Archive for November, 2013

Reel ~ Online presentations with vote feedback

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments 

ReelApp creates a very simple, and quick, way of creating slideshows that you can share with others, for free.

With Reel, getting your ideas out there and polling your audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. Just cast out your line of slides and they’ll bite in no time!

Reel posts your preso behind a unique URL. Your audience only needs a web browser to view your show where and when they are ready. Your audience won’t have to wait for a file download or open any other software. Once you’ve got your audience on the hook, they’ll be able to give you their impression of your ideas. Thumbs up for the ones they love; thumbs down, they’re not feelin’ it. You’ll get a summary page showing the total number of responses to each slide. Gone fishin’!

The Inspire Federation, Coventry ~ Day 2

| November 29, 2013 | 5 Comments 

After a day of analog adventures yesterday, we got all digital in the form of an INSET at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, with visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools: Clifford Bridge Primary School, Grangehurst Primary, Gosford Park Primary, Wyken Croft Primary, Finham Primary, Sir Frank Whittle Primary, Templars’ Primary, Parkgate Primary School, St Osburgs Catholic Primary, Hollyfast Primary and Stivichall Primary. Continue Reading

SimpleSurface.com ~ Online whiteboard

| November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Simple Surface.com is an interesting utility. It’s like a big white board. Double click to create an item.

A text input box will open. Type and press [enter] key when done. Press the [Tab] key to create a branch. Then start typing to edit. Simple and easy. Could be useful in planning, gathering ideas, or even presenting. Give it a go.

The Inspire Federation, Coventry ~ Day 1

| November 28, 2013 | 10 Comments 

The first of two days at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, today with Y6 & Y2 pupils, their teachers & colleagues.

Thank you to Rob Darling, Walsgrave’s Headteacher and Paul Griffin, Head teacher of Clifford Primary for coordinating our two days here with. This day has been a long time in the planning. We are working alongside the schools in The Inspire Federation, today and tomorrow.

Today had an analog emphasis. We set forth, with scribbly sticks, in to the world of words. Joined by 48 Year Six voyagers, we …went virtually nowhere. In a geographical sense that is. In terms of inventiveness, descriptive narrative, and playing with words, we travelled many miles. Our ideas were set free to wander, whilst we stood still, in an intriguing landscape, desperate to move, yet rooted to the spot. Continue Reading

Chatzy ~ Online discussions

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Chatzy is a free private chat service which you can use to communicate with people you already know or people who visit your blog or website. With Chatzy you can create a chatroom and send out email invitations very quickly and easily. No registration is required. Chatzy is free and has no popup ads. It works on all major browsers, and has a mobile version.

Useful for meetings, lessons over distance, and recording a conversation between multiple people.

Any way of interacting, socially, requires careful consideration. Chatzy considers this and sessions can be organised so that only those who you want to contribute, can.

There are three ways to set up chats: allow those who know the address, allow only those who’s emails have been confirmed, or only registered users who have received an email invitation for the room or been added manually to the visitor list.

Link2ICT Primary Head Teachers Conference ~ Birmingham

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Today, it was a pleasure to present a keynote at Link2ICT Primary Head Teachers Conference at Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew’s Stadium, with the theme: IT’s about Improving Learning Outcomes.

Link2ICT invited Primary Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers and Academy Principals, to this event focused on the role technology plays in teaching and how it can use this to improve learning outcomes for pupils. Continue Reading

CoSketch ~ Visual collaboration

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.

Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.

Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.

The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 2

| November 26, 2013 | 2 Comments 

Our second day with The William Ransom Primary School and their visiting colleagues from the Hitchin Partnership, and today was our chance to spend time with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their teachers in the morning and then the afternoon with Year 2 pupils. Continue Reading

Professor Word ~ One click definitions

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Professor Word helps to improve your vocabulary while you surf the web. Install the web Get one-click definitions.

Drag the  button to your Bookmarks Toolbar. Visit a site &, when you click on a word, you get a clear definition in a speech bubble. A useful individual, or class, tool.

The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 1

| November 25, 2013 | 37 Comments 

The first of two days at The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire, where we are also joined by other schools in the Hitchin Partnership: Highover J.M.I. School & Nursery, Mary Exton JMI School, Whitehill JM School, Kingshott School, Breachwood Green JMI School, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Preston Primary School and Codicote C of E Primary.

This invitation follows our contribution at the NAHT Conference London, last year when the headteacher of The William Ransom Primary School, Mary Driver, and her deputy Shirley Brown were delegates. Continue Reading

Fraze.it ~ Vocabulary clarity

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Wondering how to use a particular word in a sentence? Welcome to FrazeIt. With more than 100 million sentences, this is an advanced platform for investigating sentences and structure. Useful to writers, pupils, ESL students & teachers and all those fascinated by words. Works in ■ EnglishFrenchSpanishGermanItalian & ■ Portuguese