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LooperMan ~ Music loops galore

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments 

LooperMan helps when you’re looking for royalty free music loops, acapellas and vocals. There are 1000s of free loops and other audio resources to keep you making music.

If you’re new, then see what looperman.com is all about then register your FREE account. Could be really useful to investigate audio for your blogs, podcasts and more.

You can also upload bits of music for others to evaluate, and use. It’s a place to share stuff, to learn from each other and to improve your skills as a musician as well. Once you have downloaded some free loops you can then upload your mp3 tracks for other members to review. What better feedback on your tracks than that of fellow musicians.

Milton Park Federated Primary School, Portsmouth ~ Day 2

| February 11, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Our second day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth. Following yesterday’s INSET today we had the pleasure of spending time with the pupils and their teachers, and went all analog, in an exploration of the world of words. Continue Reading

Channel.me ~ Surf the Web Together

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Surf the Web Together with others elsewhere. Beyond link sharing or screen sharing, Channel.me lets you surf the same websites together with one or more people.

As it is 100% Web based, Channel.me works on almost any platform and every browser, all visitors will have the exact same experience. Any social media, and way of communicating with others, takes careful consideration.

Try out the collaborative translation tool.

Photofunia

| February 10, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Whilst I have put on a bit of weight, (Infact, I am turning in to a bit of a wok smuggler) I haven’t gained as many pounds it looks like in this picture!

That was made, along with MANY other quick and easy, fun or intriguing, photo editing gems from Photofunia.

Milton Park Federated Primary School, Portsmouth ~ Day 1

| February 10, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Today, an INSET Day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth, thanks to Headteacher Julie Smith, and to Lee Branscombe, Deputy Head Teacher for organising our two day visit. Continue Reading

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!