Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Waterbear ~ Drag & drop programming

| June 4, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Waterbear is “a toolkit for creating drag-and-drop programming languages, with some example languages you can play around with and learn from”. The aim is to make programming more accessible and fun.

Waterbear runs in a variety of web browsers, including Mobile Safari on the iPad, so could be an interesting element of a programming journey.

The Kid(s) Should See This

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 


The Kid Should See This gathers together “Not-made-for-kids videos that you can watch with your kids”. Learn about the water cycle, or the 3 billion insects above us right now. A remarkable, and growing, collection of videos.

Hohli ~ Online charts builder

| June 2, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Hohli online charts builder enable you to do just that: build charts online.

Line charts, bar charts, pie charts, venn diagrams, scatter plots and radar graphs ~ decide the scale and add your data. Not earth shattering. Simplistic, but potentially useful because of that. Focus on the data.

Blogging… just a thought

| May 26, 2014 | 2 Comments 


When writing for the world, they want to be good

When writing “just for you”, they want to be good enough

Trip in View

| May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

tripinview-logoTrip in ViewBack from a fantastic week working in Greece. Now to the wedding of an ex~pupil, (from twenty six years ago) in Spain. Thank you to Giannis Chatzilazaridis (Γιάννης Χατζηλαζαρίδης) for the nudge towards the inspiring Trip In View, a remarkable virtual voyage around the Greek coastline.

Interactive LSO ~ Be within the music

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 


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)

900… (out of 1760!)

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

900The 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

Animaps ~ travels & time off

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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


| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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.

Trello ~ Organise anything, together

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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.

Works on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 Tablet, and your web browser

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.