Creating Composite Creatures at RH

A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing,
The bits of its body, are really quite shoddy, he’s all held together with string
Discovered, they say, on the first day of May by an explorer out wandering the Nile.
The first thing he noted was the fact that it floated and its face was all covered in smile.

 

  1. Switcheroozoo, explore animals and their habitats.
  2. Removing backgrounds using PowerPoint 2010 or above, helpsheet here.(Removing one-colour backgrounds  – ‘Setting transparent color’ to remove unwanted one-colour backgrounds using PowerPoint 2010 or above, helpsheet here.
  3. Padlet, works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.
  4. Plasticine
  5. What presentation tool might you use?
  6. Tagxedo, brings a word-cloud alive in a chosen shape.
  7. ThingLink to put hotspots on an image to create interactive scenes.

Other bits and pieces

Gadwin PrintkeyGadwin 5 point 4 is an easy to use Freeware utility that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to your clipboard, or both. See this helpsheet on setting up Gadwin. (Scroll down their page to find the Gadwin PrintScreen free download option). Try out Duck Capture (also free) for your Mac.

PLEASE DO BE CAREFUL WHEN INSTALLING FREEWARE – MAKE SURE YOU ONLY INSTALL THE ITEM YOU WANT, AVOID ALL THE OTHER “FREEBIES” THEY SOMETIMES OFFER WITH THEM

Zoom It is a desktop zoom, and annotation, tool and enables you to zoom your desktop, with your wheel mouse, or the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard. It is activated with a customizable keyboard shortcut. (PC only as Macs don’t need it as you can ctrl~ 2 finger zoom).

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Solar System Scope offers the chance to explore the planetary bodies orbiting around our sun. It is a Watch and Play model of the planets and constellations moving over the night sky. Fuel up and fly folks. Scale of the Universe, Scale of the Universe 2, zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between; Extreme Planet Makeover to create your own planets;

Wild Earth African Safari, the Wii game where you become a photo journalist, and Endless Ocean to explore underwater worlds and its creatures. Fighting Malaria, a panorama of a hospital in Africa.

Wordle, create word clouds.

Animal Splicer, a fun online game mixing animals together; Build your wild self, an enchanting mixture of elf/fairy-like graphics, and interesting scientific information, makes this a great little application to explore with children of many ages. Build a “you” then add animal characteristics that transport you in to a world of fantastic creatures and beyond.
Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 17.18.37Tim n PandasThank you to Kath Harris, for the nudge towards ZooKazam, which, sadly is no longer free, on the App Store

This gorgeous Augmented reality app, brings wildlife to life on your desktop, even with rain or snow. Lots of amazing settings to explore. Their partners, Atlanta Zoo, is free and has the Safari Animals HERE

Advanced Search, narrow down your search, and find what you really need, at speed, by searching with extensions.

Simple English Wikipedia, Wikipedia written in basic English;

SOUNDS

Create atmospheric soundscapes with Nature Sound Map, GoMixIt (convert using media.io), Ambient Mixer and Soft Sound Board; Audacity, Soundation, Garageband, and iMovie,

Snappy Words, an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words;

Quiver 3D Augmented Reality coloring apps for the dancing pumkins, fireworks and Pudsey!

Runkeeper, a smartphone app that enables you to use the built-in GPS in your phone to track all of your outdoor activities

Quiet Tube for Youtube videos without the distractions. Firefox Video Download Helper, a tool that enables video download (you’ll need to think about copyright considerations).