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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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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Starting a blog : a guide for teachers
Jun12

Starting a blog : a guide for teachers

I’ve had a few requests recently for advice on starting up a blog, so I thought I’d  summarise some of my advice in a blog post. The first important decision is what blogging platform to use. There are many out there, but the main two that you should consider are Blogger and WordPress. You might also want to “self-host” your own blog on your own website. Both Blogger and WordPress.com are free to sign up for....

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Ten Twitter Tips for Teachers
May22

Ten Twitter Tips for Teachers

I’m a massive fan of Twitter. I have personally found it to be the best source of new ideas and tips out there, and it’s free! It can take time to build up a decent sized network, but once you follow enough people then you begin to see the benefits. I’ve written a short guide to Twitter for Teachers before, but I’ve updated some of the ideas and added a few more things that you can do to make your Twitter...

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Video Tutorial: Anagram Games in ActivInspire
Apr18

Video Tutorial: Anagram Games in ActivInspire

Following on from the recent video showing how to do this in Smart Notebook – here is a video tutorial showing how to make an Anagram Game using Promethean ActivInspire software. The countdown theme tune for those who want it can be downloaded here. And an example flipchart file can be downloaded here. Other videos can be found in the Guides section of this site. More guides to follow. Watch this space!  ...

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Software guides in Under 10 Minutes
Feb25

Software guides in Under 10 Minutes

Here’s a brand new site that looks like a great idea for providing short and snappy CPD. Under 10 Minutes wants to explain how to use technology quickly and simply using short video clips. As the name suggests, each video guide used on the site will be under ten minutes. This would make them ideal for short personal training or for showing at staff meetings. For example here’s a short guide on using WordPress: In addition,...

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Woices – location based audioguides
Feb17

Woices – location based audioguides

Woices is a FREE internet service that allows people to create, share and consume echoes, audio records that are linked to a very specific geographical location or real-world object. Woices ultimate goal is to extend reality by creating a new layer of audio information, what they call the echoesphere, that will make the world a more interesting place. Echoes are words, left by one person at some precise place, that can be later...

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