Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Pen.io ~ Quick and easy post publishing

| April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“Publish a Beautiful Blog Post Online in Seconds”

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

St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

We have mentioned that the Cure4Kids for Kids ~ Clarity on Cancer site before. The St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App is now available, for free, on the Apple Store.

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.

Computer Science Online

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Computer Science Online provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career and developmental information related to the world of computer science.

The organization is self funded and non-commercial, made up of contributors from the science and technology education system and others who have worked in industry at large corporations or start-ups.

Features include: -

Thanks, to Dan Schuessler, Co-Founder of CS Online, for his nudge towards some new, superb, resources.

Nature Sound Map ~ for World Earth Day

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Nature Sound Map, enables exploration of the wonders of the world, in some superb ambient audio recordings of landscapes, and animals, across the globe ~ from a rock pool in Devon, to jackals in the Kalahari, …& beyond. Sound!

A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting & inspiring sounds.

Hear the World Like Never Before

Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.

Many recordings in the collection are ‘binaural’ soundscapes, in other words, stereo recordings made with two microphones which capture sound in 360 degrees.This recording technique most accurately imitates the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location. If you sit back, close you eyes and relax while listening to a well-recorded soundscape, it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re actually there!

Great to enhance the atmosphere of a space, or create the soundtrack to the piece of descriptive narrative perhaps. Enjoy your exploring. Sounds good eh?

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 12

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 11

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Pho.to ~ Image manipulation

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments 

There are quite a few, free, online photo and image manipulation programs (we have mentioned many including PhotoFunia, iPiccy, and Lunapic to name a few)

Whilst Pho.to is full of the inevitable advertising that supports many such sites, there are a few fun effects, and frames, you can apply to your images.

You can touch up your photos, smart fix to make quick changes, edit your picture, make avatars, or even send “free” ecards. Some fun and possibly useful results.

KidsRuby ~ Programming on many platforms

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Whilst not initially simple in its set up, and use, KidsRuby could be another interesting exploration of the art of coding. You can see your code, run it, and see what it outputs all at the same time. This makes it a lot more fascinating to learn inputs and outputs, and what changes to your coding achieve. Works on Windows, OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi.

Like Hackety-Hack, another program we have written about, this is real Ruby programming, but in a slightly simplified introduction. We don’t have a lot of experience with this but you might find it worth investigating, then (please) …tell us how you get on.

GapMinder ~ A “knowledge-based world view”

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“The Gapminder Foundation is a non-profit venture that makes current data about the world freely available in a format that is accessible, meaningful and dynamic, a kind of modern ‘museum’ on the internet”.

The Gapminder website is free and is a great resource for geography teachers and students. Animated ‘bubble graphs’ show how countries of the world have changed. Change the parameters and so create your own graphs and animations. Endless fascinating explorations.

Gapminder World is an easy to follow guide.

Music Droid ~ An Android programming game

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments 

MusicDroid is a surprisingly challenging, FREE, Android puzzle game, designed especially for children, to develop programming skills and get them in to coding and maths games.

The goal is to power your Droid companion around the golden music plates and proceed to the next level. To move your Droid you need to build a set of functions across the screen using instructions.

MusicDroid might look look a little simplistic initially, but it is a great educational tool and makes learning the basics of coding fun by combining enjoyable challenges and an engaging droid character.

Explore the temples of Angkor Wat & other world wonders

| April 7, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Thanks to @amycoole1979 for the nudge to the new chance to explore Cambodia’s most famous ancient temple, Angkor Wat, through Google “Street”view experiences.

Julian Wood (@Ideas_Factory) also told us of the Google Cultural Institute, which includes this and other wonders, such as The Ancient Kyoto: Daigo-ji Temple, The Grand Canyon, the Pompei, or even as remote as Scott’s Hut in Antarctica,