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GamePress ~ Drag & drop game creation

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

GamePress is a game creation app that allows anyone to make the games, with no programming or graphic design. GamePress allows you to create, share, and play right on your iPad. Fun, creative, and entertaining.

With the GamePress Arcade you can share your games to the world, and even play other users’ games. You could even make unique learning games featuring pictures of your children right in the game!

Make use of GamePress to teach students about game design, logic, computer science and engineering! You don’t need any technical experience to bring your art to life with GamePress.

(Caution: The free version contains an in app purchase option to unlock unlimited elements).

NAACE Strategic Conference 2014 – ‘Outstanding in a technology-enhanced world’, Nottingham

| March 28, 2014 | 11 Comments 

An honour, to be invited to the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, to present the closing keynote for the NAACE Conference, 2014.

In this speedily changing education world, with a potentially daunting set of “new” elements to teach, we picked apart some of the possibilities to unravel the computing conundrums, but also started off what we regarded as key aspects of any teacher’s tech toolkit, for bringing lessons alive across the curriculum.

We also sought the input, of everyone there, for their ideas, for “that essential resource”. Continue Reading

From Text To Speech ~ Free TTS

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments 

From Text To Speech is a free online Text To Speech (TTS) service with natural sounding voices. The voices aren’t quite as convincing as those in Ivona, great for its accents and languages) but, after you have converted your text, you can then save your phrses into MP3 audio file to play it on your computer or iPod ~a useful tool.

Autodesk Homestyler ~ Graphical modelling

| March 26, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Which method is the most effective, when deciding on a new layout of a room: pen and paper, computer, or drag the furniture around until you’re happy. The answer is debatable, eh? Now we can to see how powerful a digital design can be.

There are quite a few ways of tackling the challenge of helping children explore the world of graphical modelling.

We have covered a few before (as you’ll see from the comments) as it forms an increasingly important part of computer science and graphical modelling.

Homestyler.com is an outstanding extension to the whole process, enabling interesting, & genuinely useful planning.

It is a great FREE tool, powerful in helping pupils to understand how ICT can be used to explore certain aspects of design even if they lack technical drawing skills.

A simple design package to model or simulate real life settings, like planning rooms in a house, and is easy to understand and master.

There is now a free app for iDevices and Android tools

As children plan the layout of the room, they choose furniture from a collection of graphics and when they arrange the furniture in the room they can select, drag and drop, move, rotate, copy all the different elements… and then see their room in 3-D! ——->

Forest Primary School, Guernsey

| March 26, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Today was a fast paced exploration of many ways to inspire, and motivate, children of all ages, and abilities, with, and without, technology, alongside colleagues, and pupils, from Forest Primary, joined by colleagues from Le Rondin School Centre, LaMareDeCarteret Primary, Les Voies School, Le Murier School  and St Andrews Primary. Continue Reading

Computer Science Unplugged ~ CS… without a Computer!

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

CS Unplugged.org is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use analog ways of considering digital ideas… cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, without all the distracting technical details we usually have to negotiate with “the real thing”.

CS Unplugged is suitable many different ages, from elementary school to seniors.

Hautes Capelles Primary, Guernsey

| March 25, 2014 | 4 Comments 

A great day at Hautes Capelles Primary, Guernsey, joined by staff, and children, from St Mary & St Michael Catholic Primary in St Sampson, also on the island.

We stood still in some stunning, virtual, landscapes and the writing that flowed from it was inspiring! Continue Reading

X Ray Goggles ~ Remix the web

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

You could build a custom homepage for the BBC News page, an alternate version of a favourite webpage, a funny remix of a well known site, and more!

Add a toolbar to your browser and change any page. When you’re ready to share your remixed page, click the Publish button or press P on your keyboard. This makes your changes visible on the web for others to see.

Amherst Primary, Guernsey ~ the rollercoaster return

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Joyous to be back in Guernsey, and Amherst Primary School, for a fast paced day with children from Amherst, and Vauvert Primary School.

Today, we changed gear, notched up a few paces and plummeted towards certain… brilliance, with two groups of children. Wandering through one of the landscapes in Myst 3 Exile, we stumbled upon a mysterious contraption. Behind a creaking wooden door, we found a lever that helped us rise high above the shining golden seas around us. Eventually, after a bit of investigation, we discovered that if we pressed an intriguing blue button, we could enter the icy globe created, and take a remarkable tumble down this metal and wooden rollercoaster to …who knew where?! Continue Reading

Panoramas.dk ~ Interactive locations to inspire

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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.

ThinkUknow ~ Internet Safety

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments 

CEOP’s thinkuknow site provides a range of FREE educational resources – films, lesson plans, presentations, guidance, games and posters – to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of their educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off.

To access these resources you will need to register on the site.

This established toolkit continues to develop, and is well worth investigating, and integrating in to any internet safety planning.