Cassiopeia – HD Science Videos
Jan31

Cassiopeia – HD Science Videos

Another example of how useful Twitter can be for keeping abreast of new websites. Theo Kuechel sent me a link to a new video website called The Cassiopeia Project. The Cassiopeia Project is an attempt to produce and distribute high-definition science videos on a range of science topics. They seem more suited for KS4 or A Level teaching. It’s a privately funded project and the videos are available completely free of charge for...

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The Big Picture
Jan30

The Big Picture

One of the nice things about using an interactive whiteboard is that it gives you the chance to use high-quality images. The fact that you can project digital images is much better than having to use overhead projectors and acetates, and much easier to use than a slide projector. You can make an impressive start to a lesson by having a dramatic or inspiring image up on the screen as the students come into the room. The image may be...

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Senteo 2 video tutorials
Jan30

Senteo 2 video tutorials

If you use the Smart Senteo voting kits then you may already know about the brand new version of the Senteo 2 software. If not, you can download it for free here. When I installed it I had a few issues. I think this was because I tried to install it over the top of the old Senteo and Smart Notbook install. I found I had to completely uninstall Smart 10 and Senteo v1, and then install Senteo v2 and it all worked fine. That may not be...

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Wristband Competiton Winners
Jan24

Wristband Competiton Winners

OK All. I’ve picked the winners for the Smart USB Wristbands. Thanks to all the entrants. Congrats to; @Craff2008, @Tasteach and @TeacherNZ on Twitterand Mrs McGrew, Helen and Medical Interpreter in my comments. Well done guys! I’ve messaged those on Twitter and left comments on the blogs of the commenters to send me an email at danny@think-bank.com with your name and address so I can get the USB drives in the post....

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BETT 09 Roundup
Jan23

BETT 09 Roundup

Here’s a quick round up for some of the things that caught my eye at this years BETT exhibition. For interactive whiteboards, the big two; Smart and Promethean were there, as well as some new kids on the block. The big news for Promethean whiteboard users is the launch of the new ActivSoftware Inspire edition. This is going to replace ActivPrimary and ActivStudio with a single product which will hopefully be less confusing. The...

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Tilt Shift Maker
Jan19

Tilt Shift Maker

Tilt shifting is a way of processing a photograph so that it appears to be a model instead of the real thing. I’ve always been amazed by the fact that just adding a blur to parts of the photograph changes the whole way the brain processes the image and makes you think you are looking at a model. Previously, if you’ve wanted to make a tilt-shift image, you had to play around with blurs and masks or filters in Photoshop. But...

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Bett Day 2 Photos
Jan17

Bett Day 2 Photos

Here are some of my photos from my second day at BETT. I had a little bit more time to go around the show and see some of the things I’d only glanced at briefly the day before. Tanya shows off version 2 of Smart’s Senteo software with much better reporting built in. You can download v2 right now from Smart’s website. 2DIY – a great new piece of software from 2Simple. Aimed at KS1 you can get them to create and...

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Win a memory stick
Jan17

Win a memory stick

Those lovely people on the Smart stand at BETT very kindly gave me 6 of their 2GB memory stick wristbands to give away on my blog. The sticks are loaded up with Smart Notebook Student Edition, which runs directly from the wristband, so you don’t need to install anything. If you wish you could remove this and just use it as a regular memory stick that just fits round your wrist. I am going to give 3 of these away on Twitter, and...

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Bomomo
Jan16

Bomomo

I’m always a fan of online paint packages, especially when they try to be a little different than the standard painting tools. Bomomo is an interesting way of making abstract pictures. The various tools use moving pens that follow roughly where you are clicking, but which move around that point in different ways, and with changing colours. That’s a really bad way of describing it, but have a play and you’ll get the...

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Microsoft Surface Demo
Jan15

Microsoft Surface Demo

Here’s a short video showing some of what Microsoft Surface can do....

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BETT Day 1 Photos
Jan15

BETT Day 1 Photos

Just back from my first day at BETT. This was a short run around the exhibition to get a feel for what’s there. I’m going back tomorrow to take a more detailed look at everything and also to attend TeachMeet. Here are some photos of a few things that caught my eye. Smart were showing off their Smart Table. Nice for small group work And Microsoft were showing off Surface, a similar piece of kit. ActivSoftware Inspire...

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Jeopardy
Jan15

Jeopardy

A quick post about a free resource that will be of interest to anyone who likes to use quizzes as lesson starters or as a plenary. Stu’s Double Jeopardy is a free piece of software that will run on any computer and can be used with any IWB or even just with a projector. It allows you to build your own versions of the Jeopardy game show based on your own subject to use with your class. The game allows you to customise all the...

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