Annotate in Word and more with Office 365 Drawing and Inking Tools
Sep18

Annotate in Word and more with Office 365 Drawing and Inking Tools

With a recent update to Office 365 there’s a whole new set of drawing and annotation tools that let you scribble directly into Word, Excel, One Note, PowerPoint and more. There have been inking tools in Office for a while now (You could find them under Review -> Start Inking), but I always found them a a little hit and miss, sometimes the tool would be missing and hard to see how to get it. The Draw tab looks much more...

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Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device
Jun20

Unio : A real time lesson delivery and assessment tool for any device

Unio is a free interactive lesson delivery, student assessment and real-time tracking tool for the classroom. A simple description of Unio is that it works by broadcasting content onto student’s screens. They can individually annotate and follow along with the lesson while the teacher monitors their progress from their own screen. The teacher sets up the lesson from the Dashboard. Lessons can be organised by topic. The lesson creator...

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Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?
Mar09

Prowise Presenter v9 is Out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about version 8 coming...

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Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?
Oct21

Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. Prowise have just updated Presenter to version 8. So here’s what’s...

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Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad
Sep23

Lonelyscreen – Free Airplay Tool for your iPad

Teachers looking for a way to show their iPad on their interactive whiteboard might want to take a look at Lonleyscreen. LonelyScreen is a free AirPlay receiver for Windows and MAC. It is like an Apple TV running on your desktop. You can cast anying from your iPhone or iPad to your computer screen just you can with an Apple TV. It works in the same way as AirServer or Reflector, but the best bit is that it’s free. Mac and PC...

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A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow
Sep09

Promethean Planet to be Replaced by Classflow

Promethean users should hopefully already know about the Promethean Planet site, which provided ready-made ActivInspire resources to download, community discussion and technical support. Well, the big news is that Promethean Planet is moving, and becoming part of Promethean ClassFlow. Planet users will continue to find flipcharts, resource packs, and other teaching resources within ClassFlow. You will be able to download and use your...

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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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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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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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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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How to download older versions of Smart Notebook
Sep08

How to download older versions of Smart Notebook

(Update Autumn 2017 : Smart have now retired version 11 of Notebook so it is no longer available to download. The advice below will no longer work. Sorry.) I’m writing this post because I get asked this question a lot during my Smartboard training sessions. Whilst a lot of schools have signed up for the latest version of Smart Notebook 15, and have paid for the new Advantage licence, a lot of schools are still running older...

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