Games for the IWB

A quick reminder as we start the new year of the value of interactive games in the classroom, particularly now all teaching rooms have access to IWB facilities. There are lots of free games aimed at particular subjects available on the web, however remember we also have access to software in school, including the Content Generator software (Penalty Shootouts etc.) to make our own games. For more details please see last years post on Using Games in the Classrom.



You can find out more about what Hot Potatoes quiz software can be used for including examples in the using games in the classroom post. But you should be aware that the software is now freeware and therefore can easily be downloaded and used at home.

You can download instructions from the website – but if you come and see me I have 3 spare printed help guides.

quandary_350x100Hot Potatoes have also now made their Quandary software free. This software enables you to create web based action mazes which can be used for problem-solving, diagnosis and surveys/questionnaires etc. Students are faced with a series of options – the option they then choose will lead them on a particular path for which they are then given further options. To get the idea – try out this Henry II and Thomas Becket history action maze from Andrew Field.

Here is a list of just some of the many websites offering online sources of educational games:

Remember there are also lots of templates for creating games using the Lesson Activity Toolkit in SMART notebook – I will be posting a reminder of some of these over the next few weeks.

SMART Exchange (Beta) – Finding & Sharing Resources


The new SMART Exchange has been set up to enable teachers to quickly search and find SMART related resources many of which have been produced and shared by other teachers. The new SMART Exchange streamlines the way in which you can search for resources, enabling you to browse via subject and also via subject-correlated standards – i.e. KS2, KS3, KS4. The search engine directly links resources to areas of the National Curriculum (see Science example below) enabling a focused search and providing a valuable and time-saving source of resources.

SMART_Exchange_Final_SearchIt is also possible to search across different areas, the link above will take you straight to the ‘England’ area site but this can be easily changed to search other areas and associated curriculum resources e.g. USA, Germany etc.

The whole idea of SMART Exchange is that it is a community for teachers using SMART resources and as well as contributing to the community by sharing your own resources (an easy uploading system is available on the homepage) you can also join the discussion forum in the ‘Connect with Teachers’ section to connect with other teachers from around the country.

The following video from the SMART exchange team provides a guided tour of the new SMART Exchange facility.

Training Session: Effective use of IWB (SMARTBoard)

A new term and straight back into a training session. Wednesday morning’s training session for staff from Hartford Student Support Centre is on “Making effective use of the Interactive Whiteboard” – the rationale behind the session is to introduce what Interactive Whiteboards actually are, the basics of how they work and a presentation of SMART notebook and its interactivity with the aim of showing the potential the IWB has for enhancing the teaching and learning experience. This will be followed by a chance for staff to actually try out the SMART boards and start creating simple interactive resources.

Effective use of

The session is in 3 parts: (a full programme is here)

1. An Introduction to the SMART Board – “Unlocking the Potential”

2. Getting to know the Interactive Whiteboard – practical session based on staff actually using the SMART Boards

3. Adding Multimedia and finding out more about using the SMART Board.
The handout resources used in the session can be downloaded here:

Beginners Guide to Using Smart Notebook

Getting to know the IWB – Practical Tasks

Inserting Multimedia in your Notebook

Finding out more / Support

A copy of the notebook presentation used is available for staff of the Hartford Secondary Support Unit on Request.