Tools, Sites, Apps and Stuff you have to read w/c 1st April 2013

A bit late this week due to it being Easter Holidays.

Each week my Flipboard app, Twitter responses, my kids, my Kindle Fire and my Google reader deliver a collection of new web tools, apps, books, crazy experiences and must read articles.

Here is this weeks Stuff I have seen:

Premier Automne

Premier Automne (2013) from Carlos De Carvalho on Vimeo.

Firstly an amazing animation, which would sit well within the Literacy Shed as a stimulus for poetry and narrative. The girl in the film represents spring and life, while the boy is a metaphor for winter, cold and death. Throughout the film they blend into each other’s worlds and bring life or death in stunning colours.

  • Who are they?
  • What is their back story?
  • Could you write a poem as if you were the winter boy?
  • Use the film as a stimulus to write a free verse or rhyming poem of three verses 1. Summer, 2 Winter, 3 Meeting of the seas
  • Use  software like 2Create a Superstory to recreate the events of the film
  • Make a Lego Minifig version of the film using Stop Motion pro or other animation app/tool
  • Take screenshots and record the thoughts of each character using an app like Book Creator or Powerpoint.
  • The film could also stimulate some art , drama, speaking and listening and music work too.

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Dalek Eye Stalk App

I am writing a blog post of collated ideas about using Doctor Who in class. While doing this I came across one of the few licensed BBC apps, the Dalek Eye Stalk camera filter. It doesn’t do a lot, other than change your images into Dalek eye view. It is one of those install today and remove for more space tomorrow apps, but it is effective for a one-off project and therefore well worth the £1.49.

Rightmove Survey of Towns and Cities in the UK

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Last week a survey from estate agent RightMove attracted discussion on local London radio. The survey highlighted the top ten and bottom ten towns and cities in the UK and those in-between. Unsurprisingly my town and local area of Ilford and East London was in the bottom ten. Though as a former resident of the coastal scenic paradise of Swansea, anywhere else will always dull in comparison.
Anyway aside from this, this survey could act as a springboard for a lesson or a series of lessons.
Here are some ideas 
and links:

The data file/ spreadsheet can be found here
charlieeastlThe Guardian article reporting the findings can be found here
Ideas

  • Use a Mantle of the Expert approach and ask children to work as a marketing agency tasked with selling your area, this will be easier or harder deepening on the results of the survey. This could lead to video production, posters, podcasts and blogs
  • How do towns and cities from the top and bottom two areas compare? Are the results fair? Use tools such as Google Earth, Youtube and Streetview to tour areas such as Carlisle and East London and decide whether the results are fair. This may be obvious in some cases, but it will give children insight into areas beyond their own.
  • Use google forms or other tools to design a survey to find out what the local people/ parents think of a local area and go beyond the areas raised in the survey.
  • Import the data into 2Investigate to make it easier to interrogate the data

Those of you reading this and living in East London and Essex – then this video from former Underworld lead singer might also help your pupils to think about how areas are portrayed. Surely we could pull together more appealing a montage than than that below:

imagesFlipboard Version 2

I have been using the Flipboard app since I bought my first generation iPad about a year and a bit ago. You can set the app to deliver a digital magazine of personalised news from blogs, tweets, Facebook and the soon to be terminated Google Reader. It has become part of my daily digital routine as it  ensures I am up to date and allows me to share to both twitter and Facebook via a seamless workflow that requires no cut and paste or 3rd party app. Now the app has been improved, it has some subtle UI improvements which make finding new content easier, but that is not all. Now you can be the creator and curator of your own digital magazine. I have been playing with this feature for over a week now and I am really pleased with my ICT and Computing Magazine. I have played with Pininterest and Scoopit as curation and sharing tools prior to this, but there were just too many taps on iPad and the outcome just does not look as nice as a Flipboard mag.

I had worried that the only way I could articles, stories, tweets and other content to my magazine would be via the Flipboard app. This would be limiting as it would be based on content  I had set the app to pull from, however I have since found that there is a bookmarklet tool for your browser which opens up a much wider field of content to add.

If you want to subscribe to my Flipboard Magazine, then you can find it here http://flip.it/OpFVd

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