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Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 1

| June 19, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The first of two days exploring alongside the voyagers of Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens. Tomorrow, is a day of digital delights with the staff. Today, we went for some wanders in the world of words, in some intriguing virtual landscapes. There is no replacement for getting children outside, encountering the REAL. There are, however, a […]

Flickr Creative Commons Collection

| June 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Flickr Creative Commons Collection ~ Millions of high-quality images to explore. Whilst it could take some time to exhaust the list of CC images, (and you might fancy trying TagGalaxy as an alternative method of searching through Flickr) FCCC could host just the picture you need.

SAM Club ~ Gravesend, London (Science & More, in a café!)

| June 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Lovely, to travel up to London, and do an evening session, in a tea room ~ No. 84 Tea Room and Eatery, 84 Parrock Road, Gravesend. The SAM Club ~ “Science and More!” ~ has been set up “to bring inspirational speakers from the world of science, technology and the arts” to deliver talks to […]

The Creative Commons Search Tool

| June 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

A great place to start seeking Creative Commons content is The Creative Commons Search Tool. Search across multiple sites, to find images, video and music that can be used without asking for permission in advance.

Just2Easy programming

| June 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

J2code is the latest tool from Just2Easy. It is completely FREE for all UK schools, offering links to share work. There are three “engines” to use: JIT turtle, logo and a visual block editor, giving children progression, differentiation and a variety of interesting challenges. If you want to save to Just2Easy‘s e-portfolio system, this is how […]

“Bringing Magic into the Classroom” ~ TEDxThessaloniki

| June 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Here is a film, of the TEDx Thessaloniki session, we did recently, in Greece. Take a look at the blog post HERE Tim Rylands, an education explorer and dreamer swept us off our feet by introducing us to the magical potential that interactive applications and games can bring into a classroom. He talked about how […]

Make Beliefs Comix app

| June 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The, by now familiar, comic generator website “Make Beliefs Comix” has produced a free iPad app, which recreates the experience, but in a tablet environment. Select your characters, their emotions, and speech bubbles, thought balloons, and the settings where your action takes place ~ hey presto! Your tale is on the way to being told.

Comment Snob & other tube cleaners

| June 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

YouTube is a massive collection of useful films. It is not just a collection of cat videos! However, it is not the films that are the main problem. It is the undesirable comments that cause more difficulties. ComentSnob is a Firefox add on that cleans up your viewing of YouTube films. It filters out undesirable […]

Inspiring Leadership Conference 2014, Birmingham

| June 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

An honour to contribute a masterclass to The Inspiring Leadership Conference at The ICC, in Birmingham. The CfBT Education Trust, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) invited delegates to the first ‘Inspiring Leadership’ Annual Conference, taking place at the International Convention Centre Birmingham. Find out […]

Readability ~ Chrome Firefox … a possibly brilliant add on

| June 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The readability extension is a genuinely useful tool ~ take away many of the distractions, and get a readable version of many web pages. Readability turns (most) websites into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. From links off the Readability site, you can get “add ons” for […]