KML Factbook – world data visualisation tool
Feb28

KML Factbook – world data visualisation tool

The CIA World Factbook is an amazing bank of information useful to educators helping students gather facts and information about foreign countries. For geography teachers it should be an essential bookmark. For some students, the CIA Factbook will be difficult to use, and the information is presented in a very dry way. Which is why the KML Factbook will be a welcome  tool. It’s basically a mashup of the CIA site with Google...

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What Was There – Historical Google Maps
Feb27

What Was There – Historical Google Maps

What Was There is an interesting site that looks like an alternative to History Pin which I’ve written about in the past. History teachers in particular should take a look! It allows visitors to upload historical photographs of an area and tag them with a location and year. These are then displayed on a Google Map. From the Explore Photos page you can move around the world to find places you’re interested in and then view...

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Software guides in Under 10 Minutes
Feb25

Software guides in Under 10 Minutes

Here’s a brand new site that looks like a great idea for providing short and snappy CPD. Under 10 Minutes wants to explain how to use technology quickly and simply using short video clips. As the name suggests, each video guide used on the site will be under ten minutes. This would make them ideal for short personal training or for showing at staff meetings. For example here’s a short guide on using WordPress: In addition,...

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BrainNook online maths and literacy game
Feb25

BrainNook online maths and literacy game

BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Maths and English skills while exploring  and playing safely with others. BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in Maths and English Grammar. The games cover Maths concepts ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization, and English concepts ranging from building simple sentences to counting syllables. These games are...

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Wikispaces to extend free wikis to Higher Ed
Feb24

Wikispaces to extend free wikis to Higher Ed

Here’s some pretty interesting news if you work in Higher Education and would like to set up wikis for your students. Starting in March, Wikispaces will be offering free wikis to higher education. Currently, Wikispaces have given away 980,000 free classroom wikis for K-12 education. This has been good for educators, who need a simple, powerful way to write and work on the Internet which is free from adverts. As of next week,...

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Free online graph paper generator
Feb23

Free online graph paper generator

A quick post to promote a handy website which provides free online graph paper of all different types. As well as being the obvious use of printing these pages out, this would also be useful for creating backgrounds for interactive whiteboard pages. Most IWB software comes with graph paper, but possibly not as many types as you would need (or want). Using this site, generate graph paper and then use the screen capture tool to grab an...

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Smart Notebook 10.7 Released
Feb21

Smart Notebook 10.7 Released

SMART Board users should be aware that the brand-new Version 10.7 of the Notebook software is available for download now for free for all registered users. I’m currently stuck in a Premier Inn on a dodgy 3G connection so I won’t be able to download a copy of this until later in the week. So for now I’ll have to quote from the press release. New SMART Notebook 10.7 software features include: Multi-touch experience* –...

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Capzles – digital storytelling and presentation tool
Feb21

Capzles – digital storytelling and presentation tool

Capzles is an interesting digital storytelling tool that allows users to tell a story using pictures, video clips, audio tracks and text. Users are given the ability to place this media, called “moments”, together chronologically in a timeline. Creating a “Capzle” is easy via the website. You can upload photographs and videos or blog directly onto the site. You have a lot of control over the background colors and themes to...

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Blogs Wikis and Podcast Presentations
Feb19

Blogs Wikis and Podcast Presentations

A repost of some presentations I’ve produced in the past about Blogging and Podcasting: Blogs and Wikis in Science teaching USB podcasting presentation New Technologies in the Classroom...

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Woices – location based audioguides
Feb17

Woices – location based audioguides

Woices is a FREE internet service that allows people to create, share and consume echoes, audio records that are linked to a very specific geographical location or real-world object. Woices ultimate goal is to extend reality by creating a new layer of audio information, what they call the echoesphere, that will make the world a more interesting place. Echoes are words, left by one person at some precise place, that can be later...

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The Land of Me – A Digital Storybook
Feb16

The Land of Me – A Digital Storybook

The Land of Me is a fabulous collection of creative games and activities packaged as a digital story book. The software lets you journey through six unique chapters with three intrepid friends, Buddy Boo the bear, Eric the raccoon and Willow the owl. Land of Me is specifically designed with Early Years in mind but would also find a place in KS1 or SEN classrooms. And it works wonderfully on an IWB, or can be used ona computer with LSA...

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Easiteach Help and Resources : RM Easilearn
Feb16

Easiteach Help and Resources : RM Easilearn

RM Easilearn is an online space where Easiteach users can regularly visit to download resources. RM Easilearn provides free ICT product resources for teachers using RM’s IWB software “Easiteach Next Generation.” Visit Easilearn to download resources plus access provides tutorials and helpsheets to help you get the best from the software. Later this year a community area will be added which will let Easiteach users...

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