24.2.08

On lline keyboarding practice

In her blog Keying In, Kate Olson, who is a 4th and 6th grade keyboarding teacher at Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse, Wisconsin (USA), has pointed me towards some super online typing practice. Have a look at:

(Be sure to check that your keyboard is working in the layout the game requires: US, British, etc.)

23.2.08

Phun


After Scratch, (and Pawns and Alice) comes Phun.

"Phun is a playground for the creative mind where toys can be easily created.
Phun was created as a Masters in Science project by Emil Ernerfeldt for supervisor Kenneth Bodin, HPC2N/VRlab, UmeƄ University, Sweden."

For the moment, the program (download here) is only for Windows (including Vista) and Linux. A Mac version is promised soon. Be sure to read the FAQ page before you install the download in your computer.

This video is on YouTube (so not visible in school), but your can Download movie in higher quality as wmv (38.4 MB) or xvid (79.6 MB)

Although this video was added by the creator only 10 days ago, there are already more than a dozen other videos made with Phun on YouTube. Our Year 3 students should watch all these as part of their Unit of Inquiry into Simple Machines.