This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!
Jan31

This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!

OK sorry for the headline. I was just curious what a bit of Upworthy-style hyperbole would do. The original title for this piece is : BETT 2014 Roundup pt 5: Other Things that Caught My Eye Less catchy eh? So this was the second BETT Show after the move to Excel from Olympia. There’s a lot to like about the new venue. Selfishly for me it’s a great deal easier to get to from where I live. I also like the large central space...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea
Jan30

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea

There were many different clickers / student response kits on show at BETT 2014. One that caught my eye was Ombea, a new company that produces a very simple but powerful system that plugs into PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. The Ombea system comprises student clickers, but also has a very easy to use browser-based version which allows students to answer via any device – for example iPads, chromebooks and laptops. This makes it...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 3 : Coding and Computing for Schools
Jan29

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 3 : Coding and Computing for Schools

With the imminent arrival of the new National Curriculum for Computing in September, it’s not surprising that there were quite a few products at BETT designed to help teach the coding aspects. I know many teachers are concerned about having to teach this, as many have no coding experience themselves. Here are a few products that caught my eye. Espresso Coding Espresso Coding is the new site from digital content providers...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 2 : Promethean ClassFlow
Jan28

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 2 : Promethean ClassFlow

At the BETT show Promethean officially released the Beta version of ClassFlow. Like SMART Amp this is a cloud-based classroom presentation and management tool that enables teachers to create lessons, deliver interactive content across multiple devices and assess student understanding. I had a quick demo of ClassFlow on the Promethean stand, and liked what I saw! Using ClassFlow, teachers can build and access interactive lesson plans...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 1 : SMART Amp Collaborative Learning
Jan27

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 1 : SMART Amp Collaborative Learning

Much of last week was spent at the BETT Show in London, and I’m just starting to get my thoughts down from what was a very busy couple of days. There’s too much for a single blog post, so I’ll split up what caught my eye over a number of posts this week. The show as usual was filled with a mix of shiny whiteboards, tablet computers, chromebooks, laptops etc. Most not really changing noticeably from previous years....

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Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus
Jan21

Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus

HippoCampus is a free, web site that delivers free videos, animations, and simulations, to secondary school teachers and their students., free of charge. The site can be used without a login, which would be good for students. Teachers can register to set up playlists, customise content and share these with students. Registration is free. HippoCampus was designed as part of a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for...

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New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice
Jan19

New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice

Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to...

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Student Assessment in the BYOD classroom with AnswerPad
Jan15

Student Assessment in the BYOD classroom with AnswerPad

AnswerPad is a free assessment tool that allows teachers to score and grade paper quizzes online. Unlike other tools, such as Socrative, the questions need to be presented to the students separately. This would usually be done via a paper-based quiz as normal so the students could work at their own pace, but you could display questions on the IWB and work through at class-pace. AnswerPad lets you set up an electronic answer sheet for...

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Zu3D – Stop Motion Animation on your iPad
Jan14

Zu3D – Stop Motion Animation on your iPad

Zu3D is a powerful yet simple to stop-motion animation and timelapse app for the iPad. The folks at Zu3D have taken their PC animation software and streamlined it to work on IOS. Zu3D uses the front or back cameras from the iPad to take a series of pictures, which it then strings together into a stop-motion animation. You can import and record sound effects as well as add titles, credits and speech bubbles. Zu3D comes with a library...

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Create Simple Animations with the ABCYa Animate iPad app
Jan08

Create Simple Animations with the ABCYa Animate iPad app

ABCya! Animate is a very simple animation app for the iPad aimed at very young children. It is an easy-to-use app that lets children create animations using their own drawings or ready-made images. The interface is visually attractive and reasonably simple. A video tutorial shows children (and parents/teachers!) how to use each of the tools that make up the app. There’s a nice bank of ready-made images and children can also use...

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Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013
Jan02

Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013

As we begin 2014, just a quick blog post to cast a look back over the last 12 months and to highlight the top 10 posts from 2013. My blogging suffered a little during 2013 as I worked on my Masters Dissertation, but I’ll be a little more focused for 2014 now that’s out of the way. Here are the top 10 most-read posts for 2013: 1. How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard 2. 6 Creative Tools for Displaying...

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