History Pin is a project, which links historical information (mainly old photographs) to pins on Google Maps. It has lots of potential for community involvement in children's learning and some of the examples of re-photography using Google Street View are quite striking.
Storyboarding using comic strip software has great potential for developing children's narrative skills in literacy. As well as desktop software, such as Comic Life, there are several online resources available. Chogger has a range of templates and integrates well with a webcam - a dedicated educational service is planned. Bubblr is a tool for creating comic strips using images from the Flickr photo sharing service and it works well within its limitations. StripGenerator is distinctly weird!
Unrelated, but of interest. Another tool I have used recently is Poll Everywhere - an audience response system which uses text, the web and/or Twitter to give instant feedback on questions and issues. Within limitations, it is free to use and very effective. Finally, Kerpoof is a free website for children from Disney, that is all about “having fun, discovering things, and being creative.”
My 19th May post referred to one aspect of augmented reality (AR) for education: superimposing data and information on the view through a mobile device’s camera. Over the summer I have been taking a look at marker-based augmented reality applications - using a webcam to play with 3D objects and characters generated by printed markers. Several websites now use this type of AR and you might like to have a play with the technology. I am not convinced in relation to the educational potential, beyond novelty value, though I am willing to be persuaded .....
SciMorph is a DCSF-funded project aimed at supporting the key stage one and two science curriculum. According to the site, 'Scimorph is a very simple, central character who can journey through a series of activities in a virtual science environment based around the curriculum for primary aged children'.
Rainforest Life on the London Zoo website puts a slender loris in the palm of your hand!
SmartGrid on the US General Electric website uses markers to create 3D animations of a wind farm and a solar panel. The fold-out effect is really impressive, although the 3D objects don't really do very much!
Finally, the Adopt Me website uses a marker to create virtual pet on your desktop.
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.