Faceborked
Jan29

Faceborked

Although I started this blog with the main intention to discuss Interactive Whiteboards, I would also like to use it from time to time to discuss other aspects of ICT. I would like to have a little rant, if I may, about Facebook. Now I joined Facebook a few months back, initially with the idea that it would be a kind of Friends-Reunited kind of thing, or a way of keeping in touch with friends and family. And in that respect it’s...

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Whiteboard Tips Presentation
Jan28

Whiteboard Tips Presentation

Just wanted to flag up a great initiative by Tom Barrett who has produced a presentation about whiteboards using Google Docs. Google docs allows a number of users to collaborate on a single document over the internet, which has a great many implications for how we work and share information. You can produce text files, spreadsheets and PowerPoint-style presentations. The idea behind the Tom’s presentation is simple – users...

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Equation Balancer
Jan28

Equation Balancer

I’ve produced a new Smart Notebook file to help with balancing equations. The atoms at the top have been infinitely cloned so you can drag down as many as you require to show how many atoms there are on both sides of the equation. The arrow and plus sign can also be cloned. You can download the file from the Think Bank website here. Look in the chemistry section. I’ll make versions for other boards soon. I did try making a...

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ShooFly
Jan28

ShooFly

One of the highlights of the BETT exhibition for me was ShooFly. This is a small independent company, their stand was tucked away upstairs at the exhibition, but I was really impressed with the quality of their resources. They have already won several awards, and last week also received some interesting news coverage which has helped to raise the profile of the company. A lot of companies are beginning to produce electronic resources...

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Heart Animation
Jan25

Heart Animation

As a former Biology teacher I am always interested in nice animations that can be used to demonstrate biological processes. Thanks to Science Video Resources for posting this article about a nice heart animation. You can see the animation here. Looking at the site that hosted this animation, I tracked back to the main teaching resources page. It’s worth taking a look at that too since there are links to some other interesting...

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Tips for using your whiteboard
Jan21

Tips for using your whiteboard

This list is based on the one originally produced by the Review Project a few years back. Sadly their website is no longer active so I will repost it here since it’s a handy list of things to consider. 1. Make sure there is plenty of space both in front and to either side of your whiteboard so that you can move around it and access all parts of the screen easily. It helps to be able to stand to the sides of the board to minimise...

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Mercury Messenger
Jan17

Mercury Messenger

After travelling through space for 2 and a half years, the NASA Messenger probe has now arrived around the planet Mercury and is starting to send back images of the planets surface. The NASA Messenger website looks like the place to be to see these pictures as they are processed. The site also contains many animations and movies of Mercury that would be great to use in a Science lesson on your Interactive Whiteboard. For Students via...

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Rub and Reveal
Jan16

Rub and Reveal

Here’s a quick idea for using an interactive whiteboard. It could be a lesson starter, or form part of a plenary or could just be used throughout the lesson as a quick check on what the students have learnt so far. This is something that always goes down well when I demonstrate it in training sessions as it is so quick and easy to do, but can be used in a range of different ways. Watch the video here. How do you do this? 1. Use...

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The Plenary Circle
Jan15

The Plenary Circle

Here’s a simple idea for using an Interactive Whiteboard for an end-of-lesson plenary activity. It’s a very simple slide to produce; 1. Draw a circle and fill it in.2. Lock the circle to the background.3. Add text boxes with keywords from the lesson around the outside of the circle. And thats it. At the end of the lesson, get different pupils to come to the board and pull in two words to complete the sentence “I have...

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Technology in Schools : Why change?
Jan14

Technology in Schools : Why change?

A little history first. Back in 1998/1999 the school I was working at The Cornwallis School, in Kent which was just starting to flex its muscles as quite a forward-thinking establishment in terms of its use of ICT. Our school was a pilot school for the Microsoft Anytime Anywhere Learning (AAL) project in which we gave 2 tutor groups or year 7 students a laptop each. When people were told we were kitting out 60 kids with laptops there...

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Smart 10 @ BETT
Jan11

Smart 10 @ BETT

Steljes ran a competition. Wear a Smart Tshirt around BETT and win prizes. Then gather round the stand at 3pm.. they were mobbed 🙂...

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Improving my range
Jan10

Improving my range

I’ve very much been a Smart and Promethean person when it comes to IWB’s. I have occasionally had to train users on other boards such as CleverBoards and Hitachi/Cambridge Boards. I’ve always found the software for those two lacking, but I have usually been on older versions since I use whatever the school have installed at the time. Thanks to some very nice people on the Hitachi and Sahara stands at BETT I know have...

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