Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide
May29

Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide

I’ve written a new book! I’ve taken all of the guides and ideas that I use on my SMARTboard training sessions, and put them together into one book. This book will give you many quick and easy practical ways to get the very best from your SMARTboard. Step-by-step tutorials walk you through the process of making fun and engaging resources. There are ideas for all age ranges and subject areas. You can become a whizz with your...

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Pinterest for Teachers : A guide
May29

Pinterest for Teachers : A guide

If you haven’t seen it already, Pinterest is a social network that allows users to curate their own idea banks by “pinning” websites found on the internet to virtual boards. Each pin uses a main image to act as a visual reminder of the resource, and contains a link back to the original site. Pinterest acts as a bookmarking site – allowing you to build up banks of useful resources and, this is the best bit,...

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Codie: A Cute Robot You Can Code from an iPad or iPhone
May21

Codie: A Cute Robot You Can Code from an iPad or iPhone

Codie is a new robotic toy which teaches children the principles of computer coding via a companion iOS app. Codie comes with a unique visual programming language, which organizes the code of robotics into blocks. By arranging these blocks together children can create real programs, which are then executed by the toy robot. While playing with Codie, children get to learn about how computers think and get to know the fundamental...

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Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app
May15

Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app

Talking Cutie is a fun free iPad app that lets you add voices to images. Simply take a photograph, and then record up to 60 seconds of narration over the top. You can then add a talking face to the object – choosing from a wide range of different features.   This would have lots of uses in the classroom. Children could add a short description of an artefact in history, historical characters, famous people, they could...

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The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools
May14

The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools

Russel Tarr’s Classtools site is one of my go-to websites. I’m a big fan of the countdown timer and random name picker tools, and have used them on many occasions. The Fakebook and Twitter generator tools are also great. Just added to the site is the Breaking News Generator. This allows teachers and children to create an image that looks like something from a 24 hour news channel. It’s great fun and has a lot of...

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Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide
May14

Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide

This resource from Lenstore provides an interactive guide to the human eye. It takes you on a journey through the eye, with detailed explanations for each of the different parts. Rather than the usual cross-section view, you can explore the eye in first-person, zooming in through the pupil all the way to the optic nerve. The pop up labels give a short description of each part, with a link to find out more. This would be very useful...

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Thousands of Science, History and Art Images from Wellcome
May05

Thousands of Science, History and Art Images from Wellcome

For teachers looking for interesting images to use in their lessons, the Wellcome Images website is a great place to start! Images are grouped by Science, History and Art, and cover a wide variety of topic areas. The collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more. The...

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