Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

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.

Tapestry ~ Tap to tell a tale

| April 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Tapestry is an intriguing site ~ “Create your own story with gifs, pictures, text and taps!” ~ hence TAPestry. Step by step stories. The free app is worth exploring. An interesting way to plan, and present, a tale. ~ Quick and easy post publishing

| April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“Publish a Beautiful Blog Post Online in Seconds” 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 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. 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.