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Metro Map Creator (& a walking tube map)

| July 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Metro Map Creator could be a superb way to draw things like a finished “mind map”, or a guide to an interesting process. You could use word, or PowerPoint, but this is easy. Start a fresh map, draw your routes, and add stations. Choose the direction of texts, and other settings, with the control panel. […]

Computing to Inspire, Nottingham

| July 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

A great, full on day, at The Nottingham Computing to Inspire Conference, Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, with opening and closing keynotes, and three workshops. Liz Kitts, Education Improvement Consultant for the county, shared these thoughts: “Computing to Inspire”, the Nottinghamshire Education Improvement Service’s summer conference, was a great event for subject leaders to […]

Wordles of Character

| July 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Here are a few more examples of some Wordles of Character. They are worth watching through, or reading, slowly. Poignant and thought provoking. A real development of empathetic writing. A slightly overworked and stressed doctor, an embarrassed teacher caught in a bit of a pickle, a “cool and trendy” vicar, (or so he likes to […]

Freemake Video Converter & Video Downloader

| July 9, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

FreeMake Video Converter is a useful tool for any Windows users who need to change a file from one format to another. You might also try FreeMake’s Video Downloader as an alternative to Firefox video Download Helper You’d have to think about copyright elements, but you can edit out the culturally sensitive elements of a […]

iFake Text

| July 8, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

iFake text, is not a new idea, but it is worth revisiting, to make surprisingly real communications, between characters, about something intriguing maybe… Get children thinking, wondering, or writing, about the background to the texts, or creating their own conversations, perhaps between historical figures, or personalities in a play or novel. What would YOU talk […]

Filtering ~ (Hopefully this isn’t blocked)

| July 7, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

“To filter, or not to filter. That is THE big question”. Our local authorities are the ones who need to be provoked into thinking. There is so much inconsistency in policies and practice. The aspect of training children, and students, effectively is intensely important. We filter so heavily, in some places, that they are given […]

Which Date Works

| July 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Whilst many folk may use online calendars, to organise a group, “WhichDateWorks” is a simple, and effective, free way of coordinating different people when trying to find a time when everybody involved is free. (Next Thursday. 6!)

Newspaper Maker ~ & other front page generators

| July 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

NEWSPAPER MAKER enables the creation of convincing eye-catching headlines and articles. You could also try the newspaper creator from JaguarPaw, or AddLetters version The image chef generator (used to the right) creates a quick headline on The Examiner

News of the Future ~ “You are my density”

| July 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

“Back to the … …” With a news theme this week, it might be timely to mention the quirky site that is News of the Future. Who needs a Delorean time machine when you can link to future news? Oil at $180 a barrel, Talking search engines, First Marathon Under Two Hours, and Euro Banknotes […]

Newswordy ~ Be less intransigent about news vocabulary

| July 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Buzzwords are frequently used in news media. These are words that do not typically occur in everyday speech, but are common among newscasters, talking heads, and pundits on cable news. These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions […]