12 Useful Image Search Tools
Dec31

12 Useful Image Search Tools

The internet is awash with fantastic images. The problem is finding images that are not breaching someone’s copyright, which is often the case. For student projects is also good practice to have them attribute the source of their images. Here’s a few ways of getting images that let you find ones you are actually allowed to use. Google Image Search Google Image Search is excellent for finding images and is often the first...

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Ookaboo – free pictures of everywhere on Earth
Dec29

Ookaboo – free pictures of everywhere on Earth

Ookaboo is a collection of free pictures, indexed using precise words and phrases from various sources on web. All pictures on Ookaboo are in the public domain or are under Creative Commons — that means that you can use our pictures for your web site, classwork, or other creative projects! The Map Search is a little fiddly, but you can search for keywords or places. Images include a link back to the original image, plus an...

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Festive Tunes with the Reindeer Orchestra
Dec21

Festive Tunes with the Reindeer Orchestra

Something silly for the festive season here. Put yourself in charge of Rudolph and his friends in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and We Wish You A Merry Christmas with this fun Reindeer Orchestra interactive. Just squeeze the noses of the reindeer choir on your interactive whiteboard (or at home with the mouse) or press the corresponding numbers on your keyboard to play along. Thanks to everyone for following the...

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A few of my favourite things
Dec20

A few of my favourite things

I’m not big on kittens or mittens, or many of the things on the list from the song. So instead, here are a few of *my* favourite things. These are tools and sites that I find myself referring to time and time again on training days as well as tools I use all the time in my day to day job. Delicious / Diigo Both sites provide one of the best ways of storing, and sharing, my online bookmarks. As soon as a list of useful websites...

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Google Body Browser
Dec18

Google Body Browser

This is something I have been waiting ages to see. I love Google Earth, Google Sky, Google Moon etc. But there was nothing for a biologist like me. I remember asking on Twitter in October if there would ever be a Google Maps for the human body. And now there is. Google Body browser. Google Body gives you a fully-explorable 3D body. You can move about, zoom in, like you can in Google Earth. And it’s fast – very responsive...

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Top Blogposts of 2010
Dec17

Top Blogposts of 2010

It’s that time of year again. Where we sum up , take stock and start making plans for 2011. All those “review of the year” television shows and articles in the newspapers. And this blog will be no exception. So here are a selection of the most read blog posts written this year, in case you missed some of them. 10 avatar generators for profile pictures : 10 ideas for producing pictures to use as an avatar image...

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Science Demonstrations at ScienceFix.com
Dec16

Science Demonstrations at ScienceFix.com

Darren Fix is a teacher of 7th and 8th grade science at Spring View Middle School, in Rocklin, California. He made ScienceFix.com to share his favorite demos that he does in his middle school science classes. He’s filmed them and uploaded them to YouTube. Science Fix is a great resource for demonstrations to show a class if circumstances mean you can’t do the experiment yourself – not in a lab/lack of equipment, or...

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British Pathe – video and news archive
Dec16

British Pathe – video and news archive

British Pathe is one of the oldest media companies in the world. Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathe, pioneered the development of the moving image. They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathe Gazette. By the time Pathe finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over...

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Wylio – a creative commons image search
Dec16

Wylio – a creative commons image search

Wylio is another addition to the various image search tools that you can find on Internet that trawl through Flickr and return images covered by a creative commons license. What makes Wylio different to something like FlickrCC is that it is designed with bloggers in mind, and gives you quick access to an embed code that automatically sizes the image and builds the photo credit into the code. So for example, you type in a keyword,...

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ASE Conference 2011
Dec15

ASE Conference 2011

Science teachers should already know that the Association for Science Education (ASE) are holding their annual conference at Reading University on 5th – 8th January 2011. I will be speaking on the Friday at 11.30. HUMSS, G27.  I’ll be talking about Ideas for Using your Interactive Whiteboard in Science.  I’ll be demonstrating lots of ideas for adding interactivity plus useful websites that all science teachers should...

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TEDxOrenda 2011 @Bett
Dec15

TEDxOrenda 2011 @Bett

Based on the success of last year’s event, another TEDxOrenda will  take place in the APEX HALL at OLYMPIA, LONDON on WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY from 6pm as part of the evening events at BETT 2011. This is an unprecedented opportunity for educationalists to be inspired by and contribute to discussions, debates and presentations featuring speakers and topics chosen by other educationalists. If you want to see what went on last year,...

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BETT 2011: Teachmeet Takeover
Dec15

BETT 2011: Teachmeet Takeover

The main educational technology show of the year, BETT, is fast approaching. The two halls of Olympia  in London will be full of an incredible array of educational suppliers, educational consultants, teachers and school ict technicians. If you get the chance to attend. And not just for the free pens. Like last year, the Teachmeet movement is making it’s way onto the floor with another Teachmeet Takeover. Various companies are...

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