Our Forest Our Future - Educational resource for schools
> Our Forest, Our Future helps teachers and pupils to explore the interdependence of people and forests and the vital role forests play in sustaining our environment – in the past, the present and hopefully the future.
classroom  woodlands  forrest 
6 days ago
Monday Morning Teacher - Literacy Resources
Blog with resources some aimed at NLC literacy
nlc  literacy  classroom  phonics 
6 days ago
Reclaim Today Episode 8: 008: Blogging at Scale with Google Sheets
Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 1 – John Stewart
Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 2 – John Stewart
StewartJohn/GoogleSheetsCMS: The Google Scripts and Web Site Code to run a blogging CMS with a Google Sheets DB
googlesheets  blogging  scripting 
11 days ago
Discover and Read the Best of Twitter Threads
Thread Reader helps you discover great content with more than 116,622 Threads unrolled
tool  tools  twitter 
21 days ago
RSSHub is a lightweight and extensible RSS feed aggregator, it's able to generate feeds from pretty much everything
aggregation  aggregator  rss 
25 days ago
vmsg demo
So here is a simple demo of vmsg library. Imagine this is a blog post or forum thread. Below you can leave text comments, as usual. But there is one more button: “Record”. If you press it vmsg library will open you a microphone recording form. Resulting record will automatically be encoded to MP3 so file won't weight too much. So you can easily share your voice messages even on mobile network and server needs to neither waste CPU time by encoding to MP3 by itself nor using a lot of disk space to store records.
mp3  recording  html  javascript  edutalksite 
28 days ago
Beginning the School Year With Conne>ctions: 2018 | User Generated Education
I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me.  I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests.
5 weeks ago
A garden alive with art: all-natural insect sculptures – in pictures
> Inspired by the art of ikebana – a traditional style of Japanese flower arranging – Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue hand-crafts bugs using materials from his garden. He transforms his garden waste, including sticks, seeds and petals, to create his Natura Insects series. “I think about the main shape of the insect,” he says, “and try to find something to satisfy that. It’s very much like a puzzle.” As the year progresses, his creative options change. “I choose the materials according to what nature offers during that time. All four seasons offer many different materials to play with.” The series started as a morning routine over coffee to sharpen his thoughts for the day. “It was never meant to be a complex process, but rather an easygoing, morning mind-stretching exercise.”
art  classroom  playoutdoors  outdoorlearning  outdoor  inspiration  getoutdoors 
5 weeks ago
Performance Calendar » Evolution of <img>: Gif without the GIF
GIFs are awesome but terrible for quality and performance
Replacing GIFs with <video> is better but has perf. drawbacks: not preloaded, uses range requests
Now you can <img src=".mp4">s in Safari Technology Preview
Early results show mp4s in <img> tags display 20x faster and decode 7x faster than the GIF equivalent – in addition to being 1/14th the file size!
Background CSS video & Responsive Video can now be a “thing”.
Finally cinemagraphs without the downsides of GIFs!
Now we wait for the other browsers to catch-up: This post is 46MB on Chrome but 2MB in Safari TP
video  gif  gifs 
6 weeks ago
gifski — highest-quality GIF converter
gifski converts video frames to GIF animations using pngquant's fancy features for efficient cross-frame palettes and temporal dithering. It produces animated GIFs that use thousands of colors per frame
animation  images  tool  gif 
6 weeks ago
Create & Innovate with Keynote
Pile of resources for keynote in classroom
classroom  keynote  Mac  iOS  ipad 
7 weeks ago
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.

What is autism? A lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
book  autism 
7 weeks ago
The Literacy Calendar 2018-19 – Literacy with Miss P
The following table provides a map of the academic year with a range of key calendar events. It includes national days or weeks and a whole host of school competitions and events. I’ve also added some key children’s literature award dates as it’s always good to keep an eye out for new and exciting quality texts.
Literacy  classroom 
7 weeks ago
REST API Link Manager | WordPress.org
Allow Links from the Link Manager to be manipulated and retrieved using the REST API.

