Espresso Junior Journo Competition
Sep30

Espresso Junior Journo Competition

Teachers in UK Primary schools might be interested in a fun competition being run by Espresso Education and First News: The Junior Journo Competition. Pupils are encouraged to write an interesting, well-researched news article with an attention-grabbing headline. The winning entry will win the chance to see their story in a real newspaper and as a news video, being read by Espresso’s own newsreader Olivia. This would make a...

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Digital Storytelling with Comic Master
Sep29

Digital Storytelling with Comic Master

Comic Master is another in a long line of online comic creators that would be great for digital storytelling. Supported by Reading for Life, it allows students to create their own graphic novel using pre-designed characters and backgrounds. The end product can be printed A4 size. The working area is a little small, but you can zoom in and work on individual panels which does make things easier. If you like this kind of thing you...

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Podium for Podcasting
Sep28

Podium for Podcasting

I’ve had the chance recently to have a little play with Podium from Lightbox. Podium is a PC based podcasting software which enables users to create, edit and publish audio and video podcasts from a simple interface, meaning that pupils do not have to work with a number of different software packages in order to podcast in lessons. Podcasting with Podium is very easy, pupils are able to  create, edit and publish their audio or...

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DeviantArt Muro plus Jackson Pollock
Sep28

DeviantArt Muro plus Jackson Pollock

I’ve written before about some of the great online painting and drawing packages that you can find, for free, online. Here’s an old blogpost with 12 of my favourites. All of these are great on the interactive whiteboard, which basically becomes a massive graphics tablet! I’ve come across two more to add to this growing list. DeviantART Muro The DeviantArt website is the largest online social network for artists and...

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A few of my favourite things
Sep27

A few of my favourite things

On my whiteboard training courses, I find that there are several websites that I am always sharing, and they are always well received by the trainees. I’ve shared most of them on this blog before, but as a way of distilling down a few of my favourite things, here’s the list again. Classtools.Net: I love this website – there are two tools in particular that are very handy Countdown Timer – a firm favourite....

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Iris Connect – lesson observation with video
Sep27

Iris Connect – lesson observation with video

As a PGCE tutor, I do a lot of lesson observations. I’ve also just completed a module  for my Masters on Coaching and Mentoring. It often comes up in discussion about the benefits of the teacher themselves being able to observe themselves. Teachers are often suprised when they see their lesson from a different perspective. The use of video allows teachers to make more specific observations than if they have to rely on memory...

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BBC Dimensions
Sep25

BBC Dimensions

Dimensions is a cracking little site from the BBC which takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are: http://howbigreally.com/ Dimensions is an experimental prototype for the BBC designed to bring home the human scale of events and places in history. The D-Day landing beaches measured from London to Norfolk in the UK. How far would the Titanic stretch down your street? Dimensions simply...

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Of Monkeys and Bananas
Sep25

Of Monkeys and Bananas

Found this online recently. Apparently it is based on actual research, and although may not exactly be as described it’s still a nice story: Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water....

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Hitachi Starboard Community
Sep22

Hitachi Starboard Community

The Hitachi Starboard support centre is an Australian website which has been put together to unite members of the academic community adopting the  Hitachi Starboard brand of interactive whiteboard into the modern classroom. Teachers can search, browse and download a range of interactive whiteboard lessons, resources and activities – all free for download for registered members. Registered members also have the ability to upload...

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National Schools Observatory
Sep22

National Schools Observatory

The National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) allows UK schools to make free use of a professional robotic telescope designed for scientific research. The telescope is located on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, and is known as the Liverpool Telescope. When the Liverpool Telescope was in development, it was decided to allocate 5% of the observing time to schools in the UK and Ireland. As it is no easy task to control a...

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Teaching Resources from the TES
Sep20

Teaching Resources from the TES

On 6th September 2010, a new version of the TES Resources website was launched, making it easier for teachers to find and use some of the brightest lesson ideas posted online by the teaching community. TES Resources is one of the biggest websites in the UK made up of content that is created by its user community. Teachers can access the site to download and share more than 50,000 free resources to freshen up their teaching and add...

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Build your own Jeopardy Game
Sep20

Build your own Jeopardy Game

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized Jeopardy-style quiz template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake. Just use a simple editor to get your game up and running. If you’re not interested in building your own jeopardy templates you can browse other jeopardy templates created by other people, for example here’s...

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