Diet Coke and Mentos 09
Jun28

Diet Coke and Mentos 09

My PGCE Scitt Science Class of 09’s (almost) Organised Display of Diet Coke and Mentos…. The Science Bit can be found here. Comments disabled due to comment spam…...

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Coke Bottle Rocket
Jun28

Coke Bottle Rocket

A simple rocket made from a coke bottle, 1/4 filled with water and powered by a bicycle pump. (Can buy the kit from Hawkins Bazaar for about £12.99 here) Great for talking about Forces. Make sure you do it somewhere where there’s a lot of space 🙂...

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Primary Science Smartboard Files
Jun26

Primary Science Smartboard Files

I demonstrated some of these files with my PGCE students today and they wanted the links, so thought it was worth reposting here. I have a batch of my Smart Notebook files up on my Think Bank website for anyone who wants them to download. These are all Primary files, but you can also get plenty of Secondary Science files from the Think Bank website too. Best thing to do is to right click and “save target as” since Smart...

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Smartboard Smart Notebook Maths Beta
Jun24

Smartboard Smart Notebook Maths Beta

Smart today announced that their new SMART Notebook Math beta is now available to download. This is a plugin that adds additional capability to your existing Smart Notebook 10 installation. To quote the Smart press release: SMART Notebook Math extends the capabilities of SMART Notebook software with a dynamic set of math-specific tools and features, so when you create and explore lessons on your SMART Board interactive whiteboard, you...

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Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch
Jun23

Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch

One of the benefits of having an Interactive Whiteboard in the classroom (or even just a data projector) is the opportunity to display full colour high quality images instead of grainy acetates or posters. With a powerful image you can really add some “punch” to your lesson. Put images up while students are coming into the room – use them as part of a lesson starter – stimulate questions. What is going on here?...

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Google Squared in the Classroom
Jun22

Google Squared in the Classroom

Google have recently rolled out a new twist on their search engine in their continued bid for world domination – Google Squared. Google Squared takes a category and creates a starter ‘square’ of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web and producing them in spreadsheet format. You can then add additional columns and rows to this grid of information (if more info is available) To...

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Support Sites for Teaching Assistants
Jun22

Support Sites for Teaching Assistants

Today I was delivering some training for Teaching Assistants. We wanted to give them the opportunity to try out some of the resources that are available on the Internet to use with students. I put together a list of sites that we played with during the day. I’ve reproduced the list below. A full list of all these sites (plus others) can be found at: http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/TA Good SEN Resource Sites PlasmaScreen and...

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5 Tips and Tricks for Smart Notebook 10
Jun18

5 Tips and Tricks for Smart Notebook 10

Thanks to Twitter I found this useful video on YouTube  just now: Thanks to Scott Bellow for uploading those to YouTube, see more at EduTecher....

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Thought for the Day
Jun15

Thought for the Day

This quote from Douglas Adams came up during a radio interview with Baroness Greenfield who has been currently wittering on about computers probably rotting our brains, albeit with a complete lack of evidence or research to back up her “chilling warnings”. It’s from “How to stop worrying and learn to love the Internet” I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the...

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Jigsaw Planet
Jun13

Jigsaw Planet

Just a quick link for a Saturday morning. Jigsaw Planet is a handy website that will create a jigsaw game from any photograph you upload to it. Once uploaded the jigsaw can be shared with others via a unique URL. You could link direct to it from your IWB flipchart. Could be useful for lesson starter or plenary activities. Have fun!...

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Science Lesson Activity Generator
Jun12

Science Lesson Activity Generator

I was inspired by John Davitt’s excellent Learning Event Generator and wanted to produce a similar version for Primary Science. Partly because I wanted to create some fun ideas for science and also because I wanted to try to brush up my Flash programming skills (or lack of them) The end result is the beta version of the Primary Science Lesson Activity Generator. This is very much a beta, and I may be tweaking the events that can...

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Triptico – free iwb tools
Jun11

Triptico – free iwb tools

I have written about this site in the past when it was XML Education. The site has a new look, and a new name. It’s now called Triptico and you can find it here: http://www.triptico.co.uk . The site is produced by two teachers over here in the UK, and the resources they have produced so far are really handy. There are nearly 20 cool flash utilities on the site which are free to use. There’s the Word Magnet tool which lets...

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