English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources
Feb27

English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Yesterday I spent a rather fun day delivering Interactive Whiteboard training to some of the Education staff from English Heritage in the rather impressive surroundings of Wrest Park Estate. While there I was reminded about their range of IWB resources that they’ve put onto Promethean Planet, and I thought I’d share here in case you haven’t seen them. English Heritage National Monuments Record (NMR) have produced a...

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A Belated Blogpost About Bett 2013
Feb25

A Belated Blogpost About Bett 2013

It’s been nearly a month since I attended the BETT 2013 exhibition and I haven’t yet written about the event. I’ve been super-busy with a couple of writing projects which have taken up a lot of my time recently which probably hasn’t helped. But the more I think about it the more I realised that it’s probably because the BETT show just didn’t excite me that much this year. There wasn’t really...

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Getting Started with your Interactive Whiteboard : A quick guide
Feb22

Getting Started with your Interactive Whiteboard : A quick guide

Here’s a quick guide to help you get started with your Interactive Whiteboard, whatever brand you happen to have. Keep it Simple Don’t try and overload yourself with all the hundreds of bells and whistles that your whiteboard software can do. There are far too many, and you’ll just end up confusing yourself and your class. Spend a little time to focus on just the basic tools that you can use every day. There’s so...

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Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games
Feb21

Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games

Charanga Music World is a unique new way of learning an instrument online. The website Combines interactive gaming, music-related quizzes and videos to support 7-12 year olds learning musical instruments. The learning materials in Charanga Music World have been developed by some of the UK’s leading educators, and cover 24 instruments from absolute beginner through to the first ABRSM Music Medals exam and beyond. Instruments available...

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Classroom Timers for your Interactive Whiteboard
Feb20

Classroom Timers for your Interactive Whiteboard

Need to give the class a timed activity, but don’t have access to a stopwatch? There’s plenty of sites out there that will give you access to a countdown timer to help you keep track of the time. Here are a few of my favourites: Classtools.net This is still one of my favourite timers. Select the time you want, and the corresponding music to accompany it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, because of the music, but...

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Beesy – Note taking app for the iPad
Feb18

Beesy – Note taking app for the iPad

Beesy is a to-do and project management app for iPad. The application has features like being able to take notes, creating to-do lists, listing minutes of meetings and managing project details. Beesy enables you to manage a lot of productive tasks and is able to sync with your calendars and contacts, as well as sync notes with Evernote. The notes you create can have additional information added, such as audio, drawings and...

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How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard
Feb11

How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard

OK, so you have some shiny new iPads at school. One of the first things that many teachers want to do is to be able to hook them up to their Interactive Whiteboards to show whatever is on the screen to a class. It’s a question I get asked a lot on my IWB training courses these days. There are different ways to do this, and I’ve written about some of these in the past. But here they all are in one handy blog post. 1. Use a...

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Teach Your Monster to Read with this great Phonics Website
Feb10

Teach Your Monster to Read with this great Phonics Website

Teach your Monster to Read: First Steps is a new, free game to help children practise the first steps of reading with fun phonics games.. The site combines fun games with essential learning. The game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme. It has been assessed by reading experts at the University of Roehampton. It’s a fun looking site with some lovely...

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IWB TeachMeet Roehampton : Links and Files
Feb06

IWB TeachMeet Roehampton : Links and Files

There was an excellent IWB TeachMeet last night at Roehampton Universty. I gave a short talk on lesson starter ideas for your IWB. You can see an (old) version of the presentation here. The Magic Paper idea was one that always goes down well. I’ve finally put together a quick video to show how to make it: If you want a copy of the notebook file I used, you can get it from the links below. Smart Notebook 11 Version : Download...

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Allow student collaboration with your SMARTboard with the XC Add-On
Feb04

Allow student collaboration with your SMARTboard with the XC Add-On

The Extreme Collaboration beta add-on for SMART Notebook brings student collaboration from mobile devices to the SMART Board so students can text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop. In fact you can use any device with a web enabled browser. Use this for brainstorming – collecting ideas from the class, random polling of opinions, language work, question/answer etc. Basically, to get this to work,...

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Open Sankore 2.0 – Open Source IWB Software
Feb02

Open Sankore 2.0 – Open Source IWB Software

Open-Sankore is free Open Source interactive whiteboard software that is compatible with all types of IWB. It’s based on what was previously called Uniboard software. Back in November 2011 I reviewed the older version. Since then they’ve made some big changes to the way it looks and the way it works, and it is a lot more useable although there are still a few niggles. The basic tools that you would expect are here. You can write...

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