Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Having fun with creating avatars 4 students.

Creating Characters
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Enjoy some of my creations: Test them out for yourself...
WeeWorld - avatar builder

WeeWorld (yehnay's Home Page) - WeeMee | Avatar | Friends | Blog | Games | Virtual World                                                                                          Doppelme
Create your own avatar:build your wildself.

Voki is an application that lets you create personalized avatars to use on your wikis, blogs or websites. Read:  Voki Talking Avatars post for more details. 
My Avatar Editor 

 It is a "dream avatar!"
                                       Gaia Dream AvatarCheck out some Aussie Gaia Dream Avatars

Turn yourself into a cartoon!  Click on the various choices in the glogster.

blue eyes

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New digital age picture cards for special needs kids. kids

An iPad app for Autism, Special Needs

The See.Touch.Learn™ App

Brain Parade’s See.Touch.Learn™ app combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the iPad. Create custom exercises and lessons, automatically track performance, and carry your entire library collection with you at all times.

  • Available as a FREE download from the Apple iTunes store
  • Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and lessons created by a certified behaviour analyst.
Special price for Father's Day- All picture card libraries are only 0.99 USD each
Hurry-don't miss out!

For support see the Brain Parade instructional videos

Further Useful Links  for your special needs child (Brain Parade)

10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children | Gadgets DNA

Autism Speaks Resource Guide – Autism Apps – Autism Speaks maintains a list of Autism Resources. One category of resources is Autism apps. Check out their list of apps.
Squidalicious – Shannon Des Roches Rosa maintains a great blog and she was featured in the Apple iPad 2 launch video.  She also has a spreadsheet that lists over 60 apps for people with autism and contains links to other iPad related resources..
Apps for Children with Special Needs -  Gary James at maintains a lengthy list of educational apps for children with special needs.  The great thing about Gary’s site is that he reviews the apps and posts video of him using the app so that you can see what each one is all about before spending money to purchase them. – Francesc Sistach and Susana Vila, parents of a child with autism, along with Ivan write wonderful detailed reviews of apps for people with autism.  The reviews  and the entire website are available in English and Spanish.  As of March 10, 2011 they list 173 apps and have written more than 20 app reviews!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More ways to search with google

Google:Search by Image

Now you can explore the web in an entirely new way by beginning your Google search with an image. Learn more about images on the web and your own photos.

There are three ways to search by image:
* Drag and drop
* Upload an image

* Copy and paste the URL for an image

"After a photo is added to the search box, Google delivers relevant results related to it. So, if a person drops a picture of a location in the search box, for example, Google will return information about the place, as well as any Web results on the same topic."

Read more:

It will take several days for Search by Image to be available to everyone. When you see the camera icon in the search bar, that means that Search by Image is available to you.

To search by image even faster, download the Chrome extension or the Firefox extension. With the extension installed, simply right-click an image on the web to search Google with that image.

Use 21C tools with E's ....5e's

Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Our Choice" -a digital text well worth exploring!

Check out why you just have to download this e-book: Our Choice by Al Gore
★ Winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award ★

"I was totally blown away by what I saw!" Dr Therese Keane, Lecturer/Developer, Educational Technologies, Faculty of ICT

 Push Pop Press has released it’s first full featured iPad book / application called “Our Choice” by non other than Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Academy Award Winner and past Vice-President Al Gore.

 In this interactive app, Al Gore surveys the causes of global warming and presents groundbreaking insights and solutions already under study and underway that can help stop the unfolding disaster of global warming.

Software developer Mike Matas talks about demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with.

100% of Al Gore's earnings from Our Choice will be donated 
to the nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection
These are some of the features: 

• A groundbreaking multi-touch interface
• A visual table of contents for quick and easy navigation
• More than 250 stunning full-screen images
• Explore every photo's location on an interactive map
• More than one hour of documentary footage
• More than 30 original interactive infographics and animations
• Original audio commentary by Al Gore throughout
• An interactive 3D book cover
• Read on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.


Dr Therese Keane is excitied: "Imagine having textbooks like this that would bring any subject to life like this!!"    Matas stated that Push Pop Press engineers are building a tool to make it easy for publishers to create similar "apps."  The Future of the Book blogger, Charlene Chausis, says: "Let's hope it's one that educators can use too!"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Create a book to last a childhood and beyond....

"Student created books are always something kids treasure and look back on as they grow older."    from:
Check out the available tutorials for support.
These books can be used for….
  • Poetry
  • Stories (any genre)
  • Autobiographies
  • Autographs
  • Artwork
  • Journal
  • Vacation Journal
  • Holiday Books
  • Comic Book
  • Book of Movie Reviews
  • Photo Book
  • Memory book

Friday, June 3, 2011

Kids need to have fun in the sun..... Can you help?

"The Fresh Air Fund" needs host families...
We may not been close to the source but I have been asked to promote The Fresh Air Fund.

The Fresh Air Fund is in need of 1200 host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you could help to get the word out, it would help us place these wonderful children into a loving host family for an experience that could change their lives forever.