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Useful hints and tips for your Smartboard / Promethean board, and other technology to help you teach!
Useful hints and tips for your Smartboard / Promethean board, and other technology to help you teach!

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The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students.

Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too!

Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2016/11/phet-simulations-now-ipad-app/



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Bring a dinosaur into your classroom, or drive a Lunar buggy across your desk, with these augmented reality apps.

http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2016/10/augmented-reality-animals-dinosaurs-and-space-from-octagon-studios/

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Riddle is a new website that allows teachers and students to quickly create their own PlayBuzz and Buzzfeed-style quizzes, lists, polls, and more.

Riddle makes it quick and easy to create powerful, interactive content – even from a smartphone. Even better, it’s free

Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2015/06/create-great-polls-and-quizzes-with-riddle/

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Notebookcast is a free online whiteboard that allows you to share whiteboard space with any devices. You don’t need to install any software, it runs within your browser.

Like any whiteboard software you can draw and add images and shapes. Once you have created a board you can share it with up to 10 users, all of whom can add to the drawing in real-time. This would be good for collaborative work.


Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2015/06/notebookcast-a-free-online-whiteboard-for-any-device/

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School-based Interactive Whiteboard, Science and Coding CPD for your staff. We can offer bespoke courses, tailored to your school/department needs.

Find out more: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/training/

We can show you how to make the best use of your Interactive Whiteboard for both Primary and Secondary schools.

We can provide Beginners or advanced sessions and subject specific or general sessions.

We can train on Smart, Promethean or Prowise software and have delivered IWB training to Educational, Commercial and Military customers in the UK and overseas over the last 15 years.

#smartboard #promethean #iwb #interactive #whiteboard #coding #cpd #training  

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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 place.

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 whiteboard with these easy tutorials.

http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2015/05/get-the-most-from-your-smartboard-a-practical-guide/
#iwb #education #smartboard #interactive #smart #whiteboard #edtech #technology  


Dead-tree and ebook versions available. All the details here:

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Codie is a new robotic toy which teaches children the principles of computer coding via a companion iOS app. Codie comes with a unique visual programming language, which organizes the code of robotics into blocks.

By arranging these blocks together children can create real programs, which are then executed by the toy robot. While playing with Codie, children get to learn about how computers think and get to know the fundamental programming principles in a fun and playful way.

Codie is currently fundraising via an Indigogo page, and there’s a few days left to get on board. It’s already made its target, so expect these to be available to purchase normally later this year.

http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2015/05/codie-a-cute-robot-you-can-code-from-an-ipad-or-iphone/
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Google Images has always been a great place to find images, but it does cause problems since they may well be covered by copyright rules. You have been able to search for Creative Commons, and copyright-free, images using Google Images but the feature has been a little hidden.

Thankfully, Google have now updated the search tools to make it a little easier to filter by the Usage Rights, and find images you are allowed to reuse and copy.


Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2014/02/google-images-makes-easier-search-creative-commons-images/

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early episodes of Doctor Who.

Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2014/02/digital-theremin/
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