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Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. It is aimed at high school students, but there is a version (Storytelling Alice) aimed at a younger audience.

Fabulous piece of programming that allows the user to create mosaic from photographs.  Great for theme days and projects at school.  Fantastic results but this is dependant on the amount of images to add for the mosaic to be created from.
 
Artpad
Bring out the artist in yourself!
 
The free version of this software gives you 8 painting tools and lets you create, save, and print as many pictures as you like and doesn't limit their size.
 
Record and edit sound samples. Conduct interviews, create sound bites and jingles. Fantastic free resource too good not to be used in school.

This is a free suite of creative tools for art, audio and photo editing, and music creation.  These are really good and well worth looking at and using.
 
Create pdf documents from any program which will allow you print. Instructions are provided on the page.
 
This is a live object world framework that supports many different kinds of scenarios. It can be used to create games and animations, suitable for users aged 13+.
 
No need to make do with an out-of-date atlas! This is one of the best free resources on the internet.  It can be used in practically every subject area and the add-ons and links from it are superb.  Can you find your house, or where you went on holiday on Google Earth?  A magnificent resource.  
 
Build a house, a car, a football stadium ... it's up to you! A really brilliant 3 dimensional graphics vector drawing package - used in the business world as well as schools.

Image re-sizer (powerToy from Microsoft for Windows XP). This has now be re-written fornewer operating systems - click here. VSO image resizer (for Windows Vista & 7).These applications add a new line to the right-click menu over an image in a filer window - a quick and simple way of re-sizing individual or multiple images for web pages. Another alternative is FastStone Photo Resizer.
 
Inkscape is for all of you who like creating complex drawings and graphics!  A great graphics package well worth exploring.
 
PowerPoint to Flash converter creates web-friendly Flash movies from your PowerPoint content keeping its visual parameters and animation effects during conversion. iSpring Free works within PowerPoint, transforming it into a fast and easy Flash authoring tool. See a Foundation Stage example.
 
Record video of areas of the screen, or take snapshots. Allows recording of voiceovers whilst capturing videos. Videos are created as .swf files. More flexible than using the screen capture software that comes with interactive whiteboards. For an example (which shows how to use mailmerge in word to create labeld - ideal for distributing user names & passwords) click here.
 
This is a free, downloadable software application that allows you to read eBooks on Windows-based devices you may already own. Create your own books using this add-in for Microsoft Word (2003).
 
MSW Logo
Try your hand at computer programming! This is a really powerful logo graphics program - though it's perhaps better if users have had some experience of using a simpler application first.

Use this program instead of Word, Powerpoint, Excel!
 
Don't worry if you haven't got Photoshop! Use paint.net to do the same job! This free program is a really good introduction to using layers.
 
Photostory (although the Microsoft website says this only works on Microsoft XP, it does work on Windows 7)
Bring your photos to life! Create video files from still images - and add a sound track! Click here for help notes.
 
This application from Microsoft allows you to take a series of photos of the same scene or object and stitch them all together into one interactive 3D viewing experience that you can share with anyone on the web.

Ideal for desktop capturing, editing photos and building images.  No need for an email address and can be used when not online.
 
Make your stickman tell a story! A brilliant, simple animation tool. Click here to see an example and more information.

An easy way of collecting together text, website and photographs in one location.  Simply drag and drop onto your Ript Pile.  Looks good too.

Scratch
Make your own animations, games and much more! Really useful for control technology too.

Scribus
A free DTP program that you can with most of the features of Publisher - this is one we've added to the list.
 
Softi Free OCR is a complete scan and optical character recognition (OCR) program. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and will convert most formats of image into text which can be edited in Word.
 
Another piece of web based software that allow the user to add locations, pictures, weblinks to maps.  These can then be embedded into other websites.

A piece of simple software that allows the user to make faces, animals, aliens speak the words that they want it to speak. These can then be saved in a .wav file format.
 
A great piece of web 2.0 software  for mapping and recording a trip, can also be used to add descriptions, photos and music.
 
A free application from Microsoft (the link takes you to the Microsoft Powertoys for Windows XP - this application is the last on the list). It can only be used on machines with Windows XP - it can be used with most USB video cameras (including Digital Movie Creators _ Digi Blues). Do tick the box to say that you don't want each photograph to overwite the earlier one. Have a look at Lammack's eggs hatching - some of this was captured using Timershot.
 

Below are other applications which have been recommeneded to us - but we haven't yet checked:
 
KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
  
StarLogo TNG is an updated version of Star Log, produced by MIT. It aims to lower the barrier to entry for programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by colored blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces. The authors hope to entice more young people into programming through tools that facilitate making games which use 3D graphics to make more compelling and rich games and simulation models.
  
Many thanks to Bill Chambers at Lower Darwen Primary School (some of the information has been copied from this page on the Lower Darwen platform).
 


 
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