13 sites for MFL teaching with your Interactive Whiteboard
Jul29

13 sites for MFL teaching with your Interactive Whiteboard

Foreign languages, I am ashamed to say, are not one of my strong points. I did scrape B’s at GCSE in French and German, but I am not very good. I can order a beer in most languages though. I was asked recently if I could run a Smartboard training day in France, in French which my wife thought was most amusing. I didn’t take up the offer, “Voici le tableu blanc” is about as much as I could muster. And I...

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Storynory and Smartboard / Promethean resources
Jul27

Storynory and Smartboard / Promethean resources

Storynory is an online treasure trove of audio stories. The site contains a mixture of new stories, fairy tales, and specially adapted myths and histories. They have published an audio story every week since November 2005 which are free to download and use. The stories are read by Natasha Gostwick and her clear story-telling voice has won a place in the hearts of children and adults all over the world. The amazing artwork is produced...

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Smartboard updates – Gallery Collections and Notebook Search
Jul27

Smartboard updates – Gallery Collections and Notebook Search

Here are two new updates to the Smart website that teachers will find very useful. Smart Gallery Collections The new SMART Gallery collections is now live. These are themed compilations of copyright cleared objects which you can download and add to your Smart Notebook gallery. You can see the list of resources here. Finding Smart Notebook Resources If you are looking for Smart Notebook files produced by teachers around the world,...

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Science Songs from They Might be Giants
Jul27

Science Songs from They Might be Giants

I’ve always been a fan of using songs to introduce science concepts, and there’s tonnes of possibilities to choose from. From proper “commercial” songs to stuff like Simple Science Videos. Two I liked to use include They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul (electricity/energy) and Particle Man. Well, it turns out that They Might Be Giants are releasing a new CD / DVD of Science songs and videos...

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11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard
Jul24

11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard

I’ve been asked several times recently on Twitter to recommend ideas for Music lessons that involve the interactive whiteboard. So here are 10 free resources, and one excellent paid-for resource, that will help you make music on your interactive whiteboard. More can be found on my delicious list. MoodStream Moodstream is a really interesting tool. It combines images (from Getty Images) and audio tracks to suit your mood. Would...

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20 Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers
Jul19

20 Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers

Interactive whiteboards are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. These tools are also cost effective. The Internet has tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students. Here is a list of 20 interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning: General Resources TeacherLED – TeacherLED is a site dedicated to making the use of Interactive Whiteboards...

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Smartboard Training @ The Gherkin
Jul18

Smartboard Training @ The Gherkin

I mainly deliver Smartboard training in schools and colleges, but from time to time I do get asked to do corporate training for companies who have bought one for their meeting room and want to be shown how to use it. It’s a shame that I only show them a fraction of the things they can do, since they are usually only interested in making notes on it and saving/sharing it. As you can imagine they do not have much call for...

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Apollo Plus 40
Jul16

Apollo Plus 40

It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo landings and there’s a lot of good stuff on the web as we hit the actual anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 (in about 30 mins time in fact) WeChoosetheMoon is an excellent recreation of the mission in real-time. With audio and video links to experience the launch as it happened. You can also follow Apolloplus40 for live tweets (well, as-live) and also follow @AP11_CAPCOM,...

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BBC Goes Bang – Ideas for Science Teachers
Jul08

BBC Goes Bang – Ideas for Science Teachers

Science teachers take note. Next week, BBC One launches Bang Goes The Theory, a brand new series with a hands-on approach to science. Presenters Jem Stansfield, Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell and Dr Yan Wong will pool their knowledge and curiosity to challenge the scientific principles that shape our world. It will include a series of experiments, one of which will see one of the show’s presenters, Dr Yan, being dramatically...

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Smart Board Games from PBS
Jul08

Smart Board Games from PBS

Here is a collection of interactive SMART Board games for educators from PBS KIDS. This is a collection of different Flash games to explore the curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why and Arthur. Although the site says it’s for Smartboards, it will work fine on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard. The site offers games for Language Arts, Maths, Social Science and a painting game for Art. It’s...

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Interactive Primary Games for all Subjects
Jul07

Interactive Primary Games for all Subjects

Here’s a new site that you might be interested in if you are looking for games to play on your interactive whiteboard: Primary Games Arena While I’m a little uncomfortable about a site repacking other people’s material on their own site, you can’t doubt there’s a tonne of useful games to be found here. Personally I think that linking to someone elses resource in this way is depriving the original sites of...

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Fun Primary Lesson Plans and Ideas
Jul07

Fun Primary Lesson Plans and Ideas

Here’s a fantastic set of ideas for teaching Science with fun, engaging practical lessons. These resources are designed to make primary science teaching fun for everyone, including the teacher! They are easy to download and free to copy for use in the classroom. No special equipment or skills are required for any of the lesson plans or demonstrations. New stuff is added regularly. Some great ideas here for whole lessons and...

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