Part of the beauty of these trainers is their free-to-use availability at home or in the classroom. Where there is a PC and Browser, and particularly suitable for Interactive Whiteboards, the trainers can be viewed online and/or their SWF files can be downloaded to the local computer for ongoing use.
For Teachers This allows random generation of questions for students, secure in the knowledge that there is a valid answer. For example, with factorising, you can be sure that the random quadratic that is displayed can be factorised and the answer is one of the four shown.
Lesson Idea One lesson strategy for using the trainers: With the trainer on screen, options presented are A, B, C, and D. The class can either use "show me" boards, or cards lettered A, B, C, and D.
With each question the class has to show their answer to the teacher. This tests individual student's understanding and supports formative assessment and corrective teaching.
Accessing the trainer online. Go to the appropriate trainer page (e.g. Music). Click on the image for the online version (e.g. Guitar Trainer picture).
The displayed version works exactly the same as the version that can be downloaded to the iPod touch from the iTunes App Store. Multiple instances are also available where there are highlighted titles above image.
Downloading the trainer Go to the appropriate trainer page (e.g. Maths). Right-click on the limage for the online version (e.g. factorisation). Save the target to the local computer. Thereafter, without the need to go online, as long as Flash is installed on your computer, the trainer is freely available to use. Multiple copies of the trainer can be run on screen for multiple problems for students.
Flash Support Adobe's free to use Flash Player® can be downloaded to support use of trainers in the classroom. See your school IT technician if required. Note that using Internet Explorer, the Flash ActiveX control may be disabled by your administrator. Workarounds have been put in place but there may still be incompatabilities when trying to open the Flash files. Please email me at the address below if your are finding difficulties using the Apps via your browser.
Queries and Suggestions for Improvement Feel free to email me at email@example.com. I will endeavour to assist as quickly as possible.
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