Doctor Who Trailer Maker
Apr30

Doctor Who Trailer Maker

Doctor Who has been a part of my life since I was a kid, hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks came on the screen. The “new” series is now on Season 4 and I’ve been really enjoying it so far, even if it does have that awful Tate lady (TATL) as an assistant. The BBC have embraced a lot of the interactive features of the Internet, and their Doctor Who website is no exception. The Comic Maker was pretty cool but I...

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Magic Pen Game
Apr25

Magic Pen Game

No, not related to my earlier post about the Smart Magic Pen, but more related to my post about Phun the other week. Thanks to Science Punk for linking to another fun little Real Physics application called Magic Pen. Magic Pen is like Phun in that you use a crayon to draw objects that then behave on the screen as if they were real. Balls roll, oblongs topple down under gravity etc. This time, there’s an actual objective. You...

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The Magic Pen
Apr25

The Magic Pen

One of the small niggles I had with Smart 9 was that there was no spotlight tool on the toolbar in Smart Notebook. I know you could get it via the floating toolbar, but it annoyed me that I couldn’t get it quickly in Notebook without having to use workarounds. So I was really happy when I was first shown a beta of Smart Notebook 10 with the tool called the Magic Pen. The Magic Pen is brilliant. If you write with the Magic Pen it...

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The IWB Challenge
Apr24

The IWB Challenge

I just wanted to direct you to the blog of Jess McCulloch who has decided that April is Interactive Whiteboard month and has been writing about her use of the IWB to teach Modern Foreign Languages. Read part 3 here, which has links to the previous posts. As well as Jess, three other teachers at My Languages, The Langwitch Chronicles and Sans Problemes have also taken up the IWB challenge and written about their experiences. I’m...

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Animoto Education Program
Apr24

Animoto Education Program

I’ve talked about Animoto before in the last few months(here and here), and I think it’s a great way of producing professional-looking slideshows. Even better now is the announcement of an Animoto Education Program. This is great news and means that educators can use Animoto with their classes for free! Contact Rebecca at Animoto via the address on this page to find out more....

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Smart Notebook 10 Toolbar
Apr23

Smart Notebook 10 Toolbar

I’ve always found it useful when doing IWB training to give teachers a sheet with all the icons on the toolbar and what they do. Many teachers like to print this off and stick it on the wall next to their IWB. Here is my new guide to the Smart Notebook 10 toolbar. If you want, you can download it as a pdf file here. In the future I’ll do a post that explains what each of these buttons actually does....

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In Plain English
Apr22

In Plain English

Here are some great videos to watch because a) they use plain English and b) I love the clean presentation style. They cover some of the new Web 2.0 tools that have really enhanced the way people use the internet in the last few years. Social Bookmarking in Plain English Podcasting in Plain English RSS in Plain English You can find all their videos, covering Twitter, Social Networking, Photo Sharing and, erm.. Zombies on YouTube here....

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My Extended Memory
Apr22

My Extended Memory

I have an average memory. I mean, it’s OK but it’s nothing special. I can remember birthdays and I can quote whole chunks of Eddie Izzard routines but I do tend to forget things. I’m bad at remembering hardware specs and prices. I often forget the web address of that great site I just saw in a teachers magazine. So my memory needs a little help sometimes. Luckily technology can help me. In the form of my mobile...

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TeachMeet08 North East London
Apr21

TeachMeet08 North East London

I’m really hoping to be able to attend the next TeachMeet in a few weeks time. TeachMeet is a chance to share what has and is effective, exciting and innovative technology in our schools in an informal environment. The details of the event are: Redbridge Teachers CentreMelbourne RoadIlford, IG1 4HT6:00pm- 9:30pm More information can be found here. If you want to attend, you need to edit the Wiki to add your name to the list. It...

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YAYTD
Apr20

YAYTD

or.. Yet Another You Tube Downloader ConvertTube is yet another website that will let you download YouTube videos and save them as different file formats to use offline. Again, handy for teachers that can’t get YouTube at school. http://www.converttube.com/ Thanks to Lisa Thumann for the link....

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IWB Research
Apr20

IWB Research

I’m using this post as a bit of a brain-dump to collate some research articles. I haven’t read any of them yet, but am linking them here to remind me to start going through them. The ICT Impact Report: A Review of Studies of ICT Impact on Schools in Europe. http://insight.eun.org/shared/data/pdf/impact_study.pdf MILLER, D. J. (2006). The magic box – enhancing interactivity, Mathematics Teaching, 197, pp. 28-31....

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Do schools kill creativity?
Apr20

Do schools kill creativity?

Here’s an inspring talk by Sir Ken Robinson. Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize, much less cultivate, the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” I don’t think we know the solution yet, but the video makes you think....

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