September 24, 2014
Teachers are always looking for a fun way to review and reinforce content. This week, I found a neat website called www.superteachertools.net
You can make games like Jeopardy, Match, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire etc. Scroll down on the home page to see all the things you can create! (You can also browse by grade level for pre-made games.) After you make the game, you can copy the link to your online game and paste it into Notebook.
Next time, I will provide instructions for using the downloaded files.
September 10, 2014
Card #4 The Frayer Model
Hello everyone! This month I am focusing on the Frayer model. I made a template for it and stored it in SMART Notebook’s ‘My Content’ which you will find in the Gallery. This way, I can use it over and over.
Online you will see a few definitions for this model. Some say it builds vocabulary but when you allow students to create the models it helps with comprehension as well. When I make these models, I like to hide the main ideas so that students have to use deductive reasoning to figure them out.
Click here to download Activity Card #4 – Create a Frayer Model
August 20, 2014
You are going to LOVE this!! Check out www.cooltext.com. You will see a number of logo styles and some are animated!
Click on the one you like. You will be able to just the size, color, font etc. for this logo. When it looks just the way you want, scroll down and save as a .gif or .jpg file. If it is animated, you will not get the choice of file type.
Open up Notebook and click on Insert and then on Picture. Navigate to, and click on your logo. It will be imbedded in Notebook. How cool is that?
August 6, 2014
Card #3 Graphic Organizers on the Fly!
I like to have a few things in my head that I can do on the fly and one of them is the instant graphic organizer. I brainstorm with the students and we write as many words as we can and then we organize them. The SMART Notebook card of the month will help you make your first one. After a bit of practice, you can make these in a couple of minutes and you can save and open them another day for review. Here’s to fast lessons!
Click here to download Activity Card #3 – Create a Graphic Organizer
July 16, 2014
I am really happy with Notebook 2014. It is faster and the inclusion of Response VE and Extreme collaboration make this learning tool really versatile.
GeoGebra is another great addition, although I have a lot of learning to do before I will be able to use it well. My focus this week has been to explore the app.
You will find it when you click on the Add-Ins Tab (the puzzle piece ).
Click on the GeoGebra icon to start the application. (Note: I found I could not load it without temporarily disabling my virus protection so I worked on it at home.)
After clicking on the application icon, click on the search tool at the top right of the Notebook page and you will go directly to GeoGebra Tube where you can browse, select and insert a GeoGebra worksheet. To do this, click on the worksheet you want and then click on Insert.
July 2, 2014
Happy July everyone! Here is the second activity card in the series of SMART Board activities. I will post one a month for a year. If you like them, I will make some more so let me know!
In this exercise, you will learn to make white out so that you can hide and reveal important points in a paragraph, hide certain letters in a word or cover up an entire sentence allowing the students to figure out what is missing or come up with their own ideas. Maybe you will have some interesting ideas. Let’s share ideas.
Click here to download Activity Card #2 – Create a Cloze Passage
June 18, 2014
I had so much fun yesterday when I met Nao, the robot from Aldebaran. He listens, he talks, he walks and he even dances! His simple facial features and responses suit children with Autism Spectrum disorder and they easily interact with Nao. I learned a bit of the programming and it was simple to create a routine with the multiple prepared actions. High school students would love to program him! In fact, there are competitions to see who can create the best dance for Nao.
Check out his features at www.youtube.com/watch?v=2STTNYNF4lk and see a group of robots perform part of the Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHJf365p_zw
June 4, 2014
I have been working on activity cards for teachers. They help them use the board in a way that takes what they are doing now on a white or black board, and translating them to activities on the SMART Board that can be used over and over.
The first card explains how to handwrite notes on the SMART Board in Notebook software. Then translate the notes to text and use the screen shade to see if the students can paraphrase what they read.
Click here to download Card #1 – Write Notes and Recognize as Text
Let me know if you like the cards and especially if you want to see more!
May 21, 2014
I have ten Samsung Tablets in my classroom and this is a great time of year to use the camera! The students were out this afternoon, taking pictures of spring changes, from large puddles to budding trees. We are going to share our pictures and put them into SMART Notebook where we will create an interactive story with links to the web and the students’ voices telling the story. I am so glad that SMART added a voice recorder to Notebook. Check the drop down menu of any object on the page and you will see the ‘sound’ choice.
April 30, 2014
I have always wished that SMART Notebook had a better and quicker alignment tool. I am so excited to see that now there is one! In Notebook 11.4, there is a new, blue, puzzle piece icon in the toolbar. If you click on it, it will open eight new tools for alignment. Just select all the objects that you wish to align and then click on one of the tools. Your objects will magically align. I love it!