How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers
Jun19

How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers

Socrative is a web-based system that lets teachers and students set up quizzes and polling questions on any device that has access to the internet via a web browser. This includes iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc. This makes it perfect for use in a BYOD classroom. For Android and IOS devices you can also access it via an app. And the best news is that it’s all free. If you’ve always wanted to use it, but...

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How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers
Jun15

How to use Padlet – A guide for Teachers

Padlet gives teachers a virtual cork board where anyone can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Unlike a classroom board, the great thing about a Padlet board is that it can be shared between people all over the world! Or your class could use it to collaborate and share ideas outside of the classroom. Ways to use Padlet Use it as a backchannel tool where...

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How to use Pinterest – A guide for Teachers
Jun14

How to use Pinterest – A guide for Teachers

Pinterest is a bookmarking site that allows users to curate their own idea banks by “pinning” websites found on the internet to virtual boards. Each pin uses a main image to act as a visual reminder of the resource, and contains a link back to the original site. You can have as many boards as you like, each on a different theme. So you could set up a board for Science, one for Literacy, one for Maths etc. It’s a...

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How to get started with Kahoot
Jun13

How to get started with Kahoot

Kahoot is a fab quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up, enter the options and select the correct answer. Using their tablet, laptop...

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Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough
Apr04

Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough

Squishy circuits allow for a fun blurring of science and art. Children can create fun circuits as easily as rolling out lengths of dough. This can be a lot more interesting than playing with regular electrical components, and not a crocodile clip in sight! Regular play dough is a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. If you make a dough that substitutes sugar for salt it becomes an insulator instead....

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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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New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice
Jan19

New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice

Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to...

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Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!
Oct28

Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!

Kahoot is a new quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. In many ways it’s a lot like one of my favourite tools, Socrative. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up,...

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Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer
Sep20

Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer

At this time of year I find myself running a lot of interactive whiteboard training sessions for schools and colleges on how to get started with their IWB and to get going with the basics. I always direct them back to this blog to check out the IWB Guides area on here, so I thought it would be useful to collate a lot of the basic ideas that I hand out. So if you are a newly qualified teacher soon to be embarking on their teaching...

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Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids
Oct24

Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids

One of the things that I often get asked by teachers when delivering whiteboard training sessions is how to get graph paper onto their whiteboard screens. With the old ActivStudio/ActivPrimary (and also in Smart Notebook) you had to select these grids from the resource library. With ActivInspire this has been made a lot easier. The grid is always there on the page, it’s just hidden by default so you can’t see it. Although...

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Updated Promethean ActivExpression Guide
Sep14

Updated Promethean ActivExpression Guide

A quick post to say that I have uploaded a revised guide to getting started with Promethean ActivExpression in ActivInspire. With a recent update the Question Wizard has gone and been replaced with a Question Manager. There’s quite an important box that needs to be ticked to get a question onto the page which isn’t ticked by default. Read the guide and then have a go for yourself. You can find the ActivExpression guide in...

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