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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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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Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?
Apr24

Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?

SMART have just released the latest version of SMART Notebook, their interactive whiteboard software. Version 15 does not look very different to version 11 or 14, but there are a few new features and updates to some tools that are worth taking a look at. If you haven’t upgraded to 14 yet, here’s what you’ve already missed! I’ve put together a short video which shows some of these features: Lesson Activity...

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Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB
Mar11

Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities to use with a class. It would be ideal for users of some brands of whiteboard or interactive projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro
Feb25

Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro

SMART Notebook Maestro will let you connect your iPad to your SMARTboard wirelessly, and let you interact with a SMART Notebook file. You can annotate, add images and move objects around from your iPad, anywhere in the classroom. This quick guide explains how to quickly get the app connected to SMART Notebook. Requirements. For this to work, you will need SMART Notebook 14, and a valid advantage licence. You will need the latest...

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Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads
Feb23

Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads

Video Physics from Vernier is a very handy app for the Secondary physics classroom. Running on all iOS devices it allows the students to analyse the motion of moving objects in videos. Using the app, students can capture video of an object in motion, then track it automatically by tapping on the object in the video, frame by frame. Video Physics can instantly create trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. The...

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