Interactive Whiteboard, Science and Computing CPD for Schools
May08

Interactive Whiteboard, Science and Computing CPD for Schools

A short commecial plug. I’ve mentioned before that I am a freelance interactive whiteboard trainer – I specialise in delivering CPD sessions on the use of Interactive Whiteboards (Smart/Promethean) and also on Science training for teachers and student teachers. As an interactive whiteboard trainer I regularly deliver bespoke training sessions on how to use interactive whiteboards in schools and colleges around the UK plus...

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Create Jeopardy-style quizzes using FlipQuiz
May02

Create Jeopardy-style quizzes using FlipQuiz

FlipQuiz is a free site that allows you to create Jeopardy-style quizzes to use on your interactive whiteboard without the need for any technical skills. FlipQuiz was created to provide educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom. With FlipQuiz, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use. Sign up is free for the basic FlipQuiz, and you can quickly start...

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Smart Notebook iPad App Updated with More Tools.
May01

Smart Notebook iPad App Updated with More Tools.

The Smart Notebook iPad app has had a bit of an update, with some more useful tools and features being added. And it looks a lot better for it! New features include better integration with Dropbox to keep your SMART Notebook files up- to-date across multiple devices. One tap on the Dropbox icon in the SMART Notebook app for iPad file manager and you can quickly login to your Dropbox account to import and export SMART Notebook files....

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Happy Numbers – an interactive numeracy website for IWB’s and tablets
Mar26

Happy Numbers – an interactive numeracy website for IWB’s and tablets

Happy Numbers is a new interactive maths resource aimed at young children from reception to Year 2 designed to work on interactive whiteboards as well as tablets and chromebooks. Happy Numbers aims to create connections between targeted skills and develop the foundational learning necessary to understand them. Each skill can be approached it from multiple angles, with various different activities, with the aim of building deeper...

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SMART Notebook 2014 : Coming Soon
Mar19

SMART Notebook 2014 : Coming Soon

There’s a new version of SMART Notebook on it’s way. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a beta yet, so this is what I can glean from various press releases and video announcements. Notebook 2014 sees the introduction of the ‘Text Pen’. This is a new, and improved handwriting recognition tool.  The updated tool allows you to edit text by making gestures with the pen.  Gestures and slashes with the text pen tool...

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UKED Magazine : March Issue 03 Now Online
Mar14

UKED Magazine : March Issue 03 Now Online

The March 2014 edition of the UKEd Magazine is now available, hosting a fantastic array of features and articles for teachers and educators everywhere. It’s a free magazine, which you can read here. I’ve contributed a guide to using simple tools to get the most out of your Interactive Whiteboard. As well as that article, there’s other great stuff such as : The Outdoor Classroom – Let’s get Growing Schools, by Beth...

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Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released
Mar03

Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released

Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration was a very interesting plug in for Smart Notebook 11 that added additional collaboration features. Students could text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop. I’ve written about the beta version of Extreme Collaboration in the past (which you can read here), but the exciting news is that this  is now out of beta and the full version, rebranded as XC Collaboration,...

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10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations
Feb26

10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations

In many schools, Microsoft PowerPoint is still the go-to software when creating presentations. But it does have its limitations, and there’s also the problem of “death by PowerPoint”. Sometimes it’s good to try alternative tools that allow for a slightly different approach. PowerPoint Alternatives There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them...

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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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Allow Interaction Between a Digital Screen And Any Classroom Device With ProConnect
Feb03

Allow Interaction Between a Digital Screen And Any Classroom Device With ProConnect

ProWise Presenter is another piece of cloud-based software that allows the classroom interactive whiteboard to connect to the student tablets or laptops. Using it teachers can create presentations that allow student participation via the Proconnect app. Using the ProWise Presenter, teachers can create and share an online presentation with the students. This can include annotations, text and images. It works in the same way as most of...

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Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images
Feb02

Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images

Google Images has always been a great place to find images, but it does cause problems since they may well be covered by copyright rules. You have been able to search for Creative Commons, and copyright-free, images using Google Images but the feature has been a little hidden. Thankfully, Google have now updated the search tools to make it a little easier to filter by the Usage Rights, and find images you are allowed to reuse and...

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This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!
Jan31

This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!

OK sorry for the headline. I was just curious what a bit of Upworthy-style hyperbole would do. The original title for this piece is : BETT 2014 Roundup pt 5: Other Things that Caught My Eye Less catchy eh? So this was the second BETT Show after the move to Excel from Olympia. There’s a lot to like about the new venue. Selfishly for me it’s a great deal easier to get to from where I live. I also like the large central space...

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