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St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App

| April 24, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

We have mentioned that the Cure4Kids for Kids ~ Clarity on Cancer site before. The St. Jude Cure4Kids for Kids Explorer App is now available, for free, on the Apple Store.

Developed as part of the St. Jude Cancer Education Outreach program (Cure4Kids for Kids),  The St. Jude Cure4Kids Jr. Health Explorer is an interactive iPad app that teaches children about science and healthy living.

The educational content presented in this app is divided into three modules:
1 What are Cells? 2. What is Cancer? & 3. What is Healthy Living?

Each module employs an illustrated book written at a US grade 3-5 reading level, a quiz to test their knowledge, video clips of experts from St. Jude, and an interactive activity. These modules are designed to reach children with a variety of learning styles and backgrounds as well as to encourage children to think critically through problem solving and scientific inquiry.

Thank you to Yuri Quintana for bringing our attention to this fascinating resource.

Computer Science Online

| April 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Computer Science Online provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career and developmental information related to the world of computer science.

The organization is self funded and non-commercial, made up of contributors from the science and technology education system and others who have worked in industry at large corporations or start-ups.

Features include: -

Thanks, to Dan Schuessler, Co-Founder of CS Online, for his nudge towards some new, superb, resources.

New Horizons Federation, Bexleyheath ~ Day 2

| April 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Our second day with the folks of the The New Horizons Federation, today joined by the students and pupils.

The morning at Oakwood School with Year 7 and Year 8 students and an afternoon at Westbrooke School with the Year 4 pupils. What wonderful wanderings in the world of words. Where would we wander? Words whirled whichever way we walked. Continue Reading

Nature Sound Map ~ for World Earth Day

| April 22, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Nature Sound Map, enables exploration of the wonders of the world, in some superb ambient audio recordings of landscapes, and animals, across the globe ~ from a rock pool in Devon, to jackals in the Kalahari, …& beyond. Sound!

A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting & inspiring sounds.

Hear the World Like Never Before

Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.

Many recordings in the collection are ‘binaural’ soundscapes, in other words, stereo recordings made with two microphones which capture sound in 360 degrees.This recording technique most accurately imitates the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location. If you sit back, close you eyes and relax while listening to a well-recorded soundscape, it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re actually there!

Great to enhance the atmosphere of a space, or create the soundtrack to the piece of descriptive narrative perhaps. Enjoy your exploring. Sounds good eh?

New Horizons Federation, Oakwood School, Bexleyheath, 1

| April 22, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The first of two days alongside the staff of The New Horizons Federation, ~ today with 150 folk at Oakwood School, one of the Federation schools, in Bexleyheath, in Kent, and what a full on two days awaits us all.

The federation Provides a continuum of provision for young people in danger of missing education. Continue Reading

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 12

| April 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 11

| April 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Pho.to ~ Image manipulation

| April 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

There are quite a few, free, online photo and image manipulation programs (we have mentioned many including PhotoFunia, iPiccy, and Lunapic to name a few)

Whilst Pho.to is full of the inevitable advertising that supports many such sites, there are a few fun effects, and frames, you can apply to your images.

You can touch up your photos, smart fix to make quick changes, edit your picture, make avatars, or even send “free” ecards. Some fun and possibly useful results.

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 2

| April 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

A second day at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, this time with the staff, looking at a vast amount of digital delights to bring learning even more alive.

What we shared today fits so well with the school’s ethos, and ways of working, already. We experienced some of the confidence, sense of humour, and imagination, of the children yesterday. Carrying out lessons, both in English, and Welsh, is a superb way to develop written, aural, and oral, dexterity. We looked at a huge range of tools that can be used in developing that word play, thought juggling, and imaginative inventiveness. Continue Reading

KidsRuby ~ Programming on many platforms

| April 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Whilst not initially simple in its set up, and use, KidsRuby could be another interesting exploration of the art of coding. You can see your code, run it, and see what it outputs all at the same time. This makes it a lot more fascinating to learn inputs and outputs, and what changes to your coding achieve. Works on Windows, OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi.

Like Hackety-Hack, another program we have written about, this is real Ruby programming, but in a slightly simplified introduction. We don’t have a lot of experience with this but you might find it worth investigating, then (please) …tell us how you get on.

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 1

| April 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Great to be back in Newport, for the first of two days alongside the children, and staff, of Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd.

Welsh really is a beautiful language, and perfect for poetic, descriptive, invention.

We carried out our lessons in that fascinating cross between two languages. As someone who grew up only a few miles across the River Severn, yet never managed more than a poor impression of spoken Welsh, it has always been intriguing to carry out lesson sessions in a mixture of tongues. Continue Reading