Collaborative Digital Storytelling with Storybird
Dec23

Collaborative Digital Storytelling with Storybird

I’ve just got back from a Smartboard trainers gathering up in Leeds. It’s always great to get together and share new stuff that we’ve found with everyone else, and learn new things too. Vicki from Shoofly demonstrated Storybird, a website she’d found, and I just had to share it here. Storybird provides a very user-friendly way of combining images and text to tell a story, and then share that story with other...

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Smart Measurement
Dec23

Smart Measurement

Jim Dornberg (@jdornberg) has put together a wiki of links to useful interactive resources for the teaching of measurement. There are some very cool links which would be useful for supporting primary school maths sessions. The links are mainly flash-based, so are not restricted to just Smartboards – you could use these on any brand of interactive whiteboard. Visit the wiki here: http://smartmeasurement.wikispaces.com/...

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Flickr Poet – turn poems into pictures
Dec23

Flickr Poet – turn poems into pictures

Here’s a great little link I got from the PetaPixel photography blog this morning. Flickr Poet is a quick way of turning a poem, sentence or chunk of random text into a sequence of Flickr photographs. FlickrPoet is part of Stories In Flight, an ongoing exploration of storytelling in the age of the Internet. It would be nice if you could specify creative commons images perhaps and also produce a permalink (or a gallery)  so you...

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TEDxOrenda @Bett 2010
Dec20

TEDxOrenda @Bett 2010

Based on the success of previous teacher-led TeachMeet events at the past 2 BETT shows, and by kind arrangement with EMAP this event is part of a ‘three day teacher residency’ of evening events at the BETT Show 2010.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for educationalists to be inspired by and contribute to discussions, debates and presentations featuring speakers and topics chosen by other educationalists. One of these events is...

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The Known Universe
Dec20

The Known Universe

Via @DerrenBrown on Twitter. This amazing animation of the known universe would be awesome full-screen on your IWB....

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Happy Holidays
Dec18

Happy Holidays

The christmas holidays came a day early to some parts of the UK today with a huge dump of snow overnight meaning a lot of schools closed for the day. I know readers from other countries will probably laugh at our measly 6 inches of snow (Hello Canada!)  but we’re just not cut out for it over here. So as another year draws to an end, I’d like to thank you all for your support over the last year. Thanks for reading the blog...

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The Edublog Awards 2009
Dec12

The Edublog Awards 2009

As we reach the end of the year, we enter the annual awards season. I was really excited this week to find out that the Whiteboard Blog has been nominated for an Edublog award. The Edublog awards highlight some of the very best blogs out there that cater for the educational community so I am proud and honoured to have been nominated in the category of Best Educational Tech Support Blog. There are some excellent sites nominated in that...

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ASE Conference 2010
Dec11

ASE Conference 2010

If you are a Science teacher, then you need to know about the ASE Conference which takes place every January. This year’s event is in Nottingham on the 7-9 January. There is a wealth of workshops and talks that are well worth attending. If you do go – you might want to pop along to a talk I am giving on the Friday (link) on using Blogs and Wikis in your Science teaching. Its in Pope C19 11.30 – 12.30 and it would be...

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Dodging Bullets in Presentations
Dec07

Dodging Bullets in Presentations

Just wanted to share a great little presentation that was mentioned on Twitter the other day. I didn’t write this, but I do think it’s great! I may not be totally here yet, but a lot of my newer presentations are trying to have fewer words and many more pictures. Try and do the same with your IWB materials as well. A really good image can make such a difference. Dodging Bullets in Presentations View more presentations from...

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Royal Institution Xmas Lectures
Dec06

Royal Institution Xmas Lectures

I was really fortunate to be offered tickets to go and see the Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution this year. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been to the RI before, but now I have, I really do want to go back there and have a good poke around their museum. I loved the display of optical instruments in the cafe: The lecture theatre is much smaller than I imagined it from having seen the lectures on the television. And...

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TeachMeet BETT 2010
Dec06

TeachMeet BETT 2010

It is alomst that time of year again when London Olympia plays host to the annual ICT in education event that is the BETT Show. And jike last year TeachMeet BETT is taking place again this year on the Friday night, between 6.00pm and 9.00pm, in the APEX room. We have been very fortunate that the organising body behind BETT – EMAP – offered the TeachMeet community 3 consecutive nights for free in the APEX room. The proposed...

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Etherpad to go Open Source?
Dec06

Etherpad to go Open Source?

I’m a massive fan of Etherpad. Out of all the new tools that I have discovered and played with this year, none has had the impact of Etherpad when I have shown it to a group of teachers. Give them 5 minutes to play with the amazing collaborative writing space and you can see little light bulbs pop above their heads when they start to think about ways that it could be used with their class. The greatest thing about it was that it...

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