A Wow a Day With The Hubble Advent Calendar
Nov30

A Wow a Day With The Hubble Advent Calendar

I’m not sure if The Big Picture will be doing a similar calendar tomorrow, but as we rapidly approach December, what could be better than reusing their amazing set of images from last year. There are 25 jaw-dropping photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. Put a different one up on your IWB every day to provide a little Wow factor as the students come into the room. I never tire of staring at some of these images,...

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Creaza – cartoon, audio, video, mindmap creator
Nov27

Creaza – cartoon, audio, video, mindmap creator

Creaza is a free online suite of applications that lets you create online cartoons, edit movies, edit audio and create mindmaps.It’s not fre for the full version, but you can try it out and do quite a bit with the free demo version. You use the toolbox along with various themes such as historical periods, fairy-tales, fantasy worlds. This would make a great digital storytelling resource for literacy, but also for history or...

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3 Quick Science Resources
Nov25

3 Quick Science Resources

A quick blog post to highlight three great resources that you could use to support your Science teaching. 1. The first is a very cool model of the Solar system that fits the entire Solar System onto one, very wide, webpage. Scroll from the Sun all the way to Pluto. The planets are shown to scale in terms of both size and distance from the Sun, unlike most models where the distances are squashed to fit the whole diagram onto the...

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How to embed a YouTube video into Smart Notebook
Nov16

How to embed a YouTube video into Smart Notebook

I’ve just written a quick guide on how to download and embed a YouTube video into Smart Notebook. Thought I’d share here 🙂 How to Insert a YouTube Video Into Smart Notebook...

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Remake the Stars – Art and Second Life
Nov16

Remake the Stars – Art and Second Life

This video was shown at the Essex ICT conference I attended last week. I think it’s a very powerful example of how modern technology can give you a different perspective on things. What better way to understand a piece of artwork than to jump right into it. It’s called Watch The World by an artist who’s Second Life name is Robbie Dingo. In it he shows how he recreated Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”...

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Creative Commons Audio for your IWB
Nov09

Creative Commons Audio for your IWB

The internet is awash with websites that provide music and sound effects, but quite often using them in your own projects would breach copyright rules. Luckily there are many sites that now provide audio files under a creative commons licence. You can use these freely, as long as you attribute the original source. Sometimes you can even licence them to use commercially if you wish. One of my favourites for sound effects to use in...

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Scribblar – a shared whiteboard space
Nov05

Scribblar – a shared whiteboard space

Scribblar is a another in a growing line of online collaborative space such as Etherpad, Wallwisher and is probably most like Dabbleboard in the way it works. And like my favourite sites, it’s free to use. Using Scribblar, users can collaborate on their own online whiteboard or “room” – featuring many of the tools familiar to users of Smart or Promethean boards – lines, text, shapes etc. You can upload...

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IWBs and Raising Attainment
Nov04

IWBs and Raising Attainment

Robert Marzano has just published an article in Educational Leadership that is worth a look. It’s based on the research project he carried out for Promethean which was published earlier this year (which I covered on the Blog here) His research found that in general the use of an interactive whiteboard did produce a rise in student attanment. He found that there were three features of the IWB that had a statistically significant...

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Smart Board Goodies
Nov03

Smart Board Goodies

Just wanted to draw your attention to a new blog I’ve discovered called Smart Board Goodies. Run by Amber Coggin, an Elementary teacher in Alabama, the blog has some great links on there to resources that can be used on any brand of IWB, not just Smartboards. I’d recommend you add it to your bookmarks and check it regularly. Go take a look now. And don’t forget to check out the websites in my sidebar; both the...

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A sense of scale
Nov03

A sense of scale

This is an excellent resource for teaching Scale that was shared on Twitter by Graham Linehan last week. This Cell Size and Scale interactive from the Genetic Science Learning Centre, University of Utah, takes you from a coffee bean down to a carbon atom. Drahg the slider across the screen to zoom in and out and view cells, organlles, paramecium, viruses and molecules, ending with a carbon atom. It’s a brilliant, clear way to...

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Whiteboard Debate Online
Nov01

Whiteboard Debate Online

As I mentioned last week, I recently took part in a discussion with some eminent users of technology in education hosted and chaired by Chris Betcher. It was a truly international affair, with a few representatives from Australia, myself from the UK and James Hollis representing the USA 🙂 Chris has now uploaded the podcast to the Virtual Staffroom website here so you can have a listen. Hope you find it useful. I want to discuss a few...

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