A new venture
May27

A new venture

I haven’t posted for a short while, I’ve been busy with a writing job that’s taking a little longer than I expected (Adobe Captivate is fun but time consuming). Normal service will be resumed soon! I just wanted to mention a new blog I’ve set up. It’s not going to replace this one, just run parallel to it. In addition to my whiteboard training I am also a Science tutor for a teacher-training programme...

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Science IWB training course
May21

Science IWB training course

Just a quick blog post to say there are still places available on my IWB in Science course for Lighthouse in London on 17th June (flyer) More details here Contact Lighthouse if you want any more information about this course or the other courses later in the year. I’ll be delivering a day in Glasgow in November for another provider. I’ll hopefully be able to post the details on here in the near future....

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TeachMeet
May21

TeachMeet

Well I went to TeachMeet on Monday and had a great time. I met up with a few people I’ve met through Twitter, and one or two ex-colleagues too. You can see a run-down of what happened on the TeachMeet wiki, but here are some of the things that I wanted to share: The Visualiser Forum Launched, drawing upon experience in Havering Schools Andy Black shows off some good robust digital camcorders, www.gogivers.org – a site for...

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Wiimote Whiteboard Adventures
May16

Wiimote Whiteboard Adventures

Inspired by Doug Belshaw’s post over here, I was finally inspired to try and build my own wii IWB system. I’m not the most practical person (I’m still very proud of my D+ in woodwork at school) and I have never soldered anything in my life. But undaunted by this I trecked off my local Maplins electronic store and bought a few bits and pieces, as outlined by Doug. Namely An infra red LEDA microswitchAn AAA battery...

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Vertical Surface
May14

Vertical Surface

New from those innovative people at Microsoft – a vertical screen, that you touch and interact with. Interesting idea. Hmm.. haven’t we seen something like that before? Or to quote Apple recently – The Wow happened 5 years ago… Edit – Here it is in action...

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World Wide Telescope
May13

World Wide Telescope

Microsoft have finally released the public beta of their World Wide Telescope project, and I just had to write about it. It’s a must for any Science teacher, or anyone interested in astronomy. Basically, its Microsoft’s version of Google Earth/Sky and if you’ve used the Google version in the past then you’ll pick this up very easily. The software provides a virtual planetarium and lets you study the night sky...

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Online Presence
May07

Online Presence

One of the perils of having an online presence is that you can be looked up by anybody with access to the internet. This can include prospective/current employers and, in the case of teachers, pupils and their parents. Here is a cautionary tale from the Washington Post. Again it outlines the dangers of having your personal life on show for all to see. Thanks to John Sutton on the Creative ICT blog for the link. I’m on Facebook,...

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Read all about it!
May03

Read all about it!

Here’s a fun little tool that could liven up the way you present information – or make a class writing task a little more fun. The newspaper generator lets you put your own text into a few boxes, and then generates an authentic looking newspaper article containing your text. The finished product is very authentic, and quite impressive. You have to save your image and host it elsewhere if you want to use it online, but it...

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IWBs and Interactivity
May03

IWBs and Interactivity

One thing that a lot of people get wrong is that they believe that the IWB is inherently Interactive. That just by using it, they are making their lessons interactive. This is something I try and get across in my training sessions – that you need to work a little to put the Interactive into Interactive Whiteboard. From a posting on Classroom2.0 I came across this fantastic presentation that challenges teachers to think about how...

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Senteo
May02

Senteo

I’ve recently got my hands on a set of Smart’s new Senteo voting kits. They look really nice and I can’t wait to try them out with a class soon. Smart is moving into a quite crowded market, against products like Activote, TurningPoint, Quizdom etc but this is a pretty nice product. Once the software is installed you get a Senteo option on your Smart Notebook toolbar (and also in Powerpoint, but I’ve not...

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Search and Mobile
May02

Search and Mobile

A while back I added a Search feature to the sidebar of the blog. Or at least I thought I had, but it seemed to stop working not long after I added it. Anyway, I’ve been playing again and have tweaked the search tool and this time I think it is working. You can search by clicking on the link in the sidebar on the right, or go here. I’ve also followed this idea from Creative ICT and used MoFuse to make a mobile version of...

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Smart 10 and Tables
May01

Smart 10 and Tables

Smart Notebook 10 now comes with a tool that a lot of Smartboard users have been wanting for a long time – the ability to make tables. It was always such a pain messing about with lines to draw a table, and it never lined up as easily. The new tables tool makes this so much easier! The “Insert Table” icon is on the toolbar, next to the Select arrow. Click on it and choose the size of table you wish to add. It’s...

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