Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Word search maker ~ A spelling list challenge

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Wordles of spelling lists works. And.. we know this sounds simplistic, and a justification for playing such games, but we’ve seen some real benefit for reluctant readers, and those who find spelling a bit of a challenge, to set the week’s list as a wordsearch.

After you have completed a unit, it can often be fun for students to complete, or make, a word search, based on vocabulary encountered during the topic. This is a fairly basic activity, but does focus on one hidden element: in scouring for a word, children don’t realise how much they are taking in, about the spelling of that word., is a useful website that allows you, or your pupils, to create a wordsearch, print it, or embed it in to a website or blog. Try a quick pirating one to whet your appetite, me hearties! Continue Reading

Daisy The Dinosaur ~ Programming basics

| February 5, 2014 | 3 Comments 

Daisy the Dinosaur is a great, free, iPad app, for introducing the fundamental elements of programming.

Young, aspiring, programmers can command Daisy to carry out simple movements, dancing across the screen, in the free “Play” mode. The beginner challenges make a great place to start.

Your youngest students will find this easy drag and drop interface an engaging introduction to controlling objects, sequencing, loops and events.

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

We have mentioned a couple of ambient sound mixers before, including, and a soft sound board. is another gem. The chance to (you’ve guessed it) mix your own atmospheric soundscapes, for many uses.

How about building an audio environment as the background to a bit of descriptive narrative. Add a sense of reality to a classroom jungle area, “office”, “shop” or other themed region. Sounds good…!

Cargo-Bot ~ A pad programming game

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B.

After successfully programming the robot you are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating a loop of movements.

Find the Cargo-Bot app HERE. “A puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates”. Sounds simple, right? Try it out! A stack of fun!

StarLogo TNG

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

StarLogo TNGis the “next steps”, aiming to lower the barrier entry to programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by coloured blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.

Entice more young folk into programming through tools that facilitate making games.

3D graphics and sound, a blocks-based programming interface, and keyboard input – make StarLogo TNG a great tool for programming compelling and rich educational video games and simulation models.

Quandary ~ Ethical gameplay

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Quandary is a free, online game that engages students in ethical decision-making and develops skills that will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives.

The teachers’ page has a handy teacher guide and video, a sample lesson plan and worksheet.

A thought provoking experience worth exploring.

Sploder ~ Make your own games, online

| January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Sploder is a place where anyone can make games online and share them with the world. Make your own platformer games, retro arcade games, and even complex physics-based puzzle games.

No existing programming skill is necessary. “All you need is a good imagination and a desire to be creative”. Fun too!

Gamestar Mechanic ~ Game design

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!

The free version has limitations but is worth exploring.

Sense and Sensibility ~ An illustrated retelling

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

A comic version of the romantic novel “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.

Illustrated by Luise Schröder, this is an enchanting, fairly brief, retelling, in a simple comic book style. Useful in an analysis of the comic book technique as well.

JewelBeat & DanoSongs ~ Free music for many projects

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

JewelBeat provides some superb free background music, to use in many contexts, online, and off.

Check the terms of the Creative Commons copyright, but they are generous.

DanoSongs does the same thing in different styles.

Inkscape ~ Vector illustrating

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Inkscape has all the capabilities of Corel draw or Adobe illustrator. This one, however, is free. Windows and Mac compatible. Work with amazing vector effects and see effects applied in real time.