Tag Archives: Innovative

Urine powered phones might increase water intake ;-)

In July 2013, scientists at the University of West England (UWE) developed a way of using urine as a power source to generate electricity and created the world’s first MFC (microbial fuel cell) powered mobile phone. Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos said at the time:

‘By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of MFCs, we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone.’..So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call.’

However, he said that making a long call on a mobile phone is far more power-hungry. This professor believes that they will get to a place where they can charge a battery for longer periods of time.

3 Nano technology innovations I can do with

Nano-technology is amazing. After watching this video, I think I love the spray on clothing the most!

A)  Ultra-ever dry (0:00-4:03)

Sprays on anything to protect it from being damaged by accidental water, oil, mud and even concrete spillage.

B)  Spray on material (see minute 4:05).

The material can be washed and worn again, but it can also be dissolved to create a new clothing.

C)  Liquipel (5:33)

Protects cellular phones from accidental water damage.

Interactive images – a new way of teaching content

Tired of trying to discuss an image? Then you should try the new tools that can be used to create interactive images.

FLDraw ($99)

You can draw floor plans as well, with interactive images, text to display sizes, etc.

iiCreator ($139)

Add markers, labels, draw lines, create editable regions, image map legends.

Thinglink ($20/month)

Create beautiful infographics, expensive. Free version does not offer much.

Visme (from $15 p/month.)

(Free version, only 3 images.


The free version offers all features and it can be downloaded. It also offers a non-profit version for



A Google a Day

A Google A Day may provide opportunities for fun in the classroom file students are improving their search skills.

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You get three questions, and have to solve it as quickly as possible. The Google page opens so that you can search for the right answers. As soon as you have typed in the correct answer, you may attempt to answer the following question. The clock is ticking, so you loose points when you snooze.

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I believe this can be an effective way to train students in improving their searching skills.