10 Finger Friendly Web Sites
Jan30

10 Finger Friendly Web Sites

A finger friendly site is one  that would work well with a finger (but also with an IWB pen) and were very interactive. Here is a selection of 10 different “finger friendly” websites that I’ve found over the years and stored on my delicious list. CrickWeb 206 free educational interactive resources for Primary Schools. Bomomo A fun drawing application with a twist : some very interesting types of pen. Good for...

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The Inaugral Ed Tech Blog Carnival
Jan29

The Inaugral Ed Tech Blog Carnival

So here goes. Welcome to the first Ed Tech Blog carnival I’ve ever run or organised! The idea is that anyone with an interest in technology and education could write a blog post as part of the carnival and then let me have the URL. Those posts are all linked within this article. There are posts of all different types here, all addressing different areas of Educational Technology. Hopefully you will discover some new blogs that...

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The Best of the Whiteboard Blog as a Book
Jan28

The Best of the Whiteboard Blog as a Book

The Whiteboard Blog was set up in December 2007 as a way of sharing ideas to support teachers using their interactive whiteboards in the classroom. As well as interactive whiteboards it also covers other educational technologies that would be of interest to teachers such as digital storytelling and other “web 2.0” tools. I’ve finally got round to distilling the best posts from this website and putting them into book format....

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Qwiki – a multimedia wikipedia
Jan27

Qwiki – a multimedia wikipedia

Qwiki is a new online encyclopedia, but with one big difference. It aims to inform you quickly by reading aloud articles to you while showing you a slideshow of pictures and videos while you listen. It’s a much more engaging way of giving the information without having to plough through a page of dense text. For example – take a look at this article about Albert Einstein Cool eh? You can also share pages via social media,...

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Snag Learning
Jan27

Snag Learning

SnagLearning is dedicated to bringing high quality, award-winning documentaries to an online audience around the world. The site features carefully selected films from their library of over 1,600 documentaries that are appropriate for students from KS2 upwards. Their titles cover nearly every classroom subject and many are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic. It’s well worth a look :...

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Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
Jan27

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

A very interesting TED Talk. Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how....

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IWB’s : 8 Ideas to Keep It Simple
Jan25

IWB’s : 8 Ideas to Keep It Simple

Here’s my blog post for the first  Ed Tech Blog Carnival. I run a lot of interactive whiteboard training courses for teachers, and I am very much aware that for a new user your average piece of IWB software has a lot of buttons and tools that can be quite confusing. In addition, while the majority of schools are using either Smart Notebook or Activ software there are a lot of other pieces of software out there that teachers are...

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Teacher2Teacher Conference 2011
Jan24

Teacher2Teacher Conference 2011

It’s very nearly time for the Teacher2Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta again. Like last year I will be heading over to Canada to run several sessions. Last years conference was a blast and I’m really looking forward to going back. I’m taking the advice of the Banff Squirrel and heading to Banff for a weeks skiing before the conference which I’m also quite excited about. This conference is for the...

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Creative use of colour in IWB files
Jan24

Creative use of colour in IWB files

Here are a couple of ideas that are very simple to produce, but make use of colours to create interesting lesson activities for any IWB. None of these use anything too complicated apart from shapes, text and the ability to change the background colour 🙂 Hidden Words In this example we’re looking at what happens when you add a “y” to the end of each word. Each word is written in yellow and red, with the background set...

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TeachMeet East : Norwich 5th Feb
Jan24

TeachMeet East : Norwich 5th Feb

A quick plug for another local TeachMeet event – TeachMeet East which will be taking place in Norwich on 5th Feb. It’s being organised by @tomhenzley @knikidavies @sarahbrownsword and @mrplume so please contact them if you want to learn more. More information about TeachMeet East can be found here. If you want to promote the event in your school you can download a flyer here. I’ll be giving a presentation. I’m...

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The Need for a Common IWB Format
Jan23

The Need for a Common IWB Format

While SMART and Promethean are still the dominant two companies in the UK Interactive Whiteboard market, there are still plenty of schools out there that are using other solutions. With the increasing numbers of other companies trying to enter the market, as demonstrated at BETT this year, there will be increasing numbers of teachers out there who are not going to be using one of the “big two” interactive whiteboards....

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Essential Digital Resources – TMTakeover Talk
Jan21

Essential Digital Resources – TMTakeover Talk

Thanks to Sarah at Iris Connect for posting the whole of my TeachMeet Takeover talk at BETT last week. Here it is in all its glory 🙂 Danny Nicholson from Sarah Pinkerton on Vimeo. Sounds a little flakey, we were fighting a very noisy stand next door and I broke the headset mic at one point and resorted to shouting. 🙂 The links for this presentation are at : http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/essentialmedia...

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