Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin
Jun04

Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin

Seventy years ago this week, Allied forces were preparing for the D-Day Landings in Normandy that would eventually turn the tide of World War 2 . This year we are also commemorating the start of the First World War in 1914. Many schools are covering one or both of these events in their lessons and there are some good online resources to help teach them. One site I’ve written about before is called HistoryPin and it’s well...

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Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard
May23

Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard

Pixiclip is an online whiteboard that lets you record your annotations as you make them, along with your voice and even webcam footage. If you’ve used iPad apps like Explain Everything then you’ll get the idea of how this works. The number of tools are limited, but enough to do basic drawings to illustrate simple concepts. You can also upload images in advance then add them to the canvas while you talk.   Drawing with...

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Use your iPad as an Interactive Whiteboard with Doceri
May14

Use your iPad as an Interactive Whiteboard with Doceri

Doceri is a free screencasting app for the iPad that when coupled to a large screen lets you use your iPad like an interactive whiteboard. Doceri lets you create presentations, add handwritten annotations, insert images from the camera roll and record screencast videos you can easily save or share. There are several ways to connect Doceri to a large screen, if you already have an Apple TV in the classroom then you can connect your...

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Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll
May09

Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll

ParticiPoll is a free audience polling plugin for PowerPoint that allows polls to be run quickly and with no need for additional clickers to be used. Students can vote via any internet-enabled device. Signing up with ParticiPoll is free for basic features. Once logged in, download the free plugin for PowerPoint. The makers claim that the plugin doesn’t need admin rights, and so should be easy for teachers to install themselves....

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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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