Swine Flu Resources
Apr28

Swine Flu Resources

I’m grateful to Tre Greer on Twitter for bringing to my attention this interesting resource for teaching about flu epidemics from the Centre of the Cell in London. With Swine Flu / Hamthrax / Parmageddon in the news right now, it’s quite timely. Although based on Bird Flu it is very relevant to the current stories in the news about Swine Flu which is causing concern. While the stories are a little worrying, the media are...

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Smart Table Trials
Apr27

Smart Table Trials

I’ve blogged before about the Smart Table – this is a multitouch table produced by Smart that moves away from the interactive whiteboard at the front of the class. If you are interested in learning more about them, Tom Barrett has been given one by Steljes to trial with his class. He has been blogging about his initial observations, and will beĀ  blogging more as his class puts the table through its paces. You can see two...

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Marzano IWB research published
Apr22

Marzano IWB research published

Promethean have now made available a report by education researchers Robert Marzano and Mark Haystead entitled “Evaluation Study of the Effects of Promethean ActivClassroom on Student Achievement,” The study examined whether Promethean’s ActivClassroom had an impact at different grade levels and across different academic content areas in schools around the US. The research found that integrating Promethean’s...

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Magic Fill Reveal
Apr17

Magic Fill Reveal

A quick post to point Smartboard users towards a neat little trick with the fill tool and shapes. The Teqsmart people have some other great resource on their site, so check it out once you’ve watched it. View the original here. Also check out their page of Smart Notebook files and gallery items here....

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Smart Lesson Toolkit 2.0
Apr16

Smart Lesson Toolkit 2.0

Smart have just made available version 2.0 of their excellent Lesson Activity Tookit for Notebook 10. The Lesson Activity Toolkit contains templates for several activities that you can use to keep your students involved and make learning fun. There are over a dozen types of customizable activities including: anagram, category sort, image match, keyword match, multiple choice, pairs, tiles and word guess. You can read a pdf file about...

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Vocaroo
Apr13

Vocaroo

If you want to try your hand at podcasting, but don’t want to be fiddling about with sound editors or suchlike, then take a look at Vocaroo. Basically Vocaroo is a website which will let you record a sound file, and then share that file with anyone who wants to listen to it. You can share the link via email, put the link on your blog, embed a simple player into your blog, or download the sound as a .wav file to your computer....

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Pixlr
Apr13

Pixlr

A very quick post to make you aware of yet another excellent online painting package. It’s called Pixlr and you can play with it here: http://pixlr.com/ No need to say a lot about it. Just go and have a play for yourself!...

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Four Links
Apr07

Four Links

Four quick links to share, rather than blitz 4 new posts. 1. Hunkins Experiments: Loads of ideas for Science experiments you can do in the home or in the classroom. Good for inspiration. Worth a look. 2. Wonder Boards – IWB’s in action: A summary of several of the main IWB’s on the market. Mainly a case study of each board being used in a different school rather than weighing up the pros and cons of each system, but...

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Sketchcast is back
Apr07

Sketchcast is back

Sketchcast was a brilliant website that let you draw onto a webpage and record everything you did as a flash movie file. You could even record audio to go alongside your drawing if you wanted to.The file you produced could then be embedded into your blog or wiki page and shared with the world. Sadly, the website vanished without a trace last year, which was a shame. Happily, it looks like Sketchcast is back up and running....

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Etherpad
Apr06

Etherpad

Etherpad is a very interesting new collaborative writing tool. It allows you to instantly create a shared writing space which you can edit in real time alongside up to 8 other people. To get started – go to the Etherpad website and click on the Create New Pad button. It will generate you a writing pad with a unique URL. All you need to do then is pass that URL to others. You could do this via email – or via Twitter or...

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YouTube Edu
Apr04

YouTube Edu

YouTube has now launched a new section of its famous video sharing website that organizes the video channels of more than 100 colleges and universities. It’s called YouTube Edu. The idea is to flag up the educational videos to make them easier to find. It’s a little similar (and I would guess shares very similar content) to Apple’s iTunesU section of the iTunes Store. YouTube Edu lets viewers sort clips by school or...

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Planet Orbits
Apr04

Planet Orbits

Here’s a link to a cool website that lets you view how the planets in the Solar System move around the Sun : http://www.gunn.co.nz/astrotour/ You can run it automatically, and change the speed. or pause it and step through slowly. You can choose to view the whole thing with the sun at the centre, or to follow a particular planet around. The controls at the side let you zoom in so you can see a few planets more closely. You can...

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