, & find out how your globule compares to others.
Create lessons in 5 minutes: Blend your classroom. Make the most of class time
Blendspace “allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content. It empowers you to collect web resources in one place and share with just one link. Measure student understanding with built-in quizzes and monitor their progress ~ adapt to student needs in real-time”. Try it & let us know.
(Formerly known as EdCanvas, so don’t be confused if you see EdCanvas branding in the videos!)
Thanks, again, to Kath Harris, Bracken Hill Special School, Nottinghamshire, for sharing the fun they have had with the free I’m Astronaut App
Here is Sarah, heading out in to space! Take photographs, and send them off to explore the stars, and a black hole, or bounce around on the moon! Fun!
(I’m Astronaut (FREE) is very different to I Am An Astronaut (69p) )
This gorgeous Augmented reality app, brings wildlife to life on your desktop, even with rain or snow. Lots of amazing settings to explore.
Their partners, Atlanta Zoo, have a free extension to the idea HERE
Present.me: “Powerful “in-person” communication because email and voicemail no longer cut through the noise”. Simple, fast, hassle free recording.
Onelook ~ search multiple dictionaries in interesting ways ~ ~ ~ ~ OUR 1000TH USEFUL AND INTERESTING POST ~ ~ ~
Type a word in to OneLook, and search many dictionaries at once. Also has a reverse dictionary and translations. If this is only useful to crosswords lovers, it’s a good start…
OneLook goes beyond the basic definition search too. Their examples offer a glimpse in to some of the possibilties:
|bluebird||Find definitions of bluebird|
|blue*||Find words and phrases that start with blue|
|*bird||Find words and phrases that end with bird|
|bl????rd||Find words that start with bl, end with rd, with 4 letters in between|
|bl*:snow||Find words that start with bl and have a meaning related to snow|
|bl*:adjective||Find any adjectives that start with bl|
|*:snow or :snow||Find any words related to snow|
|*:winter sport||Find words related to the concept winter sport|
|**winter**||Find phrases that contain the word winter|
|expand:nasa||Find phrases that spell out n.a.s.a.|