Classroom Interactive Whiteboard Timers

clock March 12, 2009 by Sue

I think sometimes it is useful to have the facility for a countdown timer in the classroom for various activities ranging from tidying up to a fixed time for completing a piece of work. I want to feature a couple of timers which I think work well on an interactive whiteboard.

E.ggtimer.comThe first Supertimer is the free, cut-down version of a timer which you can buy that has more features. On this version there isn't the facility for turning off or changing the music but you can get round that by turning the volume down on your computer.

The other timer program which is called Egg Timer doesn't have sound during the countdown period so you simply set it to your required time limit as explained on the Home page.

Free Stuff for Schools - The Great Plant Hunt

clock February 12, 2009 by Sue
If your pupils are between the ages of 5 to 11 in the UK you may be interested in registering your interest in The Great Plant Hunt website, especially if you are are planning a 'Growing' topic in the spring. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will send your school a 'Darwin Treasure Chest jam-packed with outstanding free resources'. And what is more your school will be helping out with real scientific experiments.

The whole project has been inspired by the year of celebrations to mark the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and if you are looking for inspiration for your topic, then you're bound to find stuff here!

Active Kids Get Cooking Challenge 2009

clock February 11, 2009 by Sue
If your pupils are between the ages of eight and fourteen you may like to have a crack at this year's AKGC Challenge 2009 where there are money prizes up for grabs.

It's a great opportunity for your pupils to use design-technology for a real purpose. This year, entrants need to design a 'spectacular' healthy breakfast which uses food from at least three of the main food groups. The site is packed with information to help including printable resources. The activity fits in really well with a healthy eating topic and who knows you may win some money too!

The competition is open to all UK primary and secondary secondary schools. This also includes special schools for which there are separate prizes. You have until 15th May 2009 to submit your entries. 
 Good luck!