Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Knoword ~ quick thinking word game

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 18.03.52Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time.

If you’re ever stuck on a word, just hit the skip button and a new puzzle will present itself.

If you’re able to string together correct answers, you will notice your Word streak counter increasing. You can accumulate badges and additional points by achieving certain amounts of consecutively correct words… How far can you get?

A good warm up, or end of the day activity, maybe
If you’re ready, click here to get started!

Don’t forget FREE-RICE as an alternative and help to raise much needed funds too.

Little Wheel ~ an intriguing game

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments 

We’ve mentioned the delightful and engaging game Little Wheel before, but rediscovered it and have enjoyed its potential.

A challenge, and great to discuss with a class how to solve the problems encountered.

Lovely music, reminiscent of the Pink Panther theme: slinky, lounge-lizard jazz, – all muted-trumpets-and-brushes-on-tom-toms-sophistication.

Cool, man! Cool!

“Wall-e” like, in the isolation of a poor robot who’s mission you assist: to find and restore the power from the main generator.

Does that sound familiar to any of the Myst players amongst you? Think Myst IV:Revelation and Yeesha’s resigned comment of “Don’t tell me! Dad blew the power again, didn’t he?” Play The Game here

Have fun, and good luck! Here’s power to your elbow, metal or otherwise.

Masher ~ mash video clips, music tracks & photos

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Masher let’s you easily create a video by mashing together video clips, music tracks and photos- all for FREE! Whatever you have to say, a video speaks a squillion words, so get mashing!

Mix, Mash, and Share.
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Join Me ~ screen sharing

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments could be a good way of delivering an online presentation that many others can participate in. Get everyone interacting, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train others. Demo teaching ideas or just share ideas . is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool.

In the FREE version, you can have screen sharing with up to 250 viewers, share control, chat, send files, and even communicate with those who are on iPad/iPhone or Android

Sound FX Now!

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Making a layered recording, using something like Garageband or Audacity, then is a great way to find, and download FREE sound effects.

Do a quick keyword search, using the search bar, or dig through the various sound effect categories. The great thing about search results, is that all sounds, matching your search, are presented in a “Sound Grid” for easy playback! Useful in its own right. Sounds good eh?

Isle of Tune ~ I love tune

| September 23, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Now, this is an intriguing twist on music creation, and one which some of yours will find enticingly challenging, and rewarding.

To build a hamlet, village, town, conurbation, or even a rambling city, and then hear that creation come alive, in sound, as vehicles navigate its highways – delightful.

Isle of Tune is a musical sequencer with unexpected twists and turns. Construct your layout- roads, houses, trees, streetlights,and other objects. Cars trigger sounds, making music as they travel. Aurally more attractive than any true-life township tumult. Continue Reading

Newsmap ~ The news here and there

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Newsmap is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” news aggregator.

The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.

It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.

A fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.

Bugscope ~ control an expensive microscope

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports “K-16″ classrooms worldwide. Continue Reading

Winged Sandals ~ Greek Mythology

| September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Winged Sandals is a perfect example of how a website can “inform, educate and entertain” at the same time.

Winged Sandals explores the magical world of Classical Greek mythology, a place filled with awesome gods, daring heroes and fabulous monsters.

Winged Sandals features modern interpretations of Classical Greek myths and characters. Continue Reading

iSpot ~ identifying & classifying

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Found a plant, or minibeast, and you haven’t got a clue what it is called? Try identifying it through iSpot.

iSpot is really a great way to get a class finding, and identifying, wildlife around the school, or neighbourhood, adding to data about habitats too.

As part of Open Air Laboratories (the OPAL project,), the The Open University launched iSpot in 2009. iSpot helps beginners learn how to identify wildlife, get in touch with wildlife experts, and go on to get involved in wildlife survey and conservation.

On iSpot, people can upload digital photos, and/or descriptions, of the species they’ve seen, and are encouraged to try identifying it for themselves.

Other users on the site can click a button to show they agree with the identification, or, if it’s not correct, they can add an alternative suggestion.

See also the iSpot online identification keys and the OU’s Neighbourhood Nature course. If you have any questions, contact iSpot:

Lunapic ~ image manipulation

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Lunapic is well worth a deeper investigation than just the first page. It is a very easy to use image manipulator. Both fun and useful.

There are many, many different effects that you can add to your image.

We have heated up the Lunapic logo, and the two lads, from one of our events, to the right, are really reflecting on their work. Old movie scratches, rotating cubes of a few images, or even let your image be struck by lightning! The end results can be exported as gifs.