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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
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.
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
“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.