Incredibox is…well…incredible! Awesome little site where you can mix and match different Effects, Beats, Melodies, Chorus and Voices to create unique music in an acapella style. You music can be recorded, shared, downloaded with peers. A fun little lesson that will leave pupils wanting to come back and use it again and again. My year 6 class love using it, and it works well for me as a reward activity. From the musical side its great for matching beats and rhythms, and could be used as a fantastic music starter. Have fun with this!

snappy wordsWhat is Snappy Words visual English dictionary?

It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

Why use Snappy Words visual dictionary?

  • Easy to use dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Learn how words associate in a visually interactive display.
  • Get ideas to help write content for your blog, article, thesis or simply play with words!
  • No limit on number of searches. Look up as many words as you need anytime.
  • It’s free and fun!

How do I use it?

Type words in the search box and click Go or simply hit Enter. Once the words branch off the main query, you can double click a node to find other related words. To explore the features:

  1. Place the mouse cursor over a word to view the meaning.
  2. Double click a node from the branch to view other related words.
  3. Scroll the mouse wheel over words to zoom in or out. This helps you see more
    associations or view words and meanings more clearly.
  4. Click and drag a word or branch to move it around and explore other branches.

3258548724_dbd3f0e992_oJust a quick little post for a Sunday evening. On Friday my class and I were taking part in some creative writing. The idea is to give the pupils 10 mins to plan out a story plot, including things like characters, setting and main events. To do it we used the Thriller Whiz tool. They loved it, some of the titles we generated were amazing. I would say you could use it from year 5 up, there are some quite complex vocab, and see where the website takes you pupils. Our favourite was ‘The Dwarf Interpreter’, we loved it so much we went on to create the whole story using collaborative writing. Have a goo and see what you think!


icteacher typoeffects

 

I absolute adore this website. Typoeffects provides an amazing new twist on the word cloud. My walls in my suite are covered in pupil examples, as well as titles and labels. It takes the word cloud idea and gives it a fantastic twist. Placing your desired words into shapes and colours to match an image. The results are stunning, though often take a while to tweak and alter to get the perfect finish. Give it a try, and share your results with #typoeffects

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