Tuesday, 25 November 2008

TeacherLED resources

Thanks to Jim over at Teachers Love Smartboards for reminding me about the Teacher LED site.

If you haven't seen it before, there are some great Flash resources on there. Mainly for Numeracy, but also a great little scrollable world map for geography.

There's also a nice Flash version of the Blockbusters game show. Very nice, and more interactive than my static version. You need to read out the questions yourself - but you could just use the glossary from any textbook or a list of subject keywords. The quiz can be adapted for any subject you want and would make a great lesson starter or plenary.

It's a great little resource, and well worth a visit: http://www.teacherled.com/

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Monday, 14 July 2008


Here's a great site that all primary/elementary teachers who use interactive whiteboards should have bookmarked.

A former colleague of mine, Dan Bunker, has produced a fantastic library of Flash resources for many curriculum subjects plus some generic fun Flash games. There's over 160 resources on the site available to use.

There are also 16 Promethean flipchart files that ActivPrimary users can download and use on their whiteboard.


There are resources for Early Years classes as well as Key stages 1 and 2.

I thoroughly recommend the Crickweb site, there's certainly a lot of resources there and you should find plenty of things that you could use as lesson starters or as part of a plenary.

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Monday, 30 June 2008

Class Tools

I may have mentioned Classtools.net before, but I've been using it a lot recently so it's worth another mention. There are lots of handy flash tools on this site, but these two are my favourites.

Countdown Timer

This is a cute little tool that allows you to set the class a time limit for a given task, and then count down the time left with some fun background music. There are 10 tunes included, ranging from a 30 second Countdown theme tune, 57 seconds Hawaii Five-0 or a 7 minute piece of Mozart. If you want you can even upload your own mp3 file to use instead.

This was a fun alternative to the built-in Promethean and Smart timers, and would also be very useful for users of other whiteboards who don't have access to a timer in their own software.

classtools countdown

Name Picker

There are several different ways you can use the name picker, and they don't all involve names!

This tool lets you input a list of names/text and then go to either a fruit machine or typewriter view. Names are then picked at random.

I've used it when getting students up to speak for a presentation - giving me a random way of choosing the order. I've seen this used by Ewan McIntosh at TeachMeet in the same way. Clicking the "remove" button will take the chosen name out of the list so they do not appear twice.

It could be also used with keywords or a topic heading. In typewriter mode one word at a time will appear letter by letter (and they dont get to see the other words). Students could then have to give a definition of the word, or one student with their back to the board has to guess the word from the descriptions given by other students. There's many ways this tool could be used.

This can be run in full screen mode or embedded into your blog, and you can even save this to your computer to run offline.

classtools jackpot

There are many other tools on the classtools website -including Timelines, Venn Diagrams and Fishbone diagrams. It's well worth taking some time to look at them all and see which ones could be used well in your subject/year group.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Whiteboard training day - links

A big thanks to those who came to London today for the Lighthouse IWB training day. It was good to meet you all. I hope some of you are now checking out this blog.

I'll put in this post some of the links that cropped up on the day.

How to save YouTube videos
A good guide on how to do it from Teachers Love Smartboards
Video Downloader for FireFox

Saving Flash Animations
SWF catcher for Firefox
Flash Saver for Firefox
Flash Saver for Internet Explorer

Smartboard Training Materials
Printable Materials and Two Minute Tutorials here.

Promethean Training Materials
Training Manuals from Promethean
Top tips on using Promethean boards

Getting Smart Notebook 9.7
Smart Download Page

Getting ActivStudio 3
Guide on how to get it

Health and Safety Guidance
Links to Becta and HSE

IWB Links
My del.icio.us links for whiteboards

Thanks again for attending the day. And please get in touch if you have any other questions about your boards that you think of in the weeks to come.

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Sunday, 9 December 2007

Smart Activity Toolkit

The Smart Activity Toolkit has been available in Beta for a while now, but I am constantly meeting people who haven't heard of it.

For those who haven't seen it, its a bank of Flash-based widgets that are placed in your Smart Gallery. These widgets can be dragged onto your Smart Notebook page and then adapted to make your own interactive resources.

These include drag and drop labelling tasks, games of Hangman (or splat the teacher), sorting activities etc. Each one can be edited and the changes saved within the Notebook file.

You can download the Toolkit Beta from the Smart website here. And keep an eye out for the full release next year which has even more new features.

I must admit I haven't got many examples of its use on my own website, I must sit down sometime and produce some sample files. But Jim Birney of Fife Education has some good examples for Science on his site.

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Saturday, 8 December 2007

The Elements Song

Well, if I am going to be posting a blog about Interactive Whiteboards I had better post one of my favourite resources ever.

I show this resource whenever I do a Science IWB training day to teachers. I never get sick of it.

It uses the Tom Lehrer ''Periodic Table'' tune, but has a very cool flash animation too. It's always great to start the session with a song....

To view the Elements Song, click here.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Fast Video Downloader

Save embedded video files from video-hosting servers such as YouTube. This is very useful for those schools that block access to YouTube and prevent you showing some of the great video clips for use in education.

You can download the video downloader here:

Videos are saved in the .flv Flash Video format and can be dragged straight onto the page in Smart Notebook for viewing.

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