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What’s new in Smartboard Notebook 16?

SMART have just recently released version 16 of Smart Notebook.  Overall it looks the same as older versions, but there are a few new features worth knowing about:

Image search Tool

You can now easily add images to a Notebook page, without having to leave the software. The new Bing-powered image search automatically filters for royalty-free images, allows you to toggle between […]

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Using Minecraft to build and restore local landmarks

I recently started playing with Minecraft on my iPad. After trying to build in the dark and putting lots of random fire around I worked out you could sleep in the bed and wake up in the light. I firstly created this:


Then I started thinking about what might be interesting and useful in the classroom. I had already started building […]

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Using the Euros to blog

Westwood and Iford Primary are taking part in the competition and here’s what Head’s blog said:

With the European football championships almost starting, the exciting news is that, as a school we are joining in with the fun by blogging the euros! Rather than explain the concept myself, this text is taken straight from the #BlogtheEuros site, which is run by David […]

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Westwood with Iford Primary Blog – Radio Session

Inspired by the Wiltshire ICT Experience day, Ian Rockey, Headteacher at Westwood with Iford Primary, arranged for Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger to broadcasting day with pupils. Here’s how the day went from the Head’s blog:

Today was one of those once in a lifetime experience days for the children as they ventured into a new kind of learning where resilience […]

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15+ ideas for the emoji keyboard in the classroom


I have recently purchased the brilliant book “15+ ideas for the emoji keyboard in the classroom” by Mr Parkinson

The eBook shares over 15 ideas for primary school teachers to utilise the emoji keyboard to enhance learning in the classroom. With ideas for English and Maths, I am sure teachers with find the ideas both useful and inspiring. At present, the eBook […]

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What makes an outstanding ICT support visit?

What’s it like to be an IT Futurformer?

It is only when technology goes wrong you realise how integrated it has become in everybody’s lives. As an ICT Technician within the Education sector, I personally can vouch for that, as teaching has become increasingly integrated with technology, it’s vital to keep it working, whilst keeping the teachers smiling.

But what makes an […]

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Anderton Tiger appoint Futurform to provide School Radio Stations

Futurform ICT are delighted to be appointed by Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Broadcasting as a reseller partner for School Radio Stations.

Anderton Tiger have been providing School Radio Stations for over 10 years, and lead the market with their innovative approach to School Radio.

Futurform ICT will have access to the full range of School Radio Stations that Anderton Tiger manufacture, including the worlds […]

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Encouraging and empowering the most reluctant users of technology in school


Problem is you need time to “play” and the “guts” to risk it all going pearshaped in front of a class if/when the tech fails!!

A lively discussion took place about encouraging and empowering the most reluctant users of technology in school. After some initial clarification that this would primarily be adult users, there were many who mention students becoming experts […]

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Cleaning up Youtube

Youtube is a fantastic resource for educational videos, unfortunately because it is also a public resource it can get cluttered up with inappropriate comments and ads.

So how do you get the students to focus on the video?

Just enter a YouTube Video URL, select a background type, (a web page URL, solid colour, or fun design) then visit the URL that is […]

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10 tips for choosing the right apps for your school

In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of educational apps available to download; currently there are around 250,000 apps found under the education category within the major stores. The advantages of using tablet-based programmes in schools are becoming more and more visible; from the expansion of the learning experience and environment, to increasing class interaction and […]

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