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Daftdoggy October 30, 2007

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This is an interesting new web resource that is currently in beta. The creator of the site emailed me the following details:

Daftdoggy is a website that allows you to record a websurfing session and then save it as a link to share with others. So, if you want to give someone a guided tour around the Intenet, from a single link, then now you can.

But what makes Daftdoggy really useful for teachers is that, after you saved your session, you can then edit it to add comments and teaching notes. On playback there is a small blue box at the bottom of the page which, when you place your mouse over, gives a translucent screen containing whatever you’d like to say about a particular webpage. So now you can tell people why you want them to see a certain webpage. You can point out what’s good and bad about the page before moving on the next one.

I would think that the site would be very useful for webquests or project work. You could put together a question for the children to answer about each of the websites that they visit. Here’s a very simple example of a WWII webquest.

It’s important to remember that Daftdoggy doesn’t stop students from navigating elsewhere so the usual care at selecting suitable sites and monitoring Internet use still apply.

You could also use Daftdoggy on training courses. Here’s an example tour of the Primary Resources websites that I’ve put together.

Thumbalizr October 29, 2007

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This is a useful site if you want to make thumbnail screenshots of websites for training materials or presentations. Just type in the URL, choose whether you want the site to grab a screen sized chunk or the entire length of the page and click the ‘thumb it’ button. The resulting image can be downloaded at a variety of different sizes.


BookMooch October 26, 2007

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Our last fun link this week, BookMooch allows you to swap books you’ve read for books you haven’t.  Adding books to the site database and sending them to other people earn you points. You use these points to pay for books that you’d like to read yourself.

I’ve come across a few sites like this in the past but I particularly like some of the features on this one. You can browse by recommendation, topic, location (e.g. books from users in the same country that you are) or use the “Moochbar”, which you can activate as you view books on sites like Amazon.co.uk.

It’s a worldwide site but there are lots of users (and available books) in the UK.

The Hype Machine October 25, 2007

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If you’re into your music then check out this great site. The Hype Machine lets you preview songs that bloggers all over the world are writing about. It’s a great way to discover new music.

Sketchcast October 23, 2007

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Another half-term fun link, although this one might be useful in class as well. Sketchcast allows you to record a sketch (with or without voice commentary) and play it back as a movie. You can embed your sketch in a blog (or other webpage) or share your sketch channel with your friends.

Thinkuknow October 23, 2007

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The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have extended their scheme to promote Internet safety by launching resources aimed at 8 – 11 year old students.

Building on their work with older students, they’ve produced a new website for KS2 children, their parents and their teachers. The site aims to not only show children how they can have fun using Internet technologies (such as chatrooms, social networking services and email) but also how they can stay in control and report any problems.

As well as the tips for students, downloadable resources and lesson plans are available to teachers who register (for free) with the service.

Sheldon October 22, 2007

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As it’s half term for most UK teachers all the links this week will be non-teaching related. To start us off, check out Dave Kellett’s great Sheldon webcomic which today pokes fun at our favourite Swedish home furnishing store.

WMNet Resources October 22, 2007

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We complete our tour of RBC websites (well, all the ones with useful material accessible by the general public!) with the West Midlands Network (WMNet) website.

The WMNet site includes a collection of interactive whiteboard resources, details of their D&T “Crossover” project (which includes some bridge and buggy building resources), a virtual tour of the Mill and Engine House at Warwick Castle and the great Climate Change mini-site.

SWGfL Resources October 19, 2007

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There are lots of mini-sites available through the South West Grid for Learning  (SWGfL).

One resource that particularly caught my eye was the West Somserset Railway website. You can take a virtual trip on the railway and the site includes a CVC word machine, a few Literacy card games and some numeracy activities. There’s also an excellent reenactment of the WWII Evacuation. Navigating the WSR site can be a little tricky at times but it is still worth looking at.

Other SWGfL resources include Journey Along A River, the ICT/Science resource ‘Plant Life in the Garden’ and the Making the News free online publishing system.

NGfL Resources October 18, 2007

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The Northern Grid for Learning (NGfL) has one of the more established RBC sites having supplied excellent material for many years. I have used a lot of their Special Educational Needs resources in the past, particularly SEN Switcher.

The Northern Grid Mini-Applications are a small selection of useful teaching programs. The NGfL site also features football themed Literacy resources for Y5, 6 & 7, Early Years material including the online Town Trail activity and lots of numeracy resources. I also spotted these copyright free Police Force photographs.