This plugin makes the following endpoints available:

/wp-json/wp/v2/links – List details for all links, or create a new link.
/wp-json/wp/v2/links/<id> – List details for a particular link ID, update a link, or delete a link.
WordPress  plugin  links  opml  RESTAPI 
7 weeks ago
How to Roll Your Own Simple WordPress Podcast Plugin | CSS-Tricks
Set up a new plugin
Register a custom RSS feed
Make a custom post type for our podcast
Assign custom fields to our custom post type
Create the template for our RSS feed
The goal is not to overthink this too much. If you already have a WordPress site and all you need is a feed to submit to iTunes, then that's exactly what we're going to do. Let's rock 'n' roll.
WordPress  rss  podcasting 
8 weeks ago
ADE Worldwide Institute 2018: 5 Star Points From The Lone Star State. | Next Generation Learning; Today...
As far as Pages is concerned, it too has brilliant functionality with the Apple Pencil, effectively becoming a powerful sketching tool as well. The workflow means you can easily create interactive EPUB books that can be viewed in iBooks. When starting a document, scroll down to find the Books template. Once selected, you can add text, photos, image galleries, videos, shapes, tables, charts and your own drawings to your document. On iOS you can also record audio directly to your document. This effectively means we will no longer need to spend £5 on purchasing the Book Creator App.
pages  classroom  epub  audio  blogthis 
8 weeks ago
Customizing WordPress Feeds | Digging Into WordPress
As awesome as the default feeds may be, they are also readily customizable using a variety of methods. In addition to WP's built-in ways of configuring your feeds, you can go even further with custom templates, functions, and plugins. In this DigWP post, you'll learn everything you need to customize your feeds with bonus content, recent posts, social media, and much more.
RSS  feeds 
9 weeks ago
greg morris - Making my phone worse
>I’ve been thinking a lot about the current trend to criticise the use of technology. Make your phone black and white, leave it at home etc etc. Everybody seems to warn of a world that is ruined by technology, but it’s not technology, it’s money that ruins it all. Every social media platform or game is designed to keep attention fixed as long as possible. Not to make you a better person, not to improve your life but simply to sell adverts.
>I have been working hard to curb my usage, be aware of applications that pull me in and waste my time. With that said I’m not going to make my phone worse to stop it. I’m not going to dull the screen, or remove apps I use. I love having a technology multi-tool in my pocket, I’m just going to use it the right way.
phone  mobile  stillness  attention 
9 weeks ago
Mercury | WordPress.org
Enjoy all of WordPress's P2 theme features like inline comments, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates and more — now with a clean, modern and responsive layout.
WordPress  theme  p2  glowblogs 
10 weeks ago
One Tap Less | Library
A collection of apps with x-callback-url support and their documentations
ios  workflow  automation  urlscheme  productivity 
10 weeks ago
Bio Poem
>A Bio Poem is all about you. It is a way for you to introduce yourself to others. Take some time to think about yourself – your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Then, use the template and example below to write your own Bio Poem.
poetry  classroom 
10 weeks ago
Ultimate Category Excluder | WordPress.org
>Ultimate Category Excluder, abbreviated as UCE, is a WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and easily exclude categories from your front page, archives, feeds, and searches. Just select which categories you want to be excluded, and UCE does all the work for you!
WordPress  categories  plugin 
11 weeks ago
Identification guides and resources | OPAL
Download our free resources to help you identify some common British plants and animals
lesson plans CFE links
outdoor  outdoorlearning  trees  cfe 
june 2018
My Naturewatch
Simple DIY wildlife cam. Very easy to set up. local web server.
camera  photography  nature  Raspberrypi  classroom  birds 
june 2018
New Findings on Tutoring: Four Shockers
> tutoring by paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) was at least as effective as tutoring by teachers
teaching assistants were more effective in reading with small groups than teachers. Due perhaps to being able concentrate on the job in hand without thinking too much about the rest of the class.
>Tutoring does not work due to individualization alone. It works due to individualization plus nurturing and attention.
Also volunteers were not as effective as assistants (move on not committed in the same way).
I'd say a big plus for classroom assistants.
classroom  classroompractise 
april 2018
Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink
poetry interactive activities, flash based, but might be useful for ideas
classroom  poetry 
april 2018
Multiplication Grids
One of many interactive and the like for maths on the mathbot.com site. Some Secondary but a lot look useful for primary.
classroom  maths 
april 2018
Controlling a Raspberry Pi via SSH | Rosemary Orchard
one of the many links I am finding via micro.blog. This has info for controlling a pi from iOS Workflow app.
Raspberrypi  iOS  workflow 
april 2018
Start Coding with the JavaScript Blocks Editor | micro:bit
some microbit it activities for 8+ using the Microsoft blocks editor. looks like could be set of self directed activities. 30 minutes each.
microbit  Computing  classroom 
april 2018
Teaching with ‘The Lost Words’ – Education With Espresso
>The Lost Words is a beautiful book created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. It contains not poems, but spells to conjure back certain words which have been ‘lost’.

