Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources
Mar28

Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources

Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new website designed for teachers that are looking to inspire and motivate their students using storytelling and technology in an incredibly straight-forward manner. Night Zookeeper resources have been used by teachers to inspire children to produce their best writing. They have been shown to raise the level of engagement in even the most reluctant of writers. In the Night Zookeeper Classroom, the magic...

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Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad/iPhone
Apr26

Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad/iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Touch lets you modify your photographs on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. I’ve written about it in the past, but this version has been tweaked and updated since then. You can work on photographs taken directly with the iPad camera, or load images from your Camera Roll. You can also carry out a Google Image search or pull an image in from Facebook from within the app. You get a range of effects and filters to...

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September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition
Apr03

September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition

The 9 11 London Project is a new UK educational charity that has been set up to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and to ensure that the legacy of those events is one that builds hope from tragedy. Its purpose is to ensure that this and future generations have the opportunity to be taught about the events and to understand the causes and consequences of 9/11, in the US, UK and across the world. The website contains educational...

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Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool
Dec21

Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool

Beautiful Curves is a cute little drawing application, creating almost organic-looking artwork. According to its creator “Beautiful curves simulates that little bit of randomness in life, where you never know whats going to happen next.” It’s a fun application, which would work on your interactive whiteboard. Check it out here....

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Bembo’s Zoo – fun with fonts
Nov06

Bembo’s Zoo – fun with fonts

Just a quick link to a website that might be of interest to primary/elementary teachers. Bembo’s Zoo is based on the book by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. The idea behind the site is to use a font called Bembo to create 26 different animals, one for each letter of the alphabet. So for the letter “A,” the letters that make up the word “antelope” are manipulated to form the creature’s outline. Similar...

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Serif DrawPlus X5 Review
Oct03

Serif DrawPlus X5 Review

I’ve always been a big fan of Serif products* – they provide a much more affordable alternative to the likes of Photoshop or CorelDraw. Just out is version X5 of their popular DrawPlus vector drawing package. As well as creating standard vector drawings – SerifDrawPlus X5 also lets you generate both Keyframe and StopFrame animations which you can export as either animated .gif files, or as Flash .swf files. DrawPlus...

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10 Great Art resources for your Interactive Whiteboard
Sep08

10 Great Art resources for your Interactive Whiteboard

With the right software an interactive whiteboard can become a massive graphics tablet – it is a very different drawing experience to using a mouse. Here are 10 great websites that all Art teachers should have bookmarked. Most are free online drawing packages, but one or two a slightly different, but still worth exploring. Enjoy! 1. Aviary : http://www.aviary.com/ and also http://www.aviaryeducation.com/ An excellent free suite...

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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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Psykopaint
Mar23

Psykopaint

Here’s another site to add to my list of excellent online paint packages. Psykopaint has been created “as a new tool to enable users to express their creativity with a mimimum of knowledge and skills”. It lets you paint over the top of an existing image using a variety of different tools. A slider will let you reveal the image underneath. Or you can just start with a blank canvas. It’s great fun and well worth...

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5 more avatar generators for profile pictures
Feb08

5 more avatar generators for profile pictures

Here’s a follow up piece to my blog post from last January about 10 Avatar Generators for Profile Pictures, which proved to be very popular. There’s obviously a lot of interest in these kind of websites! Here are 5 more sites which let you create cartoon versions of yourself which your students (or you!)  can use as an avatar in place of their own photograph. 1. Clay Yourself Clay Yourself lets you create a version of...

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Draw with ScribblerToo
Feb04

Draw with ScribblerToo

A very quick post for a Friday to link to another online drawing application – ScribblerToo. I like the slightly abstract way it joins up lines if you get them close to another one. This would be really fun on an interactive whiteboard. Check out some of the other sites listed down the left hand side of the page. There are some other interesting ones there, such as this Snowflake Maker and string spinner. For other drawing...

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The Amazing Google Art Project
Feb01

The Amazing Google Art Project

Today Google unveiled the Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Basically its Google Street view inside various art museums. You can move around the halls and explore all the artwork in detail. Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including, Altes...

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