Smartmoves – a new kind of Smartboard Pointer
Mar27

Smartmoves – a new kind of Smartboard Pointer

Teachers in primary or special schools have often come up with ingenious ways of helping their children to reach items on the SmartBoard. I have seen drum beaters being used, paint brushes and wooden hands. In special schools I have also seen tennis balls being used with children who can’t hold a regular pen. Since the SmartBoard responds to touch, all these items work really well. A new accessory to join this list is something...

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Collins Big Cat Story Creator Apps for iPad
Mar25

Collins Big Cat Story Creator Apps for iPad

The Collins Big Cat Series is a popular reading scheme used by over 9000 UK primary schools, as well as English-speaking schools all over the world. The books are now available as award-winning iPad apps, produced by the wonderful people at Shoofly Publishing. These apps provide a great way to develop essential literacy skills and transfer good reading to great writing. They recently won a Bett Award for Primary Digital Content. The...

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Common Sense Media – eSafety Resources for Teachers and Parents
Mar23

Common Sense Media – eSafety Resources for Teachers and Parents

Common Sense Media is a comprehensive website that provides information for teachers and parents to help keep kids safe online. It provides reviews and ratings for movies, apps and websites that inform parents/teachers how suitable they are for children and lets them know of any issues to be aware of. As well as that, the site has a wealth of information aimed specifically for teachers with their Media and Technology resources for...

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TeachMeet Essex – IWB starter files and links #tmessex
Mar18

TeachMeet Essex – IWB starter files and links #tmessex

For those who attended TeachMeet Essex this evening (and those who didn’t but who are interested, here’s the links and files from the talk I gave. You can see an (old) version of the presentation here. The Magic Paper idea was one that always goes down well. Here’s 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 :...

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Learning to Love the iGeneration : ECIS Tech Conference 2013
Mar17

Learning to Love the iGeneration : ECIS Tech Conference 2013

Learning to love the iGeneration was the theme for the ECIS Tech Conference 2013, held at ACS International School in Cobham this week. I was lucky enough to be invited along to attend. ACS International Schools have been rolling out a 1:1 iPad programme across grades 3-12 in all their campuses, and many of the sessions run at the conference was by ACS teachers who were sharing some of the things they have learned from the project so...

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Project Noah : Document and Share Nature Photographs
Mar08

Project Noah : Document and Share Nature Photographs

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. It would be of particular interest to science/biology teachers. Through their website and mobile Apps, Project Noah is asking its users all over the world to take photographs of their local wildlife, then upload and tag them. In doing so it will create an large searchable archive of photographs. There is also...

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GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop
Mar04

GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop

Games add a new way to captivate students and help them learn in a manner that’s meaningful for them. The already excellent BrainPOP UK have taken this on board, and added gaming to their repertoire through GameUp UK – their new gaming area. GameUp UK matches high quality BrainPOP content with great learning games – their resources underpin the learning and the associated games actively engage students and extend the learning. From...

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