>The first thing worth noting about this spell book is how alluring it is. I felt enticed into immersing myself in the spells and illustrations immediately. You could quite easily lose yourself for days by: soaking in every inch of detail, finding the hidden meanings of the spells and decoding the kennings.
writing  classroom  poertry 
april 2018
Plotting live microbit sensor data in Mu | Blog My Wiki!
>I decided this would be even neater if you could untether a microbit, so here’s a project where I send accelerometer data as a string wirelessly from one microbit to another plugged into a computer running Mu. It could be great for physics experiments.
microbit  classroom  data 
april 2018
Parts-of-speech.Info - POS tagging online
> Enter a complete sentence (no single words!) and click at "POS-tag!". The tagging works better when grammar and orthography are correct.

Looks useful. I've seen a lot about the immersive reader in Word, but it is lacking in the iOS version of word (although present in OneNote). I like the simplicity of this and the warning:
>Computers make mistakes too!
partsofspeech  classroom  webtool 
april 2018
p5.js | home
>Hello! p5.js is a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners, and reinterprets this for today's web.
processing  js  javascript  programming 
march 2018
OK Go Sandbox
>We want to give teachers whatever tools they need to connect the joy, wonder, and fun in our videos to the underlying concepts that their students are learning.
Or maybe we just wanted to have a ton of fun? Quite stunning videos. One Moment esp.
march 2018
Google Web Designer
Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.
march 2018
Pyonkee - Visual Programming with iPad
>Pyonkee is a real visual-programming environment for iPad. It is based on Scratch from the MIT Media Lab.
>Projects made for Scratch are compatible with Pyonkee.
looks interesting. I *think* pyonkee is based on Scratch 1.4?
scratch  ios  classroom  Computing 
march 2018
Learn Blockchains by Building One – Hacker Noon
This actually looks doable even by no programmers. Reading this and Stephen Downe's post helped me understand blockchain a bit.
python  tutorial  blockchain 
march 2018
Donald Clark Plan B: We don’t need no stinkin’ badges? Why the badges movement has literally run its course
Donald Clark is always challenging.
> The main problem has been credibility. When explicit accreditation is not anchored in a major accreditation body with quality and standards, there’s no real anchor in the real world. You’re up against recognised accreditation with branding, marketing, frameworks, objective assessment and longevity. Overbadging and weak badging have added to the problem of credibility. Badge projects are here today gone tomorrow, mosquitos not turtle
february 2018
Virtual Reality using HTML and javascript Computing At School
>A collection of bite-size videos taking the user through free VR using Thimble and A-Frame to make relative simple and quick Web VR.
javascript  thimble  Mozilla 
february 2018
‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian
The true scale of the problem is hard to gauge, but our best guess is that there might now be as many as 1.5m deer in the UK, at least half of them in Scotland; more than at any time since the last ice age.
>Might be good info for class discussion/debate/writing
deer  cull  persuasive  writing  classroom 
february 2018
The Only Good Thing About Winter Is This Story Written in Snow
>now entering her fourth winter of carefully embossing serif letters into light snowfall. Before this weekend, the most recent sentence, composed entirely during a snowfall in March, 2017, cut off in the middle:
language  poetry  snow  instagram  art 
january 2018
Going Fishing, an amazingly fluid stop motion animated film
> Animator and sculptor Guldies has combined his passions and made this short stop motion animated film out of 2500 still photos. The result is remarkably fluid, particularly in the scenes with the human hand.
january 2018
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