Using a Visualiser
Mar31

Using a Visualiser

I ran a training day last week for a college where we looked at Visualisers (sometimes called Document Cameras). Through the day we tried out some different things that you could do and I took some screen grabs. I have put the screengrabs, and a few photographs from the day into a short presentation. Hopefully it will help to illustrate some of the ways that you could use your Visualiser in conjunction with your interactive...

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Whiteboard Thinking Skills
Mar31

Whiteboard Thinking Skills

Thanks to Anthony Evans for sending me this link to a great thinking skills video on Teachers TV. It’s a series of six short video clips for use on interactive whiteboards, designed to enhance thinking skills and promote creativity amongst Key Stage 2 pupils. The clips vary in style and mood, and aim to stimulate imaginations and generate discussion. The accompanying resources suggest classroom activities which can be used...

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Science Clipart
Mar24

Science Clipart

Jane Whitney is a medical and scientific illustrator who contacted me recently for advice on producing images for the SmartBoard. She’s been developing an image bank of Science clip art for use on your interactive whiteboard (not just the Smart Board). Most images are in jpg format so can be copied and pasted into your IWB software. Others are in SWF format so you can capture using your desktop capture tools. Jane has given...

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Visualisers
Mar24

Visualisers

In advance of a training day I am doing on Friday about Visualisers, I’m putting this short post together to collect together some useful resources to direct teachers towards. A visualiser, (sometimes called a Document Camera) at its simplest, is a video camera mounted on a stand that connects to a data projector. You can then place objects below the camera and project the image onto your interactive whiteboard. You can pretty...

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ActivInspire Training Manual
Mar20

ActivInspire Training Manual

A very short post as it’s Friday evening, but I wanted to give a quick plug for a very useful ActivInspire training manual I’ve just discovered on the Technowellies Blog. You can read the ActivInspire manual here. On the same blog, also check out the guides for Effective IWB use, very handy documents....

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Google Street View
Mar20

Google Street View

I’m loving Google Street View. I’ve been playing with it with for other countries for a while now, but they’ve only just released images from the UK. I must admit, I’d only ever played with it in Google Earth, I hadn’t used the Google Maps version of it. When you are using google maps you should see an icon of a little orange man just above the zoom in and out controls. If you drag that man onto the map...

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Wiki Guide
Mar18

Wiki Guide

I’m delivering a Blogs/Wikis/Podcast day in Edinburgh tomorrow. I’ve previously shared my guide to making a WordPress Blog. Here’s my new guide to setting up a Wiki on Wikispaces...

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Sudoku Starters
Mar16

Sudoku Starters

The Sudoku puzzle has been around for a while now, so I shouldn’t have to explain how to do them. If you want a quick activity to use as a mental warmup then a Sudoku puzzle could be just the thing. One way to use them on your IWB would be to use the desktop annotation feature to write numbers directly over the top of an online Sudoku puzzle. Alternatively, use the desktop capture tool to take a screengrab of the Sudoku puzzle...

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Gone Skiing
Mar06

Gone Skiing

Off to the Italian Alps for a weeks’ vacation. So it’s time for pasta, pizza, red wine, mulled wine and hot chocolate. And maybe a little skiing too. You might just catch me on the webcams 🙂 See you in a week....

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ActivInspire Desktop Tools
Mar04

ActivInspire Desktop Tools

One of the things you might find confusing when switching from older versions of ActivStudio to ActivInspire is how you interact with the desktop and make screen captures. If you switch to the desktop by using the Desktop Tools icon, you get a nice little floating toolbar that gives you easy access to tools such as the Camera tool that you can use to make screen grabs from any application you have open on the desktop, and bring that...

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ActivInspire for all IWB Users?
Mar04

ActivInspire for all IWB Users?

I’ve been thinking over the last few days about the implications of the ActivInspire launch for users of other boards. And I think it’s pretty big news for everyone who uses an interactive whiteboard. The launch of the Personal Edition of ActivInspire is quite a major thing and is an interesting development by Promethean to open up their resource library to everyone, something I’ve always felt that they wanted to...

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Edheads and KScience
Mar04

Edheads and KScience

Here’s two more websites that will be of interest to Science teachers. KScience has nearly 80 different Flash animations that can be used to support different aspects of your science teaching. Most are quite simple animations that range from simple demonstrations of a Synapse to quick labelling tasks. There are also a few general resources such as timers and interactive graph paper. You can play these activities online –...

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