7 Mythbusters Clips for Science Teachers
Aug31

7 Mythbusters Clips for Science Teachers

If you ever put the Discovery channel on, the chances are that very soon you’ll encounter an episode of Mythbusters. It’s one of my favourite shows on TV at the moment. OK, the kid in me never tires of watching large explosions, but there is some very good science going on too. They put movie myths, old wives tales, urban legends, thought experiments and internet viral videos to the test. If you’ve ever wanted to...

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Daydream Interactive Wallcharts
Aug16

Daydream Interactive Wallcharts

Daydream Education have been making wall charts for 14 years, having shipped over 1 million wallcharts covering over 600 titles. In recent years they have begun the process of converting these wall charts into interactive versions that can be displayed on Interactive Whiteboards. These interactive wallcharts currently cover 10 subjects, Business Studies, D&T, English, Geography, ICT, Maths, Music, P.E, R.E and Science. There are...

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Smart Notebook Licence Update
Aug16

Smart Notebook Licence Update

Further to the article earlier today about Promethean’s licence changes, I’ve managed to locate the new Smart Notebook licence as of 21 June 2010. You can download the pdf file here. Basically, like Promethean, Smart are tightening up on what you are allowed to do with Smart Notebook software. The ability to install it on staff machines for preparation purposes is still there. But what they are being more explicit about is...

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No Longer ActivInspire for All?
Aug16

No Longer ActivInspire for All?

When ActivInspire was released last year there was much trumpeting over the use of the new Personal Edition. I wrote about what a good idea this was in my post “ActivInspire for All IWB Users?“. I’ve noticed recently, however, on the ActivInspire website, a section that mentions a change to the terms of the licence, effective 30 April 2010. Please note that as of 30 April 2010, new licensing terms and conditions...

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SMART Notebook Maths Tools Demo
Aug13

SMART Notebook Maths Tools Demo

The newest official SMART Training and PD video is up on YouTube. It is a quick overview of the SMART Notebook Maths Tools, check it out: Download a 30 day trial of the Maths tools here....

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The PGCE Survival Guide
Aug12

The PGCE Survival Guide

Newly qualified teacher Tim Handley (@tomhenzley on Twitter) has put together an excellent guide to surviving your PGCE year. It’s a crowdsourced book, pulling in the experience of Tim’s PGCE year as well as a wealth of information shared by experienced teachers via Twitter. Inside the book you will find 143 pages full of hints, tips and advice intended for those who are embarking on, or who are currently on any form of...

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Review of the year – top posts
Aug11

Review of the year – top posts

I’ve been looking over the site stats, and here are 10 of the most visited pages over the last year. There might be some things you’ve missed. Most of the page titles are self-explanatory: 11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard 13 sites for MFL teaching with your Interactive Whiteboard 10 avatar generators for profile pictures 12 Art Resources for your IWB Year 6 Literacy Ideas 10 More Cool Teaching...

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Smart Notebook Official Help Files and Tutorials
Aug11

Smart Notebook Official Help Files and Tutorials

Smart have had a redesign of their website. As a result, it’s bloody hard to now find the tutorials and guides that are available on the site. If you didn’t know they were there, it would be hard to track them down. If you want to access them, try this link: Smart Notebook Help Files Worth bookmarking it!...

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View Pure – a YouTube Cleaner
Aug09

View Pure – a YouTube Cleaner

View Pure is another way to watch Youtube without all the on-screen clutter and dodgy comments. Basically you go to View Pure, enter the URL of a YouTube video and it strips out everything but the video. Very simple to use. You can even drag a button to your desktop which does the job. : http://viewpure.com/ You can also then take the URL of the page you get, and hyperlink to that page. Like this http://viewpure.com/LTCtfT8KFc4 (video...

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BrainPop Explains TeachMeet Essex
Aug09

BrainPop Explains TeachMeet Essex

Those excellent people over at BrainPop UK have customised their “What is a TeachMeet” video for Teachmeet Essex. It’s great! Thanks to BrainPop for the support. Don’t forget, you can find out all about TeachMeet Essex, and sign up for the event here: http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/TeachMeetEssex...

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Vacation Over
Aug08

Vacation Over

OK.. been very quiet here. I’ve been on holiday. Had a whistlestop tour around Scotland, taking in Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Skye, Islay, Fort William and Loch Lomond. Had a great time, ate far too much food and drank too much whisky! Visited the Nicholson Clan homeland on Isle of Skye, and my square foot of the Isle of Islay at the Laphroaig Distillery. Was a great week! Photos, if you are interested, are here. Am back now, and...

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