Interactive Periodic Table
Apr29

Interactive Periodic Table

The Dynamic Periodic Table bills itself as “The most interactive Web 2.0 periodic table available. Dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation states, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, and instant search. Full descriptions in 30 languages from Wikipedia.” and it’s hard to argue with that description. It’s a useful resource and any science teacher should have it bookmarked: http://www.ptable.com/...

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Video Tutorial – Smart Notebook Desktop Capture
Apr27

Video Tutorial – Smart Notebook Desktop Capture

Another short video tutorial that shows how to use the Desktop Capture tools in Smart Notebook 10 to capture images from web pages and stills from video sites such as YouTube. More tutorials can be found in the Guides section of this site....

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Video Guide : Desktop Tools in Promethean ActivInspire
Apr25

Video Guide : Desktop Tools in Promethean ActivInspire

Another quick video tutorial. This time showing how to find the Desktop tools in Promethean’s ActivInspire software and use it to take screenshots. More tutorials can be found on the Guides page....

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Whiteboard Blog on Facebook
Apr20

Whiteboard Blog on Facebook

If you didn’t already know, you can also keep up with the ideas shared on the Whiteboard Blog via Facebook. Simply go to the Whiteboard Blog Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/whiteboardblog and click on “Like”  ...

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Stop Motion Filming with JellyCam
Apr19

Stop Motion Filming with JellyCam

JellyCam is a simple, free piece of software to allow you to make stop motion videos using a webcam. You can download JellyCam for free here. As a complete beginner, I found it very easy to use. There’s very little in the way of whistles and bells. You hit the space bar to take another frame, and the software allows onionskinning so you can get an idea of how the new frame relates to the last frame. You could use this with a...

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Video Tutorial: Anagram Games in ActivInspire
Apr18

Video Tutorial: Anagram Games in ActivInspire

Following on from the recent video showing how to do this in Smart Notebook – here is a video tutorial showing how to make an Anagram Game using Promethean ActivInspire software. The countdown theme tune for those who want it can be downloaded here. And an example flipchart file can be downloaded here. Other videos can be found in the Guides section of this site. More guides to follow. Watch this space!  ...

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Enriching Maths/Science Teaching
Apr18

Enriching Maths/Science Teaching

Dan Meyer teaches high school math outside of Santa Cruz, CA, In this video he explores the intersection of math instruction, multimedia, and inquiry-based learning. This has relevance to teachers of Science as well. How can we switch kids back on to enquiry? What role does multimedia play in this? On a related note (which is where I found the link to Dan’s video) – there’s an interesting discussion over at Action...

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Show Me – resources from UK Museums
Apr16

Show Me – resources from UK Museums

Show Me is the junior version of Culture24 – the government funded news, features and what’s on website about UK museums, galleries, archives, science centres and heritage sites. The site is packed with games and resources generated by the UK’s museum, gallery and heritage sector. All content is targeted at Key Stages 1 and 2. The site does not host the resources itself – it provides links to the relevant areas...

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Corkboard – online Post It wall
Apr15

Corkboard – online Post It wall

Corkboard.me is yet another online collaborative notice board / Post It wall. Like all the others it allows you to post and move post it notes on a shared wall. Embed images by pasting in their URL. It’s very simple, and like all the others could be used for brainstorming or collecting questions or comments from a class. Try it now at : http://corkboard.me The market for these is getting a little saturated now, but it’s...

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National Geographic Education Beta
Apr15

National Geographic Education Beta

I wrote last month about the Science videos on the National Geographic website, well now  National Geographic Education has totally revamped and greatly expanded its free and enormous educational offerings online, with a new (currently beta) site : www.NatGeoEd.org. The site is loaded with topical materials for K-12 educators, but it also has lots of content for families and students.  An enhanced search tool allows users to find...

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Science and Maths outside the classroom
Apr13

Science and Maths outside the classroom

As it’s the school holidays, and we really should be thinking about turning our computers off, and stepping outside into the fresh air, here’s an excellent set of resources to help teachers make use of the outdoor classroom to support maths and science teaching. King’s College London has launched a brand new, free CPD resource for KS3 science called  Thinking Beyond the Classroom which brings together three strands of...

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What my iPhone says about me
Apr11

What my iPhone says about me

I was tagged by fellow trainer and mummy blogger Chrissie Saunders (@Mediocre_mum) in a blog meme to talk about what apps I have on my iPhone. My iPhone is very useful tool for me – but sometimes it now plays second fiddle to my iPad. I have so many apps that I’ve installed and then rarely use. So here goes: The main page has my most used apps on it – so Google Mail, Words with Friends, Facebook and a Twitter app....

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