“The Gapminder Foundation is a non-profit venture that makes current data about the world freely available in a format that is accessible, meaningful and dynamic, a kind of modern ‘museum’ on the internet”.
The Gapminder website is free and is a great resource for geography teachers and students. Animated ‘bubble graphs’ show how countries of the world have changed. Change the parameters and so create your own graphs and animations. Endless fascinating explorations.
Gapminder World is an easy to follow guide.
MusicDroid is a surprisingly challenging, FREE, Android puzzle game, designed especially for children, to develop programming skills and get them in to coding and maths games.
The goal is to power your Droid companion around the golden music plates and proceed to the next level. To move your Droid you need to build a set of functions across the screen using instructions.
MusicDroid might look look a little simplistic initially, but it is a great educational tool and makes learning the basics of coding fun by combining enjoyable challenges and an engaging droid character.
Julian Wood (@Ideas_Factory) also told us of the Google Cultural Institute, which includes this and other wonders, such as The Ancient Kyoto: Daigo-ji Temple, The Grand Canyon, the Pompei, or even as remote as Scott’s Hut in Antarctica,
The British Museum’s Ancient Civilisations provides a useful resource for studying the history of writing, religion, trade, technology and more. The site is organized into six themes. These are accessed via the Themes Home page. Each subject links to a theme map, which displays the cultures selected to illustrate that topic. (Unfortunately, Flash based, but superb nevertheless).
Gadwin. This useful free program, for grabbing screen shots, is something we have recommended for a few years. Well worth checking out. Take multiple shots and add them to your pictures folder, instead of one shot, just added to your clipboard.
The FREE Gadwin PrintScreen 5.0 version, ia a great PC tool. The pro variety adds some things you don’t need.
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to speak and see the resulting text. It is thought that it’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Great to get your reluctant writers, or those emerging in to the process, transcribing their writing ideas.
Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. It requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE) and works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).
It is not always accurate, but can some times be way ahead of us, as in the classic quote, as we headed to Cardiff:
“Driving, with Sarah and Ellie, two whales”!
(Thankfully, neither of them are easily offended)
The Atlas Robot is a two legged robot that was built primarily for search and rescue tasks. DARPA, the United States Department of Defense, was primarily responsible for its production and design. Oliver Diaz’s digital recreation, in iPad app format, is a fascinating augmented reality experience
Whilst not perfect, you can sequence small movements and it does have a significant wow factor! Print out the AR target, and get Atlas moving!
Thank you to Di Pumphrey, head of school at West Thornton Primary Academy, for inviting us to contribute to the third West Thornton Book Festival, nicknamed ‘The BOF’, (Blow out Festival- a name accidentally given to it in the first year by Paul Geraghty!). The school’s curriculum places a lot of emphasis on talk and story, and they already see ICT as a powerful tool to enhance learning across the school, including their blogs. A direct link to their ‘The BOF’ event is here. Continue Reading
Lissa Explains it All is a long established, colourful, and fun, approach to learning HTML for children.
With this tutorial, beginners learn step by step how to make their own Web page and publish it on the web.
Whilst no aspect of HTML programming is simple on first encounter, this site takes you through introductory stages in an interesting way. If you get really in to your designing, there are far more complex elements you could explore.
Maybe YOU could design the next big “FaceTube” or “YouBook”!