Triptico – an essential interactive whiteboard resource for teachers
Oct31

Triptico – an essential interactive whiteboard resource for teachers

I have written about Triptico a few years ago, but it’s worth mentioning again since the site, and their resources, has had quite a revamp since then. Triptico has changed from being a website of online resources to a downloadable application which runs locally. Triptico uses the Adobe Air platform, so as long as your school network allows you to install it then you’ll have no problems. You might need to have a word with...

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Type.it : Quickly type foreign characters on your IWB
Oct29

Type.it : Quickly type foreign characters on your IWB

There are several different ways to get the special characters in French, Spanish etc and I often get asked by MFL teachers about the best ways to do it. Here’s another method that might be easier, especially if you’re at an IWB and can’t do the CTRL + numberpad trick. Type.it gives you a text editor with buttons that give you the special characters. You can type in your words using your normal (or on-screen)...

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Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids
Oct24

Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids

One of the things that I often get asked by teachers when delivering whiteboard training sessions is how to get graph paper onto their whiteboard screens. With the old ActivStudio/ActivPrimary (and also in Smart Notebook) you had to select these grids from the resource library. With ActivInspire this has been made a lot easier. The grid is always there on the page, it’s just hidden by default so you can’t see it. Although...

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Promethean ActivInspire 1.6 released
Oct19

Promethean ActivInspire 1.6 released

Promethean have recently released version 1.6 of their ActivInspire software. If you are already an Inspire user then it’s free to upgrade. As well as some bug fixes and feature tweaks there are new features such as an equation editor to allow you to create equations and add them into the flipchart page. These can be edited once on the page. To use the equation editor go to Insert and Equation. To upgrade – open...

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Easiteach Next Generation – version 1.3 released
Oct19

Easiteach Next Generation – version 1.3 released

If you are an RM Easiteach Next Generation user then you’ll be pleased to know that RM have just released Version 1.3 for Windows. This latest version of RM Easiteach Next Generation offers many new features, including: Integrated Download Center to search and download thousands of lessons from www.easilearn.com “Record my screen” captures Easiteach in action, ideal for screencasting Import files directly from PowerPoint and...

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Science Videos from Twig
Oct19

Science Videos from Twig

Twig is a website that provides over 500 3-minute films for Science at KS3 and GCSE level. It’s a subscription service, so schools will have to pay annually for access to the resource. You can access a selection of free movies here. Take a look and see what you think. The Twig service is accessed via the web, rather than via a Cachebox like some of its competing services like Clipbank. Also it is only geared to science, rather than a...

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Interesting Writing Prompts and Story Starters
Oct18

Interesting Writing Prompts and Story Starters

Here’s an interesting website which contains a series of different images which can be used as writing prompts or story starters. The site is produced by Luke Neff who uses these images with his own class. Each one involves a thought-provoking image and a question/scenario. Take a look here: http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/ If you want to make your own, then you could use sites such as The Big Picture to find powerful images...

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Interactive Whiteboard Training from Think Bank
Oct17

Interactive Whiteboard Training from Think Bank

A short commecial plug. I’ve mentioned before that I am a freelance interactive whiteboard trainer – I specialise in the main on delivering training in Interactive Whiteboards (Smart/Promethean) and also on Science training for teachers and student teachers. As an interactive whiteboard trainer I regularly deliver bespoke training sessions on how to use interactive whiteboards in schools and colleges around the UK plus...

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AWW – An Online Web Whiteboard
Oct16

AWW – An Online Web Whiteboard

AWW – A Web Whiteboard is very simple whiteboard application that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world. Online boards can be embedded elsewhere or shared online via a link. It’s very basic – all you get is a choice of pen colours and thicknesses,  so it’s limited in comparison to other online whiteboards such as...

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Now Let’s Write It Up : A Teachmeet Presentation
Oct13

Now Let’s Write It Up : A Teachmeet Presentation

Here’s a copy of a presentation I produced for TeachMeet Brighton and Teachmeet Moray House (TMMH11) as well as being shown at TeachMeet Dorset. The theme was to demonstrate several alternatives to the Science write up (which are also applicable to other subjects too). Do we always have to go away and write it up in the usual manner – method, results, conclusion etc. Sometimes there’s a place for showing what you...

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Plink and Tonecraft – two music tools for Chrome
Oct11

Plink and Tonecraft – two music tools for Chrome

Music teachers might be interested in these two Google Chrome based web apps from Dinahmoe Labs, both of which would work really well on an Interactive Whiteboard. Plink is a simple HTML5 interactive music generator. Simply log into Plink, choose a name, then hit “OK”. Your name, along with other users’ names, will appear on the screen and start generating music. Press and hold the left mouse button (or press on your IWB) for any...

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Copyright Free and Public Domain Media Sources
Oct10

Copyright Free and Public Domain Media Sources

Here’s a really good site which lists plenty of Public Domain and Copyright Free image websites. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some restrictions to using them, so be sure to read any “terms of use” statements on each site. Go visit http://people.uwec.edu/koroghcm/public_domain.htm to find out more. For more essential media sites, check out my list on Diigo:...

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