Geogebra intro

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  Geogebra_1   ).

Click on the GeoGebra icon  Geogebra_2    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 Geogebra_3application icon, click on the search toolGeogebra_4   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.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – July 2014

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


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

NAO for Now

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 and see a group of robots perform part of the Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance.


Happy Learning!
Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – June 2014

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!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Capturing Spring

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.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Getting it Straight

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 puzzle1 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!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Learning about Birds

April 16, 2014

Last time, I wrote about recording keeping for bird watching. Once we have seen the birds, let’s expand on our knowledge about birds. Search for the word ‘bird’ in the gallery. You will find the cardinal among others. Discuss the parts of a bird, the wings, the beak, the feet and the body. Learn to label the parts of the bird. Find a picture of a bird from your area. Label the parts. Move the words away from the lines so that the students can move them into the correct positions.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Watching for Birds!

April 2, 2014

Ah! Spring at last. Let’s celebrate by watching those birds return.

In a new Notebook file, brainstorm to make a list of the birds that commonly are found in your area. Divide these into two groups. One group is present all year and another is migratory.

On a new page make a chart of the migratory birds using the table tool. Have the students begin to watch for the birds. When one is spotted, the person who sees it can record their name and the siting date in the chart.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Animating Still Life

March 5, 2014

The students in kindergarten had a ball this week.  The teacher showed them the crayons in SMART Notebook.  (Click on the pens, then the pen tool and choose the crayon tool.) They drew their still life pictures and then the teacher animated them.   In this case, she grouped each flower so it was one object and chose, ‘animate object’ in the properties tab.

Animating Still Life

What amazed me was that when the flower was flipping around the axis, you could actually see the thickness of the flower.

We can use this activity to learn the difference between flip and spin (turn).


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Measurement for Real!

February 26, 2014

We are onto our second week of measurement in the grade two class and Jenn is now using the ruler that is found in the math toolsMath Tool  in Notebook software.     If you click on this icon, you will see a ruler that can be dragged to the SMART Board interactive surface.

Measurement for Real

The most amazing thing she discovered is that if you pick up a pen and drag it along the top or bottom of the ruler, it makes a perfectly straight line!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


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