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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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea
Jan30

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea

There were many different clickers / student response kits on show at BETT 2014. One that caught my eye was Ombea, a new company that produces a very simple but powerful system that plugs into PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. The Ombea system comprises student clickers, but also has a very easy to use browser-based version which allows students to answer via any device – for example iPads, chromebooks and laptops. This makes it...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 2 : Promethean ClassFlow
Jan28

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 2 : Promethean ClassFlow

At the BETT show Promethean officially released the Beta version of ClassFlow. Like SMART Amp this is a cloud-based classroom presentation and management tool that enables teachers to create lessons, deliver interactive content across multiple devices and assess student understanding. I had a quick demo of ClassFlow on the Promethean stand, and liked what I saw! Using ClassFlow, teachers can build and access interactive lesson plans...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 1 : SMART Amp Collaborative Learning
Jan27

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 1 : SMART Amp Collaborative Learning

Much of last week was spent at the BETT Show in London, and I’m just starting to get my thoughts down from what was a very busy couple of days. There’s too much for a single blog post, so I’ll split up what caught my eye over a number of posts this week. The show as usual was filled with a mix of shiny whiteboards, tablet computers, chromebooks, laptops etc. Most not really changing noticeably from previous years....

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Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus
Jan21

Educational Videos for the Flipped Classroom from HippoCampus

HippoCampus is a free, web site that delivers free videos, animations, and simulations, to secondary school teachers and their students., free of charge. The site can be used without a login, which would be good for students. Teachers can register to set up playlists, customise content and share these with students. Registration is free. HippoCampus was designed as part of a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for...

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New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice
Jan19

New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice

Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to...

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