Videos – Issue 63, May 2015

The making of Gallipoli in Minecraft

After a year’s hard work from students at Alfriston College, a new exhibition was opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum: Gallipoli in Minecraft. Working in collaboration with museum staff and assisted by teacher Mark Sutherland, they utilised its First World War collections, to re-create the landscape of Gallipoli in 1915 in the popular building game.

Introducing ClipDis

ClipDis is an application that turns text messages into mashup videos.

The Hour of Code is here

Have you done an Hour of Code yet? Learn more about the initiative and how you can part.

Dawson Primary School – Scratch Game

Check out this video on how students at Dawson Primary School created a scratch game and all the learning and challenges they faced along the way.

Scratch Overview

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. Imagine, program, and share.

Introduction to Tiki-Toki Timelines

Getting started with Tiki-Toki timelines – learn how to sign up, create your first timeline, add a story, add an image, add a video and share.

Candy Factory demo

Candy Factory is a game that helps to teach the concept of fractions using splitting operations with partitioning and iterating. It consists of three levels. Players have to complete customer orders to score and progress.

‘Find Them All: looking for animals’

Like animals? Find them all is a great way to learn about different animals and their natural environment (farm, savannah, desert, etc.). There are games, puzzles, animations, and more. Simply find the animal and earn your reward.

Test Your Awareness : Whodunnit?

How observant are your students (and you for that matter)? Test their awareness and observational skills with ‘Do The Test’s Whodunnit – Who Killed Lord Smithe?’

Teach Your Monster to Read (First Steps): Trailer

Teach Your Monster To Read is a series of games that help children to master the key first stages of reading.  Each game covers a different part of the reading journey, and are designed for children at different reading levels.

The basics of how to use is a social search engine that displays a results page of visual ‘cards’. Each profiles the content of the identified link, should you wish to click through. Scroll down the page to see the range of results. Refine searches by the usual categories: web, video image, news, and social.

Overview: AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System)

Meet AGNES, the MIT AgeLab’s ‘Age Gain Now Empathy System’ ( and get a better understanding of what it’s like to be old. It’s a suit designed to simulate the changes that occur naturally as we age: increased fatigue, reduced flexibility in joints and muscles, spinal compression, and difficulty with vision and balance.

Old Age Suit

The Age Explorer is explored in this video from the BBC’s Science Club. It’s a suit created to help companies design homes for an ageing population and to give medical professionals a sense of what it’s like to be elderly.

Don’t Look Down on Me

This is a documentary about a dwarf’s experiences in New York City. Jonathan Novick describes and shows his life as a little person and the challenges he faces.

Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project)

Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This is an animation that offers a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.

Auti-Sim: A playable simulation of sensory hypersensitivity

The aim of the game Auti-Sim is to navigate through a playground as an autistic child with auditory hypersensitivity. Proximity to loud children causes sensory overload, impacting cognitive functions. This impact is represented as visual noise and blur, as well as audio distortion.

Autism and sensory sensitivity

The US National Autistic Society’s has produced a film, Autism and sensory sensitivity, that’s intended to simulate sensory overload.

I Have OCD. This Is What It’s Like to Be in My Mind for 3 Minutes.

What it’s like in an OCD brain? Learn about the challenges of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with this video.