TED-Ed : Lessons worth sharing
Apr28

TED-Ed : Lessons worth sharing

TED-Ed is the latest initiative by the people behind the popular TED talks. TED-Ed’s videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world’s greatest educators. They have paired educators with talented animators to produce a library of educational videos. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can...

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Science lectures from the Royal Institution
Apr27

Science lectures from the Royal Institution

The Ri Channel is an online project by the Royal Institution showcasing the very best science videos from the Ri and around the web. The project continues the Royal Institution’s charitable mission to “connect people to the world of science”. Alongside highlights from recent Ri events, the Channel features re-digitised footage from the Ri archive and a range of high-quality videos from filmmakers and scientific...

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Smart Notebook 11 : Activity Builder Tutorial
Apr26

Smart Notebook 11 : Activity Builder Tutorial

Here’s a short video tutorial that demonstrates how easy it is to create a simple drag and drop activity in Smart Notebook 11 using the activity builder add-on. As well as putting things into groups, you could also use this to add labels to diagrams. Simply create a small containing shape for each label, and have it accept the one correct answer and reject all the others. Very simple. Let me know what you think of the activity...

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Magnifying the Universe – visualise the big and the small
Apr22

Magnifying the Universe – visualise the big and the small

Here’s another cool tool to visualise objects and their relative sizes – from the very small to the massively large. Magnifying the Universe accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you...

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Cloud Cuckoo World – A great site for KS2 MFL teachers
Apr19

Cloud Cuckoo World – A great site for KS2 MFL teachers

Cloud Cuckoo World is an new interactive website designed to support the delivery of languages at Key Stage 2 both at school and at home. Developed by sister teachers, Sara and Louise Mason, their dual language stories cover the QCDA suggested topics for primary school children and aim to provide an accessible introduction to languages for children from 4 years upwards. The site has French language resources at launch, with more...

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Smart Notebook 11 – A first look at the new version
Apr17

Smart Notebook 11 – A first look at the new version

The wait is nearly over and Smart Notebook 11 is set to be released on 23rd April. (Edit : It’s here.) I’ve been lucky enough to download a copy early and have a sneak peak of the new version of the Smart software and see how much it has changed since it was previewed at BETT back in January. Thanks to the folks at Smart for letting me have a copy. I’ll try and sort out some videos in the near future that demonstrate...

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GCSE Science Videos from MyGCSEScience
Apr15

GCSE Science Videos from MyGCSEScience

MyGCSE Science contains over 50 different Khan-academy-style videos covering different aspects of GCSE level science. The website is designed specifically for the AQA Core Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses but you will find many of the videos will be suitable for any KS4 science course. The site is free, but they do plan to offer additional resources for a small fee. They are lecture-style and so...

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Stratocam – the best pictures from Google Earth
Apr13

Stratocam – the best pictures from Google Earth

Stratocam provides a random selection of some of the best images from Google earth. Click on the left and right buttons to get a new image, or wait and let the site automatically cycle through them. Keep an eye on the URL, if you see one you like you can grab and hyperlink directly to that image. Or you could use the screen capture tools to grab an image and put it into your IWB software or PowerPoint. This would make an excellent way...

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Socrative – class quizzes and polling via any device
Apr12

Socrative – class quizzes and polling via any device

Having written about ActivEngage I was made aware of a site called Socrative, which I had missed before, that does a similar thing. Socrative is a web-based system that lets teachers and students set up questions and polling on any device with a web browser (iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc.). A student clicker IOS App is also available and there’s also one for Android. And the best news is that it’s free. To...

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Promethean ActivEngage Mobile – Voting on iPads and other devices
Apr11

Promethean ActivEngage Mobile – Voting on iPads and other devices

Promethean have just released ActivEngage, which will be of interest to schools that have started to roll out iPads and other mobile solutions in the classroom. Or for schools that are looking at a “Bring Your Own Device” approach. ActivEngage is a software-based learner response system for use in schools that have invested in 1:1 laptop initiatives, computer labs and mobile handheld devices for learners. It allows...

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Teaching Appz – a guide to great educational apps for teachers
Apr10

Teaching Appz – a guide to great educational apps for teachers

Teaching Appz is a great new website to help teachers to find apps for iPads, iPods and other mobile devices (including Android, Playbook and web) that can be used in the classroom. All apps are organised into subject areas, making them easy for teachers to browse through and each app has background information, as well as ideas for using them with children. The site is the brainchild of Mark Warner, creator of other great sites such...

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Science Blogposts on Promethean Planet
Apr08

Science Blogposts on Promethean Planet

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of two blogposts I have written for Promethean Planet recently which will be of interest to Science teachers. 10 (more) Science Websites for Your Interactive Whiteboard – A list of 10 great websites for science resources. Tour the Universe via Your Interactive Whiteboard – Ideas for different websites that can be used to demonstrate and explore the solar system and beyond...

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