Quick IWB tip – The Zip File Trick
Jul31

Quick IWB tip – The Zip File Trick

Here’s a quick tip that I was reminded of after a question on Twitter today. Let’s say you have a Smart Notebook file or Promethean flipchart which has lots of images in it, and maybe even some embedded flash files. How do you get those resources out to use elsewhere? Well, if you select the file in your regular file management window you should be able to rename it. Change the bit after the dot of the filename that says...

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Whiteboard Challenge 1
Jul31

Whiteboard Challenge 1

Jess McCulloch asked me to develop some whiteboard challenges for project she is working on. The whole challenge site will be launching on August 11th – so if you want to take part visit the Whiteboard Challenge Wiki and see what you need to do. This is the first of my Whiteboard Challenges. The infinite cloner is a Smartboard feature, but you can clone objects in Promethean software, or stack a pile of shapes over each other....

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Smartboard Video – Lesson Toolkit
Jul31

Smartboard Video – Lesson Toolkit

Yesterday was my last day of training for the Summer. I’m off until September 1st. I’ll still be doing stuff for the blog and suchlike through much of August. The last thing I needed to do this term was to film a session with myself and a Smartboard for my Smart Notebook 10 accreditation. A local school let me set up my camcorder and a colleague and myself filmed the necessary footage for Smart. While I was there, I filmed...

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Periodic Table of Videos
Jul20

Periodic Table of Videos

A quick post to share another interesting site for Chemistry I picked up from a discussion on the TES forums. The Periodic Table of Videos has been produced by Nottingham University Chemistry Department. There’s a nice 3/4 minute video clip about each element. Some show reactions, others just talk about the elements. From looking at some of the videos I would guess the most suitable age range for this would be A-level chemists,...

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Copyright
Jul17

Copyright

I’ve been spending the last few weeks working on some resources for the new Diploma in ICT, specifically the Multimedia unit. It’s been taking up most of my non-training time, hence I’ve been neglecting the blog a little… This week I’ve been looking into some of the copyright laws, because we want students to be aware of that when looking for digital resources for their project. I’ve been writing...

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Crickweb
Jul14

Crickweb

Here’s a great site that all primary/elementary teachers who use interactive whiteboards should have bookmarked. A former colleague of mine, Dan Bunker, has produced a fantastic library of Flash resources for many curriculum subjects plus some generic fun Flash games. There’s over 160 resources on the site available to use. There are also 16 Promethean flipchart files that ActivPrimary users can download and use on their...

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Wicked Decent Learning
Jul10

Wicked Decent Learning

Just trawling my pingbacks via Technorati, and I noticed a link from a podcast site in the US called Wicked Decent Learning. Turns out they’d reviewed my blog as part of a section on Whiteboard websites. They seemed to like it – which was good. Thanks for the good review guys! If you want to hear the podcast, pop over to this page, and download it from there. It sounds like a decent podcast for teachers, whatever your...

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A few of my favourite things
Jul10

A few of my favourite things

Just jotting down my ideas for the mirandamod conference tonight. I plan on showing a few of my favourite tools, and probably the Flip video and USB tuner. I don’t think I’ll fit it all into five minutes, but I’m going to list the sites I’d like to show below. One so I can find them later, and two for the benefit of anyone who’s reading this after the conference. I have also tagged them as Mirandanet on...

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Digital Natives
Jul10

Digital Natives

Very quick post to point you in the direction of an interesting article in yesterdays Times: How the Google generation thinks differently Off up to London today to attend the Mirandamod Unconference. Hope to see some of you there, and if not, keep up via Twitter or Flashmeeting. update: maybe found here too http://www.mogulus.com/mirandanet...

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Class Projects on the Internet
Jul09

Class Projects on the Internet

Here’s a little bit of history. I found this while trawling through my hard drive. Back in 1995, when I was a young green teacher, I was just starting out with creating simple web pages in Notepad. The World Wide Web was really in its infancy, and not many schools had their own websites yet. I wanted a new angle on the “make a class folder” style project – so I decided I’d get kids to make a set of web...

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Historic Tales – Make your own Bayeux Tapestry
Jul08

Historic Tales – Make your own Bayeux Tapestry

Here’s a comic creating site with a difference. The Historic Tale Construction Kit lets you build your own scenes using characters from the famous Bayeux Tapestry. You can submit them to a gallery, email them to a friend or take a screenshot to put them into Word or whiteboard software. Create several scenes to make a story either based in fact, or tell your own tale. Maybe this time Harold ducks at the right time…....

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Senteo Software Update
Jul08

Senteo Software Update

Senteo users might like to know that Service Pack 4 has been released by Smart which fixes a few issues with Senteo and Smart Notebook. It’s a large file since it also includes Smart Notebook (rather than a patch) To quote Michael on the Smart Exchange forum: Senteo SP4 includes fixes for Notebook 10 that are needed to address problems in the way Notebook 10 interoperates with Senteo. 3 important things to note with this new...

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