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OE-CAKE physics simulator is a sandbox-style physics program that allows you to see how different physics elements will interact with each other.

One Word is a website that might offer interesting ways to get kids writing without worrying about being graded. One Word gives you a single word and provides you with a visual timer to write whatever comes to your mind in 60 seconds.

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE If you’re like me, you remember with fondness long nights with your friends, your trusty plastic icosahedron, pencils and paper, and junk food. I’m talking about Dungeons and Dragons of course, the game many of us geeks played when we were younger and had a lot more time on our hands. […]

BY KEVIN HODGSON If you watched the Super Bowl on television this year, you no doubt caught the Google commercial that told of a love story entirely through search queries. The ad, known as Parisian Love, was effective and I know I wondered — from a writing and teaching perspective — how it could be […]

BY KEVIN HODGSON I’m convinced there’s a songwriter in everyone, if only we could lower the hurdles for creating the music to go with our songs. Not everyone has the dedication to put in years of practice to learn an instrument well enough to write a song on it. But what if we could lower […]

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE I grew up on LEGOs, probably a top-three toy during my childhood. It’s one of the things I purchased for my kids as soon as they were old enough. So when LEGO announced its 2010 LEGO Smart contest it was a sure fire Instructify post. The contest is only for educators […]

BY KEVIN HODGSON This article is also posted on LEARN NC. “Are we Glogging today?” It’s a typical New England morning and our sixth grade students are all dutifully lined up in the fading autumn sunshine beneath the trees. Most schools typically have a series of fire drills toward the start of the year, and […]

BY GRETCHEN SCHAEFER When it comes to students building models in class, why should they make the same old sugar cube igloo as everyone else when they can create paper replicas of the Capitol building? Creating a 3D model on the computer can be fun for aspiring architects and designers, but the fun doesn’t have to […]

BY KEVIN HODGSON Stopmotion Animator is a freeware download that allows users of PC computers to use a webcam to easily and quickly create stop-motion movies. The software is set up to “grab” frames off the webcam, then gather them together into a single .AVI video file. Stopmotion Animator allows you to tweak some settings […]

BY BILL FERRIS Aviary, the web-based image-editing suite, used to charge for some premium features like saving private files and allowing access to tutorials. I say “used to” because they’ve stopped charging money for it. This is a great development for art and design teachers looking for a viable alternative to Adobe Creative Suite. Aviary […]