Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App
Jul08

Create Royalty-Free Music with the Launchpad iOS App

Launchpad is an iPad and iPhone app that lets students quickly create their own music by combining beats, basslines, melodies, vocals and FX loops. Free, easy-to-use DJ-style FX help you make every tune unique. At any time, the app can record your music and share it easily to YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox. The music produced is royalty-free, so this would be a great way for students to create tunes to use as background music in other...

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Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers
Mar13

Get Gas Safe – Resources for Teachers

The Get Gas Safe website makes it easy for teachers to equip their pupils aged 9 to 11 with the information that they need to stay safe using engaging age-appropriate resources. Every year carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions cause deaths and injuries which could be prevented if everybody followed a few simple safety precautions. The programme is supported by Electrical Safety First and RoSPA. The site contains...

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App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX
Dec22

App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX

Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing asteroids or a tornado. This would be great for adding a little pizazz to their films – the clips could then be added to other footage within an app such as iMovie. This would also be good to use to create a short film to use as a story starter to inspire their own creative writing or film...

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App-vent Day 21 : Learn to Animate with Animate Me!
Dec21

App-vent Day 21 : Learn to Animate with Animate Me!

Animate Me is an interesting app that allows children to investigate how to make 3D animations using pre-created characters. They can move and post the characters frame by frame. Animations can then be uploaded on YouTube to share with friends and family. Sadly, it doesn’t look like you can add voice effects, which is a shame. The app would be useful to get children used to the idea of stop-frame animation, before trying some of...

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App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music
Dec19

App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music

Make me Music is a fun musical app that lets children play and record their own tunes. Play a bread box or didgeridoo, make water glasses sing, or pluck a kalimba and make music! The app provides a  world where everything you tap becomes a musical instrument. Learn about melodies, rhythms, glissandos and more. The app features: 24 animated instruments including found objects like pots and pans, and unusual classical world instruments...

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App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers
Dec15

App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is a free app that lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again! Painting is an odd sensation, as you need to be making a sound for any “ink” to appear. The louder the sound, the larger the blob of ink appears. You can paint your own musical instrument and play it, play with your voice, experiment with...

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MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom
Sep15

MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom

MeteoEarth is a fantastic website and set of apps that let you view global weather patterns as they occur in real time on your IWB or on your iPad. MeteoEarth is adapted from a professional weather broadcast tool used by TV presenters around the world, which uses some amazing visuals to bring the weather to life. Navigate the 3D globe at the touch of a button, spin seamlessly from place to place, zoom in on a rain front moving over...

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Free CAD Software for UK Schools from Autodesk
Jul17

Free CAD Software for UK Schools from Autodesk

UK Design and Technology teachers, did you know that your secondary school or FE College is eligible to access full versions of CAD software from Autodesk, for free? Design software company Autodesk is currently running a “Design the Future” campaign, and is offering its full software suite free of charge to every high school and FE college in the UK. The software available includes Autodesk Inventor, 3ds Max, Revit, Maya,...

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Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox
Jun18

Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. As you add people to the screen you can choose different sounds for them to make. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. It’s very simple to use, and would work well on an Interactive Whiteboard. I first wrote about Incredibox about 4 years ago, and since then they...

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Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin
Jun04

Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin

Seventy years ago this week, Allied forces were preparing for the D-Day Landings in Normandy that would eventually turn the tide of World War 2 . This year we are also commemorating the start of the First World War in 1914. Many schools are covering one or both of these events in their lessons and there are some good online resources to help teach them. One site I’ve written about before is called HistoryPin and it’s well...

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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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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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