On Vacation
Feb29

On Vacation

Busy week this week, not much time for blogging. Been sorting out loose ends prior to my annual ski trip. Off on vacation today. Back soon....

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Friday Links Fun
Feb21

Friday Links Fun

A couple of quick links for a Friday. Firstly – if you haven’t already gone there, check out Teachers Love Smartboards. James has some great posts about using Smartboards in the classroom. He also posts links to some excellent websites that can be used on any board, not just Smartboards. One of my favourites from his recent posts has been this link to a great animation tool called Kerpoof! It’s well worth a visit....

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A quick starter idea – Countdown Clock
Feb14

A quick starter idea – Countdown Clock

Here’s a quick idea for a lesson starter/plenary. The idea is to give the students 5 quickfire questions and a set, short, time limit to answer each one. The way you can do this will be slightly different whether you have a Smartboard or an ActivBoard Promethean Version 1. On page 1 write/type your first question. 2. Put another question on page 2, 3, 4 etc 3. Go back to page 1 4. Click on the Clock icon from the ActivStudio...

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Yenka Science and Maths Resources
Feb12

Yenka Science and Maths Resources

Yenka is a new resource from the people who produced Crocodile Clips. It’s based on their Absorb range of online teaching materials that originally were released alongside Crocodile Physics and Chemistry. The whole library is going to be a subscription service, but on release they have produced 700 resources which can be used free-of charge. These resources cover aspects of science and maths and should work very well on an...

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Promethean software version 3
Feb06

Promethean software version 3

I do a lot of training in schools using Promethean Activ Boards, and in nearly every case they are still using ActivPrimary 2 or ActivStudio 2. Most of these schools haven’t been made aware that version 3 is available – and has been for nearly a year. Version 3 has some new features and tweaks that make it work a little better than v2. If you already own version 2 – you can upgrade to version 3 for free. All you need...

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Three Quick Links
Feb05

Three Quick Links

I’m full of cold and losing my voice here. So just a quick post today. Three quick links that I should have mentioned earlier, all of which have some good advice and ideas for using the IWB in the classroom. 1. The Smartboard FAQ written by Jim Birney 2. 50 Things to do with an Interactive Whiteboard 3. The Busy Teachers Guide to Interactive Whiteboards OK, back to bed and dosing myself up with Lemsip and Strepsils…....

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Health and Safety
Feb01

Health and Safety

When I deliver IWB training sessions I do get asked quite a bit about the health and safety implications of using a whiteboard and projector, especially after a report appeared in the Times Newspaper a few years back. There are several guidance documents that are worth referring to. Many schools now have this guidance printed out and stuck on the wall next to the IWB. Health and Safety Exectutive GuidanceBecta GuidanceTeachernet...

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Embedding ICT @ Secondary Guides
Feb01

Embedding ICT @ Secondary Guides

UPDATE – May 2010 – New links to these guides can be found in this post: Back in 2004, the DFES and BECTA produced an excellent series of guides which covered the use of Interactive Whiteboards in Secondary schools for each of the National Curriculum subjects. Each document containsed a set of subject specific advice, guidance and examples to support more effective use of ICT in the teaching and learning of science. There...

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