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Here are the resources fromTim and David’s keynote.

If you’d like to start blogging, two websites that offer both free and paid solutions are CreativeBlogs and PrimaryBlogger.


Taggalaxy for solar systems of images and words.


“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.

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.

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.

Have YOU tried PhotoSynth yet? Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and now its 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.

Synths are good for capturing different sides or details of an object. More complex to navigate than panoramas because you are moving from photo to photo., and somewhat more complex to create.

To make panoramas from your desktop, install Image Composite Editor and the Photosynth application.

To make synths, just install the Photosynth application. The Photosynth app is available now for iOS in the iTunes App Store. Other operating systems are supported too…. To make panoramas from your iPhone, get the Photosynth App from Apple’s App Store.
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? _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Ambient Mixer makes it possible to listen to free audio atmospheres, or mix your own ambient sounds online.

Great for making background sounds to a piece of music, or descriptive narrative? Use as an underscore, to inspire talk for writing, as a way of making the soundtrack to a podcast or other audio broadcast.

Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effect, use endless audio loops, or upload your own, to create a unique audio mix.

No software installations required. All ready made, mixable atmospheres use royalty free audio files, thanks to the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license.

A good way of experiencing mixing of sounds, level, crossfade, left to right placement, and more. You need to pay to download the end result, but don’t need to & the process itself is free. Enjoy some relaxing sounds whilst you plan too.

With this sound board you could create a calming sonic atmosphere within your classroom. Mix the relative levels, and panned position, of different sounds, from a choice of birdsong, bonfire, creek, crickets, gulls, ocean, rain, thunder, and wind chime sound effects, & music. Sound!

Try Go Mix It too
Audio Boom a website and an application for iOS and Android which allows users to listen to, record and share sound files.

Try the powerful Voicethread to enable non linear audio interaction with images.


Some more scan creators. Snap.vu is a free QR code generator, short URL, & tracking service. Useful & quick.

With QRcode, from Kaywa, you can create static or dynamic codes. The advantage of dynamic QR codes is that they are changeable if needed.

The SPARQCode barcode generator, gives you the power to create stylish 2D barcodes for free. They also help you customize your look, and feel, to include unique icons and captions.

Like Snap.vu, you can assess how many people scan your SPARQCode, where they’re coming from, and what they are interested in.

QR codes could link from children’s analog writing, & books, to other digital contributions.

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

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.

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

Wild Earth African Safari Wii game for big game hunting photographing and researching. Animal Splicer, a fun online game mixing animals together;  Raa Raa the Lion, a journey through the Jingly Jangly Jungle learning and developing communication skills;


printImageWe have mentioned this before but it is such a joy to explore once more: Build Your Wild Self makes it easily artistic to apply some of the elements of SwitchZoo to your own human form.

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.

Well done & thank you to all at the New York Zoos & Aquarium

Switcheroo Zoo to create and investigate animals and Roy The Singing Zebra


Wordle, create word clouds and Tagxedo, brings a word-cloud alive in a chosen shape (guidesheet here).


PADLET for collaborating, a private, more secure instance of postit note board for your school.


String ARTo celebrate the launch of their Augmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase. Investigate Scrawl, the first world’s first 3D augmented reality drawing app.

ARdragon1Have 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.

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

And try colouring in fireworks and bringing them to life using ColAR Mix app, and Partake for the exploration of historical artifacts.

Create interactive, branching, texts with Inkle Writer.

splashscreen8anoelfThe Adventure Creator Create interactive Graphic and Text adventures on your iPad with TAC and share them! (newly submitted to the app store, when its released it will be posted at the link above). The Comprehensive Guide to Computing in the Classroom on iPad link is here, where you can alos find a link to a one  day training course on programming with iPad on 3rd Nov 2014.


Through the day, among many other things, we investigated the power of blogging, and David shared ideas on the practicalities of setting up such a site:

Starting a blog although very simple, requires careful esafety considerations. Firstly, the platform you select is key. There are two platforms that I have direct experience of using and both of these are dedicated school blogging platforms with added safety features that you wouldn’t find on WordPress.com.

CreativeBlogs – Run by John Sutton. Their support centre is full of amazing resources from letters to send home to model policies.

PrimaryBlogger – An Automated service that will see you with a class blog in minutes. Their video tutorial guide page is a must to learn how to do the very basics.

David says: I wrote the following blogging policy as a model for others to use. You can download it from the frame, edit it, add your school logo and it’s ready to go.

Blogging Policy

Brian Harkin (a teacher at Russell Scott Primary in Manchester) has written some handy downloadable web2.0 guides for Animoto, Coveritlive and Audioboo along with others. You can find these here.

Links from the closing keynote


Touchcast ~ Videos come alive


WavePad ~ Audio Editing Software

Explain Everything

Potter HD Lite


Puppet Pals


Computer science unplugged

Scratch JR


Bee~Bot: free iPad programming basics

A.L.E.X. ~ iPad programming

Cargo-Bot ~ A pad programming game

Hopscotch ~ Coding/programming on a pad

GamePress ~ Drag & drop game creation

Atlas ~ iPad augmented reality robot

123D Make

3DTin ~ Browser based 3D modelling

Autodesk Homestyler ~ Graphical modelling