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Archive for January 2010

Brain testers

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If you want to test your brain a little then this Games for the Brain site has a whole set to take your brain out to the gym, including Chinese Checkers, Mastermind, and a lot more.


Written by markuos

January 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

A History of the World in objects

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A History of the World in 100 Objects‘ is a site created by the BBC in conjunction with the British Museum that uses pictures of objects from the Museum to illuminate the story of humankind.

The format of the site takes you through history by drawing the images towards you. On the right hand side is a timeline, with a slider to take you to a specific period of time. There are also up and down arrows to click at the bottom centre of the screen to navigate through the time periods.

Clicking on any of these images highlights that object in a window. You can then click for additional information.

Down the left hand site you can use the categories to identify objects. The categories are:

  • Location
  • Theme

  • Culture
  • Size
  • Colour
  • Material

You can also use the Basic Explorer view to investiage the site.

Chemistry for Kids

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This page has a great set of links to chemistry related online resources for kids.

It includes The Periodic Table Videos from the University of Nottingham that I’ve previously written about.

One item from the list I’ve had more of a play with (and shown my rusty knowledge with) is The Periodic Table Game.

Written by markuos

January 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

MP for a week

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The Education Service of the UK Parliament, which has the tagline “Working with schools to support young people’s understanding of Parliament and democracy”, has just launched an online game to help school children understand the role of an MP. It’s called “MP for a Week”.

Here’s the YouTube hosted 1.5min promotional video to explain it a little bit more:

Here’s a link to the game guide.

And here’s the game.

Additional information:

Written by markuos

January 12, 2010 at 9:04 am