Screencasting with IWB Software
Dec06

Screencasting with IWB Software

If you have a Smartboard or a Promethean board then you already have the software to allow you to make screencasts. A screencast is a way of capturing everything that you do on a computer screen with audio narration, and save it as a movie file to share later. By using this technique you could run through a presentation and capture it with your own voice over the top. It could allow teachers to record parts of a lesson, or to create...

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Essential Digital Resources for your IWB
Apr06

Essential Digital Resources for your IWB

One of the talks I gave at the Teacher2Teacher conference was on finding useful digital content to use on your Interactive Whiteboard. There’s more to the Internet than YouTube and Google Image search! Although this presentation was delivered mainly to Smartboard users, and the original presentation produced in Smart Notebook format, the information is very useful to any IWB users. Or even teachers who have a projector and no...

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Prezi announce Educational License
Jan25

Prezi announce Educational License

Thanks in part to an Open Letter to Prezi by UK teacher Mark Clarkson, the fantastic online presentation tool, Prezi, has announced a free educational license for teachers and students. Students and teachers can now create private prezis for free. Upon verification of student/teacher identity, Prezi EDUEnjoy is free and Prezi EDUPro comes with a special educational discount. And also they’ve simplified the Prezi editor so that...

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Get infected with the “I Can” virus
Jan14

Get infected with the “I Can” virus

This video was shown at last night’s TEDxOrenda event at BETT last night. I thought it was pretty inspirational. Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life’s most valuable lesson: “I can.” Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents. And if they can do it… you can do it!...

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What is a digital native?
Jan07

What is a digital native?

Thanks to Sidney Eve on Twitter for posting this link to an interesting presentation about Digital Natives. As well as making some interesting points about digital natives, it also shows how presentations can benefit from losing all the bullet points and combining small amounts of text with punchy images. Digital Natives...

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Dodging Bullets in Presentations
Dec07

Dodging Bullets in Presentations

Just wanted to share a great little presentation that was mentioned on Twitter the other day. I didn’t write this, but I do think it’s great! I may not be totally here yet, but a lot of my newer presentations are trying to have fewer words and many more pictures. Try and do the same with your IWB materials as well. A really good image can make such a difference. Dodging Bullets in Presentations View more presentations from...

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Did You Know 4.0?
Sep15

Did You Know 4.0?

The new version of the Shift Happens / Did You Know video has been released on YouTube. This one focusses on the changing media landscape. Some interesting information here. Thanks to Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod for this latest version. I think the shift to pocket devices is the most interesting. I use my Nokia N95 a lot to check my email, but I only use it on a few websites. Mainly to check football scores, twitter and facebook....

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Stupeflix – Easy Video Slideshows
May09

Stupeflix – Easy Video Slideshows

Stupeflix is a new site that lets you turn images into video slideshows in the same way that Animoto does. It’s currently in Beta and while you can create videos for free it looks like there may be a charge in future. You can add images by copying and pasting the image URLs froma site such as Flickr, or by uploading images. You can’t (at present) pull images in from a Flickr photoset in the same way as Animoto can....

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Wall Wisher
May04

Wall Wisher

Wall Wisher is an online notice board maker. It gives you a virtual space where you can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. But this noticeboard can be shared between people all over the world. As well as text notes you can add images, video and links to other websites. It’s a neat way of getting a shared space to collect ideas from people for a...

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Marzano IWB research published
Apr22

Marzano IWB research published

Promethean have now made available a report by education researchers Robert Marzano and Mark Haystead entitled “Evaluation Study of the Effects of Promethean ActivClassroom on Student Achievement,” The study examined whether Promethean’s ActivClassroom had an impact at different grade levels and across different academic content areas in schools around the US. The research found that integrating Promethean’s...

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Using a Visualiser
Mar31

Using a Visualiser

I ran a training day last week for a college where we looked at Visualisers (sometimes called Document Cameras). Through the day we tried out some different things that you could do and I took some screen grabs. I have put the screengrabs, and a few photographs from the day into a short presentation. Hopefully it will help to illustrate some of the ways that you could use your Visualiser in conjunction with your interactive...

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Visualisers
Mar24

Visualisers

In advance of a training day I am doing on Friday about Visualisers, I’m putting this short post together to collect together some useful resources to direct teachers towards. A visualiser, (sometimes called a Document Camera) at its simplest, is a video camera mounted on a stand that connects to a data projector. You can then place objects below the camera and project the image onto your interactive whiteboard. You can pretty...

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