Whiteboard Twitter
Dec31

Whiteboard Twitter

I’ve been using Twitter for quite a while now, and I think it’s a great way of building up a network of like-minded people. I’ve lost count of the number of cool web applications and tips I’ve got from people via Twitter. There are some very experienced educators out there talking about IWB’s as well as cool uses of Web 2.0 It seems like many companies are finally embracing Twitter as a way of releasing...

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Merry Xmas
Dec23

Merry Xmas

No posts for a while. And won’t be posting for a few days while I enjoy an Xmas break. Just wanted to wish all the readers of this blog a very happy Xmas and thank you all for visiting over the past year (and today I realised I missed the anniversary of setting this blog up earlier this month) Hope you have a great 2009!...

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Tooble Video Downloader
Dec08

Tooble Video Downloader

I’m indebted to Tom Barrett for making me aware of a fantastic little application called Tooble. Tooble may very wel be the ultimate YouTube video downloader. Tooble runs on your computer and lets you search YouTube for keywords (or you can give it the direct URL to the video you want). All you need to do is check the box next to the videos you want to download, and Tooble gets to work downloading them onto your computer. I gave...

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Simple Science Videos
Dec08

Simple Science Videos

Here’s a great site for using songs to help the teaching of Science in the classroom. Simple Science has videos for many KS2 topics with songs, and also explanations of some of the concepts; http://www.simplescience.net/ Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which means they are higher quality than YouTube, and also means they are accessible in schools that have blocked YouTube. The videos are free on the website, but if you like them,...

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New Flyer
Dec08

New Flyer

Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in producing a new flyer to advertise my services as an IT trainer. I have just had them back from the printers and I am very pleased with them. I’ve just uploaded an electronic version to the Think Bank website, and I’d like to share it here as well. Think Bank Flyer Publish at Scribd or explore others: Teaching Education training podcast If you do want any kind of IT...

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Digital Storytelling 2
Dec04

Digital Storytelling 2

While on the subject of Digital Storytelling, I found another website the other day that I’d like to share. It’s called Storynory and the idea behind the site is to provide audio files of children’s stories. Some of the stories have some very nice illustrations to accompany them. And even better, the site is free! There is a mix of classic stories, such as the Grimm fairytales and Aesops Fables but also some original...

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Digital Storytelling 1
Dec04

Digital Storytelling 1

I received this comment on one of my posts last night, and I thought it was worth reposting. It’s from a new children’s author and you might find the videos fun to play to the class as a story starter activity; I’m a young children’s author. My first book, Hazel’s Phantasmagoria, was published by Quercus in March. It was well reviewed, and has sold respectably, and I’ve just been commissioned to...

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WordPress Training Videos
Dec02

WordPress Training Videos

Thanks to Patricia Donaghy for posting about a great site that provides training videos for WordPress blogs and how to do various things with them. The site is called, no suprise, WordPress Training, and it’s well worth a look....

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You Tube Downloaders Again
Nov29

You Tube Downloaders Again

Following on from a training day in Birmingham yesterday, I promised the delegates I’d try and produce a summary post on some of the various ways to download videos from You Tube to use offline. I have written about this before, and a list of all the posts on this blog that mention video can be found here. The method I tend to use the most is this script which basically gives you a piece of code which you drag to your toolbar in...

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Podcast & Blogging Day Links
Nov25

Podcast & Blogging Day Links

Just a quick blog post in advance of the Podcast/Blogging training day I’m delivering tomorrow in Kensington, London. I just wanted to provide links to some of the resources that will be mentioned on the day Teacherblogs – trainees blog posts My Documents on Scribd My Slideshare Presentations My Podcasts on Podomatic Podcasting with a Dictaphone – guide and presentation The Think Bank Example Wiki Twitter Web 2.0...

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TeacherLED resources
Nov25

TeacherLED resources

Thanks to Jim over at Teachers Love Smartboards for reminding me about the Teacher LED site. If you haven’t seen it before, there are some great Flash resources on there. Mainly for Numeracy, but also a great little scrollable world map for geography. There’s also a nice Flash version of the Blockbusters game show. Very nice, and more interactive than my static version. You need to read out the questions yourself –...

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Making Video Screen Shots
Nov18

Making Video Screen Shots

I’ve written about this before, but it’s something that gets asked a lot when I am doing IWB training, so I thought it was worth flagging up again. If you want to make screen grabs from some Windows Media videos, you may find you get a black box rather than the screen shot you were expecting. To make the computer render the video so that you can actually capture images from it, you need to make a quick change to the video...

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