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GapMinder ~ A “knowledge-based world view”

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

“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 [...]

Music Droid ~ An Android programming game

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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 [...]

Explore the temples of Angkor Wat & other world wonders

| April 7, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Thanks to @amycoole1979 for the nudge to the new chance to explore Cambodia’s most famous ancient temple, Angkor Wat, through Google “Street”view experiences. 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 [...]

Ancient Civilisations ~ interactive investigations of the past

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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 [...]

Park Walk Primary, Chelsea ~ Day 2

| April 4, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Day Two at Park Walk Primary with a focus on Key Stage 1 children today, and working on MORE digital possibilities, with the teachers. Park Walk Primary School staff work extremely hard to deliver a stimulating and fun curriculum for the children to engage in. Our Literacy co-ordinator leads on encouraging the children to ‘put [...]

Gadwin ~ Quick and easy screenshots

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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 [...]

Park Walk Primary, Chelsea ~ Day 1

| April 3, 2014 | 8 Comments 

Thank you to Jo Walkden, Head Teacher of Park Walk Primary for inviting us to spend two days with the children, the staff, and visiting colleagues. This morning, we spent some joyous time,  exploring (but standing still too) alongside children from Year 5 and 6. We, indeed, stood still (before turning, gently, and nothing more) [...]

Dragon Dictation ~ Free speech to text

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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 [...]

Atlas ~ iPad augmented reality robot

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments 

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 [...]

West Thornton Primary Academy, Croydon

| April 1, 2014 | 7 Comments 

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 [...]