A batch of useful links

So yeah I am still here, but been a little too busy to blog. Getting everything sorted for the end of term. Been hidden away for a while writing an update to resources for Serif software to teach the OCR Nationals ICT course. Which I am glad to say is pretty much complete. Now it’s almost the holidays!

So, by way of a rather unstructured blog post, are a few things that have caught my eye over the last week or so, grabbed from my delicious feed..

Fried Technology lists how to build a Document Camera for Under $100, using a good quality webcam plus a few bits and pieces to hold it in place. Nice idea. Check the rest of their blog too.

Hold the Front Pages is a novel way of displaying every front page of UK newspapers on one screen. You can zoom in on any one. Interesting to discuss coverage of a national news story in tutor time or PSHE.

Sue Waters has written an excellent blog post about Everything you wanted to know about getting students blogging. Very comprehensive.

A great article about Reasons for Digital Photography in education, by Flixelpix for Futurelab.

Shedd Aquarium have some great resources for teaching about the sea and coral reefs.

Having been a hardcore Everquest2 player for several years, and having been cold turkey for about 2 years, I have been dipping my toe into World of Warcraft. But I’m handling it 😉 The trick is to not join a guild… I’ve soloed to 73 so far. Anyway, if you like WoW or know kids who do – then check out the WoW in School project. This is a collaborative workspace for the development of instructional items for the use of the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, in a school setting.

And finally, for now:

Explore old pictures on a map with HistoryPin. Historypin is a like a digital time machine that allows people to view and share their personal history in a totally new way. It uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peeks into the past.

Have a great summer break!

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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