Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013
Jan02

Whiteboard Blog Review of the Year : Top 10 Posts of 2013

As we begin 2014, just a quick blog post to cast a look back over the last 12 months and to highlight the top 10 posts from 2013. My blogging suffered a little during 2013 as I worked on my Masters Dissertation, but I’ll be a little more focused for 2014 now that’s out of the way. Here are the top 10 most-read posts for 2013: 1. How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard 2. 6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives 3. 8 iPad apps to Teach Coding and Programming 4. Classroom Timers for your Interactive Whiteboard 5. Allow student collaboration with your SMARTboard with the XC Add-On 6. Getting Started with your Interactive Whiteboard : A quick guide 7. 10 Tools for Creating Class Puzzles and Quizzes 8. Anatomy 4D – An Augmented Reality Human Body App for IOS 9. iOS Apps for Science Teachers : Teaching about Sound 10. 10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support over the last 12 months. Thanks for all those who retweet links on Twitter and share on Pinterest and Scoop.it etc. It’s very much appreciated. Have a very happy 2014!...

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Science Blogposts on Promethean Planet
Apr08

Science Blogposts on Promethean Planet

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of two blogposts I have written for Promethean Planet recently which will be of interest to Science teachers. 10 (more) Science Websites for Your Interactive Whiteboard – A list of 10 great websites for science resources. Tour the Universe via Your Interactive Whiteboard – Ideas for different websites that can be used to demonstrate and explore the solar system and beyond from your IWB. I”ll be writing a few new blog posts each month for Promethean Planet, so keep an eye out. I’ll post the links in the Whiteboard Blog Facebook page, so if you “like” that page you’ll be kept informed of any new updates.  ...

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September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition
Apr03

September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition

The 9 11 London Project is a new UK educational charity that has been set up to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and to ensure that the legacy of those events is one that builds hope from tragedy. Its purpose is to ensure that this and future generations have the opportunity to be taught about the events and to understand the causes and consequences of 9/11, in the US, UK and across the world. The website contains educational resources for History, PSHE/Citizenship, RE, English/Drama and Art/Design. There’s also an image and film bank and interactive timeline of the events of the 20th century leading up to 9/11. A section of the site offers guidance on teaching controversial issues such as this. Check out the resources at : http://www.911educationprogramme.co.uk Competition In addition, the 9/11 London Project website is currently running a competition offering students the chance to win a trip to New York this September (8-12th), which will include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. The winner in each category and the two runners-up will all win a trip to New York for the 11th anniversary. In addition each of the two category winners will receive £1000, plus an additional £1000 for the two winners’ schools. All students have to do is say how they think 9/11 changed the world. The website wants them to use their imagination and send in an original, creative and thoughtful piece of work as either a 5 minute film or  a 1200 word essay. You can get more information here....

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The #ASEChat Interactive Science Links Summary
Dec07

The #ASEChat Interactive Science Links Summary

Monday evening saw my first attempt to moderate a twitter chat as I took the reigns of the #asechat hashtag for an hour. For those that don’t know, #asechat is the official hashtag for the Association for Science Education and everyone with an interest in science teaching is invited to take part in the chat. The topic for Monday’s chat was Interactive resources in Science. Here are some of the many links that were shared during the hour, in no particular order: Phet Science Simulations : http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/ Freezeray : http://freezeray.com/ Algodoo interactive physics sandbox : http://www.algodoo.com/wiki/Download Exploriments : http://www.exploriments.com/ Free Interactive resources from Yenka: http://www.yenka.com/freecontent/search.action?r=new Explore learning : http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspResourceCatalog How Big Really: http://howbigreally.com/ Scales and relative sizes : http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/ Explore Learning : http://www.explorelearning.com/ Virtual Field Trips : http://www.takeyouvirtuallyeverywhere.com/ Drugs effect on synapses animations http://www.jellinek.nl/brain/start.htm AnswerGarden : http://answergarden.ch/ Interactive Food webs at  http://www.gould.edu.au/foodwebs/kids_web.htm Nobel Prize Winners games site recommend Pavlov’s Dogs and EKG  http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/ Online water weed simulation http://www.saddleworth.oldham.sch.uk/science/simulations/waterweed.htm domo.goanimate.com to share ideas on big screen as starters/plenaries and also some primary links: iBoard : http://www.iboard.co.uk/curriculum.htm#science-year1sci_yearyear1 Childrens University of Manchester : http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/   Thanks to @brittgow, @Bio_Joe, @57mason, @Mrsdsarah, @NeedhamL56, @agittner, @Activboard_nz @Lethandrel and many more for sharing these links! I have added all these to my own list at http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/iwb+science   Blog Posts that may be useful Some blog posts on this site that might also be relevant: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2010/02/10-secondary-science-resources-for-your-whiteboard/ http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2010/02/10-primary-science-resources-for-your-whiteboard/ http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/05/ase-article-using-a-visualiser-in-primary-science/ http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/01/iwbs-8-ideas-to-keep-it-simple/   You can find the archive of all the past #asechat’s here : http://www.ase.org.uk/news/ase-chat/  ...

