The Samsung Digital Classroom Project
Jul21

The Samsung Digital Classroom Project

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Oxford to attend an event run by Samsung to celebrate their Digital Classrooms project. As part of this 3-year project, Samsung gave participating schools a suite of Samsung technology, including tablets, chromebooks and digital cameras. They also provided teacher training, connectivity and maintenance support. 15 schools are currently involved in the UK, and over 2400 globally. The schools...

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PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App
Jul13

PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App

PingPong is a very simple audience-response tool that enables quick interaction with a class using any device. Unlike Socrative or Kahoot, you don’t need to create any questions within the app. PingPong is designed to be used alongside ad-hoc questions written on a whiteboard or as part of a PowerPoint presentation. The host creates a room (needs a Google or a Facebook login) and gets a room code. The audience can either access...

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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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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Promethean ClassFlow : Version 4 Released
Mar04

Promethean ClassFlow : Version 4 Released

ClassFlow is Promethean’s cloud-based whiteboard software and classroom management suite. ClassFlow can be used to connect classrooms by creating collaborative lessons which encourage the sharing of ideas across front-of-class interactive displays, laptops and handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets. It’s been around for a while now, gong through various iterations. Version 4 has just been released, and with it...

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Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?
Oct18

Prowise Presenter v6 is Out. What’s New?

Prowise users should be aware that Prowise Presenter has had a facelift and the new version (v6) is now live and better than ever. For those that have not yet taken a look at Prowise, now is the time! Prowise Presenter is browser-based interactive whiteboard software that stores your files in the cloud. This means there’s nothing to install and you always have your files with you. If you’re teaching in a school with...

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Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle
Jun08

Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle

Riddle is a new website that allows teachers and students to quickly create their own PlayBuzz and Buzzfeed-style quizzes, lists, polls, and more. Riddle makes it quick and easy to create powerful, interactive content – even from a smartphone. Even better, it’s free There are several different things you can create with Riddle. Polls: A simple tool to get a quick snapshot of opinion. Vote for option A, B etc. Commenticle:...

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Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB
Mar11

Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities to use with a class. It would be ideal for users of some brands of whiteboard or interactive projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Magellan Universal Education Portal for the BYOD Classroom
Jun19

Magellan Universal Education Portal for the BYOD Classroom

Magellan is a universal education portal, which aims to allow schools to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies effectively by providing a common web desktop which works across all devices. The Magellan desktop provides secure access to apps, cloud based learning tools, locally hosted programmes and files hosted on a school’s own server, delivered through a web connection to a teacher or student’s device wherever they are....

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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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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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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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