Muvizu

Don’t you just love free software! I can recommend a lovely 3D animation package called Muvizu – totally free and offering great creative potential. I am a big fan of animation for digital storytelling and there are many software packages that allow students to create wonderful animations. Most of these packages have to be bought and this can become costly if a site licence is required for a school with…

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Game-making Software

There has been a wonderful sharing of resources in relation to the use of game-making software on the MirandaNet network this week. This is an area that I have some experience in and I would like to share my thoughts and some links on useful tools. Game-making software provides a wonderful tool for young people to tell their stories or to explore issues of interest. In addition to providing opportunities…

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Sherston Mega Deal

​Sherston Software (http://www.sherston.com) announced a mega deal offer to schools in the UK where they offered full site licenced versions of over 100 of their titles in a bundle deal during the summer for £999 excluding VAT for those who ordered before 18th July 2009. The offer has been extended until 31 October and is available to UK schools today for £1099. The good news for Irish schools is that…

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Scratch

​I have been using Scratch software with teachers andtheir pupils from the Elevate Learning initiative of the Digital Hub and what a fantastic free resource it is. Scratch is a graphical programming language that lets you control theactions and interactions among different ‘sprites’. For those of you familiar with Logo from some time ago you will recognise the similarity between it and Scratch. However gone are all the vagaries of…

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Game Creation in the Digital Age

Here are some notes I shared with those in attendance at the highly successful CESI Meet on last Friday evening, Friday 13th 2009.  The event was a huge success and those in attendance all walked away with some new knowledge.  Well done to the organisers on a great event. I was sharing some work I am currently involved in using computer game creation software (Mission Maker in my case) with…

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