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Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)
Aug31

Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)

A short post to collect a few things I’ve read recently and linked via Twitter, but worth reposting to the blog too. Go check them out Thoughts on writing a social media policy in schools by @simfin The Myth of the Digital Native by @merlinjohn Blooms Taxonomy for iPad Apps by @Langwitches All I need to know about Twitter I learned at kindergarten by @timbuckteeth A complete guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus privacy and security! by @suewaters CLIS: Progression in Understanding of Science Concepts from Ages 5 to 16 Hurricane Irene photos by The Big Picture.  ...

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10 things that caught my eye last month
Jul01

10 things that caught my eye last month

Here are a few things that caught my eye on Twitter and the various blogs I’ve been following, that I haven’t had time to write about separately. Digital learning tools from Eduweb (via @ourClassroomCDN) Cool Graphing Calculator (via @TechRav) You Want iPads For Your School … But Is That Enough? – iPads in Education (Via @Langwitches) A quick guide to using Twitter for Educators (via @creativeedu) Technology Usage Parent Letter and Consent Form Dear Photograph :  layer old photos ontop of new while taking a new photograph (via @2SimpleAnt) Miss USA : should Maths be taught in schools a riff on the scary Evolution video of a few weeks ago (via @jessmcculloch) iPad Apps in Education (via @mylesp) The Obsolete Technology Website : good for looking at the history of tech A guide to different blogging platforms (via @chrisrat) I do tend to tweet things like this on Twitter so be sure to follow me at @dannynic...

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ICT Magic Wiki
May07

ICT Magic Wiki

Martin Burrett is a primary school teacher who maintains an excellent wiki chock full of links to useful websites. You can find his ICT Magic wiki at : http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ There are a stack of links, covering a range of different subject areas. I spent ages looking through them. Definitely worth a visit to take a look. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ You can also follow Martin on Twitter at  @ictmagic worth following for more useful website links for teachers....

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A few of my favourite things
Dec20

A few of my favourite things

I’m not big on kittens or mittens, or many of the things on the list from the song. So instead, here are a few of *my* favourite things. These are tools and sites that I find myself referring to time and time again on training days as well as tools I use all the time in my day to day job. Delicious / Diigo Both sites provide one of the best ways of storing, and sharing, my online bookmarks. As soon as a list of useful websites is printed, you can guarantee it will be out of date as I find a new site. I just point anyone on one of my courses to my Delicious list. Tags allows me to create different reading lists such as IWB, PGCE, Web2.0 etc. Rumours abound that Delicious may be on its way out.. but Diigo does the same thing with added groups. In fact what I do is have a Diigo toolbar in Firefox that bookmarks items to Diigo, then have it automatically copy the bookmark to Delicious. (Log into Diigo, look for tools, then “more tools”). This means I have two copies of my bookmarks, handy if a massive company buys one of the sites and decides to shut it down. Always a problem with Web 2.0 tools (see Etherpad.) DropBox A simple way of keeping files synchronised between several computers. Also online backup of important files. Starter amount of space 2.5Gig isn’t too shabby, but this can be increased by referring friends. For someone with a laptop for work, a home PC and other devices (iPad/iPhone) it means I always have access to some of my important training files and documents. Google Documents Online documents that you can share with other people. Easily work with others on a spreadsheet or presentation. Is a great way of getting students to collaborate on work. I’ve used this to collaborate on presentations and documents with teachers all over the world. Some of the best collaborative presentations are the “Ideas to Inspire” ones, which were produced using Google docs. I’ve also used a Google Spreadsheet with a public form to do data collection and surveys, with the results going straight into a spreadsheet which I can then analyse. Also good for collecting class data for science or maths investigations. Etherpad With an Etherpad it’s possible to have a class of students all on the same page – all updating the same document in real time. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but there are many ways you could use this kind of technology. Create a shared pad for notes, brainstorming, collaborative writing,...

