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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Digital Dialects is a long established, and superb site, that quietly continues to grow.
It contains (Flash based) animation games for learning phrases, numbers, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets, in 60 different languages: from Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, Bulgarian… all the way through to Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Zazaki
They also have some really good geography games about regions and countries across the globe.
Digital Dialects was launched way back in January 2007, originally a “by-product of a dissertation reviewing web resources for language learning. The site was conceived as an educational tool for learning languages, and as a guide to online resources”.
All animation and webpage design is by Craig Gibson. The games are intended to provide a relaxed way of acquiring basic language skills, “a break from books”! Audio files have been incorporated into animations for certain languages, and more audio materials are planned.
All-new Spreaker DJ for the iPad enables live broadcasting/podcasting of voice, music, mixes and audio FX!
Spreaker transforms your iPad into a full-featured radio station, allowing you to mix your voice with music, and sound effects, to create your own personal radio shows or podcasts. It can feature “LIVE chat” and that feature might take some consideration.
The easy to use interface allows integration with your iTunes music library, microphone input, and an audio FX library. Record your mixes or broadcast them live, controlling all volumes and mixing all channels independently.
Programming underpins apps, websites, games, and more. Codeacademy (as opposed to Codecademy) is a free app to build things online through programming. Pick apart the basic structure of code, and the concepts behind the apps you use, and websites you visit.
Hour of Code is a great way to go from zero to programming. Its is now longer than an hour too! “Make a webpage from the app with a photo, bio, and more, and share it with friends to show off what you’ve learned”!