Reader Survey – The Results
Nov30

Reader Survey – The Results

Thanks to those who filled in my reader survey over the last few weeks. I’ve been crunching the numbers and have some initial figures to share on the over type of board used, and the software used from the 146 people who responded 🙂 Now this is just a bit of fun, and only really relates to my readership, but there’s some interesting figures. Type of Whiteboard Overall Overall, the readers of this blog are mainly Smartboard...

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Using a Virtual Learning Environment
Nov30

Using a Virtual Learning Environment

I’ve been doing  a little digging into resources to teach staff how to use aVirtual learning Environment (VLE)  for a college I work with, and I found this little gem from JISC. As I sit here in the snow with schools closed all over the UK the VLE has again become a very useful tool for schools to have. This resource seeks to provide an online resource for all those involved in the deployment of a VLE It specifically seeks to...

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Practical Biology
Nov29

Practical Biology

Not an ICT or IWB resource as such, but with my PGCE Biology hat on this is an excellent resource for all Science teachers. Practical Biology provides teachers of biology at all levels (Ks3-5) with experiments that demonstrate a wide range of biological concepts and processes. Each practical may be used alone or as a starting-point for open-ended investigations or enhancement activities, such as clubs or open-day events. Experiments...

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Investigate Genetics with Thingdom
Nov27

Investigate Genetics with Thingdom

The Science Museum in London have produced a fun game called Thingdom which is all about genetic inheritance and selective breeding. Via a fun game you can adopt a “thing”, care for it and make baby things! Choose the mate carefully to obtain the desired characteristics in the offspring. It’s fun, and demonstrates the idea of selective breeding quite nicely. Would be suitable for secondary science tutors looking for...

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Science Debate Kits
Nov24

Science Debate Kits

‘I’m a Scientist’ is a science education and engagement tool funded by The Wellcome Trust. It gets scientists and schools students talking to each other other online. As part of the site, they have produces some great FREE easy-to-use science debate kits for all teachers. They  produced the first debate kit (on IVF) as part of the teaching materials for the I’m a Scientist pilot event. Teachers loved it. It turns out that there is a...

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The BioEthics Education Project
Nov24

The BioEthics Education Project

The BioEthics Education project website is an interactive website and virtual learning environment for secondary school science teachers and their students. It is a teaching resource developed to highlight the moral, ethical, social, economic, environmental and technological implications and applications of biology. It covers topics such as: Genes, DNA and Reproduction, Genetic Technology, Human Health, Environmental Ethics, Animal...

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Dropbox and DROPitTO.me
Nov23

Dropbox and DROPitTO.me

I’ve written about Dropbox before. It’s probably one of my favourite applications for a long time. As someone who needs to access files on several computers, and on the move, I find it invaluable. If you’ve not used Dropbox, it gives you 2GB of online storage space for free. Even better you can run an application on your computer that gives you a Dropbox folder in your documents folder. Any files you put into that...

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Furbles – a fun maths tool for your interactive whiteboard
Nov21

Furbles – a fun maths tool for your interactive whiteboard

Furbles is an old favourite of mine that I’d forgotten about until recently (thanks Lara!). Furbles started life as an idea for teaching statistics in an interesting way with children from KS1 to KS3. The original version was published in 2003 online, and its popularity spread. It’s a great resource for maths teachers. Furbles was originally devised as an innovative way of imagining statistics and the depiction of...

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Lesson starter ideas for your IWB – talk
Nov18

Lesson starter ideas for your IWB – talk

Here’s a different version of my Teachmeet talk with a better view of the resources being demonstrated: Read more here. Get the files for your IWB here – Smart Notebook, Promethean and Easiteach versions!...

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Smart Board Accessibility Ideas
Nov18

Smart Board Accessibility Ideas

Smart have just released another short video that demonstrates a few ways to interact with their interactive surface including using your finger, a tennis ball or a pointer. Check it out: If you don’t have a posh Smart pointer, a long, clean paintbrush will do the job. Another way of helping pupils reach the tools is to move the Notebook toolbar to the bottom of the page using the double arrow icon on the toolbar. This puts it...

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5 iPad apps for SEN
Nov17

5 iPad apps for SEN

I recently bought an iPad as an alternative to carrying around my laptop all the time. I’m very impressed with it as a bit of kit. I’ve downloaded lots of apps – some for business, some games and some just for the hell of it. I was recently in a college where an SEN teacher was being shown an iPad as a possible device to use with some of her students with severe special needs. These apps include simple interactions,...

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Clipbank News Blast Launched
Nov16

Clipbank News Blast Launched

If you are a secondary school, you may already be a subscriber to Channel 4/Espresso’s Clipbank service. If you are, then you might not have noticed that there’s a brand new daily feature that has just launched called News Blast. News Blast is a daily 60 second bulletin specifically for secondary school students. It is a joint project between  Espresso and ITN. The Clipbank site will now be updated every day at around...

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