Web 2.0 in Education

Great tools are always popping up, it’s hard to keep track of them all.  Having many tools under one roof is great for the busy teacher.  Web 2.0 in Education, a  UK created wiki has everything any ICT teacher would ever need. It has over 295 tools with a review and screenshot or example of the tool as well as suggestions on how they might be used. Definitely worth a visit.

Please share it with others and send a note of thanks to its creator.

Here is a list of its contents:

  • mindmapping tools
  • website builders
  • timeline makers
  • comics and cartoons
  • drawing tools
  • photofun
  • mapping tools
  • presentations/slideshows
  • scrapbooks
  • multimedia
  • electronic books/writing
  • quizzes and games
  • video and screencasting tools
  • graphs/charts/databases
  • music tools
  • discussion/debate tools
  • surveys/polls
  • Read/Write/Think tools

Story time

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Rockford’s Rock Opera – a multimedia musical for the world

This is an amazing unique multimedia musical adventure that runs in total for nearly 2 hours Children over 5 through to adults will be enthralled with the story of hope it provides. The first six chapters can be accessed at Rockford’s Rock Opera. The remaining chapters 7-10) can be accessed by registering (free).

Rockford’s Rock Opera tells a story about extinction using songs, narration, pictures, video and sound effects. It narrates how many amazing creatures will be lost if humans don’t think again about how the natural world is treated.

The story: In Rockford’s Rock Opera, a boy and his dog arrive on the mystical Island of Infinity, home to millions of strange creatures… just one of each kind, and all of them have become extinct.

This is taken from a press release on the production:

Rockford’s Rock Opera is NOT the focus-grouped, homogenised creation of a global entertainment company. It is the work of a very small handful of dedicated people working for the sheer love of a project that we feel has been given to us. It’s a story with a message of hope that captures the hearts of everyone who hears it. Rockford’s Rock Opera is an idea whose time has come.” “We’ve had emails from fans all over the world about Rockford’s Rock Opera, from kids and great grand parents alike, and that’s just how we want it. When you’re trying to change the world you need to reach everyone!

Although Rockford’s Rock Opera will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of five, it is not simply a children’s story. Anyone who enjoys great music with an original story and who needs to believe we can make a difference to the world will find inspiration in the unique tale. Rockford’s Rock Opera is also not a traditional ‘stage musical’ with hammy songs, its diverse musical inspiration can be found in The Beatles, The Small Faces, Genesis, The Lightning Seeds, XTC and works such as Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’, Roger Glover’s ‘Butterfly Ball’, and Harry Nilssen’s ‘The Point’.

For educators:

The site also offers lesson plans on animals and the environment, English history design & technology, art and design for ages 7-11. Click on the question mark on the home page site to access lesson plans and other resources.

About its creators:

‘Sweetapple’ is the award-winning creative ideas company founded by Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple, a unique consultancy specialising in original ideas, campaigns and products that benefit society. In recent years it has created several groundbreaking charitable campaigns. Sweetapple ideas are now being adopted by charities and campaigners around the world. Some recent Sweetapple campaigns included Peeball, an idea created for The Prostate Cancer Charity (see www.peeball.com) and ‘Remember Me’, the weeping flower roadside memorial sign to raise the profile of the road accident victim’s charity, RoadPeace. (www.roadpeace.org).

Watch it! A truly innovative and creative production. If you don’t have time to watch it all, at least take a peak to see what you are missing!