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Remove Sparklebox Toolbar, how and why 3

Are you worried about how to remove the Sparklebox tool bar?

Remove Sparklebox toolbar – via @mikemcsharry

Do you have the Sparklebox toolbar on your school laptop? I know lots of teachers still do despite all the warnings about the site. I also know that removing toolbars can be a bit daunting. I found a resource via  a Twitter conversation the other day that makes it much easier and explains just why you should.

You can download this pdf file (sparklebox notes march2011) mentioned in this tweet and use it to help you (or your technician) remove it. Mike includes quotes from several LEAs who are blocking the site in his blog post Sparklebox Removal

I hope most teachers now understand just why the site is banned by so many local authorities but if you are not sure then have a look at this from the BBC. There seems to be no evidence that the ownership of the site has changed recently, despite several rumours to that effect.

Of course we all get tempted to install things we probably shouldn’t, especially when they offer us incentives. It is worth remembering that if something seems to be free then access to your information is often the hidden price. That is why I think it is important to use trustworthy sites for free resources. This PDF will help you, or your technician if you are lucky enough to have one, to fully remove the toolbar.

As for where to find good quality free resources from trustworthy CRB checked sites have a look at the rest of the articles in this series Alternatives to Sparklebox and if there are some you’d like to add just leave them in the comments and I’ll link to them here:

Alternatives to Sparklebox wiki page

 


Back to school – get organised 1

So Much Stuff So Little Space is a cry that will be heard in many classrooms over the next month or so. The first chapter of So Much Stuff, So Little Space: Creating and Managing the Learner-Centered Classroom is a good read for anyone setting up a new classroom. So before you get too despondent here’s some advice that might be helpful.

Sadly the preview ends just before the actual displays advice but the stuff on classroom organisation is sound and worth thinking about. As usual with books here is my link and I get a tiny bit of commission if you buy through me rather than google So Much Stuff, So Little Space: Creating and Managing the Learner-Centered Classroom


Design Advice in Books

You can find design advice for classroom displays from all sorts of places. Recently I discovered you can even get quite lengthy previews in googlebooks. This is from a book called Bulletin Boards That Capture Them with Pizzazz. The book is quite old and you might be able to get a cheap second hand copy. The basic advice is pretty sound although the book is old and from the USA. You can read most of the advice right here in this preview:

This is my link and I get a tiny bit of commission if you buy through me rather than google 🙂 Bulletin Boards That Capture Them with Pizzazz