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A few of my favourite things
Sep27

A few of my favourite things

On my whiteboard training courses, I find that there are several websites that I am always sharing, and they are always well received by the trainees. I’ve shared most of them on this blog before, but as a way of distilling down a few of my favourite things, here’s the list again. Classtools.Net: I love this website – there are two tools in particular that are very handy Countdown Timer – a firm favourite. Choose your music to countdown an activity. Random Name Picker – as seen on Teachmeets. Pick a student/group at random from a list. The Big Picture – simply one of the best photojournalism sites I’ve seen. Every few days another set of stunning images is uploaded. Jawdropping. FlickrCC Creative Commons Image Search – much better to use than Google Image Search as you know that all the images returned have a creative commons license. Wallwisher – great little site for building your own online noticeboard. Any user can stick post its on here. Great for using with a group. Etherpad – well Etherpad itself may be dead but the tech lives on. Check out iEtherPad or PrimaryPad as alternatives. Google Docs has the same facility, but if you don’t want to mess with logins and sharing, then Etherpad is for you. SlideShare – a very useful resource for obtaining presentations on a multitude of topics. Many useful in education. Do a search before you have to produce a presentation and you’ll probably find someone has already uploaded a presentation on a similar topic. Can save you having to reinvent the wheel. If you want you can also share your own presentations here – just upload a powerpoint file. Here are my presentations. What are your must-share websites? Add them to the comments below!...

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Review of the year – top posts
Aug11

Review of the year – top posts

I’ve been looking over the site stats, and here are 10 of the most visited pages over the last year. There might be some things you’ve missed. Most of the page titles are self-explanatory: 11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard 13 sites for MFL teaching with your Interactive Whiteboard 10 avatar generators for profile pictures 12 Art Resources for your IWB Year 6 Literacy Ideas 10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch Lesson Starter Ideas for your Whiteboard How to embed a YouTube video into Smart Notebook Smart Board Games from PBS...

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10 Secondary Science Resources for your Whiteboard
Feb11

10 Secondary Science Resources for your Whiteboard

As a companion post to 10 Primary Science ideas for your Whiteboard, here are 10 secondary school Science websites you might enjoy: Absorb Learning from Yenka : Hundreds of free IWB animations for KS4/KS5 Chemistry and Physics. ARKive :  thousands of free wildlife videos and photographs, including great Darwin resources. FreezeRay : large bank of interactive Science animations for KS3 and Ks4. Periodic Table of Videos : videos of all the different elements of the periodic table. Centre of the Cell : cell biology interactive resources. Skool.co.uk : excellent science animations and interactives for KS3/4 Science. PhET – interactive simulations : fun, java-based physics simulations. Astronomy Picture of the Day : provide the Wow factor with some of these images. KScience – animations for KS3/4 Science. Biology in Motion – animations for KS4/5 Biology. Image Credit – Beetle Head by MuseumWales...

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Smart Board Goodies
Nov03

Smart Board Goodies

Just wanted to draw your attention to a new blog I’ve discovered called Smart Board Goodies. Run by Amber Coggin, an Elementary teacher in Alabama, the blog has some great links on there to resources that can be used on any brand of IWB, not just Smartboards. I’d recommend you add it to your bookmarks and check it regularly. Go take a look now. And don’t forget to check out the websites in my sidebar; both the blogrool and the delicious feed, for some more excellent sites that I recommend. Update – found another blog today that’s worth a look – check out http://ictscoil.wordpress.com for more IWB-related ideas for the classroom....

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