Explore Mount Everest Virtually with Glacierworks.
May29

Explore Mount Everest Virtually with Glacierworks.

As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Edmund Hilary’s expedition to the top of Mount Everest, here’s an excellent website that lets you and your class explore the mountain without leaving the classroom. Everest: Rivers of Ice is a new project that features legendary documentary filmmaker and explorer David Breashears joining with Microsoft to produce a multimedia tour of the mountain. Visitors to the site will be able to...

Read More
British Bug and Plant Identification iPad Apps from the FSC
May28

British Bug and Plant Identification iPad Apps from the FSC

The Field Studies Council have produced some handy apps for Science teachers who want to explore the wildlife on the school grounds, or on a field trip. The Tree Guide will help you quickly put a name to many UK trees. The handy filter system guides you through four basic leaf shapes, each quickly leading to a small number of choices. Choose the leaf that looks most similar, then call up more information including bark features, tree...

Read More
The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources
May22

The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources

I was lucky enough to be invited to deliver some training at the International School of Geneva this week. One of the Keynote speakers was Steve Crossan, Head of the Google Cultural Institute who was talking about some of their recent developments. I had heard of some of their early projects such as the Google Art Project or World Wonders, but I hadn’t seen some of their newer resources. And they looked stunning! With a team of...

Read More
Sketchlot – a shared web whiteboard for tablets
May16

Sketchlot – a shared web whiteboard for tablets

SketchLot is an interesting free website that allows teachers and students to share whiteboard sketches made on their tablet computers. The application provides teachers and students with an online environment in which they can create sketches on their tablets easily and then share them with one another. The system works through a browser, so can be used on any web-enabled device. It doesn’t use Flash, so works fine on an iPad....

Read More
The Star Wars Crawl Creator
May13

The Star Wars Crawl Creator

Here’s a different way to present your lesson objectives. The Star Wars Crawl Creator lets you turn any piece of text into the scrolling text seen at the opening of the Star Wars movies. Simply enter your text, then hit preview to see your text, complete with the famous theme tune. The site provides an embed code and a direct link so you can access your crawl in the future, or embed it into a blog or other website. (Update...

Read More
Scratch 2.0 : Programming for kids via a web browser
May10

Scratch 2.0 : Programming for kids via a web browser

I’m sure there can’t be many teachers who haven’t heard of Scratch, the free modular programming language for kids that makes it easy to create powerful simulations and games. Even very young children can make simple programs with it. Well, if you have been using it, you will be interested to know that MIT have just released version 2.0 of Scratch, and the interesting news is that this new version runs right in a...

Read More
Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard
May10

Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard

Fancy a quick class trip to see the Pyramids without all the paperwork? Giza 3D is a historically accurate, in-depth recreation of the great pyramids which you can access from your classroom on your Interactive Whiteboard. Built by Dassault Systemes, the people who created the 3D Paris Tour, the site lets you go on guided, interactive tours through ten different areas of the Giza plateau — allowing you to wander the necropolis,...

Read More
Smartmoves – Fun Pointers for your SMARTBoard
May09

Smartmoves – Fun Pointers for your SMARTBoard

Let me introduce you to Whimsy. He’s my new SmartBoard pointer from a company called SmartMoves. A SmartMove pointer is a cute, cartoon character on the end of a coloured stick. I wrote about them a few weeks ago, and have now got my hands on a SmartMove of my own to try out. Whimsy has been very popular at the training sessions I’ve taken him to. He works well on the Smartboard. I was worried that the end would feel too...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest