Science TV and the Cheltenham Science Festival
Mar30

Science TV and the Cheltenham Science Festival

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a five day celebration of science, engineering and the arts, with a reputation for getting the best brains in the country together to probe the most topical issues. It takes place in June every year. Each year, film crews capture the best demonstrations from the extensive schools’ programme and bitesize versions of the most popular talks. These videos form part of these resource packs, which...

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A guest blog from Angie McGlashon
Mar23

A guest blog from Angie McGlashon

Hey Danny…fancy letting the girls take over your whiteboard blog while you are out ogf the country! Very risky! We wanted to turn it pink and fluffy but just couldn’t do it to you. I am Angie McGlashon, long term friend of Danny’s and an ICT adviser for Essex LA for 4 days and a free lance ICT consultant for the other day. I specialise in technologies that support ICT and SEN ad there is no better place to start than Sally Paveleys...

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Red Fish!
Mar22

Red Fish!

My first blog post here – thank you to Danny for inviting me. I like to see children using Interactive Whiteboards (IWB).  Not just coming up to the front to point at something or move it, I mean really ‘using’ them.  Some of the best use of IWBs I have seen by children has been in EYFS and KS1.  Here I’ve seen children encouraged by their teachers to ‘play’ with the board during group activities....

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Teacher 2 Teacher Smart Notebook Files
Mar20

Teacher 2 Teacher Smart Notebook Files

I had an absolute blast at the Teacher2Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta this week. It was fantastic to meet so many great educators who up until now I had only contacted via Twitter. There was such a great buzz around the school – it was brilliant. I’ll write more about the conference soon – but for now,  I just want to put this post up quickly because I told the delegates I would. (EDIT – I’ve...

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Guest Blog Posts this Week
Mar14

Guest Blog Posts this Week

As I may just have mentioned once or twice, I am flying out to Canada this week for the Teacher2Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta. While I am away, I’ve asked a few good friends and colleagues to write some guest posts on this blog. I’ll leave it to them to introduce themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing their posts. If you are at the Teacher2Teacher conference I look forward to meeting some of you. Make...

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Creative Commons in the Classroom
Mar11

Creative Commons in the Classroom

I’ve written about good sources of creative commons images and sounds before. It’s very important to be aware of the conditions behind using any resource found on the web. Students should be getting out of the habit of just finding images on a Google Image search and dumping them into their work. Here’s a very good presentation from Jessica Coates on Slideshare which explains more. Creative Commons in the Classroom...

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Educational Blogging Platforms Compared
Mar11

Educational Blogging Platforms Compared

When I run my Blogging training days, we usually focus on getting an account with WordPress or Edublogs. Both run off the same backend, but Edublogs is tailored more for educators. If you are interested in finding out about all the different platforms that are available, then Dodie Ainslie has put together a great overview of the various options. You can find it here: http://djainslietech.wikispaces.com/Blogging+Platforms Take a look...

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SumDog – numeracy games for KS2/KS3
Mar10

SumDog – numeracy games for KS2/KS3

Sumdog is a fun website for numeracy from the people behind Crocodile Clips and Yenka / Absorb Science. Sumdog’s free maths games are designed to improve numeracy in upper primary and lower secondary (students aged 9 to 13). Covering 100 fine grained numeracy topics, ranging from simple addition to square roots, Sumdog adapts to the skill level of each student, helping them to work through each numeracy topic comprehensively...

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12 Art Resources for your IWB
Mar08

12 Art Resources for your IWB

There’s nothing better than playing with an art program on an interactive whitboard and literally drawing with your finger. It really works like a massive graphics tablet. And there are some excellent, free, online drawing packages. Some are quite simple, and others really mimic real-world art materials. For the entire list, check out my Delicious page under Art + IWB, but here are a few of my favourites: Sumopaint: This is an...

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Primary Science Keyword Bingo Game
Mar06

Primary Science Keyword Bingo Game

Heres a link to a great lesson starter/plenary idea from the ICT Games website. Science Bingo. It uses the Primary Science vocab words from the Kent Scheme of work, which will suit most Primary Science classes. Download a pack of Bingo cards to photocopy for the children – then use the Word generator to select words to cross off the bingo grid. It’s a simple, fun idea to help with keyword recognition. Thanks to Jason...

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NeoK12 Educational Videos
Mar06

NeoK12 Educational Videos

NeoK12 is a very useful site that catalogues thousands of educational videos for teachers and students to use. They are grouped by topic – with a particular emphasis on Science, but also Social Studies, Maths and Literacy. There are also links to images and quizzes which could prove handy. Many of the videos come from YouTube, so you will need to have YouTube access in your school to use them. The benefit of using them from here...

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The Great Wordle Crisis
Mar01

The Great Wordle Crisis

I’ve mentioned before that I am a big fan of  Wordle. It’s a fantastic tool for making word clouds – and as such can be used for text analysis  (try it with some written work and see what words you over-use) or just for fun image creation. There was a ripple of outrage yesterday on Twitter when it was discovered that Wordle had been taken down, apparently over a trademark infringement involving the Wordle name....

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