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Stat World

| June 24, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Stat WorldStat World features an intuitive interface that enables both technical and non-technical users to easily explore and analyze data.

Data can be viewed as mapsbar chartsline graphs and scatter plots, & then switch easily between different types of visualisations.

Stat World bubbleSelect map areas (such as countries) and details for that area are displayed inside popups and visualization components. Animate changes over time as maps, bar charts, vertical bubble charts and scatter plots.

A massive, adaptable and engaging, experience that would intrigue many ages, and abilities, when investigating elements about the history, geography, social and economical aspects of the development of our planet.

*This is Flash based (sadly) but will work on most non “i” tools.*

Pixabay ~ copyright free images

| June 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

digital-32871_640Pixabay is a collection of free to use images. The top line of pictures are the sponsored pictures from Shutterstock. They are not free. But, if you were to search for textures, or leaves, or many other key words, you will find a vast amount of copyright free, and high quality, images to download. Great for teaching resources of many kinds.

If you register, for free, (& you don’t have to) you avoid the need for Captcha tests. (Thank you @NessMatthews)

Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons ~ surprising CC images

| June 20, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Wiki-commons Wikipedia-logo-v2_1xTwo, slightly surprising, places to discover images, and video, shared under Creative Commons licenses. Select an image on Wikipedia to see the license attributed to it.
Also, search the entire Wikipedia collection by visiting the Wikimedia Commons website.

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 2

| June 20, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Newton le Willows Primary School

Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolOur second day at Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens.

Today, we went all digital, and splattered the staff and visiting colleagues, with a vast amount of, mostly free, ways to bring their curriculum even more alive. Joining us were colleagues from : Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary,  St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Newfold Community Primary and Eaves Primary.

Thank you to Nicola Ryan, Literacy Co-ordinator, for organising our visit, and sharing these thoughts:

Nicola Ryan‘We are very large school with an extremely varied intake of children from all kinds of exciting backgrounds. One thing we all have in common is our love of ICT, however, we do not feel that we are using our ICT facitlities to the best of their potential.

As teachers we want to become more creative and imaginative in our approach to teaching and learning. We are also hoping to work well and share good practive with colleages from neighbouring schools. We envisage ourselves, in a few years time, to be incorporating 21st Centrury ICT and mobile technologies (not just SMART and Bee Bots!) into many of our lessons and making learning fun and exciting.’

SoundBible ~ Free & royalty free sounds

| June 19, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts offers free, and royalty free, sound clips, and sound effects, for download in either wav or mp3 format.From dog barks, city sounds, bird songgame show sounds, through to sports soundscrowds, and a vast amount more. Some are openly unsavoury, but most form a big collection of useful audio for many uses.

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 1

| June 19, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Newton-le-Willows Primary

Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolThe first of two days exploring alongside the voyagers of Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens. Tomorrow, is a day of digital delights with the staff.

Today, we went for some wanders in the world of words, in some intriguing virtual landscapes. There is no replacement for getting children outside, encountering the REAL. There are, however, a lot of elements you can develop in these digital terrains, that you can apply to more realistic experiences. Joining us today were colleagues from Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary and Eaves Primary. Continue Reading

Flickr Creative Commons Collection

| June 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Flickr Creative Commons Collectioncc-logoFlickr logo ~ Millions of high-quality images to explore. Whilst it could take some time to exhaust the list of CC images, (and you might fancy trying TagGalaxy as an alternative method of searching through Flickr) FCCC could host just the picture you need.

SAM Club ~ Gravesend, London (Science & More, in a café!)

| June 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

SAM June 2014

SAM-2014-02Lovely, to travel up to London, and do an evening session, in a tea room ~ No. 84 Tea Room and Eatery, 84 Parrock Road, Gravesend.

The SAM Club ~ “Science and More!” ~ has been set up “to bring inspirational speakers from the world of science, technology and the arts” to deliver talks to pupils from local schools. Anyone from School Year 6 and older is welcome. Children and parents are invited come to SAM Club events and to have the opportunity to meet, in an informal setting, interesting and enthusiastic people who have a passion for their subject. Continue Reading

The Creative Commons Search Tool

| June 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

CC SearchA great place to start seeking Creative Commons content is The Creative Commons Search Tool. Search across multiple sites, to find images, video and music that can be used without asking for permission in advance.

Just2Easy programming

| June 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

J2codeJ2code Homepage is the latest tool from Just2Easy. It is completely FREE for all UK schools, offering links to share work. There are three “engines” to use: JIT turtle, logo and a visual block editor, giving children progression, differentiation and a variety of interesting challenges.

If you want to save to Just2Easy‘s e-portfolio system, this is how they make their money. Otherwise, J2code is utterly free to use.

Just2easy photoJ2code meets all of the coding elements of the Computing Programmes of Study for KS1 and KS2, in the 2014 Curriculum. Enjoyable and effective.

rocket copyA great bonus feature of J2code: there is no login, or registration, so you can just bookmark the url, and get a class coding in minutes. On your marks. Get set. “-.-. — -.. .. -. –.  ..-. -. !”

“Bringing Magic into the Classroom” ~ TEDxThessaloniki

| June 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Here is a film, of the TEDx Thessaloniki session, we did recently, in Greece. Take a look at the blog post HERE

Tim Rylands, an education explorer and dreamer swept us off our feet by introducing us to the magical potential that interactive applications and games can bring into a classroom.

He talked about how the word teacher is too one-sided and how a teacher must be prepared to learn from the children, not only teach them.

“The element of picking up ideas from all over the world is something that we are blessed to do”, he said while talking about social media as teaching tools.

He focused on the importance of making the classroom a more vibrant place for children, a place that reminds them of the time they spent outside exploring and inventing while being full of energy at the same time.

Applications such as Runkeeper, Google Treks and 360 Cities can help inspire and motivate them and make them as open and hungry for new things as the world they explore.

It is a way to take education to the next level and help broaden the children’s minds.

In the end that’s what it’s all about: to help children embrace the world through their minds and shape it to the better place it should and can be.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.