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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Sounds Amazing website

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The internet is full of interesting and intriguing websites, but one of the things I like best is finding a great educational site that brings a subject to life at the same time as achieving a fundamental academic goal. At Salford Acoustics Audio and Video you will find a fine example of what I am talking about.

If you are interested in learning about sound then the whole of this website is worth a browse, but the section I wanted to talk to you about specifically can be found under the Schools link.

The website is called Sounds Amazing, and the content is based on GCSE Key Stage 4 science.

It is designed to help students understand sound and waves, with interactive lessons, demonstrations and experiments to really help bring the messages home.

The three main lessons, sound waves, wave equation and wave behaviour can be accessed from the panel on the left.

You will need speakers plugged in and turned on, obviously. Then just step through the bright and nicely presented lessons using the arrows at the bottom, interacting when the text calls you to do so.

Italian Food Forever website

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Italian Food Forever is a site dedicated to the art of Italian cooking, and is a lot more than just an archive of recipes.

Beautifully presented, the site offers an array of articles and journals that really capture the vibrant passion the Italians have for food, with plenty of photographs to illustrate the facts.

If you are planning a gastronomic trip to this fair land then the Tips for Travelling to Italy article under Culinary Journals is well worth a read, and if you have not got time to make the trip in person, you can still soak up the flavour of the culture by browsing the images in the Photo Gallery.

Finally, the recipe and menu sections are a great resource if you are hoping to impress some dinner guests with your anti pasta and Pappa al Pomodoro (that is tomato soup to you and me).

Essortment website

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I found this next site when I was looking for tips about how to care for my new garden.

Essortment is a collection of tips and advice on virtually any subject you can think of.

There are literally thousands of articles listed here, and all completely free to access. The site itself is not especially pretty to look at, but it is clear and well laid out, making it super easy to find your way to the facts you need.

From craft ideas to beauty tips to careers and gardening, just follow the links depending on what you want to find out about.

The articles themselves are brief and to the point, which I like. I now feel fully prepared to face my first spring as a gardener; I just hope my garden is ready for me.

La Pate a Son website

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Finally, a little toy to entertain you, and it fits in very nicely with the educational sound website we looked at earlier on.

The purpose of La Pate a Son is to drag instruments and switches into the main playing area, which in turn alters the path and sound effects of the little beans that are travelling around the screen.

To remove a widget just click and drag it off the playing area, and then pick up new bits as they pass along the conveyer underneath to see how they affect things.

Once placed, the orientation of a part can be altered using the arrows that appear when you hover your mouse over it. It really is just a bit of fun, with no right or wrong way to play.

Just have a fiddle and see what kind of rhythm and sounds you can create.


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