Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
SoundBible.com offers free, and royalty free, sound clips, and sound effects, for download in either wav or mp3 format.From dog barks, city sounds, bird song, game show sounds, through to sports sounds, crowds, and a vast amount more. Some are openly unsavoury, but most form a big collection of useful audio for many uses.
Flickr Creative Commons Collection ~ Millions of high-quality images to explore. Whilst it could take some time to exhaust the list of CC images, (and you might fancy trying TagGalaxy as an alternative method of searching through Flickr) FCCC could host just the picture you need.
J2code is the latest tool from Just2Easy. It is completely FREE for all UK schools, offering links to share work. There are three “engines” to use: JIT turtle, logo and a visual block editor, giving children progression, differentiation and a variety of interesting challenges.
J2code meets all of the coding elements of the Computing Programmes of Study for KS1 and KS2, in the 2014 Curriculum. Enjoyable and effective.
A great bonus feature of J2code: there is no login, or registration, so you can just bookmark the url, and get a class coding in minutes. On your marks. Get set. “-.-. — -.. .. -. –. ..-. -. !”
Here is a film, of the TEDx Thessaloniki session, we did recently, in Greece. Take a look at the blog post HERE
Tim Rylands, an education explorer and dreamer swept us off our feet by introducing us to the magical potential that interactive applications and games can bring into a classroom.
He talked about how the word teacher is too one-sided and how a teacher must be prepared to learn from the children, not only teach them.
“The element of picking up ideas from all over the world is something that we are blessed to do”, he said while talking about social media as teaching tools.
He focused on the importance of making the classroom a more vibrant place for children, a place that reminds them of the time they spent outside exploring and inventing while being full of energy at the same time.
Applications such as Runkeeper, Google Treks and 360 Cities can help inspire and motivate them and make them as open and hungry for new things as the world they explore.
It is a way to take education to the next level and help broaden the children’s minds.
In the end that’s what it’s all about: to help children embrace the world through their minds and shape it to the better place it should and can be.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Select your characters, their emotions, and speech bubbles, thought balloons, and the settings where your action takes place ~ hey presto! Your tale is on the way to being told.
YouTube is a massive collection of useful films. It is not just a collection of cat videos! However, it is not the films that are the main problem. It is the undesirable comments that cause more difficulties.
The readability extension is a genuinely useful tool ~ take away many of the distractions, and get a readable version of many web pages.
Readability turns (most) websites into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
From links off the Readability site, you can get “add ons” for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and others. There is also a Readability for Android App, and Readability app for iOS. Not always perfect, but potentially powerful.
Thumba is a great online image editor for when you need to change some images on the fly and don’t want to bother with a lot of menus and options.
Adjustments, like brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, gamma, color balance are easy to apply. You can also add tints and filters, convert to greyscale, or multiply the percentage values of an image, to name a few, and effects like blurring, sharpening, distortion, stylization, bring pictures alive at a pace.
Like the Creative Commons search tool, The Foter Stock Photo Collection trawls for images that are licensed under Creative Commons. However, it also automatically generates a citation for your findings, so you, and your students, can give proper credit to the original artist. With over 228,860,000 items at your finger tips, and an insight in to attribution, this is a fascinating tool.