Alkaline Metals Videos for Science
Jan31

Alkaline Metals Videos for Science

One of the benefits of using videos on an IWB in Science lessons is for those moments when you want to demonstrate something that is just too dangerous to do in the classroom. This is particularly true when demostrating the reaction of Alkali Metals with water. You can demonstrate small pieces, but it’s a little dull. And when the kids ask “go on Sir, throw in a bigger bit” you still can’t use too big a bit for...

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YouTube XL
Jan31

YouTube XL

YouTube is an excellent resource to use in schools but the biggest problem is quite often some of the offensive comments that invariably get left below popular clips. When showing clips on your interactive whiteboard, you don’t really want to be showing those comments to your class. YouTube XL is one way to get around that. Basically YouTube XL is a skinned version of YouTube designed to use on large-screen televisions. The...

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Incredibox
Jan31

Incredibox

Here’s a fun little website for a Sunday morning. Incredibox allows you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. You have to really try it to get the idea. Very simple to use, just drag the different sound icons onto each person to play each loop. Easy to use on an Interactive Whiteboard. Thanks to Keisa Williams for sharing the link on Twitter....

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Smart Notebook 10.6 – New tools
Jan25

Smart Notebook 10.6 – New tools

Smart Notebook users should be aware of a new update that came out last week. Version 10.6 has a couple of very neat new features. The most obvious feature is a new icon on your toolbar that gives you access to Measurement Tools. This is basically a ruler, protractor, compass and set square that may look familiar if you’ve ever used Promethean software 🙂 All of these tools should prove very useful to maths teachers. Clicking the...

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Prezi announce Educational License
Jan25

Prezi announce Educational License

Thanks in part to an Open Letter to Prezi by UK teacher Mark Clarkson, the fantastic online presentation tool, Prezi, has announced a free educational license for teachers and students. Students and teachers can now create private prezis for free. Upon verification of student/teacher identity, Prezi EDUEnjoy is free and Prezi EDUPro comes with a special educational discount. And also they’ve simplified the Prezi editor so that...

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Primary French Resources from Orangery Education
Jan25

Primary French Resources from Orangery Education

With languages set to become a statutory requirement from 2011, Orangery Education Ltd has produced a bank of resources for the whole of  the Primary QCA MFL schemes of work. Key features include all vocabulary recorded by native speakers, video clips of French children speaking and singing songs, and all the authentic photographs you need, in an engaging, user-friendly interactive whiteboard package. Orangery Education realised that...

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Brain Pop UK
Jan23

Brain Pop UK

Brain Pop UK is an excellent website that contains simple animations that explain lots of different topics. They are great for use on an IWB to introduce a topic or as a lesson starter. Here’s Tim and Moby explaining all about Brain Pop UK. The site is a subscription site, but some resources are free. You can sign up for a free trial as well....

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10 avatar generators for profile pictures
Jan22

10 avatar generators for profile pictures

With the release of the James Cameron movie (which I highly recommend you see, by the way) everyone has now heard the word Avatar. In computing, an avatar is often the name used for the little picture you use on profile pages for things like blogs, twitter etc. If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar...

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Scimorph – augmented reality for science
Jan22

Scimorph – augmented reality for science

Scimorph is a cute little website that uses Augmented Reality tech to provide Primary school pupils with opportunities to discuss and solve science-based problems. Using a webcam and a special marker printed onto a piece of paper – Scimorph will appear on the screen. By moving the paper you can move him and view him from all sides. It’s a little fiddly, but persevere and it becomes quite simple. This should also work with...

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The Great Plant Hunt
Jan22

The Great Plant Hunt

To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust, has created The Great Plant Hunt. This project will encourage Primary school children to explore the natural world around them and join other schools in the biggest ever school science project. The Great Plant Hunt invites primary school children to follow in the footsteps of Darwin by going on...

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2 Create a Superstory Archive
Jan21

2 Create a Superstory Archive

2Create a Super Story (2CaSS) is a creative piece of software from an amazing company called 2Simple. It is designed for use in primary schools and allows pupils to create their own activities and games. They launched it at BETT this year and it looks likely to become a firm favourite of primary ict teachers everywhere! In its most simple form, children can simply click, drag and insert  elements of an activity on screen and then save...

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AmplifiED’10 Digital Identity Discussion
Jan21

AmplifiED’10 Digital Identity Discussion

Here’s the video from the Digital Identity discussion at this years AmplfiED’10 event. Thanks as always to Leon Cych. Direct links : http://blip.tv/file/3109847 and http://blip.tv/file/3111693 I like the idea of the Digital Resident vs Digital Visitor. I think I am very much in the resident camp....

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