Merry Christmas from the Whiteboard Blog
Dec22

Merry Christmas from the Whiteboard Blog

It’s that time of year again! Wishing all my readers a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Thanks for all your support over the past 12 months, and here’s to 2012!  ...

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Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool
Dec21

Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool

Beautiful Curves is a cute little drawing application, creating almost organic-looking artwork. According to its creator “Beautiful curves simulates that little bit of randomness in life, where you never know whats going to happen next.” It’s a fun application, which would work on your interactive whiteboard. Check it out here....

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Annotate Word Documents with Promethean ActivMarker
Dec20

Annotate Word Documents with Promethean ActivMarker

This post was inspired by a Promethean ActivInspire training session that I delivered recently. An English teacher wanted to annotate on top of Word documents, but didn’t want to use the transparent flipchart, or capture sections of text with the camera and annotate them within ActivInspire. It is possible to do this, using a  little known tool that comes bundled with ActivInspire called ActivMarker. It’s a slightly hidden...

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Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard
Dec20

Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard

The virtual keyboard is a fun on-screen music keyboard that lets you play music on your computer. You can either tap the keys on your Interactive Whiteboard, use the mouse, or just press the keys on your computer keyboard (using the A to @ keys, and the row above). You can choose from several different musical instrument sounds from piano to organ to guitar and even steel drums. It’s fun, and even better, it’s free. Check...

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QR Voice – talking QR Codes
Dec18

QR Voice – talking QR Codes

QR Voice provides an interesting angle on the regular QR codes that have been doing the rounds recently. QR voice encodes a given text message into QR code that once scanned by a QR scanner smartphone application reproduces the message with a synthesized voice. So basically you type the text in (up to 100 characters) and QR voice gives you the link. For example, scan this with a QR reader on your mobile phone such as QuickMark You...

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Cargo Bridge – fun physics game
Dec18

Cargo Bridge – fun physics game

Cargo Bridge is a fun physics game in the style of games such as Angry Birds and World of Goo. The challenge is to build a bridge and test your construction skills. Would be a fun game to introduce to students as an end-of-term activity. Works well on the IWB but can also be played on laptops. Access it here: http://webstore.limexgames.net/cargo_bridge/index.html Thanks to Nick at Fractus Learning for the link....

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IWB Research Materials Update
Dec16

IWB Research Materials Update

This is a set of updated links from the last time I collated these back in 2009. I’m using this post as a bit of a brain-dump to collate some research articles. I haven’t read all of them myself yet but I’m putting all the links into one place so I can find them again later. Another list of articles can be found here by Miller, Glover and Averis at Keele University, and also some collated resources here.  IWB’s...

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Promethean ActivInspire Training Resources
Dec15

Promethean ActivInspire Training Resources

Here’s a summary of the Promethean ActivInspire (and ActivStudio) training resources that you’ll find in the Guides section of this blog. Promethean Helpsheets Using Desktop Tools in Activinspire Making an Anagram Starter in ActivInspire ActivSoftware Inspire Studio Toolbars ActivSoftware Inspire Primary Toolbars Activstudio 3 Toolbars ActivExpression voting guide Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids...

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PSHE Resource – Sazias Story
Dec14

PSHE Resource – Sazias Story

Plan UK’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign aims to end the barriers that prevent 75 million girls from getting a quality education and the chance to fulfil their rights and aspirations. The 10 minute animation and supporting teaching pack are designed to help students learn more about early and forced marriage as a barrier to girls’ education. PSHE  teachers might find this a useful resource which could be used to provoke...

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Embed HTML Codes into Promethean ActivInspire
Dec14

Embed HTML Codes into Promethean ActivInspire

With the latest update to Promethean’s ActivInspire software you can now use embed codes from YouTube (and other sites) and embed the video directly into your ActivInspire flipchart page. First go to the YouTube video that you want, click on share, then copy the embed code (looks like both the old and new embed codes work) Once you have copied the code, switch back to ActivInspire and click on Insert then Link and Embedded HTML...

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YouTube for Schools Launches
Dec13

YouTube for Schools Launches

Following on from Septembers launch of YouTube for Teachers, comes the launch today of YouTube for Schools. YouTube for Schools “lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400,000 educational videos, from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED, and from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views. Schools can also...

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Peerwise online assessment tool
Dec13

Peerwise online assessment tool

Peerwise is an free online assessment tool for teachers and students. Teachers can set up their own tests for their students to do. Students can also set up and share their own tests with each other. You need to register for an account to use the site, but it is free to do so. Go take a look at : http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/  If you’ve tried PeerWise, let me know what you think of it in the comments. Thanks to ...

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