Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
When writing for the world, they want to be good
When writing “just for you”, they want to be good enough
“The LSO Play’s Ravel’s Bolero” is the first of “an ongoing series” of performances from The London Symphony Orchestra, in a remarkable, engaging and exciting format.
Experience one of the world’s leading orchestras like never before. Interact with multiple HD camera angles and view up to four streams at one time. Discover the orchestra, musicians, instruments and more. (Flash)
The last post was the nine hundredth under the heading Useful n Interesting. Some of the 900 are listed HERE.
It has been fun collecting together some gems that might prove valuable in a classroom setting, and most of them have a free option. Any favourites or recommendations?
We are taking a week of “down time” between here in The United Arab Emirates, heading to Greece, and on to Spain. A bit of a breather for the blog too, before event 861 & link 901
Trying to get to grips with Animaps, as a way of plotting our journeys.
We are, presently, taking a bit of “down time” in Abu Dhabi, before preparing to head to Thessaloniki, in Greece, to do a talk for TEDxThessaloniki 2014 there. More travels ahead…
Animaps could be a superb way of producing beautifully informative animated maps, for free! Give it a go
Some interesting loops, and complete pieces of music, with more open copyright arrangements, can be found at SampleSwap, Creative Commons Licensed Electronic Music for Commercial and Non-Commercial Royalty-Free use. Free registration enables downloading of full quality samples. Bazillions of them.
AnswerGarden, a kind of Wordle for responses. The more frequently an answer is given, the larger it is represented. Well worth investigating.
This free resource is a minimalistic feedback gatherer. Use it in the classroom as an educational, creative brainstorming tool. Embed it on your blog, as a poll.
Create a new AnswerGarden by submitting a question or statement. Embed the empty AnswerGarden on your blog or website, or “share” it. Visitors submit feedback filling in your AnswerGarden. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing word cloud.
If you’re using AnswerGarden in the classroom, they recommend that you provide a password, so that you can moderate the contents during the session.
The free version of Trello is a great way to organise yourself, independently, or as part of a group, simple and fun collaboration.
Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Never ask “Who’s doing what?” again.
Ollie Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) tweeted “Enjoying Trello’s pirate map mode. Untouched to do items slowly crack and yellow until you touch them again”. Could be a great writing stimulus.
Pen.io is a simplistic, quick and easy way to make a web page, including with a graphic. Get your content online, speedily, without the need for hosting either. Here is a test page made in 28 seconds. (The image, to the left, is of Clive, our Web Wizard, and his dogs, as, whilst Pen.io is a useful tool, it’s not going to put him out of a job!)
The service is free, and anonymous. They don’t ask for, now store, email addresses or any personal information.
There is no setup. Just write and hit save. It takes just seconds to publish your article and share it with the world. View their demo page with some amusing or, indeed, clever ideas.
The usual eSafety consideration would need to be made but, as there is no place for comments, interactions or communications, you need to moderate what goes out, and get your audience response in other ways.
Whilst this is not as advanced as a full blown blog post, or web page, and is limited in terms of design, methods of delivery and administration, this could have some positive aspects when speed is key maybe. Pen.io. Give it a .go
Developed as part of the St. Jude Cancer Education Outreach program (Cure4Kids for Kids), The St. Jude Cure4Kids Jr. Health Explorer is an interactive iPad app that teaches children about science and healthy living.
The educational content presented in this app is divided into three modules:
1 What are Cells? 2. What is Cancer? & 3. What is Healthy Living?
Each module employs an illustrated book written at a US grade 3-5 reading level, a quiz to test their knowledge, video clips of experts from St. Jude, and an interactive activity. These modules are designed to reach children with a variety of learning styles and backgrounds as well as to encourage children to think critically through problem solving and scientific inquiry.
Thank you to Yuri Quintana for bringing our attention to this fascinating resource.