Online Spaces and Codes of Conduct
May26

Online Spaces and Codes of Conduct

Following on from my blog post about the teacher who got in trouble for twittering, I’ve had a little bit of time to think about some of the implications of this. I was also given this link to the same story as reported in the Daily Telegraph which makes things sound a little worse. My first response is that this story would never have hit the media were it not for the mention of Twitter, which seems to be the tech buzzword of...

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Year 6 Literacy Ideas
May26

Year 6 Literacy Ideas

I was emailed over the weekend by a year 6 teacher who wanted some ideas for using ICT with his class, and in particular for literacy. I set up an Etherpad to collate ideas and threw the question out to my network of Twitter friends. I invited them to visit the Etherpad and add their thoughts. You can see the Etherpad here, and if you wish you can add your ideas. Thanks to @kvnmcl, @joysimpson, @LynnShellard, @AllanahK @pam_thompson,...

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Twittering Teacher in Trouble
May23

Twittering Teacher in Trouble

I was half way through delivering a course on how to use Web 2.0 in the classroom when I saw a headline on the BBC news website that stopped me in my tracks for a second: Probe into Teacher Twitter Posts. I was gobsmacked when I read it. Now I will agree that a teacher does need to realise that their twitter feed can be read by more than just their close group of friends (unless you protect your updates I guess) and so as such...

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Hubble and Shuttle Images
May20

Hubble and Shuttle Images

Here’s a couple of quick links to put a little awe and wonder onto your Interactive Whiteboard (or just your computer screen in general) As a space geek I am always a sucker for the images that the Hubble Space Telescope takes of deep space. They are absolutely awesome. And with the current Space Shuttle mission to upgrade Hubble taking place, this is a great time to bring a little newsworth science into the classroom. One of my...

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Easi-Speak Sound Recorders
May18

Easi-Speak Sound Recorders

Here is an excellent gadget to use for recording student voices without having to be tied to the laptop or PC. The Easi Speak USB mic is a handheld microphone that lets you record directly onto the device, a bit like a dictaphone. They are very portable and would be ideal for taking on school trips. You can play the recorded files back directly from the microphone (it has a small speaker built in, or you can use the headphone socket)...

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Four Interesting Things
May16

Four Interesting Things

Lino Lino is another online notice board application that lets you put a number of sticky post-its and to-do lists onto a virtual pin board. Boards can be public or private and you can use it to share files, photos and videos too! Use it as a class notice board on your IWB. Or for lesson objectives or to collate resources / images. Shutterborg Shutterborg is an online word processor that lets you edit documents via your browser...

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Notebook tips
May15

Notebook tips

A quick post to flag up two blog posts on Jen Deyenberg’s blog that gives some tips for using your Smartboard. Both are worth a look – Being able to change the default fonts is definitely a useful thing to know. 5 Cool Tricks on the Smartboard 5 More Smart Notebook Tips and Tricks Thanks for sharing these Jen!...

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Smart Response Update
May15

Smart Response Update

Just a quick heads up. Due to problems with the Smart Response update patch, Smart have taken down the download page until they can fix the issues in versioning and languages.  The versioning is specific to any file created in 9.7, saved in NB SP1 and then opened in SP2.  The language issue makes NB perform inconsistently when used with an OS in another language. From the Exchange forum here: We’ve had to pull the Notebook...

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Stupeflix – Easy Video Slideshows
May09

Stupeflix – Easy Video Slideshows

Stupeflix is a new site that lets you turn images into video slideshows in the same way that Animoto does. It’s currently in Beta and while you can create videos for free it looks like there may be a charge in future. You can add images by copying and pasting the image URLs froma site such as Flickr, or by uploading images. You can’t (at present) pull images in from a Flickr photoset in the same way as Animoto can....

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Energy Lesson Starters
May08

Energy Lesson Starters

I’ve added a new file to the Science Files section of the Think Bank website that may be of interest to Science teachers. The file contains several different activities that could be used for lesson starters for lessons on Energy changes and types of Energy. It includes images to start discussions, build your own energy chains as well as a couple of anagram games. The files are Promethean Activ Inspire and Smart Notebook 10...

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Pictaps
May08

Pictaps

Thanks to Mark at Promethean for linking this great site on Twitter. It’s an interesting introduction to animation. Basically you can create your own little character and watch him/her dance. To make your own, click on the Paint icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. You are then taken to a painting screen where you can freehand draw, or use shapes, to create a character within the outline of a person. You can then watch...

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Whiteboard Web Closed
May07

Whiteboard Web Closed

If you’ve tried to visit the Whiteboard Web, and ended up here it’s because I have taken the decision to close the forum down for the time being. Partly because there had been no new posts for a very long time, and partly because I made some updates to the phpBB code a few weeks back and broke it. And then made things worse when trying to fix it 😉 Sorry…. I haven’t yet decided what I am going to do with the...

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