News Tagged 'Technology'

Using computer games to inspire writing

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A Small WorldMany primary school teachers will have heard of using computer games such as Myst to inspire logical thinking, problem solving and literacy. Although they are recognised as a fantastic media for inspiring boy’s writing, computer games like Myst can be too complicated for a lot of primary school teachers. If a lot of preparation work  needs to be ...

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Brainstorm an Idea

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 There are many free brainstorming programs on the internet and our recommendation is Bubbl.us.

It is very straightforward and if opened on an interactive whiteboard pupils can add their own ideas or shout ideas out for the teacher to add. You could even allow confident pupils to record their own brainstorm using Bubbl-us. For example take the theme My Ideal School:

Choosing a classroom projector

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In 2004 Charles Clarke pledged that “Every school in the future will have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom. Teachers will have an interactive replacement for black boards which allow them to work with pupils to surf the net, download information and develop presentations.”

He forgot to mention that an interactive whiteboard (IWB) requires a projector (!) and while IWBs are long lasting, the same cannot be said of projectors. As with teachers laptops we receive lots of requests for replacement ...

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SmartBoard alignment problem

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If a teacher is suffering with their SmartBoard 660 constantly needing alignment then we always check the  following:

  1. Is the SmartBoard firmware up to date?
  2. Are there electric power cables behind the SmartBoard causing interference?
  3. Has the SmartBoard been attached to the wall correctly?

Please let your 123ICT consultant know if you are frustrated as we are happy to resolve this for you, letting you use your SmartBoard with confidence.

Cutting printing costs

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We are currently looking into ways of cutting printing costs for schools. As part of this initiative Dan has been evaluating Papercut in one of the schools he supports.

It is designed for use in education and once he has completed his pilot, we will let you know our findings.

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