Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
A couple of years back, Penguin set six authors the challenge of creating online stories, that would develop as they were written. This was called We Tell Stories. Some of these tales were aimed at a mature audience.
The result of the third week was the interactive, personalized fairy tale by Kevin Brooks, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. This could be useful when investigating the structure of traditional tales.
Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time.
If you’re ever stuck on a word, just hit the skip button and a new puzzle will present itself.
If you’re able to string together correct answers, you will notice your Word streak counter increasing. You can accumulate badges and additional points by achieving certain amounts of consecutively correct words… How far can you get?
A good warm up, or end of the day activity, maybe
If you’re ready, click here to get started!
Don’t forget FREE-RICE as an alternative and help to raise much needed funds too.
We’ve mentioned the delightful and engaging game Little Wheel before, but rediscovered it and have enjoyed its potential.
A challenge, and great to discuss with a class how to solve the problems encountered.
Lovely music, reminiscent of the Pink Panther theme: slinky, lounge-lizard jazz, – all muted-trumpets-and-brushes-on-tom-toms-sophistication.
Cool, man! Cool!
Does that sound familiar to any of the Myst players amongst you? Think Myst IV:Revelation and Yeesha’s resigned comment of “Don’t tell me! Dad blew the power again, didn’t he?” Play The Game here
Have fun, and good luck! Here’s power to your elbow, metal or otherwise.
Join.me could be a good way of delivering an online presentation that many others can participate in. Get everyone interacting, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train others. Demo teaching ideas or just share ideas . join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool.
Making a layered recording, using something like Garageband or Audacity, then SoundFXNow.com is a great way to find, and download FREE sound effects.
Do a quick keyword search, using the search bar, or dig through the various sound effect categories. The great thing about search results, is that all sounds, matching your search, are presented in a “Sound Grid” for easy playback! Useful in its own right. Sounds good eh?
To build a hamlet, village, town, conurbation, or even a rambling city, and then hear that creation come alive, in sound, as vehicles navigate its highways – delightful.
Isle of Tune is a musical sequencer with unexpected twists and turns. Construct your layout- roads, houses, trees, streetlights,and other objects. Cars trigger sounds, making music as they travel. Aurally more attractive than any true-life township tumult. Continue Reading
Newsmap is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” news aggregator.
The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.
It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.
A fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.
The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports “K-16″ classrooms worldwide. Continue Reading
Winged Sandals is a perfect example of how a website can “inform, educate and entertain” at the same time.
Winged Sandals explores the magical world of Classical Greek mythology, a place filled with awesome gods, daring heroes and fabulous monsters.
Found a plant, or minibeast, and you haven’t got a clue what it is called? Try identifying it through iSpot.
iSpot is really a great way to get a class finding, and identifying, wildlife around the school, or neighbourhood, adding to data about habitats too.
As part of Open Air Laboratories (the OPAL project,), the The Open University launched iSpot in 2009. iSpot helps beginners learn how to identify wildlife, get in touch with wildlife experts, and go on to get involved in wildlife survey and conservation.
On iSpot, people can upload digital photos, and/or descriptions, of the species they’ve seen, and are encouraged to try identifying it for themselves.
Other users on the site can click a button to show they agree with the identification, or, if it’s not correct, they can add an alternative suggestion.