Scale of the Universe
Oct28

Scale of the Universe

Thanks to Drew Buddie (@digitalmaverick on Twitter) for sharing a link to a great resource that demonstrates the scale of the universe. Scroll from the entire universe, down to the Solar System, a human, and then even smaller, down to sub atomic particles. It’s a great way to visualise aspects of scale.You can see it here. This reminds me of a similar resource that I blogged about last year, the Cell Size and Scale interactive...

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Science Skills resources from BP
Oct26

Science Skills resources from BP

Science Skills is a free online teaching resource with six challenges drawn from the real-life context of BP’s business. Students can use video briefings, interactive experiments and information sheets to answer questions and ultimately solve the challenges. Each challenge is based around a core topic from the Key Stage 3 and 4 curricula and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and helps to develop science skills. The topics...

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TeachMeet Essex Talk : 6 Lesson Starters
Oct21

TeachMeet Essex Talk : 6 Lesson Starters

On Tuesday I gave a talk at TeachMeet Essex about how to use my lesson starters ideas. The presentation was filmed, and you can see it below. Thankfully I kept the camera on the presentation and stayed out of shot 😉 You can see videos of all the other speakers at the TeachMeet Essex minisite here....

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Microscope Images
Oct21

Microscope Images

OK, it’s been a busy week or so with the run up to Teachmeet Essex and then the aftermath 🙂 More on that soon. But until then, here’s some amazing images for your IWB from my favourite website – The Big Picture. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/10/small_worlds.html...

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Stixy Collaborative Noticeboard Tool
Oct18

Stixy Collaborative Noticeboard Tool

Stixy is another online noticeboard tool, a rather cool rival to WallWisher. Stixy allows you to create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks on their Stixyboards, organized in whatever way makes sense to them. Then they can share Stixyboards with friends, family, and colleagues. Like WallWisher you could set up a Stixy board for class projects, for brainstorming or for the collection notes and resources. You can...

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Changing Education Paradigms
Oct18

Changing Education Paradigms

Here’s an excellent animation, produced by The RSA of a talk by  Sir Ken Robinson about Changing Education Paradigms. Is well worth a look. Makes you think… Interesting how the animation helps to make the talk more accessible. More on their YouTube channel....

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Whiteboard Blog on Facebook
Oct12

Whiteboard Blog on Facebook

A very quick post to say that you can follow The Whiteboard Blog on Facebook, if that somewhere you spend a lot of time. Just go here: http://www.facebook.com/whiteboardblog and “Like” it 🙂...

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Lesson Starter Ideas for Easiteach
Oct12

Lesson Starter Ideas for Easiteach

I’ve been having a play with the new version of Easiteach from RM/Lightbox. This is a newer release than the version I looked at a few months ago, and it’s much improved with all the features I was missing now in place. I’ve always found that the best way to get to learn a new piece of software is to make something with it, rather than just playing about. So with that in mind I have produced a version of my Lesson...

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Support for Men in Primary Teaching
Oct11

Support for Men in Primary Teaching

This isn’t Whiteboard, or even ICT -related, but seems like an interesting project. As someone involved in primary school teacher training I’m quite aware of the lack of male primary school teachers. On my current course there are 23 female to 2 male trainees. I received information about this project today and wanted to pass it on to help promote it. The TDA have recently supported the production of three films...

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Top 100 Astronomy Images
Oct09

Top 100 Astronomy Images

The European Southern Observatory has just posted their Top 100 Images online. Science teachers should definitely check it out! Each of the images is displayed as a taster thumbnail, and each links to a page with more information and larger versions of the image. If you are looking for “wow” images to use in lessons, or just want some different desktop backgrounds, then go take a look:...

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ActivInspire Guides from Frederick County
Oct06

ActivInspire Guides from Frederick County

A quick link to a really handy set of resources, from Frederick County Public School, Maryland USA. Here are some excellent guides to using ActivInspire: https://sites.fcps.org/trt/promethean_activinspire There is also an excellent blog with lots of useful information about Promethean whiteboards and other educational technologies. Please be aware of the copyright on the resources. Use the resources for your own inspiration but if you...

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The History of Vaccines
Oct04

The History of Vaccines

Here’s a site that will be of interest to GCSE and A Level Biology teachers. The History of Vaccines is an informational, educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional society in the United States. The College has created The History of Vaccines to provide a chronicle of the history of vaccination, from the time before Edware Jenner, to the defeat of polio in the Western...

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