🎶 Twelveth day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 12th day of Christmas technology gave to me Christmas tale apps for freeeeee!🎶

Brilliant for Christmas Eve to play with the family and engage with all levels of abilities and ages. A fun interactive tale to keep the festive spirit going and embed a little bit of knowledge and key skills (think Maths, English and ICT) in a fun way.

Christmas Tale HD

Great all rounder and is a multimedia book. Want to give the whole family something to play and read while waiting to go to sleep for Santa? then look no further this app offers the different levels of engagement through gorgeous graphics, music, storytelling and interactive games. Great for key skills through fun Christmas activities!

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iOS & Android

🎶 Eleventh day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 11th day of Christmas #technology gave to me christmas music apps for freeeeee!🎶

To get you into that Christmas Spirit there’s always lots to do but this close to the day itself it’s always great to spread a little cheer through music. These are some apps for iOS and Android which would work perfectly for signing in the festivities.

Christmas Music

One from Apple for iOS devices:

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iOS

Christmas Songs and Music

One for the Android devices out there:

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Android

🎶 Tenth day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 10th day of Christmas technology gave to me Snow Globe apps for freeeeee!🎶

For those who might not get snow normally but wish to see the wintery blizzards associated with Christmas. A virtual Snowglobe is the perfect  solution to get that winter wonderland feel, take the weather with you.

Snow Globe Apps for Apple Tech

There’s a few different Snowglobe apps for iOS, all able to customise snowglobe and background. To discover more click on the link below.

iOS

Snow Globe Winter Christmas

This app allows for different backgrounds and snowglobe types/images. To watch the snow go simply shake your phone.

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 Android

🎶 Ninth day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 9th day of Christmas technology gave to me christmas live wallpaper app for freee!🎶

Bored of the same static image used for your phone or tablet background? want a more festive feel with a modern look? then the live christmas wallpapers available for both iOS & Android are perfect.

Live Christmas Tree

Put a twinkling Christmas tree made of lights onto your screen to set the festive spirit.

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iOS

Christmas Live Wallpaper

Christmas Live wallpaper, watch as Santa rides his sleigh across your screen.

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Android

Using Thinglink to improve virtual learning

Fed up of just having a list of static word links to pdfs? Uninspired by the wall of text that greets you when you’ve uploaded your last session?thinglinkforteachers

Thinglink could be the answer to your problems. It is a multi-platform interactive image creator that can really bring a VLE  or web page to life.

It is used in the media and in marketing but it is in education where it is making the biggest mark and on first impressions it could be just what you need to provide a window of learning that your student can step into and experience – without sending them away from your module page to do it.

You can embed a Youtube video, a sound file, a google map, annotate a picture or diagram with words and pictures – basically you can put your whole class or session’s learning resources into one picture that sums up the topic.

Let your learner see what you’re thinking (or thing linking) by bringing the power of the internet to your page with rich media tags.

It’s free to use too, although there is a paid for option with more functions, and with a bit of creativity and the use of free photoediting websites like picmonkey.com you can make some inspiring stuff.

So far, in just a few months, we’ve used it here at Myerscough to welcome students to  the college and to their courses with an interactive map of the campus and short videos from heads of area.

(Unfortunately, unlike your VLE, the free version of word press won’t allow me to embed the rich media content image – so click on the picture below to view on thinglink instead!)

We’ve used it with the floristry department to enhance online video content and demonstrations (again click on the picture to view on thinglink)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve even used it to liven up the course structure and deadline dates given to students


So far so good….

A couple more online tutors came to our training session on it last week and are now keen to develop its use on their own courses in the New Year.

Anyone interested in using it, or who want to see more examples of what it can be used for, just get in touch with Adrian Capstick or Laura Power. We will be holding more one-to-one sessions on it in 2016 for anyone interested in giving it a go.

There is also an online gallery on Thinglink that shows what other people have used the website and the free app for in the past and who have chosen to share their creations for other people to use and / or remix.

Get yourself logged in and see what you can create! www.thinglink.com

🎶 Sixth Day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 6th day of Christmas technology gave to me Fireplace 3D lite freeeeee!🎶

So the winter chill is settling in adn sometimes it’s just nice to have a fire. So here are the Fire apps for both iOS & Android.

Fireplace 3D Lite

Want to keep warm this winter, use this app to warm any phone (or iPad)

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iOS

3D Fireplace

Here is Android’s version of a 3D Fireplace to warm you up this winter.

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Android

🎶 Fifth day of Christmas 🎶

🎶On the 5th day of Christmas technology gave to me Christmas fact apps for freeeeee!🎶

So as the festivities come ever closer we’d naturally like to learn more about Christmas and world wide traditions. Here are an Android and iOS app for finding out Christmas facts.

Christmas Facts

Interesting facts about Christmas from around the world, including some surprises! Share facts and find out new ones.

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Android

Christmas Facts: Fun for Everyone!

Facts about Christmas from around the world you can share with friends

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iOS