Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

123D Catch

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

123D Catch

123D Catch enables you to use your camera to capture the people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D experiences, and automatically transform them into interactive 3D models.

• Take a series of photographs from different angles.
• Showcase your work and follow other amazing 3D photographers from around the world through the in-app gallery.
• Store your captured objects in the cloud to access them from all your devices.
• Export 3D models in a variety of formats from the 123D online community for use in other 3D tools and projects.
• Works on iPad/iPhone & iPod Touch.

Keybr.com ~ Learn touch typing

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

keybrkeybr.com, a web application that will help you teach touch typing, or typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. It can improve any individual’s typing speed and accuracy dramatically.

A short tutorial explains how keybr.com works. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate the site

Or maybe stay like Miss Print from A Load of Rubbish!: “On completing her studies at the Mavis Bacon school of typing Miss Print dived straight into the typing pool ..and sank. She has since resurfaced with great style and when pushed can type 65w.p.m. When shoved she can get up to 65m.p.h. !!!!

Anatomy 4D

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Anatomy 4D

Through this free app and a simple printed image, Anatomy 4D transports students, teachers, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the body, into an interactive 4D experience of human anatomy. Visually stunning and completely interactive.

A journey inside the human body and heart, revealing our organs, skeleton, muscles, and body systems.

To get started, email, print, or save any set of target images from the “Target Library” inside the app from the main menu. A body of knowledge.

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.