TeachMeet Essex Announced! #TMEssex
Jul21

TeachMeet Essex Announced! #TMEssex

I’m been trying to organise one of these for over a year, and I am now really proud to be able to announce that TeachMeet Essex will be taking place on the evening of Tuesday 19th October. It will be taking place at the Pioneer School, Basildon. The event is open to anyone interested in education in the Essex area, as well as the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock. Plus anyone outside the area who is interested is also...

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Promethean ActivInspire Training Materials
Jul19

Promethean ActivInspire Training Materials

If you are looking for training materials for Promethean ActivInspire then your most definitely do not want to miss Tim Cooper’s wiki. You can find it here: http://promethean.york.wikispaces.net/su10training. There are 13 flipcharts, each covering a different aspect of ActiveInspire, plus a transition flipchart for those moving across from older versions, an advanced flipchart and finally a homework task! It’s well worth a...

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Easiteach Next Generation
Jul17

Easiteach Next Generation

Easiteach Next Generation is the latest version of the whiteboard software from RM/Lightbox. Now I’ll nail my colours to the mast early. I am a Smart and Promethean person. I have also loved their software equally above anything else I’ve used out there. Mimio, Ebeam and Starboard software just didn’t have the features and ease-of-use that the big two have had since their very early days. One piece of software that I...

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Pay it forward
Jul17

Pay it forward

A few years ago I was on a Train the Trainers day. The chap delivering the training showed us all quite a few nice examples of things to do on Smartboards, one or two I hadn’t seen before, and one or two that were nice variations on a theme. At the end of the training we asked him for a copy of his file so we could incorporate it into our own days. He said no. He’d spent ages making them and didn’t feel happy giving...

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A batch of useful links
Jul15

A batch of useful links

So yeah I am still here, but been a little too busy to blog. Getting everything sorted for the end of term. Been hidden away for a while writing an update to resources for Serif software to teach the OCR Nationals ICT course. Which I am glad to say is pretty much complete. Now it’s almost the holidays! So, by way of a rather unstructured blog post, are a few things that have caught my eye over the last week or so, grabbed from...

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Lesson Starter Ideas for your Whiteboard
Jul02

Lesson Starter Ideas for your Whiteboard

Here are a few ideas taken from some of the talks I have given this academic year for ideas on using your Interactive Whiteboard during lesson starters. They could also be used as plenary tasks. Some of the ideas you may have seen before in various places (such as the Canada, Germany talks), but I’m bundling them up into one file for you to download. Here are some of the activities that are in the file: Organ Reveal : A student...

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Augmented reality lemur
Jul01

Augmented reality lemur

Here’s a rather cute use of Augmented Reality technology. Produced by London Zoo it gives you the chance to have your very own Augmented reality lemur, Loris, sitting in the palm of your hand. Loris doesn’t do a lot, and you can’t really interact with her. But she’s very cute. You’ll need a webcam to get this to work, and you’ll need to print out a special marker on a page for the camera to detect....

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