How to Change the Default Font Style in Smart Notebook
Feb24

How to Change the Default Font Style in Smart Notebook

I’ve had quite a few requests recently about how to change the default fonts in Smart Notebook. A lot of teachers do not like the font choices that you get by default and would either like to make the fonts larger, or use more school-friendly fonts like Sassoon Primary. I’ve produced this quick helpsheet that should show the steps you need to do to change the default font options. Hopefully, if Smart Notebook is set up...

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Science Storybooks
Feb24

Science Storybooks

Just a quick post to flag up this fun little resource site for Science called Science Storybooks. It contains a stack of Flash animations that can be used to introduce many different science concepts, some include songs that would provide a fun way to start a lesson. The resources are completely free, and also contain links to lesson notes and other information. Well worth taking a look at. Thanks to the iLearn Technology Blog for the...

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Vancouver 2010 Photographs
Feb23

Vancouver 2010 Photographs

I love Canada, I love the Olympics, and I love The Big Picture website. So when you get all three combined, it’s just fantastic 🙂 The Big Picture have produced 45 excellent photographs from week 1 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Some of these would be excellent to use in Science lessons to illustrate forces and friction, but also obvious links to PE. Some of this images are just awesome, would make great discussion points...

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Promethean Flipchart Search Tool
Feb23

Promethean Flipchart Search Tool

Just a quick post. You may not be aware that it’s now possible to use the power of Google to search only for Promethean flipcharts using this custom search engine: A similar feature exists for Smartboard users if you want to find Smart Notebook resources....

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Science resources from BP
Feb19

Science resources from BP

Thanks to fellow twitterer Sophie Bessemer for tipping me off about these science resources from BP Educational Services, the education department of the energy company. Secondary Science teachers might want to check out the Carbon Footprint Toolkit. This teaches students about carbon emissions and their impacts, choices for carbon reduction and alternative energy supplies. The Toolkit includes an interactive school carbon calculator,...

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10 Secondary Science Resources for your Whiteboard
Feb11

10 Secondary Science Resources for your Whiteboard

As a companion post to 10 Primary Science ideas for your Whiteboard, here are 10 secondary school Science websites you might enjoy: Absorb Learning from Yenka : Hundreds of free IWB animations for KS4/KS5 Chemistry and Physics. ARKive :  thousands of free wildlife videos and photographs, including great Darwin resources. FreezeRay : large bank of interactive Science animations for KS3 and Ks4. Periodic Table of Videos : videos of all...

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10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard
Feb11

10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard

Engaging students in some classroom topics can be difficult. But with the help of your interactive whiteboard you can get and keep your students interested in what you are trying to teach them. Here are 10 especially cool whiteboard resources for grades K-12. Stellarium – This free planetarium software is perfect for astronomy lessons. Stellarium displays a realistic 3D sky, complete with planets, major moons, more than 600,000...

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iBoard – Free interactive KS1 resources
Feb05

iBoard – Free interactive KS1 resources

iBoard first caught my eye last year at the BETT exhibition. They produce an excellent bank of interactive resources for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes in several subjects, including literacy, numeracy and science. Since then, iBoard has been purchased by the Times Educational Supplement (TES) and made available free of charge to all teachers, which is an excellent development. You can access the resources here:...

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Teaching With Smartboard
Feb05

Teaching With Smartboard

Teaching with Smartboard is an excellent resource for all Smartboard users. The site hosts regular video podcasts which explores SMARTBoard teaching techniques to maths teachers. Each episode lasts from 10-20 minutes.  Our emphasis and purpose is to create lessons that are engaging for students. Dave Sladkey is a high school math teacher and Scott Miller is the Instructional Coordinator for the Math Department at Naperville Central...

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Artrage – natural media painting
Feb02

Artrage – natural media painting

One type of software that is really cool on an interactive whiteboard are the various painting packages. Drawing is hard with a mouse, but better with a graphics tablet – and you can’t get a bigger graphics tablet than an Interactive Whiteboard. If you own a Promethean board then you might be interested to know that Promethean have teamed up with ArtRage to provide a simple way of obtaining a demo version of their very...

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10 Primary Science Resources for your Whiteboard
Feb01

10 Primary Science Resources for your Whiteboard

Here are 10 websites that will prove useful to any teacher of Primary Science looking for things to use on their interactive whiteboard: The Children’s University of Manchester. Several excellent interactive resources for Primary Science. NGFL Cymru : Early years, KS1 and KS2 Science resources from the Welsh Grid for Learning. Simple Science : I love these excellent science song videos. Great for lesson starters or reinforcement...

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