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Sumdog … playing with Maths online

Teachers and students may create a free account on www.sumdog.com This will allow them to access various online mathematics games which are designed to improve students’ numeracy skills.

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The Sumdog.com maths games website is designed to help students practice mathematics in an enjoyable way. This website provides free access for teachers and students to various online mathematics games which are designed to improve students’ numeracy skills.

When subscribing to this service, students may customise their profile picture, choose a level and thus be able to play games according to their abilities. Students may access 100 numeracy topics, split into 10 levels. Most games are multiplayer, so students can play against thousands of students worldwide. Moreover through the free login, students can track their progress through Sumdog’s games.  Through the free subscription, teachers can create logins for their students and set challenges and competitions for them;

  • Competitions generate a leaderboard for students. These allow them to play the maths games against each other or against any logged in students.
  • Challenges let teachers to set goals for students. Such challenges may include getting a set number of answers right or winning a number of these online games related to a particular topic.

If teachers buy a subscription, they will also be able to track their students’ progress. Whichever subscription is chosen (free or not), teachers can specify which topics the students will be working on, which games they can play, and when such activity starts and finishes.

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Gimp – A free Photoshop alternative

If you ever felt the need to retouch, edit or manipulate an image in any way, you would probably use Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately, this excellent, industry standard piece of software does not come in cheap so if you did not have access to it, you would have been left pretty much stranded – unless you knew about Gimp.

Gimp stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is an open-source paint program that can be used to perform complex tasks such as photo retouching and image manipulation or simply as a paint program. GIMP is growing in popularity at a rapid rate as a complete graphics package – it is free and a good substitue of Photoshop.

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Nintendo DSi – a review

The Nintendo DS (dual screen) range of handheld videogame consoles has been selling like hot cakes since released in 2004. The system features two screens placed vertically on top of each other with the bottom one being responsive to touch via an included stylus or finger. Similar to the Wii, Nintendo has widened its target audience when compared with their previous gaming devices. Games are now being designed with the ‘casual user’ in mind, the library of software available covers both traditional type of videogames as well as a diverse choice of programs covering a myriad of topics, from cooking to brain training, from virtual books to puzzles, from sudoku to edutainment.

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Cloud computing

Today we have a very preset idea of what makes a computer – a big box (or a small box in case of a laptop) houses a motherboard, memory and the CPU as well as myriad of other components. Computer upgrades are released all the time, promising to make your machine ‘better’. Speed is what makes a computer powerful and this comes at a cost, both as an initial investment and also in the long run. The more gigahertz and gigabytes your PC boasts, the more electric power it is going to consume.

Sky is the limit

Sky is the limit

Computers have long been coming into the making, but it was the advent of the internet in the 90s which evolved their status from toys for geeks, to indispensable communication tools. This has started a silent revolution that is taking computing to a very bold direction. Since the first day you connected your machine to the internet, you have, knowingly or otherwise, been putting information which does not reside on your computer’s hard drive, but on the ‘network’, in a metaphorical cloud.

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