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Roy Huggins

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  1. Hi Guys, I think that you are both right. The problem with any tool is that its only as good as the person who is using it. I've seen some briliant uses of IWB as well as some pretty poor ones. At the end of the day it comes down to giving proper training and advice to people, which is of course one of the main purposes of E-help is meant to help facilitate. Kind Regards Roy
  2. Hi Andy, Well done on getting the funding for your research. Please feel free to incorporate the ideas in this thread.. You may also want to include some of the resources / feedback that have been made about the new History in Progress series published by Pearsons / Heinemann in your research. The above ideas have been successfully used in the new CD / VLE pack for the whole KS3 series. The key concept was to create an interactive textbook which included IWB activities that could also be linked into a teacher's markbook. Students could then complete them on laptops, PDAs, IWB slates as wel
  3. Hi Guys, I would just like to add my shock and surprise for the dreadful way that Richard has been treated. Like Simon above, I met Richard for the first time at the international conference at IST in 2006. I have always found him to be a highly committed professional who cares passionately about his subject. Its a real shame that the board of governors at IST have taken this course of action. I would like to add my support for Richard and his family at this difficult time. The truth will ultimately prevail and justice will be done! Roy Huggins Head of History Mexborough School Englan
  4. Hi Andy, So how do you hook and engage the disengaged working class children from deprived areas like South Yorkshire so that they become active rather than passive learners? How do you teach them the higher order thinking skills so that they can research and become the active learners that you've described? I walk the talk every day, I find IWBs useful but they are not the only tool that I use in my classroom. The purpose of this thread is to discuss the ways that teachers can use IWBs practically on a to day basis and to try and win their hearst and minds to encourage them to experime
  5. Hi Simon, The Ben Walsh CD resources are great as they will allow you to transfer the information to Word or Powerpoint so that you can create your own resources. I had an amighty argumeny with Heinemann over whether they should use SmartNotes or EasyTeach. My central argument was that EasyTeach is neither easy or ultimately useful to a classroom teacher - baring in mind that I believe that folks should be given the opportunity to customise! I believe very passionately that all the VLEs and wonderful websites on the World Wide Web, that you can never replace the artistry of a good teacher
  6. I am inclined to agree. Most of what I have seen in my subject area, produced by companies such as Boardworks and the big publishers of modern foreign languages coursebooks, is all presentation and no interaction. It's a return to the teacher as a presenter/animator - creating more work for the teacher rather than less work. I always thought computers were designed to help reduce our work load. Hi Guys, I would broadly agree with you both, but to be fair to boardworks they have tried to incorporate more flash style drag and drop activities in an attempt to create more interactivity into t
  7. Hi Graham, Many thanks for the links, I shall investigate them further. Please find attached another useful graphic organiser called the Pro & Con Organiser. It can be used a sa planary or starter or as the focus for an investagation that can then summarised on the IWB or simply using a data projector You setup a key question in the middle and once the students have completed their investigation they can then feedback onto the board. Whoops I've run out of space! I'll have to ask Russell for a greater allowance. Kind Regards Roy E-mail me if you would like a blank copy that you can
  8. Hi Anders, You've made some excellent points about IWBs. Our school is contantly being inundated with new initiatives and people become tired of yet another new idea. However, nearly everyone gets excited about the potential of IWBs. As has been thoroughly discussed above, this can lead to an overuse of the IWB and a lttle too much teacher direction, but if you can harness this enthusiam you can always train people who to use them correctly whilst at the same time introducing some new ideas. For example, when we first started being equipped with IWBs I think that it is fair to say that th
  9. As Chris Jones said in the title of his seminal article in System in 1986: "It's not so much the program; more what you do with it I totally agree on all the points that you gave raised Graham. I use my IWB/ data projector for making a high impact point with video clips or software with the kids. Its all abou creating relevant memorable eduactional experiences for the kids that ten years later they stop on the street and say sir - you were a right good teacher I'll never forget the lesson ............. Have you ever experimented with getting kids to make their own pod casts using the targe
  10. Hi Russell, Now who is posting off topic! LOL Has anyone got any practical rather than theoretical questions on IWBs? Kind Regards Roy
  11. Hi Graham, Have you tried the foreign langauge versions of GameShow Presenter? Its available in both French and Spanish. You can make some pretty cool starters and plenaries. The only disadvantage of the software is that you can not convert it into a HTML like Andrew Fields Content Generators. Our foreign Languages department use them all the time. I also have a really useful flash generator for blockbusters. You just type in the letters and it creates the grids automatically. You can then form the kids up into teams or groups to test their knowledge of key words etc. The teacher or s
  12. Hi John, I suppose the key question is how often or frequently in the course of a week or a day? Obviously, over a period of time you can build up a bank of resources that you can reuse, but how sustainable have you found these strategies in terms of your day to day classroom practice and workload? Did you also employ or fall back on other more traditional methods where you assumed the role of the teacher 'expert' model? I'm also a great customiser of resources and believe very strongly that ICT can never replace the true artistry of a good teacher. For example, I rarely download resources
  13. Hi David, Many thanks, I shall take onboard your advice! One of the features of the SmartBoard software bundle that often goes unnoticed is the Smart Video Recorder. What the software basically does is to create a film clip of whatever is happening on your desktop or IWB - minus the sound! So why is this useful? Well you can use it to capture DVD film clips (Without the Sound) or use it to record the showcasing of piece of software or an interactive lesson that can then be uploaded to a VLE or network and downloaded later at home by students to replay. Its not a brillant piece of softwar
  14. Hi Guys, Any one fancy chatting about how to use IWBs or want to share resources? Kind Regards Roy
  15. Hi John, Good teachers have always shared resources because they are committed to pushing back the boundaries to help their students. ICT has helped to revolutionise the sharing of resources and ideas. Unfortunately, then as now, only a small proportion of teachers are prepared to do so. Challenging this culture and opening the minds of teachers to new ideas and concepts is an ongoing battle that is far from won. The fact that you think it already over shows that you are operating in a vacuum created by the Internet, which has allowed you to meet like minded people. The reality at the c
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