Sumo Paint
Feb28

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is awesome! I love online painting programs, and this one really impressed me. Some of the paint packages I’ve found and blogged about have been fun, but you always feel like you are just playing with a cut-down web application- Sumo Paint looks and feels like a proper, fully-featured art program like Paint Shop Pro and suchlike. It supports layers, shape tools, different brushes, ink, gradients and clone stamps. It...

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Digital Microscope
Feb28

Digital Microscope

I’ve just bought myself a hand held digital microscope for training days (the one’s I’ve used before are owned by the Scitt I work for) I bought a Veho  from Amazon for about £45. I’m quite pleased with it, although the one annoyance is the software coming on a mini-cd which wont go into my laptop CD drive – I had to copy it onto a large CD before I could install. It has a small stand, for hands-free...

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E.gg Timer
Feb27

E.gg Timer

Now my favourite online timer is still the fab music-playing one over at classtools.net, but I’ve just found a new one that is very cool because of its simple efficiency. It’s called E.gg Timer and it can be set to whatever time you want simply by adding the time to the URL: http://e.ggtimer.com/ So if you want a 30 second timer, go to http://e.ggtimer.com/30 If you want a 2 minute timer go to http://e.ggtimer.com/2minutes...

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Wall of Words
Feb27

Wall of Words

A quick link to a fun activity for sentence construction and punctuation – The Wall of Words. Pupils have to arrange the words into a sentence, and put the correct punctuation at the end. If they are right, builders add it to the wall, and they then get a new sentence. It’s a nice, fun activity that could be used for a starter or plenary, or for some independent study. It’s a shame there’s no fullscreen mode,...

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Primary Maths Games
Feb27

Primary Maths Games

Thanks to Jonathan Lurie on Twitter who sent me some links to a collection of primary maths games hosted by Oswego City School District in New York. These are fantastic to use on the IWB for lesson starters or plenaries. Go here and add it to your bookmark list now! The games are in flash format and range from simple resources such as Class Clocks for telling the time, to fraction painters, number squares and Ghost Blasters. One of my...

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10 tips for the whiteboard
Feb26

10 tips for the whiteboard

A very quick link to a great blog post I found today by checking some of the links back to this blog with the WordPress Stats package. Rob Chambers Blog – ICT across the Curriculum has posted 10 Tips and Tricks to use on the IWB. There are some very useful ideas included there (and a video of a rather dashing chap too!) There’s some other great stuff on the rest of the blog too, although it’s not been updated for a...

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Helix Nebula
Feb26

Helix Nebula

This is such an awesome photo, I just wanted to point you towards it. Certainly would provoke awe and wonder on the IWB. View the full version here. More amazing space images from the ESO website here....

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Make a Monster
Feb25

Make a Monster

Yesterday I decided to dust off my rudimentary Flash skills and have a go at making a new flash resource to use on an interactive whiteboard with younger pupils. I wanted to make something that could be used to stimulate writing or discussion like the Superhero generator etc. So I had a go at a Make a Monster activity. You can view it here. Click on the icons at the bottom of the screen to change the face, eyes, nose and mouth....

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Physics Games
Feb25

Physics Games

I’m delivering an IWB in Science day in London tomorrow and I have been looking around for any new science websites that I might have missed. So I was really pleased to have stumbled upon Physics Games.net this morning. Physics Games.net provides nearly 50 different flash-based games, all collected onto the one site. A few of these games, like Magic Pen and Fantastic Contraption, I have seen before on other sites, but it’s...

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Awen Media
Feb23

Awen Media

Bit of a rush of websites to share today. I stumbled upon this one in a teachers magazine while waiting in the staffroom this afternoon for a training session to start. I think I may have bookmarked it before, but don’t think I’ve blogged about it. Awen Media is a Cardiff-based multimedia publisher specialising in the creation of fun educational interactive programs for children. Awen’s range of software is popular...

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Free Teaching Resources
Feb23

Free Teaching Resources

I’m always a fan of free resources. I always avoid spending money when I can avoid it 😉 So I was pleased to discover Free Teaching Resources this morning. This website could potentially help you save hours of time searching for lesson plans, worksheets, assessment, tutorials, workshops and assemblies. The site covers all curriculum subjects, plus teaching ideas for areas such as literacy, numeracy, sats, gcse revision, gcse...

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Evolution Animation
Feb23

Evolution Animation

Here’s an excellent animation that shows the history of the Earth, and evolution in all it’s glory. I’m a science teacher, so I love stuff like this. It’s produced by John Kyrk and his website is packed with even more great flash animations for teaching GCSE and A Level Biology. Including meiosis and mitosis, cell structure and photosynthesis. Thanks to Clay Burrells blog for the link to this site. And while on...

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