Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Interactive History of The Evolution of the Web

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Interactive Evolution of the Web

The colour bands, in this visualization, The Evolution of The Web, work in multiple languages & represent the interaction between web technologies & browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps we use daily.

The web is a growing universe of interlinked pages and apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn’t see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible.

FutureMe

| September 19, 2014 | 1 Comment 

futuremelogoA while back, it was surprising, and slightly spooky, to receive an email from Tim, …sent a year before.

It read simply “Hi there Tim. It works“!

Back To The Future may be a favourite films but, what the hoverboard, is this now?!

Visit FutureMe and work out the rest and how you could use it to remind yourself of events ahead, or in a creative way in lessons. We’ve road tested it (Took a year folks!) and have set up 2 more already. Wonder if we will still have the same email address in 2019? A message of encouragement from a past self might be just what is needed.

AppShed

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

App Shed teachersAppshedApp shed allows teachers, or learners, to create free, online, apps, that can be accessed by mobile devices or online browsers

APP SHED  2It is very straight forward to use and has the potential to allow learners to become ‘creators of technology, not just consumers’.

The free student account offers: 1 user, 50MB storage, Unlimited App Downloads, Public/private apps, and is Ad-free.

Worth investigating before deciding whether to dig deeper maybe?

PawsExplore ~ eSafety

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

PawsExplorePawsexplore is a website which provides up to date e-safety information. Although there aren’t a wealth of resources, as ICT co-ordinator I have found the visual ideas a great starting point to generate our own school ideas for e-safety.

For example, we will be creating a competition for our children to create their own monitor displays for the dos and the don’ts of e-safety.

The only issue that some schools have faced is that the site may be blocked
because of the word created by the end of paws and the beginning of explore. :-)

Very useful in terms of creating a foundation for e-safety (and also helping towards our e-safety award evidence!)

Tiffany Thorpe, Coleshill Primary

NoRedInk

| September 17, 2014 | 1 Comment 

noredInk

Help your students improve their grammar and writing skills with NoRedInk

The site is “currently free for everyone – teachers, students, parents, tutors, school administrators, and all who want to improve their grammar!”

Turn Off The Lights with Chrome

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments 

TOTLWe have mentioned a couple of great ways of watching YouTube, and other, film sites, free from distractions.

Here’s another: the Google Chrome gem “Turn Off The Lights”, means that with one click on the lamp button, the entire page will fade to dark, (with many adjustable options) so you can watch the video as if you were in the cinema. Click again, the page will return back as normal.

Text Compare

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments 

TextCompareTextCompare could be a useful way of looking at changes between 2 texts. Paste, or type, the texts in to each box, and see the differences highlighted.

Or, try Grammarly, which we mentioned here.

Legend.me

| September 12, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Life fills us with stories.  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  Stories fill us with life.

LegendLEGEND is an online platform enabling teachers to use stories to create meaningful and engaging content for their pupils.

Visual story telling is a fascinating way to cover, or introduce, new ideas and concepts. Use images, video, and text to make unique learning opportunities.

Legend is easy to use: drag and drop elements in to place ~ a virtual collection appropriate for your students.

The site is in Beta stage at the moment, and they are interested in educators who are up for signing up to try it out.

Stoodle ~ Online collaboration

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“Someone knows what you need. Someone needs what you know”.

Stoodle “makes it easy to learn from and teach fellow peers online”. For iPad and desktop browsers!

Real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages.  Real-time communication through voice conferencing and text chat. Permanent storage of all classrooms for later access. Support for image uploading.  Access to basic drawing tools and colours

This is one we don’t have a lot of experience of, so please, investigate and let us know your thoughts…

Lego Movie Maker app ~ Stop motion movie magic

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Lego Movies

With the LEGO Movie Maker app, you can “Build your own LEGO® adventure, then capture your story”!

This movie creator doesn’t just have to have LEGO as its subject but you can help bring LEGO, and other characters, alive in a stop-motion movie.

Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. Choose from 7 different soundtracks, or add music from your library, then save your movie to your camera roll. Add text to your movie with custom dialog cards and add LEGO sound effects to any frame, or record your own sound effects. Helpfully, you can edit the duration of each frame, making it possible to create some masterpieces.

LEGO Movie Maker works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (on devices with a camera!) and supports operating systems of iOS5 and up. Intriguingly, it states that you “Must be 18 or older to download”.

edPuzzle ~ Make any video into an interactive experience

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

edPuzzle LogoA potentially very useful tool: edPuzzle enables the editing, and use of, interactive videos on on any subject

Add your voice and insert audio notes or record over a video with your familiar voice. Add questions through the video to give your students immediate feedback and track their understanding. Either use ready made content, or upload your own videos to EDpuzzle and make them perfect for your class.

Check where the students are struggling. Also, check their answers to your quizzes. Select only the interesting parts of long videos. Spark curiosity by asking open questions through the video