December 3, 2014
Card #7 Hey Mabel, What’s the Label?
Labeling objects is something you can do in every grade. Think about labeling plants, cells, science experiments etc. The card of the month will show you how to construct an activity that can be used many different ways. I love these instant lessons because you never know where the creativity of the students will take you.
Click here to download Activity Card #7 – Labelling
November 19, 2014
This week, I wanted to get some more fonts to use in Notebook and I found a site with free fonts! Check out www.1001freefonts.com Pick a category and scroll down to see the styles. Click on Download beside the style you have chosen. Once it is downloaded, you can install the font and it will be available in the fonts menu of Notebook, Word and other processors that you use! Pay attention to the name of the font when you download it so you can find it in the list of fonts. If Notebook was running when you downloaded and installed the file, you will have to close down and open a new file.
I was going to suggest one or two fun ones here but there are just so many that you should discover them yourselves! I had so much fun with these, that I got carried away and installed about fifteen new fonts!
November 5, 2014
Card #6 One, Two, Skip a Few, 99, a Hundred!
I have used hundred’s charts since my grade one teacher found me too talkative and put me in the coat room with a large wooden one hundred board that kept me busy for a long time. I had a great time arranging the numbered tags and didn’t even realize I was being punished!
Now you can use an interactive one that allows you to change the tile colors and even hide the numbers. It takes less than a second to reset it and start all over. You will feel like Vanna White when you spin these tiles! Check out the card of the month.
Click here to download Activity Card #6 – Work with the Hundreds Chart
October 15, 2014
Recently, I told you about http://www.SuperTeacherTools.net. This is where you can make great review games like Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Now learn to download the game template and have it stored locally so you do not have to depend on internet.
- Go to www.superteachertools.net.
- Scroll down to see and select Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
- Scroll down and select Download.
- Save the Mac or PC file in a new folder. It is an .exe file so you probably cannot install this on school administered computers. I use my own laptop for this.
- Now click on the url and edit a game to suit your needs.
- Once the game is edited, scroll to the bottom and fill in the required information including the verification. I found I just needed to insert the verification number when I chose a pre-made game.
- I downloaded the text file, (seen here on the left) and put it into the same folder as the game template. That is really important!
- I ran the game and then was asked to input the name of the text file.
Click below to download and print step by step instructions:
October 1, 2014
Card #5 Add Your Voice to SMART Notebook
This month, I will show or remind you how to add your voice to SMART Notebook.
I love all the ways this helps me in the classroom. Maybe, the students are working independently on the SMART Board and they need instructions but they don’t read well enough. Sometimes, I want to add sound effects for a guessing game. If I am away, I can make a greeting for my students that the supply teacher can play. (Get a guest login for temporary staff!) Teachers of other languages love to read sentences so that students can hear them over and over… as many times as they need. The students can create talking books. The list goes on!
Share your ideas.
Click here to download Activity Card #5 – Add your voice to SMART Notebook
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.