Mimio Training Videos
Aug31

Mimio Training Videos

If you own a Mimio interactive whiteboard then you’ll be interested in this YouTube channel that contains several useful videos on how to use the Mimio software. http://www.youtube.com/user/DYMOMimio You can also find training materials and support via the official Mimio website. You can download the most recent version of the Mimio software (version 8) by going here. (Trial version, needs activation key)    ...

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Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)
Aug31

Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)

A short post to collect a few things I’ve read recently and linked via Twitter, but worth reposting to the blog too. Go check them out Thoughts on writing a social media policy in schools by @simfin The Myth of the Digital Native by @merlinjohn Blooms Taxonomy for iPad Apps by @Langwitches All I need to know about Twitter I learned at kindergarten by @timbuckteeth A complete guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus...

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Make simple podcasts with the Cinch app
Aug30

Make simple podcasts with the Cinch app

Cinch is a simple sound recorder which will let you record and upload simple audio files. You can record via the Cinch website or you can download an app which will do the same job on your iPhone / iPod touch / Android phone. It looks pretty similar to software such as AudioBoo. The app on the iPhone consists of a simple record button. Simply start recording, and when finished the software automatically uploads the audio to your area...

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Teaching Library – literacy ideas and lesson resources
Aug27

Teaching Library – literacy ideas and lesson resources

Teaching Library is a place to find free teaching ideas and lesson resources, all linked to books that can be used in the classroom. Each book has ideas for uses in different areas of the curriculum, along with related video content and downloadable materials. You can browse by category or author. As well as the books that are listed, the site will let teachers add their own ideas, to build up a bank of useful lesson ideas. Primary...

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Smarthistory – a multimedia art textbook
Aug22

Smarthistory – a multimedia art textbook

Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement for the traditional art history textbook. It “uses multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.” The site contains audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still...

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Space infographic
Aug20

Space infographic

Just a quick post. Saw this infographic yesterday and thought it was cool. Click to embiggen….  ...

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Pinterest – collate and scrapbook online resources
Aug19

Pinterest – collate and scrapbook online resources

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. I’ve been having a play with Pinterest this afternoon after stumbling upon it. As well as create your own pinboards, you can also browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get...

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Back to School : Got a new interactive whiteboard?
Aug16

Back to School : Got a new interactive whiteboard?

So it’s mid-August and for many teachers the new school year has begun and for others it’s not too far away. Some of you will be starting at new schools and with that there’s a chance that you’ll be coming to terms with a new interactive whiteboard. You may already be familiar with whiteboards already, and are just starting at a school with a different brand. Either way, here’s a summary of blogposts...

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Blabberize – make talking pictures
Aug15

Blabberize – make talking pictures

Blabberize is a fun site that lets you create talking heads and record your own voice to go with it. It’s pretty simple to use – and it’s free. Upload a photograph, define the bottom of the mouth and the chin (this is the bit that moves) and then upload or record a sound for it to say. How could you use this in class? You could create a talking lesson starter image.To introduce a problem or a question to the...

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Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm
Aug15

Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm

Brightstorm is a beta site which hosts a large number of Science and Maths videos. There are over 2500 videos on the site covering many different aspects of High School Science and maths. From what I can see, the videos consist of teachers giving lecture-style presentations with occasional graphics. This makes them good for revision, although they may not be the most eye-catching or exciting videos. Each video comes with an...

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My problem with SMART’s mixed reality concept
Aug14

My problem with SMART’s mixed reality concept

With Notebook 10.8 SMART added Mixed Reality into the mix. This was something they’d been showing off since BETT back in January and I was really excited by the idea of adding 3D objects to my notebook pages. 8 months later and it’s finally here and I’m less excited.  This post aims to expand on a comment I made to a friend who works at SMART about my problem with Mixed Reality. First the good – I like the idea...

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TwHistory – historical tweeting
Aug10

TwHistory – historical tweeting

There have been several great time shifted (in real time) twitter feeds like British War Cabinet or the Apollo Moon Landings (from a few years ago). Or even Such Tweet Sorrow which recreated Romeo and Juliet in tweets. Also not forgetting Gunpowder Tweeting and Plot. TwHistory provides another platform to do this. Students or volunteers pick a well-documented historical event. They pick real historical figures who were at that event,...

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