Posted in ICT, Maths and numeracy

A wee freebie from Wishtrac

Hello everyone,

Sorry it’s been a while – I am working on a few things for you to enjoy on the blog, promise!  It has been a busy year with some exciting trials of software and hardware ongoing and coming up so I’m looking forward to sharing all of that with you, as well as some how-to guides for common questions.  As always, if there’s something related to ICT and additional support needs that you’d like to see on here, please do let me know.

wishtracAnyway, to keep you going just now here’s an excellent little freebie from Wishtrac, who make a range of educational software and equipment.  Here’s an excerpt from their latest newsletter:

Our Times Tables software helps pupils improve their rapid recall of tables facts.  While we sell a site licence ( for £59.99; and home user disks ( for pupils to practice at home, schools can download a free single user version of the software to try out the software with no commitment.

Simply go to to download today!

If you download the software, please do let me know how you get on.  Thanks to Sandra at CALL Scotland who pointed me in the right direction for this one.


Posted in ICT, Maths and numeracy

Doorway Supermarket

Many of you already know about the wonderful free literacy, numeracy and typing activities that are available at

A new resource, Doorway Supermarket, will be available to trial from mid-October, and the developer is looking for teachers in Scottish schools and colleges with National 2 courses to help.  You’d get to trial the resource, and would be part of a feedback group.

Doorway Supermarket

The activity has been designed with students following a National 2 course in mind, and basically simulates a trip to the supermarket.  As well as covering money, change etc, the skills of estimation and rounding are practised.  The prices in the activity are current, and it aims to give as realistic an experience of going to the supermarket as is possible.

If you are interested in taking part in the trial, email  You can also visit for more information.

Posted in Dyslexia, ICT, Maths and numeracy

iOS App Profile: Calculator+

Calculator +On a recent visit to a school, I spoke with a severely dyslexic pupil who mentioned how challenging it was to use a calculator as the numbers were difficult to see.  The pupil may have had some success using a calculator with big keys, but as the school has already provided an iPad for her, it made sense to investigate if there was an app out there that could help.

Calculator + is a free app, that, with a purchase of the £1.49 “themes” pack, allows you to change the colour of the text, the background of the buttons – in fact, you can alter any aspect of the display to the exact shade you desire.  It has very large, easy to see buttons, and has a lot of scientific functionality if required.

It remains to be seen if it will help the pupil I visited, but I’m hopeful it will.

Posted in ICT, Literacy and English, Maths and numeracy

Modern Chalkboard

Modern Chalkboard

Modern Chalkboard is a resource that I have seen used in quite a few schools, so apologies if this isn’t new to you!  However, I think when you work with something all the time it’s easy to forget that others may be unfamiliar with it and might find it useful – in other words, always state the obvious, just in case.  How’s that for a Monday morning ramble?

Anyway, on to Modern Chalkboard.  This is a website dedicated to making interactive lessons for SMART boards.  The resources they have created only work with the SMART software, so if your school has Promethean boards I’m afraid they won’t work, unless you use the SMART software – get in touch if you are unsure about this.

The lessons are targeted at primary classes, but could be used in Support for Learning groups at secondary level.  The majority of the resources are for maths, but there are lessons for grammar, science and social studies too.

I think the lessons look great and are of a high quality.  They are, however, American – so not all spelling/content will be as we teach it, so make sure you review the lesson first to see it meets your needs.

One last thing – this website is made by the same people that make SuperTeacherWorksheets, which you may also want to take a look at.