Archive for January, 2006

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January 24, 2006

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Survey Monkey…

January 24, 2006

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We are going ape for this online offering. It works. It’s brilliant. It’s free. It saves trees. You heard it here first!

Bringing the world to your classroom…

January 20, 2006

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…no, I’m not talking about Google Earth but one of our other favourite resources panoramas.dk. It’s what projectors were invented for! What a magical way to motivate children to think, discuss and write. Don’t forget that you can use the capture tool in most IWB software to bring these images into your flipcharts.
If you’ve used this in a lesson, please share your ideas with us!

Virtual Victorian Classroom

January 20, 2006

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A great Key Stage 1 resource from the learning innovation centre ….

www.taw.org.uk/lic/victorianschool

Do you have any links that you’d like to share… click on ‘comments’

Handy Hints

January 20, 2006

Richard Smith has these 3 handy hints to help you.

1. If you struggle to understand all the network drives email us for an easy to understand guide
2. There are lots of useful resources on the Q drive…clicker grids…interactive whiteboard materials etc
3. Type in http://taw005/ to log help calls in less than 1 minute….try it

Please feel free to share your own handy hints!

60 second Shakespeare…

January 20, 2006

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Take the 60 Second challenge!

The BBC is looking for UK school students to take up the challenge of creating their own sixty second interpretation of Shakespeare. Make a film or audio, interpret a scene or a whole play, keep it classic or make it modern, it’s up to you.

If you’d like to have a go at this let us know – we’d love to come and help you!

On a very similar note, the beeb also offer you the chance to get your one-minute movies published online. Great site this – loads of help and advice on offer and you can watch other peoples efforts online. This movie from the site shows just what you can do with pen, paper, a camera and a computer – wow!  Once again, the HOS team can help you to bring your own ideas to life!

Superstar VJs

January 18, 2006

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In the bbc’s own words:

Radio 1 Superstar VJs is part of a new kind of service the BBC is piloting, which is not just about enjoying its content but using it to create your own. On this site you’ll find nearly 100 clips to download, watch, mix and share under the Creative Archive Licence, all chosen with VJ’s in mind and including skylines, sunsets, seascapes, wildlife, time-lapse photography and retro gadgets. We will be adding more clips and programmes soon and have just launched the Open News Archive offering around 80 iconic reports for download.

Are you having problems…

January 17, 2006

…accessing some of the exciting content that is increasingly available online? Some of the things we’ve recommended will not run on the TAW network. In order to stop you struggling and getting frustrated when we’ve already done that for you (!) heres a list of things that do not currently run.

  1. Skype (or any other VOIP stuff)
  2. Last FM
  3. Bubbler – of the most exciting things out there!!!
  4. ThinkFree – superb!!! Try it at home but don’t get too excited – you won’t be able to access your files at work.
  5. Macromedia Breeze (Call logged – not supported)

We have calls logged for these – results will be posted here.

Photo Story 3 Ideas…

January 16, 2006

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This free app from Microsoft is flavour of the month – everyone loves using it and we’re already seeing some really creative stuff going on in Telford schools. Please use this post as a form to share your ideas!

Something for the weekend…

January 14, 2006

Last fm

This has been keeping me company whilst I’ve been gathering and posting links on here – highly recommended!

Oops.. looks like this is another cool app for home use only – won’t install on the network 😦

Google Pack

January 13, 2006

Google Pack

Google have introduced the Google Pack – a free collection of essential resources. This is a really great idea, bringing together as it does, much of the ‘must have’ software that we’ve been talking about in schools. Contained within the pack you’ll find Google Earth, Picasa 2, Google Pack Screensaver, Firefox, Norton Antivirus 2005, Acrobat Reader 7, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar and Ad Aware SE. Google Updater also installs and keeps things… up-to-date. Remember, all this is free… amazing stuff.
A word of warning – save this one for home – don’t even think about installing it on the network!

Gmail Invitation…

January 12, 2006

…if you’d like a gmail account post your current email address in the comments section – I’ll send you an invitation. We all love it!
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Podcasting

January 12, 2006

PodcastingPodcasting is on everyones lips at the moment, even those who don’t quite know what it is. If this sounds like you, this guide put together by David Baugh from iPod in education might help. You could also take a glance at the entry in Wikipedia. Apple have just announced that iLife 2006 will feature a new app, iWeb which it promises will make podcasting a whole lot easier. Can’t wait.

BETT 2006

January 12, 2006

bettEveryone has zoomed off to the big city to see the show – well almost everyone! For those left behind like me, there’s plenty of info available online and, of course, no crowds to contend with. The Apple stand looks like it’s a lot of fun – I really need one of the new intel imacs. RM are hosting their own virtual BETT show – and of course the show has its own site. Just checked out Techonorati to see how many bloggers attended today’s show – not many is the answer! One who did couldn’t even get near the Apple stand – I rest my case.

Google Earth Mac

January 12, 2006

The world’s coolest software is now available for the world’s coolest computers. Cool.

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New for 2006

January 11, 2006

A New Year – a new blog for the HOS team. Welcome.