Control Your IWB from your iPad
Mar31

Control Your IWB from your iPad

One of the positive features of the IWB in my eyes is that it puts the speaker next to the content – the pupils aren’t looking at a screen while the teacher is 6 foot away, with their back to them talking into their laptop screen. But there are times when you want to control what’s happening, or let the pupils control what’s happening, from somewhere else in the classroom. Wireless mice, slates and keyboards...

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Space Shuttle Launch Video
Mar31

Space Shuttle Launch Video

I’ve been trawling the internet looking for some good videos to use in my PGCE science session next week. I want a good example of space shuttle or rocket launches to use as a scene setter – to give them an idea of something they could use with their pupils. And I found this rather amazing HD video of the Shuttle Atlantis being launched, which is just beautiful: I also found a few videos that include the countdown,...

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Simple English Wikipedia
Mar30

Simple English Wikipedia

If you want your students to use the internet for research, but find that sites such as Wikipedia can overwhelm students and contain too much information – then you might like to take a look at the Simple English Wikipedia. The Simple English Wikipedia uses simple English words and grammar to explain topics. This makes it very useful for children as well as adults who are learning English. There are 70,000 articles on the site,...

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Scrumblr – collaborative brainstorming
Mar29

Scrumblr – collaborative brainstorming

Scrumblr is a simple brainstorming tool. The post-it notes you can add to the page are purely text – you can’t add links, images or videos like other tools such as Wallwisher or Stixy. It’s basic, but this can be a useful feature as there are less distractions or things to confuse learners. Simply click the + icon to add more notes and double click on the notes to add text. You can also add text to the backgound to...

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Wonderville Science Resources
Mar28

Wonderville Science Resources

Wonderville is a fun, interactive website to support the teaching of science. This award-winning site aims to encourage exploration and curiosity, while helping kids discover how much fun science can be. http://www.wonderville.ca The games section contains over 30 interactive games covering many different science themes. The activities section contains science crosswords, word search puzzles and printable activity sheets. A video...

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Create fake Twitter updates with Twister
Mar27

Create fake Twitter updates with Twister

Russel Tarr‘s Classtools.Net website is already a firm favourite on my training courses because of the great Countdown timer and random name picker tools. And if you haven’t already seen them, where have you been? He’s now created a fake tweet generator called Twister which lets you create fictional “status updates” that can then be screen captured or printed for display work. It has similar uses in the...

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Smart Notebook Search Engine
Mar26

Smart Notebook Search Engine

While at the Teacher 2 Teacher conference, it was a pleasure to meet up with Obe Hostetter, who runs the Smartboard Revolution Ning. Obe has created a very useful search engine for finding Smart Notebook files – this used to be featured on the Smart Website but I can’t find it anymore! You can access the Search Engine Here  ...

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YouTube Create: Easy Digital Storytelling
Mar24

YouTube Create: Easy Digital Storytelling

Now it is even easier to create content for YouTube without even needing a video camera or webcam. YouTube has just launched ‘YouTube Create‘ a new portal pulling together three great animation tools: GoAnimate, Stupeflix, an Xtranormal, each of which lets you ‘build’ custom videos featuring virtual avatars, custom speech, and more. All three would be excellent resources to support digital storytelling. From the YouTube...

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National Geographic Science Videos
Mar24

National Geographic Science Videos

I can’t believe I’ve not seen this video site from National Geographic before. There’s a wealth of videos here, from Animals and the Environment, Natural Disasters, and Space and Science. These would be perfect in Primary or Secondary Science or Geography classrooms. Videos can be linked to directly and an embed code is provided to embed into your blog or learning platform if you wish. Check it out :...

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Psykopaint
Mar23

Psykopaint

Here’s another site to add to my list of excellent online paint packages. Psykopaint has been created “as a new tool to enable users to express their creativity with a mimimum of knowledge and skills”. It lets you paint over the top of an existing image using a variety of different tools. A slider will let you reveal the image underneath. Or you can just start with a blank canvas. It’s great fun and well worth...

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Firefox 4 and Google Body
Mar23

Firefox 4 and Google Body

If you were interested in running Google Body when I wrote about it a few months back, but couldn’t get it to work in your current browser then there’s some exciting news. The new version of Firefox – version 4 – was released yesterday and this version supports OpenGL which lets the Body Browser work. If you haven’t seen Google Body, I wrote about it here. Science and PE teachers should definitely check...

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Channel 4 / YouTube Dream Teachers Competition
Mar22

Channel 4 / YouTube Dream Teachers Competition

Jamie Oliver/Channel 4 have teamed up with YouTube to find Britain’s most engaging real-life dream teachers.Often, the best teaching goes unnoticed and unrewarded. To bring that teaching out into the world, Channel 4 is asking you to share your skills with the world via YouTube. If you have a great approach to teaching a tough topic, make a video and post it up. The video doesn’t have to be professional quality, it’s...

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