Dress the Snowman
Dec18

Dress the Snowman

A quick plug for my rather festive drag and drop activity to Dress the Snowman. I also produced a Xmas Matching Pairs game....

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IWB and Learning Research
Dec18

IWB and Learning Research

Thanks to the NAACE mailing list yesterday I was made aware of some more research into IWB’s being undertaken by Cambridgeshire County Council into the use of IWB’s in the Primary Classroom. Only the first phase has been carried out yet, looking at the patterns of interactions when the teacher is leading sections of the lesson using an IWB. There are lesson observations of Literacy, Numeracy and History lessons with...

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A real world desktop
Dec18

A real world desktop

A colleague shared this link to Bumptop with me last night (thanks Paul!). It’s a ”real world’ desktop interface where you can spread files around on a 3d desktop environment that models how we spread files around on our real desks. It’s an interesting idea, and with the lassooing and gestures I could see this working well with an IWB or tablet. I’m a little concerned about just how busy the desktop would...

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Clipbank
Dec11

Clipbank

As well as being an Interactive Whiteboard trainer for Smart/Steljes I also train for other educational companies. One of those is Espresso, which for those that don’t know is an excellent library of video clips, news articles and Flash activities for Primary Schools. I have been training for them for about 18months and I love the product. The quality of the videos is very good and Espresso quite deservedly won a BAFTA last...

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Whiteboards on Teachers TV
Dec10

Whiteboards on Teachers TV

If you haven’t already been there, you can access videos from Teachers TV via the magic of the Internet. I must admit it is somewhere I keep forgetting to access but it has a wealth of ideas for teachers. If you do a search for Whiteboards you will get a whole host of programmes that have been produced to show good practice for using Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom for a range of subjects. For example here is a 15...

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Smart Activity Toolkit
Dec09

Smart Activity Toolkit

The Smart Activity Toolkit has been available in Beta for a while now, but I am constantly meeting people who haven’t heard of it. For those who haven’t seen it, its a bank of Flash-based widgets that are placed in your Smart Gallery. These widgets can be dragged onto your Smart Notebook page and then adapted to make your own interactive resources. These include drag and drop labelling tasks, games of Hangman (or splat the...

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The Elements Song
Dec08

The Elements Song

Well, if I am going to be posting a blog about Interactive Whiteboards I had better post one of my favourite resources ever. I show this resource whenever I do a Science IWB training day to teachers. I never get sick of it. It uses the Tom Lehrer ”Periodic Table” tune, but has a very cool flash animation too. It’s always great to start the session with a song…. To view the Elements Song, click here....

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Common Whiteboard Format
Dec08

Common Whiteboard Format

It’s interesting to see that Becta are trying to revive their drive to get a common whiteboard format. You can see the call for consultation here. I seem to remember them trying this a few years back with the launch of the National Whiteboard Network, but they couldn’t get the ‘Big 2’ of Smart and Promethean to agree to share. I get the impression that Promethean see their resources as their big selling point...

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Smart Exchange Launched
Dec07

Smart Exchange Launched

Sounds like Smart are revamping their community areas with the launch of Smart Exchange. I always found that this was something Promethean always did better with their Promethean World / Promethean Planet sites.. The official Smart community always felt a little nebulous and the edcompass forum felt rather empty the few times I popped in there. To quote the press release: “SMART Technologies announces the launch of SMART...

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Fast Video Downloader
Dec05

Fast Video Downloader

Save embedded video files from video-hosting servers such as YouTube. This is very useful for those schools that block access to YouTube and prevent you showing some of the great video clips for use in education. You can download the video downloader here: Videos are saved in the .flv Flash Video format and can be dragged straight onto the page in Smart Notebook for viewing....

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First post
Dec05

First post

I think it’s obligatory to make the first post on any new blog a Hello World post with a die hard promise to update the blog regularly and make it the best blog on the Internet. Past experience has shown that I can’t really promise the last two of those, but I can manage a Hello World. The aim, as most blogs need one these days, is to focus on the use of Interactive Whiteboards, and probably more specifically Smartboards...

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