An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit
Jul22

An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit

The BBC Micro:bit is a low-cost, handheld, fully programmable computer. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. Mine has finally arrived, and I’ve had a chance to play with it and see what it can do. This little device is very much like an arduino, or similar programmable boards. You create code on a computer, then upload it to the Micro:bit to carry it...

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Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows
May13

Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows

Plumbago is a free digital notebook from Microsoft which, although designed with tablets in mind, works really well on an interactive whiteboard. Plumbago will work on any device running Windows 8 upwards, so it’ll run on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard that’s connected to a Windows 8/10 computer. It’ll also work fine on Windows tablets. Like most notebook software, Plumbago offers a range of papers and inks, and...

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What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?
May03

What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?

SMART have just released version 16 of Smart Notebook.  On the whole, it’ll look the same as older versions, but there’s a few new features worth knowing about. Such as: Image search Tool You can now easily add images to a Notebook page, without having to leave the software. The new Bing-powered image search automatically filters for royalty-free images, allows you to toggle between clip art and images and has safe-search...

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Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game
Apr27

Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game

Little Alchemy is a curious little game that invites you to experiment and explore. You start with 4 basic “elements” – air, earth, fire and water,  and mix these together to find interesting and surprising combinations. For example earth plus air produces dust. Earth and Fire makes lava. Lava plus air makes stone, and so on. There are over 500 elements to discover. I’ve been playing for a few hours and am on...

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Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide
Apr25

Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide

ESA’s Interactive Moon guide is a new interactive website launched by the European Space Agency to explore questions about lunar exploration and explain what future moon missions may entail. From radio telescopes on the far side of the Moon to how Earth’s natural satellite formed, the interactive documentary is a comprehensive guide. It features interviews with real lunar scientists from all over Europe as well as a timeline of...

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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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Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively
Feb12

Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies: Using Video Effectively

Just showing your class a video isn’t always the most effective strategy. Children often watch without reall thinking about what the video is demonstrating or explaining to them. Without a clear aim to showing the video, it can become just digital wallpaper. So how can you use the video in a engaging and effective way? Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies are a bank of different ideas for using videos and other digital...

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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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Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom
Dec30

Contribution : The 5th C in the Classroom

This is a guest post from Nancy Knowlton. Nancy is one of the founders of SMART Technologies and co-inventor of the SMART board along with her husband David Martin. She’s back at BETT this year with their new edtech company, Nureva. The 5th C In my years visiting schools around the world, I have been lucky to experience a wide array of teaching styles and approaches. Some lessons are structured to bring out the creativity in...

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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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The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools
Oct15

The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools

If you’ve ever used a SMARTboard you’re probably already aware of the Floating Tools. This is an extra toolbar that sits on the side of the screen. It was always there, even if you were not connected to a SMARTboard, although you could hide/show it via the icon in the system tray. With version 11 of SMART Notebook, SMART brought in SMART Ink. This was a new way of capturing annotations on the board. Although it...

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