Documentaries Dec19

Documentaries

Five sites that bring together freely available documentaries. Sites that curate videos in this way help to save time in finding suitable visual resources to support teaching. Most of these documentary website do not host the films but at external sites such as YouTube, which might be a...

Photo software Dec17

Photo software

Although smartphone cameras are easy to use and give good results, many schools still have older digital cameras which can still be very useful in the classroom. Trouble is, they don’t always have the software to enhance photos that’s often built into the smartphone camera. Here...

Zen Pencils Dec12

Zen Pencils

I love the way that cartoonist Gavin Aung Than takes inspirational quotations and writing, turning these into comic-based visuals at Zen Pencils. These are beautifully rendered. Be warned though – this site will eat up your life as you browse (enjoyably) through it. Massive potential...

Tellagami Mar12

Tellagami

Recently been impressed with Tellagami for iOS and Android. It’s a (currently) free app to create short animations of talking avatars. These are called ‘Gamis’.  Start by customising the gender and appearance of the character, although there aren’t too many options to...

Padlet Mar11

Padlet

Delighted to be asked back to speak at the 2014 round of ICT for Education conferences. I hope to give people some ideas for ICT in teaching and learning, presented in an interesting and entertaining way, but I’m always aware of the expertise that exists already in the room. I thought,...

ICT in Education ...

Many thanks to the appreciative folk in Newcastle yesterday. As promised, here are the slides from the session:

Malala Yousefzai

Malala Yousefzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban last year, addressed the UN Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday and called for improvements in global education. Simply stunning presence, moral authority and grace....

Gamba, Gabon

An unusual engagement recently. Not often you get asked to work in equitorial Africa! Bigger (but not by much) than the UK but with a population of 1.7 million, Gabon has huge tracts of unspoilt rain forest and jungle. It’s rich in natural resources too and oil has been exported from...

ICT for Education Conferences 2013 May17

ICT for Education Co...

Presenting at the ICT for Education Conferences in Maidstone, Southampton, Torquay, Cambridge and Newcastle this summer. The slides can be found here: Updated Andy Hutt Slides for ICT for Education Autumn 2012 from Andy Hutt iPad users may need this link And the YouTube video links are...

Bookends of Scientif...

Two bookends of scientific achievement… 1885 Alexander Graham Bell makes a recording using a cardboard and wax cylinder. Not the most gripping of content but hearing a voice from over 1.25 centuries ago is amazing. As is the other bookend – a stunning video made by nano-physicists...

Twenty years of a free, open web May03

Twenty years of a fr...

“On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web (“W3″, or simply “the web”) technology available on a royalty-free basis. By making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code,...

Thank you Maidstone!

It’s been a busy few weeks working with schools as far afield as Liverpool and Southampton, and then a long drive to Maidstone yesterday for the ICT in Education conferences as they begin their 2013 tour. A big thank you to the audience there yesterday – really responsive and good...

Swansea Conference Nov24

Swansea Conference

Yesterday saw the final ICT for Education conference of 2012 at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea. As promised to those there, here are the updated slides. If you’re viewing this via an iPad, this link might be needed. Looking forward to 2013! Update! – new slides...

Mr Cholmondley Warne...

My post on the great collection of British Council films suddenly reminded me of another great resource from the British Library – an archive of over 50,00o recordings. It’s irritating that some are only available to academia (haven’t we paid for this material many times...

Mr Cholmondley Warne...

Here’s a wonderful collection of documentary films made by the British Council in the 1940s to show what life in Britain was like at the time. The films give an interesting glimpse (OK, there’s a propagandic bias) into the values and patriotic optimism of the era. The films are...

ICT for Education Conferences – Autumn 2012 Oct13

ICT for Education Co...

First time at the Reebok Stadium – very impressive. Thanks to ICT for Education for the invitation to talk about some great free or low-cost ICT tools for teachers and learners, and thanks too to the very friendly and responsive audience. I’m a huge fan of the potential of...

Textivate

Thoroughly impressed with Textivate – just so simple to copy and paste text and then, at a click, to automatically generate a range of interactive browser-based activities. Simple, effective and a must for any teacher’s toolkit – especially the English...

Powtoon Oct05

Powtoon

Had a bit of fun with Powtoon in preparation for some conferences. Powtoon looks to be a really promising way of creating animated presentations in the style of Commoncraft. There a special login for education and special pricing but 45 second branded presentations are, at the moment,...

What do you need to ...

Buried in yesterday’s announcement from the DfE was this: “A new bursary for computer science has been introduced as top universities and schools will be invited to run new computer science teacher training courses from 2013/14. Funding for the current information and...

Making an app

With more and more teachers and learners owning and using smartphones, I thought I’d take a look at ways in which apps could be made easily and cheaply for school and classroom use. Creating an iPhone app, for example, is neither of these. There’s a significant financial cost, an...

ICT for Education Conferences – Summer & Autumn 2012 Jul13

ICT for Education Co...

Hello to all you friendly people at the ICT for Education Conferences in Reading, Colchester, Exeter & Newcastle. As promised, here are the slides that reference the tools and services mentioned. (Note – If the slides don’t appear, refresh the page and they then should –...

Russia May17

Russia

Just back after a long and uneventful flight from Eastern Russia via Moscow. Working for a few days with an international school – using ICT to enhance teaching and learning. On the way out I managed to take in some Moscow sights too and, during a great few days, perhaps one of the most...

GrabMyBooks Apr05

GrabMyBooks

GrabMyBooks is a very clever tool to collect web pages and turn them into ebooks that can be read by an e-reader. You need to use the Firefox browser and install a new add-on to do this. GrabMyBooks saves the web pages (text and images) in a single book that’s saved as either in EPUB or...

Screen-o-Matic Mar24

Screen-o-Matic

From Wikipedia: “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot is a picture of a computer screen, a screencast is...

St Helens – ICT for Education Feb24

St Helens – IC...

Many thanks to the nice folks at ICT for Education for the opportunity to speak to teachers at the conference in St Helens today – the venue: the brand new Langtree Stadium. The conference had an exhibition area and interesting ideas for sessions. One ‘Question Time’ session...