Here are the links explored in our keynote. We hope you find them useful.

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.

Please install latest Flash Player to run Solar System Scope

The sun and Moon scope could also be really useful, when trying to get across the relationship between us, on Earth, and the moon as it displays the current position of the Sun and the Moon for your Location.

And the other space-site mentioned, Extreme Planet Makeover.

CoolirisCoolris give you a tool with which you can beautifully experience all your photos in one place, no matter where they are stored. Access and enjoy all your photos within their one app: Camera Roll, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Google+, Google Drive, Twitter, Tumblr, and many others. Or endlessly discover your friends’ photos from social networks. They have itunes and android versions.

TagGalaxy BiddishamTaggalaxy for solar systems of images and words. Take your time exporing the solar systems created before clicking on the sun at the centre, bringing in the photos. This site uses Flash (might not work on iPads).


“A picture is worth a thousand words” and ThingLink helps you tell your stories, because images can come alive with connections to music, video, photographs, text, and more! Create interactive scenes. Build, share, touch and discover.

Panoramas are a fantastic way of immersing children (or yourself) in a different location, and a superb tool for stimulating discussion in children of all ages, and abilities.

Over the years, we have frequently pointed folk in the direction of www.panoramas.dk a great site, full of resources that you can use as a visual stimulus, a huge and glorious collection of landscapes, and experiences.

It is important to not forget to take the time to stand still.

In each QTVR (Quick time virtual reality) Panorama, take your time and write or discuss – before you even think about moving. It is that first movement that creates a bit of magic when using these with children.

As big fans of virtual panoramas, such as those to be found at Panoramas.dk, we can also recommend the excellent Arounder, for a collection of panoramas from locations around the world and 360 Cities.

PhotoSynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and  it’s mobile too.

You can tilt and turn your way around a sight, zooming in on closer detail, and it is remarkably simple to create these engaging experiences.

Choose a panorama when you can capture everything from a single location with a single zoom level. Great for giving a sense of what it feels like to be in a one particular place. Can be 360° in both directions, but doesn’t have to be. Panoramas are simple to navigate – you can go left/right, up/down and zoom in/out.

Something we have used for quite a while now, and involve as just one step in the process of bringing worlds alive, with the schools we work alongside, is the wonderful Google Street View Stereographic. This joyous gem makes your very own, free, explorable, mini planets!

Visit your location, in StreetView Stereographic, & then learn to fly, as it is possible to move around within your world.

Just one way remember, but a fantastic stimulus for talk, discussion, talk for writing, and a whole lot more. Fun!

Google Streetview and GoogleTreks for the real adventure.

Nature Sound Map, enables exploration of the wonders of the world, in some superb ambient audio recordings of landscapes, and animals, across the globe ~ from a rock pool in Devon, to jackals in the Kalahari, …& beyond. Sound!

A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting & inspiring sounds.

Hear the World Like Never Before

Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.

Many recordings in the collection are ‘binaural’ soundscapes, in other words, stereo recordings made with two microphones which capture sound in 360 degrees.This recording technique most accurately imitates the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location. If you sit back, close you eyes and relax while listening to a well-recorded soundscape, it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re actually there!

Great to enhance the atmosphere of a space, or create the soundtrack to the piece of descriptive narrative perhaps. Enjoy your exploring. Sounds good eh?
Crazytalk is the facial animation and lip-sync software, as is Morfo on iPads.

Wild Earth African Safari, a Wii games where you become a photo journalist.


Once upon a time in a converted garage in Washington…..
1993 – Rand Miller (below, with Tim in 2006) and his team created the first Myst game.

The vision of a ‘pure’ world in which nobody got shot or blown up flew in the face of accepted (then as now) game playing wisdom.

Instead Rand and his crew focused on creating fantastical imagery and landscapes that gave PC gamers what was far and away the most incredible and interactive experience that they had ever come across. No other PC game could compete visually.

It was, nonetheless, still a shock to Rand and his team, and their publishers it has to be said, that the original MYST game became one of the biggest PC game sellers of all time flying, as it did, in the face of perceived wisdom.

Since then subsequent sequels have continued to find a massive loyal audience – with millions sold and no character getting burned, shot, run down or maimed !

Small wonder then that Tim, a teacher on the other side of the Atlantic, and a long time fan of the games, saw the potential that these wondrous worlds had for inspiring children’s descriptive writing, speaking and listening skills.

What came as a total surprise though was the amazing amount of attention this simple idea would receive from all across the globe –
one of the many emails Tim received was from Rand himself.

This in turn led to Rand’s visit to the UK and sitting in on Tim’s class (see left) much to the delight of Tim’s students.

Myst still only forms ONE part of what Tim does in lessons with children and teachers around the globe.

But, it is a powerful aspect and one which countless others have tried, with great success.


The Wii game Endless Ocean to explore underwater worlds and its creatures.


Switcheroozoo, explore animals and their habitats.

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 is free, at the moment, 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, have a free extension to the idea HERE

String ARdragon_thumb-b740c6a00e97c3a8a0ee7ecf748cdf4eAugmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a dragon flew out of your screen, or out of your wall? Try the AR Dragon.Alien String AR

Download and print the target image for the dragon from here and the target image for the alien here!


Internet Buttons, personalised Buttons that click through to your favourite sites.


Instagrok, a search engine with a few differences. Choose the level of results you’re looking for, along the scale from beginner to genius, and it collates the sites you have been to, and sets you up a journal to record your investigations;


“On May 2, 1947, John Cabot set sail aboard a magnificent cruise ship named The Matthew with a crew of servants, and an abundance of DVD’s to keep the crew entertained”.

All About Explorers was designed, to help children discover the importance of checking the voracity of information they find on the web, & this site is almost complete fabrication.

Registering is free and lesson plans are available to download.

With links, from the fabricated facts, to more solid “info”, it is then up to the pupils to work out the “truth”, or “innacurate” information, & through this, begin to gain respect for the need to assess the validity of what we are “fed” on the net.


Simple English Wikipedia, Wikipedia written in basic English; Againbutslower, original, and simple, articles side-by-side.

Wordle, create word clouds
Tagxedo, brings a word-cloud alive in a chosen shape (guidesheet here).
Snappy Words, an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words.
Useful Pickie 028Spicy Nodes ~ present, store, link and group …almost anything.

Text, links, photos, and other media — are placed into “nodes,” which are then linked together in an attractive, interactive interface that invites exploration.

Spicy Nodes allows you to add pieces of information and embed images and youtube videos. These elements can then be linked together as a mind map which, as you click on different ‘nodes’, changes to show all the linked bits and bobs.

(Sadly, another site that uses Flash and might not work on iPads.)
PADLET for collaborating, a private, more secure instance of postit note board for your school. Another similar site is Linoit, and iBrainstorm app captures and shares between multi-devices, from iPhone to iPad with just a flick of the finger, collaboration. Also have a try with Post-it app for the wonderful mix of analog and digital.


RunKeeper, a great smart phone app. This is a remarkable gem, and the educational possibilities are many.

It enables you to use the built-in GPS in your phone to track all of your outdoor fitness activities, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and path you stumbled along, on a map.

There are others, similar to this one, that you might be more familiar with.