Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers
Sep22

The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers

Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps. There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom...

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Edtech In the Classroom : Evolution not Revolution
Sep17

Edtech In the Classroom : Evolution not Revolution

Many things have claimed that they will revolutionize education, from motion pictures, to radios, to  CD-ROMs. Now there is a wealth of information and video on the internet should we expect it to revolutionize education? This video argues that it won’t, for two reasons: 1. Technology is not inherently superior, animations over static graphics, video presentations over live lectures etc. 2. Learning is inherently a social...

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Testing the 4G Mobile Hotspot from Three
Sep15

Testing the 4G Mobile Hotspot from Three

If you’ve got a WiFi-only iPad and would like to use it on the move, the usual approach would be to try and tether it to your phone, or hop around free WIFI hotspots. The Huawei E5573 Mobile WiFi unit from Three provides an alternative way to connect to the internet. The device comes with a Pay-as-you-go SIM card that lets you buy access when you want, rather than being tied up to a monthly contract. I was kindly sent one of...

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Barriers to Successful Integration of Educational Technology
Sep10

Barriers to Successful Integration of Educational Technology

This is an extract of a literature review I undertook for my Master’s dissertation. I was interested in some of the barriers that were stopping some schools using educational technology effectively, whilst others seemed to integrate it really well. This had implications for school managers as well as providers of teacher CPD. You can spend a lot of money on kit, but it’s useless if school culture and ethos don’t...

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The HUE HD Pro Webcam and Visualiser
Sep09

The HUE HD Pro Webcam and Visualiser

The HUE HD Pro is a great value classroom camera and visualiser rolled into one. It’s the big brother of the Hue USB camera I reviewed the other week. The camera can view a full A4 page and project it onto your interactive whiteboard via your PC and projector. The camera has a solid base and a flexible arm. You can remove it from the base plug the arm directly into a USB port on your laptop if you wish. The HUE HD Pro camera...

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How to download older versions of Smart Notebook
Sep08

How to download older versions of Smart Notebook

I’m writing this post because I get asked this question a lot during my Smartboard training sessions. Whilst a lot of schools have signed up for the latest version of Smart Notebook 15, and have paid for the new Advantage licence, a lot of schools are still running older versions. And when they need to reinstall an older version of Smart Notebook, the new download page has been causing some confusion (although it has been...

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10 Primary Science Flipcharts for Prowise Presenter
Sep07

10 Primary Science Flipcharts for Prowise Presenter

If you’ve not met it before, ProWise Presenter is browser-based interactive whiteboard software which can be used on any brand of whiteboard with no need to install any software. This Summer, I’ve been involved in writing some Prowise files to help teach primary school science. There are 10 files in all from a range of different topic areas. Each file is about 10 or so pages with a mix of information and interactive...

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The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015
Sep02

The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015

World Teach In is a 2 day CPD event in London aimed at sharing the very best ideas for teaching Science and Technology. The event will provide a range of practical lessons and projects, along with full lesson plans and equipment to take away to  teach with on Monday morning! There are two 2 Events – one for Secondary on Friday 20th Nov, and one for Primary on the Saturday 21st. Secondary: Stem for Schools STEM for Schools 2015...

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