Class Tools
Jun30

Class Tools

I may have mentioned Classtools.net before, but I’ve been using it a lot recently so it’s worth another mention. There are lots of handy flash tools on this site, but these two are my favourites. Countdown Timer This is a cute little tool that allows you to set the class a time limit for a given task, and then count down the time left with some fun background music. There are 10 tunes included, ranging from a 30 second...

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Coke and Mentos
Jun26

Coke and Mentos

Following on from this post; I have two videos to share with you. Today we tried the Diet Coke and Mentos experiments. The first was streamed direct onto the internet using Qik.com The second was put together in Windows Movie Maker using clips from my camcorder Diet coke and mentos from Danny Nicholson on Vimeo....

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Flip Video
Jun24

Flip Video

I’ve been hearing about the Flip video from teachers across the pond via Twitter for a few weeks or so. They’re now available in the UK. The flip video is a small handheld camcorder with 2GB of on-board memory. It can take up to 60 minutes of video in 640×480 resolution. The best bit is that it has a “flip out” USB connector so it can plug straight into a USB slot on your computer. Ideal for using with...

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MirandaMod Unconference
Jun23

MirandaMod Unconference

Just plugging this for @Digitalmaverick on Twitter The MirandaMod UnConference takes place on 10th July at the Institute of Education, London. More info here. MirandaMod is an informal, loosely structured unconference of like-minded educators to share ideas about the use of technology to inspire others. This will be the first of what we hope will become a regular feature in the MirandaNet calendar. It is likely that MirandMod will...

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The SMART Teacher Content Challenge
Jun20

The SMART Teacher Content Challenge

Just to make you aware, if you’re not already, of a great competition from Smart: Show off your lesson development skills with the SMART Teacher Content Challenge. Take the opportunity before July 31, 2008, to send us an innovative and effective lesson that incorporates digital content – you could win a seven-day trip for two or a school subscription to the SMART Learning Marketplace. And SMART makes entering the challenge easy....

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Electricity and Circuits Ks2
Jun19

Electricity and Circuits Ks2

Here are some handy links for teaching Primary Electricity on an IWB This is something I haven’t seen before. Looks quite fun The Blobz Guide to Circuits I used to use a great piece of free software called Crocodile Elementary, from Crocodile Clips. It seemed to have gone but I think I’ve found it again. It’s been rebranded as Yenka Basic Circuits, and you can download it from the Yenka website here. From the BBC:...

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TV on your Whiteboard
Jun18

TV on your Whiteboard

There are different ways to get multimedia content onto your IWB. Youtube is pretty good, but it can be something of a lottery. Buying professional CD’s and DVD’s is another option. One other way that has interested me for a while, is turning your computer into a Television. This is becoming easier and easier. A few years back I bought a plug in device that was the size of a paperback book. It was quite awkward to use and...

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Whiteboard Day
Jun16

Whiteboard Day

I’m doing a Whiteboard in Science training day tomorrow, so here’s a quick post to use partly as a brain dump and partly so I can point the trainees towards to cover some of things that I will be mentioning during the day. Firstly – a summary of useful links from the last day can be found here: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2008/03/whiteboard-training-day-links.html My Science IWB Files http://think-bank.com/iwb/...

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Diet Coke and Mentos
Jun13

Diet Coke and Mentos

Not a totally whiteboard related post, but in a few weeks time I am going to be trying out the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment with my group of Primary Teachers. We’ve talked about it quite a bit over the year, but haven’t actually tried it out yet. I was looking into release mechanisms to allow me to set off the reaction from a safe distance. I saw some good ideas at the ASE conference in Jan. One thing that you can buy...

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TeacherLED
Jun11

TeacherLED

Here’s a nice site for teachers with lots of Flash resources to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. They are produced by a classroom teacher, and focus mainly on Primary Maths resources at present. It’s well worth a visit. The address is http://www.teacherled.com/...

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Promethean Roadshows
Jun11

Promethean Roadshows

Promethean users may be interested to know about the forthcoming Promethean “Love Your Whiteboard” Roadshows that are taking place over the next few months. A Love Your Whiteboard Roadshow is primarily focussed around one objective; to give you the ideas and confidence to make better use of your whiteboard, regardless of manufacturer. Here’s a short list on the type of things that you will hear about at a Love Your...

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