Creative Commons Image Sources for your IWB
Oct28

Creative Commons Image Sources for your IWB

You can’t beat a powerful image to add punch to your lesson. Whether you want something to put up to draw questions from the class or just to add extra emphasis to a presentation. I’ve written about this before – and linked to a few good sources of images such as The Big Picture. To help find creative commons images, there are several tools now which will let you search Flickr for CC images. My Favourite is FlickrCC...

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The Great IWB Debate
Oct22

The Great IWB Debate

Just a quick plug for something Chris Betcher is trying to do.  He runs a podcast called The Virtual Staffroom, and on that podcast he is trying to get a debate about the use of whiteboards called The Great IWB Debate. You can read more about the debate over on the IWB Revolution Ning – and also offer your thoughts and experiences of the use of IWBs in the classroom. if you’d be interested in signing up for the debate...

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Wokingham Training Day
Oct22

Wokingham Training Day

Had an excellent days training yesterday at the ICT Training Centre for Wokingham LA. The aim of the day was to look at “emerging technology in the classroom” and although the main thrust was going to be blogs, podcasts and wikis, we actually covered a wide range of sites and resources. Two of the sites that proved a real hit were wallwisher and etherpad. Both could be used as back-channels to any lesson or staff...

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Two new digital storytelling tools
Oct15

Two new digital storytelling tools

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been all over the place this last few weeks… But here’s two digital storytelling tools that you might enjoy, thanks to my amazing Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter. First, thanks to @NikPeachey for the link to this great comic book creator based on the characters and scenes in Spore. It works similar to Comic Life, and lets you choose characters and vehicles etc and...

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Smart Notebook Express
Oct07

Smart Notebook Express

A quick heads-up. Smart have put the beta version of their Smart Notebook Express up onto the internet for people to try out. The idea (I think) is to have a simple online way of accessing Smart Notebook files via your browser with no need to install anything on your computer. You only get simple access – you can view, move and draw onto pre-made smart files. But it would be a very useful tool for teachers who have downloaded...

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Stripping the audio from a YouTube video
Oct06

Stripping the audio from a YouTube video

Had a request at the weekend from a ex-student of mine for some help on how she could get the audio from a YouTube video and put it onto CD. I thought it might be useful to share the procedure I tried. It seemed to be pretty straightforward (ish) Here is the original file on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=EWrmTQPuCdI The first thing I did was to alter the URL of the YouTube Page. I removed the www. from the URL and entered...

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A guide to voting with Promethean ActivExpression
Oct04

A guide to voting with Promethean ActivExpression

I’ve written a new guide for the ActivExpression voting kit produced by Promethean. It’s based on the help files that you can find within ActivInspire, but I’ve added some additional bits and pieces. I’m delivering a short session on this at a college next week, so thought some handouts would be useful. The guide is hosted on Scribd here. Voting with ActivExpression I hope you find it useful! If you are...

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