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The Whiteboard Blog - Supporting the use of technology in the classroom

The Whiteboard Blog - Supporting the use of technology in the classroom
10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class Digital storytelling is simply using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic... 8 Word Cloud Makers for Teachers A word cloud is an attractive way of visualising a large chunk of text in a more pleasing way. It shows the most frequent words used throughout the text.

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Ocoee Middle School Replaces Slates, Electronic Whiteboards FETC 2012 | News Ocoee Middle School Replaces Slates, Electronic Whiteboards By Mike Hohenbrink01/20/12 7 Web 2.0 Animation Tools Written by Mark Brumley Animation projects are a great way to integrate technology, encourage project-based learning and have a lot of fun. This month let’s take a quick tour of seven Web 2.0 animation sites for students young and old. What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Inquiry Posted 05/12/2015 12:23PM | Last Commented 06/03/2015 4:10PM Continuing to follow up the post 10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom… Incorporating inquiry into courses is one of the areas that I personally struggle with the most. Inquiry has many meanings, but I’m going to define it as a student directed, interest driven approach to new knowledge. It is a natural style of learning. When we were children, we found out that fire was hot by touching a stove, not by taking notes over the phenomenon.

Mentors- Facilitators. Group News As the date is fast approaching we thought now would be a good time to issue some further information on our interview with DfE! Our interview panel consists of a member of our Governing body, our proposed Principal Designate, and three of our company members. Our interview slot is 90 minutes, and in this time we have to present on our evidence of demand, capability, capacity, and demonstrate our motivation for Prince’s Community School. We will then be questioned on all areas of our bid, including finance, curriculum, governance, premises, admissions, vision and ethos. The Department’s interview panel will comprise of senior officials with extensive knowledge of Free Schools policy and advisers from the fields of education, finance and business.

iPad Interactive Whiteboard Over the past few months I have read via Facebook and email stories of teachers who were quite adept with their interactive whiteboard being moved through layoffs to schools where they no longer had this equipment. Mainily for financial reasons, these techers will likely not have a replacement board at least for the next few years. However, many of these teachers have begun using iPads as IWB substitutes…and they are not alone. Considering, their lower price point and flexibility as a wireless, multi-featured tool, iPads can make farily strong replacements for interactive lessons. Where do you begin? Presenter - Prowise Prowise Presenter is screen-independent cloud software that you can access anywhere, such as at home or at work, and from every type of a notebook, tablet, PC or digital board.

Blog WikiNodes iPad app featured in iTunes App Store May 2nd, 2013 SpicyNodes is a technology with strong applications to big data. Alternatives to Interactive Whiteboards SmartBoards, Promethean Boards and many other kinds of Interactive Whiteboards are a good tool, but not every room has them and, personally, I don’t think they are worth the money. Today I’m going to share some cost effective alternatives to the IWB, but keep in mind that all of these alternatives will require a digital video projector. One of the biggest challenges of integrating technology into learning is teaching students how to use said technology. An IWB shines here because it allows you to demo the computer program or Internet navigation using your fingers and a giant touchscreen. Of course you could do this from your computer, but then you can’t really see your students and the learning becomes very impersonal. The solution is a wireless mouse and keyboard; I’ve had good luck with Logitech wireless products, but any brand will do.

Lessons in motivation – what do we really need? Most of us are winding our ways back to the classroom now after a sunny summer. I’ve prepared a lesson this week on motivation as it’s something I’m struggling to find at the moment! For some of us the return to work will be exciting, for others there’ll be a sinking feeling as they put their holidays behind them and try and muster the motivation they need to get back into the swing of things. However, motivation doesn’t come automatically.

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