Archive for October, 2012


| October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Edoboard makes remote, live, teaching and learning sessions “easy”. This is a potentially useful, free, online e-learning platform using video webcam and a shared whiteboard.

This could be particularly good for maths activities because of some of the tools such as an equation editor, shared calculator, shapes and function grapher.

Interact in real time. Share files and images. Invite and manage your students, plan sessions on your Calendar. Share, mark and comment exercises with the community.

A few quotes…

| October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Accomplishing the impossible means it will be added it to your regular duties.

According to my calculations the problem doesn’t exist.

Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and has started growing in the middle.

Advice is free: The right answer will cost plenty.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

Always try to be modest. And be darn proud of it!

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.


| October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Another synonym finder, helpfully called synonym, to help you avoid using the same word repetitively, redundantly, recurrently, incessantly, on & on.


| October 29, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Synchtube synchronizes media across the web. Create public, or private, “rooms” and share music, videos, & more, together!

Turn your room into an automated TV station, 24/7 radio station.

In a learning context, this could be a good way of coordinating a shared path through some useful watching. YouTube, and other sites, can be blocked in school, but, if not, this can be a closed, collaborative tool, for those who know. Less synch ~ more float.


| October 28, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Use when you have an idea but do not know, or cannot remember, the word or phrase that expresses it best when you want a more accurate or effective way of saying what you mean. A thesaurus gives you possibilities, & you choose the one that you think is best within your particular context. The range of possibilities includes not only meanings as we usually think of it, but the special sense & force given by nonformal words & phrases (or slang). A quick (speedy), free (without price) & comprehensive (full) resource.

| October 27, 2012 | 0 Comments is an online thesaurus, & reference resource, that provides instant synonyms, antonyms &definitions that can be heard, visualised, & translated in to several languages. is part of the STANDS4 Network, a range of free (advertising supported) sites, including,,,,  and

ICT to Inspire in Somer-Settings

| October 27, 2012 | 3 Comments 

ICT to Inspire in Somer-Settings – Julia Briggs E-learning Curriculum Adviser ELIM (e-learning and Information Management Group) Somerset

An ICT inspire day turned into an unforgettable lesson in class management at an event organised at West Pennard Primary School in Somerset. (One of four days in Somerset)

Children became engrossed in a scene from Myst III: Exile game whilst the teachers became absorbed in the integration between Tim Rylands and the two different age groups he worked with through the morning.

The management of the Myst game provided inspiration, excitement and determination to write.  The gems of language used by Tim, both verbal and non-verbal, ensured two groups of 60 children, and the twenty-four adults attending, were engrossed, contributing and enjoying themselves. Continue Reading

World Music Composer

| October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments 

The World Music Composer enables the mixing, blending and mashing of instruments from across the globe, in to your own magnum opus.

Combine a Scottish Fiddle, with a Jordanian Duff, a Syrian Ney, a Japanese Tonkori, Bolivian Charango, Ugandan Trough Zither or Likembe, a Rubab from Afghanistan, an Indian Ravanahatha fiddle, Angolan Vulks or Tipaws, or even a Balangi or Gourd Sistrum from Sierra Leone.

You decide.

This National Museums of Scotland resource, celebrates the recordings made by Jean Jenkins (1922-1990), a renowned broadcaster & museum curator whose passion was capturing & sharing music traditions from across the world. A visual & auditory delight. Enjoy the soundtrack to your travels.

Cluster INSET at Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College, Ilkeston

| October 26, 2012 | 12 Comments 

A day of daring, digital, delights, after our analogue adventures, yesterday.

Many colleagues, teachers Learning Support Assistants, from across the schools within the Kirk Hallam – Ilkeston Cluster, including Mapperley Primary, Scargill Primary, Dallimore Primary, Stanley Common Primary, St. Andrew’s Stanley, joined us at Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College, Ilkeston, to explore some technological wizardry. Continue Reading

Dezmos Graphic Calculator

| October 25, 2012 | 2 Comments 

I often joke that maths isn’t my subject, and how “I was so poor that I took two maths exams, and failed seventeen!”

I have, though, always been fascinated, if sometimes confused by, the magic of graphs. The Graphic Calculator can make numbers in to art too.

A remarkable tool for showing the visual results of an equation, however simple, or complex, that might be.

Cluster INSET at Ladywood Primary, Ilkeston

| October 25, 2012 | 10 Comments 

Now this was a really fun day! To wander in the world of words is always fun!

To do so in the company of a group of people who are REALLY up for a challenge, and can travel in style, with humour, imagination and alacrity, is cheerfully joyous.

Well done to all of the staff and children from Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6 from Ladywood Primary, Ilkeston, and the visiting colleagues, for the first of two days with the Ilkeston Cluster. Thank you for being brave enough to voyage with us… and taking off and flying too. Continue Reading