25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices
Jan23

25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

Are you in the market for interactive devices for your classrooms? With Bett and several other conferences coming up, guest contributor Terry Freedman has produced a checklist of questions you may find useful. You may wish to amend some or discard some as appropriate in your circumstances. What is the make and model of the product? (These are obvious questions, but are intended to remind you to write down the answers.) Does this...

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The Samsung Digital Classroom Project
Jul21

The Samsung Digital Classroom Project

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Oxford to attend an event run by Samsung to celebrate their Digital Classrooms project. As part of this 3-year project, Samsung gave participating schools a suite of Samsung technology, including tablets, chromebooks and digital cameras. They also provided teacher training, connectivity and maintenance support. 15 schools are currently involved in the UK, and over 2400 globally. The schools...

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My BETT 2016 Roundup
Feb04

My BETT 2016 Roundup

BETT 2016 was different for me this year since I was spending most of the time working on the Prowise stand offering IWB Masterclasses. This meant I didn’t get as much time as usual to wander around the show and look at new products. I spent more time talking to people about whiteboards and pointing at screens! But I still got to see a few things, plus catch up with some good friends that I only ever seem to meet at BETT once a...

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Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom
Dec30

Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom

This is a guest post from Nancy Knowlton. Nancy is one of the founders of SMART Technologies and co-inventor of the SMART board along with her husband David Martin. She’s back at BETT this year with their new edtech company, Nureva. The 5th C In my years visiting schools around the world, I have been lucky to experience a wide array of teaching styles and approaches. Some lessons are structured to bring out the creativity in...

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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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An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers
Feb19

An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective teaching using technology. Shulman (1986) first introduced the idea of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) as a way of thinking about the development of teacher knowledge. This idea was extended by Mishra & Koehler (2006) to describe teachers’ integration of technology into their...

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Brilliant Bluetooth Bee Bots at #BETT2015
Jan26

Brilliant Bluetooth Bee Bots at #BETT2015

The Bee Bot has been a familiar sight in many primary classrooms for many years. The small programmable bot provides an easy introduction to simple algorithms. You can even print out little outfits for them to wear! They’ve become a bit of an institution. Then, a few years back, TTS produced a couple of Bee Bot apps which allowed children to move an animated Bee Bot to solve simple problems. The Bee Bots had been dragged into...

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BETT 2015 Round Up
Jan26

BETT 2015 Round Up

So it was that time of year again. The annual trip to London to visit the BETT show. As I do every year I visit the show with a couple of different agendas – to meet up with colleagues on the various stands, to catch up with companies I’ve worked with in the past, and to see what’s new and exciting in the world of educational technology. And like last year, the overall feeling was that not a lot was really new. More...

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An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers
Jan03

An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers

The SAMR Model offers a structure for teachers to see how technology could impact upon the teaching and learning in their classroom.  It provides a framework for progression that adopters of educational technology follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology. SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puetendura as a model for technology integration into the classroom. The SAMR Model stands for: S: Substitution. A:...

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TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources
Oct31

TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources

I’m taking part in a TeachTweet session this evening. This is a Teachmeet that takes place virtually via video presentations and then discussion via Twitter. It’s being run by UKEdchat, which if you’re not already is a good twitter account and hashtag to follow! I decided to demonstrate a few of the useful interactive resources that are available for free on the Internet. These include Zygote Body, Solar System Scope...

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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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