Basic Skills

Number Flip

Number Flip IWB ResourceThis interactive whiteboard resource is designed to facilitate number work and place value with a class.  It works primarily as an aid to questioning when comparing the effect of change a digit in a place and comparing number sizes.  You may also find other ways to use it.

The resource was originally suggested on twitter by @gepocock.  She originally asked for it to use dice to allow numbers to be randomly generated for hundreds tens and units.  I changed this to flip charts as dice are a little impractical to manipulate when represented digitally.  Furthermore a six sided dice doesn’t have enough numbers and a ten sided dice can be confusing to read.  Hopefully the end result allows the same use.

Generate a new digit by tapping the page on each flip chart.  Flip charts can be rearranged by dragging them from the red top of the chart.  They can be placed on any empty peg.  The place value headings can be toggled using the top “x” button.  The flip charts and pegs on the bottom can be toggled on or off by using the bottom “x” button.

This resource is a candidate to be added to the Numeracy Basics app for the iPad for its next update.  You can comment on its functionality either in the comments below or on twitter @teacherled.

Go to number flip interactive whiteboard resource.

Number Beads

IWB resource number beads

This interactive white boards resource is a new version of one featured on the original version of the Numeracy Basics app.  In the UK reviews somebody suggested that it would be useful if the beads increase from 20 to 50 or 100.  The reason that they were fixed at 20 was that that was the most that could be usefully fitted on screen at once.  However by allowing them to scroll 20 can still be on screen but more flexibility is given.  Scroll the beads by moving the blue bar at the bottom.

The beads can be coloured into odds and evens or groups of 5 using the appropriate buttons at the top.

The top row of beads start blank but show a number when tapped.  The bottom row of beads start with the numbers showing. When they are tapped they bounce to mark the position.

The rows can be made to hide by tapping the ‘x’  button next to each one.

A guide for adding and subtraction 10s can also be toggled on or off.

Go to Number Beads IWB resource

Available on app store

Times Tables

IWB times tables resource

This interactive whiteboard resource is a simple one for going over times tables.  You can select which times table to display and whether to display it in order.  Tapping the blue covers reveals or hides each answer.  All can be covered or uncovered using the buttons at the top.

This resource is identical to the one on the Numeracy Basics app for the iPad.  As such this IWB resource can be useful where whole class teaching takes place with the IWB and individual or group work with the iPad.  As this resource plus the 4 others on the app are also available to use for free on desktop computers it also provides a useful way to evaluate whether you want to purchase the app.

Go to Times Table IWB resource.

If you feel this resource plus an interactive clock, a multiplication grid, a number track and a times tables resource would be useful on an iPad please see it in the app store by clicking the icon below:
Available on app store

Multiplication Square

IWB Multiplication Square
This interactive whiteboard resource is  the same as the one found on my newly released iPad Numeracy Basics App.

This IWB resource can be used to help with teaching multiplication facts and times tables.  It works in a similar fashion to the Number Square IWB resource previously published.

Rows and columns can be highlighted by tapping the appropriate number.  The highlighted number can be toggled off by tapping it again.  This will leave the already highlighted numbers still highlighted.  To clear these select a colour and then tap the button made up of 4 coloured squares.

As well as highlighting individual squares using colours they can be marked out using movement.  Tap the the button made up of a square with movement lines around it and any numbers then touched will begin to rock.  Tapping the button with a square and no movement lines will cause all rocking squares to stop.

Highlighting squares using the black colour will also hide the number.

As this resource is matched by an iPad one the option to use it for whole class teaching on the IWB is there for the teacher who, if they have one, can then use an iPad to provide 1 to 1 and small group assistance using a resource familiar to the children.

Go to Multiplication Square IWB Resource.

Press F11 to use the full screen.

Flash Player 11.1 is required for this resource.


If you feel this resource plus an interactive clock, a multiplication grid, a number track and a times tables resource would be useful on an iPad please see it in the app store by clicking the icon below:
Available on app store


Number Square

IWB Number Sqaure

This interactive whiteboard resource is  the same as the one found on my newly released iPad Number Square App.  By releasing a  version for the IWB the idea is that whole class teaching can take place using the IWB resource, the teacher can  then use an iPad to provide further small group or individual support with a  resource the children are already familiar with.  Or small groups can use an iPad to use the methods modelled by their teacher.  It also, of course, allows you to try the app before you buy.

This is a 100 Number square.  By clicking the 99/100 button it can be toggled between going from 0-99 or from 1-100.  Whatever colour is selected by the buttons with a circle on them will be the colour that the squares will change if tapped.  Tapping the button with the four coloured sqaures changes all tiles to that colour.  Selecting the lowest left button and then touching individual squares will set them rocking to draw particular attention to numbers or to help any students with colour vision problems identify the squares being looked at. Tapping a sqaure again with this  option selected will stop it moving.   The button next to it will stop the rocking effect on all tiles that are currently rocking.

This updated version now allows you to highlight multiple squares by swiping across them rather than tapping them individually.  This greatly speeds up the set up of new examples.

Go to interactive whiteboard number square.  This resource is quite large so for best effect use your browser in full screen (In Internet Explorer press F11).

If you feel this resource plus an interactive clock, a multiplication grid, a number track and a times tables resource would be useful on an iPad please see it in the app store by clicking the icon below:
Available on app store


IWB Clock

IWB Clock

This new IWB resource is an update of one of the most used resources on this site. The spinnable IWB clock.  Things that were liked about this resource were its rotate the bevel to show the time advancing, giving it a spin to pick a random time and uncluttered display.  Things that were not liked were how the hands advanced past midday and the lack of assistance graphics.  Hopefully all of these have been put right.

The clock is still controlled by the bevel.  One full rotation equates to one full hour.  In addition the clock can be toggled between locking to 5 minute intervals or not vie the button with a 5 on it. If this is active the minutes can be toggled to be shown at the end of the minute hand.  Minutes can also be toggled to display on the clock face as can the coloured segmented display.

In addition this resource is identical to the new version of the Numeracy Basics clock which is available as an app on the iPad.  The IWB version will remain free to use.  If you have an iPad you may find it useful to be able to do whole class teaching from the whiteboard and then provide individual assistance by using the exact same resource on your iPad.  Using it on an iPad may also better suite small group work in rooms where there is no IWB facility.

Note: Flash Player 11 is needed on your PC to run this IWB resource.  Older computers may struggle.

Go to clock  IWB resource.

If you would like to use this resource on an iPad please see the Numeracy Basics app on app store.  You should examine the resource shown  to determine whether it would suit your needs on the iPad. See the rest of the Numeracy Basics resources here on your computer.
Available on app store

Word Circle

IWB Resource

An Interactive Whiteboard Resource to allow quick spelling based games.  Similar to the puzzles found in many newspapers a nine letter word has each of its letters randomly put into each circle.  If you follow the rules of the newspaper variants the challenge is to make as many words of 4+ letters as you can always using the centre letter.  You can come up with your own scoring method but one method is to give 1 point for a 4 letter word, 2 for 5 letters etc.  If students find the nine letter word they get 10 points.  There is a built in 3 minute timer which slowly colours in red as the time elapses.  A buzzer marks time up.  Or you may prefer to not user a timer.

Go to interactive whiteboard resource.

Suggestions and bug reports welcome in the comments.