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Trello ~ Organise anything, together

| April 28, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The free version of Trello is a great way to organise yourself, independently, or as part of a group, simple and fun collaboration.

Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Never ask “Who’s doing what?” again.

Works on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 Tablet, and your web browser

Ollie Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) tweeted “Enjoying Trello’s pirate map mode. Untouched to do items slowly crack and yellow until you touch them again”. Could be a great writing stimulus.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 3

| April 28, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Aldar Academies

Our third day with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. Mr Walker, (the walking stick with magical properties, and mysterious holes, who had intriguingly disappeared at Heathrow Airport, instigating a brief airport wide search) began a session of unbridled imagination and creativity; the children here, whatever nationality, needed little encouragement to offer their thoughts to the whole class.
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Tapestry ~ Tap to tell a tale

| April 27, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Tapestry is an intriguing site ~ “Create your own story with gifs, pictures, text and taps!” ~ hence TAPestry. Step by step stories. The free app is worth exploring. An interesting way to plan, and present, a tale.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 2

| April 27, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Our second day with Aldar Academies, in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates, and well done, to everyone, for taking off and flying “big time”. Fun! …and learning. (Surely, not at the same time? Oh yes. Indeedy.)

After yesterday’s deluge of digital delights, we were decidedly analog, on many levels, today. A huge amount of respect to the children and staff, for wandering with us in the world of words, in such style. Continue Reading

Pen.io ~ Quick and easy post publishing

| April 26, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

“Publish a Beautiful Blog Post Online in Seconds”

Pen.io is a simplistic, quick and easy way to make a web page, including with a graphic. Get your content online, speedily, without the need for hosting either. Here is a test page made in 28 seconds. (The image, to the left, is of Clive, our Web Wizard, and his dogs, as, whilst Pen.io is a useful tool, it’s not going to put him out of a job!)

The service is free, and anonymous. They don’t ask for, now store, email addresses or any personal information.

There is no setup. Just write and hit save. It takes just seconds to publish your article and share it with the world. View their demo page with some amusing or, indeed, clever ideas.

The usual eSafety consideration would need to be made but, as there is no place for comments, interactions or communications, you need to moderate what goes out, and get your audience response in other ways.

Whilst this is not as advanced as a full blown blog post, or web page, and is limited in terms of design, methods of delivery and administration, this could have some positive aspects when speed is key maybe. Pen.io. Give it a .go

Aldar Academies Conference Day, Abu Dhabi

| April 26, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Our first, of four days with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. We started with a conference day for a vast amount of school staff, doing the first stage of what we love: an introduction to some of the huge range of possibilities available, freely, on the web.

We had a joyous, fast paced, day delving in to a deluge of digital delights. (We are going to go more analog over the next two days, with the children, before finishing in a whizzing whirr of wonders with staff on Tuesday. “Watch this space”. Continue Reading

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