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A favourite site I return to again and again. The site has extensive resources including problems, games, interactives and articles for teachers. Full teachers’ notes are provided.

The teachers’ menu has links particularly useful for teachers. Curriculum mapping documents suggest resources relating to the National Curriculum – both content and process. Something I use a lot is the search by topic facility to find all the resources for a particular topic. For the Interactive Whiteboard there are many outstanding interactives, for example, a favourite with my classes for practising with directed numbers is Connect Three. There are many games available; personal favourites which have worked well with classes are included in this collection.

Digital Tools for Students and Teachers

This year I have used many new resources with my Year 7 students who now seem to take their Wikispaces wikis for granted.
Favourite tools which many of them are now choosing to use for revision include Storybird and Wordle.

I have created a separate blog to collect together useful tools for students.
See Digital Tools for Students.

There is also a version for staff with additional information on applications.

Triptico

A variety of excellent classroom resources are available from Triptico. They work very well on the Interactive Whiteboard.

Update December 2010

Note that Triptico resources are now accessed from a desktop application, free to download, so an Internet connection is not required to use the resources.

New resources are being added to the desktop application.
On starting the desktop application one is automatically notified if an update is available with any new resources added to the library.

Try Find 10, perhaps as a starter. This allows you to show 15 statements, 5 of which are incorrect, students have to find the 10 correct statements.

I found I needed to experiment a little with the spacing to make sure the answer was consistently on the second line but this is very easy as it is possible to save your questions and answers in say a Word document and just load the activity. This allows you to save activities for later use.

Choose ‘Load an Activity’, then copy and paste the text from the following Word document into Triptico to recreate the activity below.
Equations Find 10 Triptico

This is an application well worth exploring. The resources include timers, a random name selector, also an excellent vocabulary activity, Word Magnets.

 

Presentations

There is some good advice on the web on presentations, a subject close to teachers’ hearts.
Scroll down the page for free resources and useful links.

Sacha Chua writes so well on learning. Her hand-drawn presentations make a refreshing change.

If you like the hand-drawn style, Betsy Streeter’s Ten Great Uses For a Pencil and How to Draw What’s Not There!

These are such a good reminders that it is the content that matters not the tools.

Sacha’s comment ‘Paper is the New PowerPoint’ reminds me of using some of the excellent ways of writing Mathematics online with a graphics tablet which is a great way to respond to student queries. I think for me an online whiteboard tool is the new LaTeX!

An excellent reminder that PowerPoint is just a tool from Clear Presentation Design

From Alexei Kapterev:  Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it).

From Jessedee: You Suck at PowerPoint

Other useful resources:

Slide Finder – a search engine for PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint Games – from encw.edu/Edgames

Duarte Slidedocs

Nancy Duarte – Slidedocs

Free (exceptionally high quality) Duarte Presentation Software Templates

Free Technology for Teachers (Richard Byrne) : some presentation advice.


m62 resources, tips and ideas


……and of course: Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds

Finally for your amusement Don McMillan’s original ‘Life After Death by PowerPoint