Biology on the IWB: 10 Quick Ideas
Mar31

Biology on the IWB: 10 Quick Ideas

Here are some quick ideas for using an IWB for Biology teaching. 1. Sequence the stages in Mitosis or Meiosis using images or statements 2. Drag and Drop animals and arrows to create Food Chains and Webs 3. Label diagrams of the various body systems using images captured from the Internet or from the gallery. 4. Investigate genetic crossing using drag and drop punnet squares. In Smart you could use the Infinite Cloner on the B and b,...

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Smartboard Browser
Mar31

Smartboard Browser

I just found this post on the Smart Exchange forum by Quentin D’Souza of teachinghacks.com. He has written a fab little flash tool that you can add to a Smart Notebook page which will let you browse the internet within Notebook itself. You can add it to the My Content area of your Gallery, and drag it onto a page whenever you want to use it. It’s PC only for now, see the note from JoeS about it not working properly on...

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Links Roundup
Mar28

Links Roundup

A quick round up of some of the sites I’ve added to my del.icio.us feed this week Adobe Photoshop ExpressAn free online photo editor from Adobe.https://www.photoshop.com/express/ TimelinesTelevised history documentaries for free on the web.http://www.timelines.tv/ Viscosity:Create Abstract arthttp://windowseat.ca/viscosity/create.php NCEF Resource ListNCEF’s resource list of links, books, and journal articles on the...

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Whiteboards – a beginners guide #3
Mar27

Whiteboards – a beginners guide #3

There are many different ways of interacting with the IWB to support teaching and provide learning opportunities.Introduction: – Lesson starters, giving the lesson aims and objectives, “Awe and Wonder” introductions Main body: Explaining practical work/tasks or illustrating main concepts. Using software/ simulations or other software. Plenary: collecting in results, analysing data as a group, summarising the lesson aims (can easily...

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Whiteboards – a beginners guide #2
Mar27

Whiteboards – a beginners guide #2

There are many ways an IWB can benefits your teaching. Some of them are summarised here:Motivation: Pupils say that they find it motivating because it is big, bright, and colourful and they can get more involved with the lesson. Teachers find it motivating because it opens up a wealth of resources from which they can select their teaching materials. Use of images and colour: The IWB/Projector provides a much better quality of image...

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Whiteboards – a beginners guide #1
Mar27

Whiteboards – a beginners guide #1

It might be useful to start at the beginning and explain a few basics for those readers who are coming here to find out about Interactive Whiteboards from the point of view of a complete beginner. What is an interactive Whiteboard? Wikipedia defines an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) as An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the...

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Shift Happens
Mar25

Shift Happens

Something to think about. What kind of a world are we currently preparing our students for? What kind of a world should we be preparing them for.? This is a version of a presentaton by Karl Fisch. It’s been doing the rounds for a while, but I was shown it again in a training session today by a student, and I thought I’d share it here as it does make you think....

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Science Notebook Files
Mar18

Science Notebook Files

Two years ago I produced a pack of Smart Notebook files for Steljes, the distributors of Smartboards over here in the UK. They formed part of a teachers pack that was distributed to schools around the UK. The files were also available via the Steljes Software site. For now, that site is no longer up, and the files are no longer available online. I have copied the files onto my Think Bank website so that Smartboard users can still...

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Smartboard Spotlight
Mar17

Smartboard Spotlight

James Hollis over at Teachers Love Smartboards has posted a link to a great video about how to use the Spotlight tool in Smart Notebook. I love the Smartboard tool, its a very fun tool for focusing attention on one part of the screen and removing any distractions. I commented on James’ post about how you can access the spotlight without being attached to the board, but I thought it was worth posting it here too. Basically on...

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Google Sky
Mar14

Google Sky

Previously only available via Google Earth, which you had to download and run locally, Google have now made Google Sky available online to access anywhere with an internet connection. Now you can browse the night sky and zoom in on any interesting galaxies or star clusters that you like. Google Sky via kwout If you haven’t tried them, also check out Google Mars and Google Moon for surface maps based on information from various...

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Animoto Again
Mar13

Animoto Again

Now back with loads of photos from my skiing holiday last week, I thought I’d have another play with Animoto and make a full length movie. I think the end result is pretty good, and not bad for $3, especially with the exchange rate at the moment....

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Whiteboard training day – links
Mar12

Whiteboard training day – links

A big thanks to those who came to London today for the Lighthouse IWB training day. It was good to meet you all. I hope some of you are now checking out this blog. I’ll put in this post some of the links that cropped up on the day. How to save YouTube videosA good guide on how to do it from Teachers Love SmartboardsVideo Downloader for FireFoxZamZar.com Saving Flash AnimationsSWF catcher for FirefoxFlash Saver for FirefoxFlash...

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