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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Mirror your device onto an interactive whiteboard with AirServer v3
Aug10

Mirror your device onto an interactive whiteboard with AirServer v3

AirServer turns your Windows PC into a universal mirroring receiver, allowing you to mirror iPads and other devices using AirPlay and Miracast simultaneously to the same screen. I’ve written about it before, and it’s a very good way of getting your iPad onto your whiteboard for a lot less than buying an Apple TV. It is now possible to mirror an iPhone, iPad, Surface, Windows Phone or Android devices that support AirPlay...

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Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad
Aug07

Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad

Plotagon is a free iOS app that lets you create impressive animations on an iPad. It works in a very similar way to websites such as GoAnimate and Xtranormal. Create different characters, put them into scenes and write the dialog. The computer then generates the speech from the text. The app is free but it does have in-app purchases, which may deter some teachers from using it. However there is an education version available which has...

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Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App
Aug07

Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App

Tickle is a very cool app that lets you create code to control the Sphero Robotic Ball, Sphero Ollie, Parrot Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo mini drones and more – all wirelessly from an iPad. The app uses a similar structure to Scratch – simply drag and drop the modular blocks to make your Sphero roll around a maze or your parrot drone to flip about in mid air.  You can even use it to program an Arduino wirelessly and build...

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Compare the Size of the Planets with this Handy Site
Aug03

Compare the Size of the Planets with this Handy Site

A quick webtool for a Monday morning. Planet Compare is a handy site for science teachers who want to demonstrate the relative size of each of the planets in our solar system. The tool includes 3d models of all 8 planets, plus Pluto and the Sun. Simply click on the first planet, then the second to see them side by side. You can also double-click anywhere on planet 1 to “stick” the other planet onto its surface –...

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Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery
Aug02

Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery

This Solar System Orrery by Jeroen Gommers provides a top-down view of the solar system so you can observe how the planets move relative to each other. The orbits and size of the planets has been squashed to make it fit onto the screen, but their relative motion are accurate. In reality their orbits are elliptical as well, rather than circular as shown in this model. Drag any planet around to see how the other planets move. The...

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BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video
Jul31

BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video

BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a interactive experience where you get to mix dangerous chemicals with explosive results behind the safety of your screen. The site uses an interactive YouTube video with annotations to provide different reactions depending on the chemicals that you select. This would make a great resource to use in class, or for a homework task. The children can choose a chemical to start off with and then select a second...

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WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)
Jul13

WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on any brand of interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. I wrote about Word Wall back in March if you want to know more. Anyway, the folks at Word Wall have given me an invite code which gets the first 30 people to use it a one year free personal licence. Click here to sign up. There’s only 30...

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Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D
Jul09

Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D

Elements 4D is a neat Augmented Reality chemistry app for iOS and Android devices which provides a fun way to look at various different chemical reactions. The app uses blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table. The site will eventually sell ready-made cubes, but you can download paper templates for free here. When viewed through the app, these blocks instantly transform a simple, inanimate...

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Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook
Jun29

Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook

If you’re looking for a quick idea for a lesson starter when using your Smartboard, then check out this Magic Paper technique. This activity always goes down well when I show it to teachers during my training sessions. It looks very clever, but is actually really simple to produce. It works with any situation where information comes in pairs – questions and answers, dates and events, words in two languages etc. With the words on...

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Notebookcast – a free online whiteboard for any device
Jun04

Notebookcast – a free online whiteboard for any device

Notebookcast is a free online whiteboard that allows you to share whiteboard space with any devices. You don’t need to install any software, it runs within your browser. Like any whiteboard software you can draw and add images and shapes. Once you have created a board you can share it with up to 10 users, all of whom can add to the drawing in real-time. This would be good for collaborative work. The whiteboard is a little basic,...

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Prowise Presenter App now available for iOS and Android
Jun01

Prowise Presenter App now available for iOS and Android

If you are a user of a Prowise interactive whiteboard system, then you’ll be interested to know that the Prowise presenter app is now available for IOS and Android devices. The Presenter app allows you to create whiteboard presentations with ease on any device. I’ve written about Prowise before, see what I thought of it here. Using the app you can create presentations on any device and view or edit lessons that have...

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