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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Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?
Oct18

Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?

Prowise users should be aware that Prowise Presenter has had a facelift and the new version (v6) is now live and better than ever. For those that have not yet taken a look at Prowise, now is the time! Prowise Presenter is browser-based interactive whiteboard software that stores your files in the cloud. This means there’s nothing to install and you always have your files with you. If you’re teaching in a school with...

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The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools
Oct15

The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools

If you’ve ever used a SMARTboard you’re probably already aware of the Floating Tools. This is an extra toolbar that sits on the side of the screen. It was always there, even if you were not connected to a SMARTboard, although you could hide/show it via the icon in the system tray. With version 11 of SMART Notebook, SMART brought in SMART Ink. This was a new way of capturing annotations on the board. Although it...

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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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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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