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Seene ~ Share life in 3D

| February 7, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Seene is an intriguing iPhone app, that enables the creation of a 3D, movable scene. Find your object, take four images (from left, right, above and below), share your result, then explore your captured moments, like this one., done at great speed.

Works well for even some complex objects. Take a look at some of the examples on their website, then get moving.

‘IT to Support Literacy’ Conference, Leicester

| February 7, 2014 | 80 Comments 


A pleasure to be here at King Power Stadium, Leicester City Football, to lead the morning session for the Whatever it Takes (WiT)  ‘IT to Support Literacy’ Conference here in Leicester, and to then close the conference with a final note.

With the key focus for today being about reading, and literacy, we explored the many Web2 tools and  the use of computers games that can inspire and enhance the development of reading, and writing, in children of all ages and abilities.

A creative, interactive session around developing imaginative ways of using ICT to enhance learning in schools.

We had the joy of eventually catching up with the team from ‘Teach Your Monster to Read‘, a free and incredibly valuable resource we have been sharing with schools all over the country. Teach your Monster to Read is a free game that helps children to practise their phonics and reading skills. Continue Reading

Word search maker ~ A spelling list challenge

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Wordles of spelling lists works. And.. we know this sounds simplistic, and a justification for playing such games, but we’ve seen some real benefit for reluctant readers, and those who find spelling a bit of a challenge, to set the week’s list as a wordsearch.

After you have completed a unit, it can often be fun for students to complete, or make, a word search, based on vocabulary encountered during the topic. This is a fairly basic activity, but does focus on one hidden element: in scouring for a word, children don’t realise how much they are taking in, about the spelling of that word.

WordsearchMaker.net, is a useful website that allows you, or your pupils, to create a wordsearch, print it, or embed it in to a website or blog. Try a quick pirating one to whet your appetite, me hearties! Continue Reading

Daisy The Dinosaur ~ Programming basics

| February 5, 2014 | 3 Comments 

Daisy the Dinosaur is a great, free, iPad app, for introducing the fundamental elements of programming.

Young, aspiring, programmers can command Daisy to carry out simple movements, dancing across the screen, in the free “Play” mode. The beginner challenges make a great place to start.

Your youngest students will find this easy drag and drop interface an engaging introduction to controlling objects, sequencing, loops and events.

ICT to Inspire Event Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

| February 5, 2014 | 49 Comments 

Lovely, to be in Aberystwyth,  for a full on day with over 120 delegates from across the Ceredigion region. Continue Reading

GoMix.it

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

We have mentioned a couple of ambient sound mixers before, including AmbientMixer.com, and a soft sound board. GoMix.it is another gem. The chance to (you’ve guessed it) mix your own atmospheric soundscapes, for many uses.

How about building an audio environment as the background to a bit of descriptive narrative. Add a sense of reality to a classroom jungle area, “office”, “shop” or other themed region. Sounds good… GoMix.it!

The Rofft Primary School, Marford, Wrexham ~ Day 2

| February 4, 2014 | 3 Comments 

A day with Key Stage 2 staff, and pupils, at The Rofft Primary School, Marford, near Wrexham, North Wales and again a host of visiting colleagues from: Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Barkers Lane School, Cornist Park School, Bronington V.A.P. Primary, Ysgol Emmanuel, St Mary’s Aided School, Overton, Ysgol Heulfan, Ysgol Acrefair, Southdown Primary, Ysgol Owen Jones, Cefn Mawr County Primary, Trelawnyd VA School, Ysgol Maes Y Mynydd, Holt Primary, Rhosddu Primary, Broughton Primary,  Madras Wrexham, Ysgol y Foel, Ysgol Melyd, Park CP, Ysgol Pennant, All Saints School Gresford, Sealand CP, Gwernynydd School and Llywelyn School. Continue Reading

The Rofft Primary School, Marford, Wrexham ~ Day 1

| February 3, 2014 | 9 Comments 

A full on day with the Foundation Phase folk at The Rofft Primary School, Wynnstay Lane, Marford, Wrexham.

A morning with the Year 2 class, their teachers and visiting colleagues focusing on talk and writing, an afternoon with the teaching staff looking at a plethera of tech that can enhance, support and develop the remarkable things the school already does, even further, and then an evening with the Y3/4 pupils and their parents. The schools joining us are: Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Barkers Lane School, Cornist Park School, Bronington V.A.P. Primary, Ysgol Emmanuel, St Mary’s Aided School, Overton, Ysgol Maes y Llan, Ysgol Heulfan, Ysgol Acrefair, Southdown Primary, Ysgol Owen Jones, Cefn Mawr County Primary, Trelawnyd VA School, Shotton Infants, Old School Lane Centre, Ysgol Maes Y Mynydd, Holt Primary, Rhosddu Primary, Broughton Primary and Madras Wrexham. Continue Reading

Cargo-Bot ~ A pad programming game

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B.

After successfully programming the robot you are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating a loop of movements.

Find the Cargo-Bot app HERE. “A puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates”. Sounds simple, right? Try it out! A stack of fun!

StarLogo TNG

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments 

StarLogo TNGis the “next steps”, aiming to lower the barrier entry to programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by coloured blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.

Entice more young folk into programming through tools that facilitate making games.

3D graphics and sound, a blocks-based programming interface, and keyboard input – make StarLogo TNG a great tool for programming compelling and rich educational video games and simulation models.

Quandary ~ Ethical gameplay

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Quandary is a free, online game that engages students in ethical decision-making and develops skills that will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives.

The teachers’ page has a handy teacher guide and video, a sample lesson plan and worksheet.

A thought provoking experience worth exploring.