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Newsmap ~ The news here and there

| September 22, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Newsmap is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” news aggregator.

The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.

It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.

A fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.

Bugscope ~ control an expensive microscope

| September 21, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports “K-16″ classrooms worldwide. Continue Reading

Winged Sandals ~ Greek Mythology

| September 18, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Winged Sandals is a perfect example of how a website can “inform, educate and entertain” at the same time.

Winged Sandals explores the magical world of Classical Greek mythology, a place filled with awesome gods, daring heroes and fabulous monsters.

Winged Sandals features modern interpretations of Classical Greek myths and characters. Continue Reading

St Andrew’s CE Primary, Oswaldtwistle ~ The Return

| September 17, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Fheader-e1407573574837ollowing our previous visits to St Andrew’s Primary School, Oswaldtwistle, Day 1 and Day 2 we return ….for some wild and woolly extension, and travels into some new and unexplored territories… beyond.

We explored the power of inventive technologies and visual literacy elements, and saw how they can have a huge impact.  Raising confidence in children across the creative curriculum. We had a hands on DOING IT day. Tech in action. FUN!

St Andrews Composite CreaturesAs technology speeds forward, even these days, we too can feel left behind. The gargoyle’s wide mouthed amazement matches some of our modern day worries about new tools. We can fear that we don’t fully understand them. If we don’t, it is a good idea to be honest – there will be children who do. If we DO know, it is sometimes a good idea to pretend we don’t… that’s when some great learning takes place.

Offering guidance & support to a teacher?! Laughter and learning taking place from ALL. Motivation indeed! We set forth  investigating how fascinating challenges can be used across subject areas and age ranges, with remarkable effects: developing speaking, listening and writing skills and raising confidence and self-esteem.

With a focus very much on creativity, particularly to inspire writing, we explored ways of working that are centred on innovation and capturing children’s imagination, and gathered many ideas, mostly free, that we could be using, “from the web and beyond”, to bring learning even more alive.

Well done to Mrs Christina Wilkinson, Headteacher, her colleagues, and children for some inspiring collections of inventions and investigations.

iSpot ~ identifying & classifying

| September 16, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Found a plant, or minibeast, and you haven’t got a clue what it is called? Try identifying it through iSpot.

iSpot is really a great way to get a class finding, and identifying, wildlife around the school, or neighbourhood, adding to data about habitats too.

As part of Open Air Laboratories (the OPAL project,), the The Open University launched iSpot in 2009. iSpot helps beginners learn how to identify wildlife, get in touch with wildlife experts, and go on to get involved in wildlife survey and conservation.

On iSpot, people can upload digital photos, and/or descriptions, of the species they’ve seen, and are encouraged to try identifying it for themselves.

Other users on the site can click a button to show they agree with the identification, or, if it’s not correct, they can add an alternative suggestion.

See also the iSpot online identification keys and the OU’s Neighbourhood Nature course. If you have any questions, contact iSpot: iSpot@open.ac.uk

Oughtibridge Primary School, Sheffield ~ Day 2

| September 16, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Oughtibridge Primary School

sclogo1Back to Oughtibridge Primary School, Oughtibridge, Sheffield for a day of lessons, joined by children from Year Six and Year Two, and visiting colleagues from across  the Locality G:  Malin Bridge Primary School, Bradfield Dungworth Primary SchoolNook Lane Junior SchoolStannington Infant School, Deep St John CE Junior School, Royd Infant School, Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School, Stocksbridge Junior School, Shooters Grove Primary School, Wharncliffe Side Primary School, Rivelin Primary School, Marlcliffe Primary School and Loxley Primary School..

Thanks to Patricia Munt Headteacher of Oughtibridge Primary School, for supporting our explorations and to Margaret Firth, her Deputy Headteacher, for spending the day with us, coordinating events and looking after us.

Oughtibridge Primary School

Lunapic ~ image manipulation

| September 15, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Lunapic is well worth a deeper investigation than just the first page. It is a very easy to use image manipulator. Both fun and useful.

There are many, many different effects that you can add to your image.

We have heated up the Lunapic logo, and the two lads, from one of our events, to the right, are really reflecting on their work. Old movie scratches, rotating cubes of a few images, or even let your image be struck by lightning! The end results can be exported as gifs.

Locality G ~ Oughtibridge Primary School, Sheffield ~ Day 1

| September 15, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Oughtibridge Primary School

A great day near Sheffield in Yorkshire, at Oughtibridge Primary School and visiting Tech Coordinators from Locality G – a learning community with style.

It is always good to work alongside ICT/Tech Co orinators, especially when they have the open “up for it” understanding of those here today. Because, even though a lot of what we do is subtitled “TECH To Inspire”, it is the impact that any technology can have on raising many levels of literacy, and confidence, in children of all abilities and ages, that is essential. Speaking and listening, feeds in to writing in so many ways. The opportunity to drip vocabulary, and sentence structure, in to an exploration (or rather, more often, a “standing ssclogo1till in” ) of a virtual world.

A huge THANK YOU to Patricia Munt Headteacher, Oughtibridge Primary School, Oughtibridge, Sheffield, for inviting us and coordinating our two day visit, plus including so many of her colleagues from her school and beyond:
Malin Bridge Primary School, Bradfield Dungworth Primary SchoolNook Lane Junior SchoolStannington Infant School, Deep St John CE Junior School, Royd Infant School, Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School, Stocksbridge Junior School, Shooters Grove Primary School, Wharncliffe Side Primary School, Rivelin Primary School, Marlcliffe Primary School and Loxley Primary School.

Locality G – a learning community with a shared sense of direction that benefits from local school to school support, the sharing of good practice and joint CPD.

Headteachers and teachers from across the locality want ICT to be an integral part of children’s learning, enhancing activities and tasks and enthusing and engaging children. Tim Rylands and Sarah are leading the way, working with teachers inspiring them to use ICT as a tool for exciting learning.

Two days of activities allowing teachers to network, learn together, question, distil and synthesis. What ‘wonder’ it is to be a learner.

 

Self Portraits in the style of Julian Opie

| September 14, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Experiment with another ArtisanCam creative delight, and their Explore Self Portraits, for the chance to create your own portraits in the style of Julian Opie.

Julian Opie’s style is a very distinctive one, using as few lines as possible, & with limited colours & textures.

When you have finished, remember to label your picture in an authentic style: first name of the subject, job, and date.

Wikisky and Stellarium

| September 10, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Wikisky allows you to imagine yourself viewing the Universe through one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. By changing the scale with your mouse, you can watch the entire sky in one window and receive the detailed images of distant galaxies and nebulas in another. Click on an interesting object and you will get the detailed scientific information about it.

Combine Stellarium and Wikisky and you’re a star! (Sounds like a fascinating cocktail too, eh? Hic!)

If It Were My Home

| September 9, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

If It Were My Home .com offers a fantastic chance to compare aspects of life between almost any two countries in the world.

Initially, the site has the US as the default country to compare others to. This is not fixed and you could compare Morocco with Guatemala if you wished.

You are able to see the two countries overlayed on top of each other for comparison of size

To have Great Britain as your base country start HERE

This is a superb tool when carrying out a geography unit, or as a Start-The-Day thought provoking investigation. Continue Reading