How to Switch Promethean Classflow from the US to the UK Version.
Mar14

How to Switch Promethean Classflow from the US to the UK Version.

One thing that also happened with the release of version 4 of Promethean Classflow is the launch of the UK version of the service. The UK version of Classflow runs off a different server to the .com version, and so you will need a separate login. But don’t worry, it is possible to link up the accounts though, so you can still access resources already created on your .com login. I thought it might be useful to put together a...

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6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers
Feb09

6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers

My experience with teaching on Primary PGCE courses has made me very aware of how few primary ITT students arrive with a science background. For many the last experience they had of science was during their GCSE’s. Not many come with Science A levels, and if they do it’s usually Biology, rather than Chemistry or Physics. If this sounds like you, then do not despair. There’s lots of places online that can help with getting your science...

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A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder
Feb03

A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder

The Lesson Activity Builder (LAB) is a relatively new feature of Smart Notebook, which is really coming into its own in version 15.2 with a few new games added. It lets you create interactive games very quickly using a simple wizard. Just type in the answers and it will do the rest. The Shout It Out game is also worth a look if you have tablets or other devices in the classroom. It allows for brainstorming activities where words and...

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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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Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers
Feb26

Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers

I wrote about Reach Out CPD back in September when the first block of modules was launched. Well, this week the final  block of modules has gone online, so it’s a good time to write about it again. If you are a primary school teacher, and you are looking for some support and ideas to help teach the new Science Curriculum, then Reach Out CPD is well worth visiting. And even better, it’s totally free! Reach Out CPD is a...

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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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An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers
Feb19

An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective teaching using technology. Shulman (1986) first introduced the idea of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) as a way of thinking about the development of teacher knowledge. This idea was extended by Mishra & Koehler (2006) to describe teachers’ integration of technology into their...

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An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers
Jan03

An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers

The SAMR Model offers a structure for teachers to see how technology could impact upon the teaching and learning in their classroom.  It provides a framework for progression that adopters of educational technology follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology. SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puetendura as a model for technology integration into the classroom. The SAMR Model stands for: S: Substitution. A:...

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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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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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Computing Guidance Booklet for Primary Teachers
Nov18

Computing Guidance Booklet for Primary Teachers

With the changes to the National Curriculum now published, and teachers now trying to prepare to deliver the new computing and coding requirements, any guidance is very welcome right now. And this guide fits the bill quite nicely. Written by Naace in partnership with Computing at School, this easy to follow guide for primary teachers is being sent to all schools in England. It gives an overview for non-specialists of the 2014...

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How to use Educational Tech in 10 minutes
Nov19

How to use Educational Tech in 10 minutes

The aim of Under 10 Minutes is to to explain how to use technology quickly and simply using short video clips. It’s short, snappy CPD by teachers for teachers. As the name suggests, each video guide used on the site is shorter than ten minutes. This would make them ideal for short personal training or for showing at staff meetings. Subjects for videos include how to use WordPress, how to use 2Simple software, Setting up Google...

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