JewelBeat provides some superb free background music, to use in many contexts, online, and off.
Check the terms of the Creative Commons copyright, but they are generous.
A fast paced whiz through just some ways to create your own planet, on the eSchools stand, at BETT.
How about trying out some still, stereographic, images?: Make a panorama, in something like CleVR. This, for free remember, will also make you a fully navigable, 3D panorama, at the same time.
Next, turn that panorama in to a stereographic world in something like Gimp (one of THE most unfortunate names for any piece of software, but a fantastic Photoshop alternative!) Online and free. To do so, follow this step-by-step guide from PhotoJojo. Continue Reading
Today we were joined by many Swedish teachers, at The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. These colleagues are visiting London, during BETT week.
There is a huge, and accessible, range of digital, and analogue, ways to engage, and motivate students of all ages, and abilities.
We shared SO many online opportunities, to extend learning, that they might have popped. At the same time, though, we stressed that is also important to take your time, choose carefully, & take your time when using them. Continue Reading
With the international element of our days these days, it seems appropriate to think about geographical setting.
Setting is a vital component in any work of literature- from Charles Dickens’s London to Mark Twain’s Hannibal. Putting a story in the context of a real physical location gives stories context, placing readers in a familiar locale as the story unfolds.
Placing Literature is a new, & growing, online database of places from scenes in literature- sourced & plotted by readers & researchers. Created by an author, an engineer, & a geographer, the goal of Placing Literature is to connect readers to the places they are reading about, highlighting the meanings, values and emotions attached to a space.
Can you, and your students, add to the crowd sourcing and continue to create a respected reference material for future research. Get reading. Get mapping.
A keynote for Dutch policy makers, head teachers, education leaders and teachers at Copthorne Tara Hotel.
Thank you to Koos Eichhorn, and Anja Huiskens, for organising our visit, and sharing these thoughts:
ITEM is a cooperation of AB-ZHW and APS-IT services. Both organisations try to reform Dutch education into 21st century organisations in which learners can follow their own learning goals using their own competences.
For more than 10 years ITEM has organised conferences, and study trips, to London during BETT week for Dutch teachers.
This year’s theme is about testing and assessment. Experts from Singapore, the U.K., the U.S.A., Finland, Belgium and Denmark telling us about the situation in their countries regarding testing (that’s usually based on 19th century learning) and the conflict with 21st century learning.
About 100 Dutch teachers, head teachers, scientists and policy makers discuss the outcomes of the workshops with the experts from the different countries and try to get the best of it to use in the Dutch situation. Continue Reading
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Access Videolicious on both desktop and mobile devices.
The free version allows 20 1 minute videos, with 10 shots per video.
Tell your story on camera, add a voiceover to existing shots—or switch from one to the other using simple controls. Choose the combination of sound and music to tell your story. One-swipe mixing lets you perfect your video’s sound options.
Following yesterday’s whole school INSET, today we were joined by the child at New Milton Infant School, in Hampshire.
Well done, to all of the staff who joined us, for getting down to it with the valiant bunch of years twos who travelled with us through the world of words. Mucking in, modelling, and trying every challenge, at the same time as their charges.
All of our New Milton colleagues demonstrated a superb approach to the element that “Writing shouldn’t be something ‘we’ inflict upon ‘them’, whilst ‘we’ head off and do something else, or go in to ‘hover mode’ and ‘help’”. Everybody went for it! Continue Reading
Figurative: a process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation
Alchemy is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways, on the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way. We’d love to see what you create. Get doodling.
Today we have the pleasure to be at New Milton Infant School, Hampshire, for a whole school INSET day. New Milton is clearly a busy, and friendly school, with lots going on. The school is blessed to be situated on the south coast, with both the seaside and the New Forest right on its doorstep!
Thank you to the school’s previous headteacher, Claire Skerrett, for the initial invite and to Kate Stanton, the school’s now Acting Headteacher for rising to all the challenges. Working alongside schools, we share, & demonstrate, the powerful effect of using games, useful Web2 tools & software (most of it free), hand-held devices & more, – modelling a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’. Continue Reading
After a couple of days in New Milton, Hampshire, we are really looking forward to full on BETT week.
As the comedians say, “We’re here all week folks”.
Wednesday sees us doing a keynote for 200 Dutch colleagues, at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington. Thursday, and we do a similar session with Swedish colleagues, at the Cumberland Hotel, in Marble Arch. We’ll be at the BETT arena through the rest of those days, then all day on the Friday.
From 14:00 to 14:45, on Saturday, we are honoured to be asked to contribute to ‘The BETT Closing Ceremony’ in The BETT Arena. Alongside Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech; Anne-Lise Kjaer , Futurologist, Kjaer Global; Ian Bauckham, President, ASCL; and Simon Milner, UK and Ireland Policy Director, at Facebook, we’ll be sharing The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom?
If YOU’re around, we’d love to meet up. Twitter: @timrylands or email email@example.com. See you there maybe.