Thursday, 25 October 2012

uSpeak HD - A Nice App for Learning Spanish


uSpeak HD is a free iPad app designed to help beginners learn Spanish. The app matches you with word lists and learning activities based on your current level of knowledge of Spanish. Before you even register on the service you take a quick assessment to match you to the appropriate lists and activities. Once you've registered all of your progress is stored in your uSpeak account.

uSpeak's word lists are organized in webs of related words. Click on any web to reveal the words. Then click on a word to reveal a web of in-context uses of that word, images associated with that word, and synonyms and antonyms for your chosen word.

uSpeak's learning games include matching words to images, matching translations, and word association games.

Applications for Education
uSpeak HD could be useful in helping students acquire Spanish vocabulary knowledge. The webs and in-context examples could help students get a better understanding of how words fit together. The app advertises sound files of pronunciations but those files weren't working when I tried the app. Hopefully, that feature will be working soon.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Teach your monster to read

I was looking for a Literacy game for my set 7 ICT class.
Think I might have discovered a game for my 5 year old instead!
click here

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Stay Focused

If you're like me, you're probably guilty of occasionally wasting time on Facebook and other social sites when you should be doing something more important. Stay Focused is a Chrome extension designed to help you stop wasting time on those sites and get your work done. With Stay Focused installed you can set a time limit for yourself on the sites that you tend to waste time on. Once you've used up your self-allotted time on those sites you won't be able to revisit them in that browser until the next day (or other time you select).

Monday, 22 October 2012

Don't miss the Adobe Creative Solutions webinar series

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Learn how you can go from InDesign to App Store in just a few simple steps - using Adobe DPS Single Edition.
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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
Find out how to enhance your photos and videos, quickly and easily, using ingenious new tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6 - such as Content Aware.
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Wow of the week - 22.10 - Racism in football

Dear all
This week the WOW of the week questions the problem of Racism in Football.
It might be worth starting with a discussion about what Racism and Discrimination means. Have any students seen it in sport? - news report on the racial incident in England's under 21 game last week.
Discuss - is Football a more racist sport than others? How do we know? Why might we think it is?
What is being done to stop racism in football? - the official website to get rid of racism in football.
Explore the web page and the various campaigns.
and Rio Ferdinand's decision not to wear a 'kick it out' T shirt.
Discuss - Was Rio F right to decide not to wear the T-shirt? Should he be disciplined or is he making a valid point?
Does it shock you that in today's world racist attacks and events like occur in big sporting events televised around the world?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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