Run an online course for free with Blackboard CourseSites
Jun30

Run an online course for free with Blackboard CourseSites

Another interesting product I came across at the E2BN conference yesterday was CourseSites by Blackboard. This was launched a few months ago, and is a free version of the Blackboard learning platform. Basically CourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that allows individual teachers and educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet. You can...

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Quick and Easy Animation with Zu3D
Jun30

Quick and Easy Animation with Zu3D

Yesterday I attended the E2BN conference in Bedfordshire. One of the workshops I attended was by Oscar Stringer of Animation for Education. It was a fun workshop and gave me some more ideas for using animation in the classroom. The software we used was Zu3D which was pretty easy to get to grips with very quickly. You can download a demo version for free from the Zu3D website. If you like it a single version licence costs only £29.99....

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A short break
Jun30

A short break

Apologies for the break in blogging, but I’ve been away for a few days. Had a long weekend in Venice enjoying the Italian sunshine, food and wine 🙂 Normal service will resume now that I’m back....

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The BBC ‘Your Paintings’ Art Project
Jun23

The BBC ‘Your Paintings’ Art Project

Here’s a very interesting website for Art teachers or anyone interested in art. The BBC has announced the public beta launch of a new initiative to bring the UK’s entire collection of oil paintings to the Internet for the first time. It’s called Your Paintings. Even if you’re an art-lover and have trawled the length and breadth of the country’s galleries and museums, there’s still a good chance that thousands of paintings...

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Moviesoup – simple animation software
Jun22

Moviesoup – simple animation software

Moviesoup is a neat bit of software which makes animation simple, even for absolute beginners. Students can create animations directly on screen in just a few minutes. It’s very simple to use. No need to read lengthy manuals just to get things moving: where others juggle with key-frames, motion-paths and transforms, moviesoup animators simply record and edit animation directly on screen. You can download a free trial which...

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The Tate Movie Animation Project
Jun21

The Tate Movie Animation Project

The Tate Movie Project is the first of its kind – an animated film made by and for children across the UK. The Tate Movie Project is a uniquely ambitious project using great artworks to inspire 5-13 year olds nationwide to contribute their ideas to an animated movie. Even though the movie itself is almost finished, anyone can still use the tools to create a movie in the Animation Studio – Edit your own mix and other cool stuff....

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A Blooms Taxonomy for iPad Apps
Jun20

A Blooms Taxonomy for iPad Apps

Many schools are looking into ways of using iPads to support teaching and learning in their classrooms. But there are a wealth of apps out there, so it can be difficult to separate the good apps from the rubbish. Also, it would be good to get a range of different apps to support different aspects of learning. To help with that, here are two websites that both evaluate many iPad apps and link them to the relevant areas of Blooms...

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Screenr – Free Screen Capture software
Jun19

Screenr – Free Screen Capture software

There are many ways of making screencast videos – recording everything you do on the screen. You could use camtasia (which is expensive), or the smart notebook recorder / Promethean recorder if you have those installed. A great, free, option is to use Screenr. Screenr lets you record screencasts of up to 5 minutes in length. It links to your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Log into the website and press the “record”...

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10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class
Jun17

10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class

Digital storytelling is simply using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more interesting. There are a great...

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New Google search by image
Jun16

New Google search by image

I was told about a neat little application last week called TinEye. With it you could upload an image and TinEye would tell you all the sites that used that particular image. I thought it could be useful for teachers to check where students got particular images for coursework – it should be possible to backtrack and find the source. It reminded me a little of the Google Goggles app for the iPhone which would search based on a...

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Pixolu2 : a visual image search tool
Jun15

Pixolu2 : a visual image search tool

pixolu² is a prototype image search tool which uses an interesting method to help you find images. Once you have carried out an initial keyword search you can select images that you like, and pixolu² will try and find more images that are similar. It will also try and group them visually (by colour from the look of it). By repeating the process over and over again you can narrow down the type of images you get. It will trawl Flickr...

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Rising Stars Switched on ICT Scheme
Jun15

Rising Stars Switched on ICT Scheme

This is a slight departure for the blog since I usually talk about online resources, but I think this is something that will definitely interest Primary ICT coordinators so I thought I’d share it here. I have been taking a look at the Switched on ICT scheme from Rising Stars. This is a set of ready-made ICT plans that cover Years 1-6. Key Stage 2 is available now. Key Stage 1 will be published in the Autumn. Each pack covers one...

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