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.
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).
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 tools in Notebook software. If you click on this icon, you will see a ruler that can be dragged to the SMART Board interactive surface.
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!
January 22, 2014
A few weeks ago, I was at a conference and had the opportunity to play with the SMART Table. I loved the new design and the sensitivity of it. A rep from SMART came over and told us about a new file called Beautiful Bubbles which you can find on the SMART Exchange. Once we downloaded it via wifi to the table, we had everyone engaged in popping the bubbles! We wanted to know what happened when we got rid of all the red ones or the blue ones or both. If you have a table, try it out. This is a great way to get new or reluctant table users to join in the fun!
January 15, 2014
I would love to know which Notebook files people love. Don’t forget to recommend the gems! In SMART Exchange, click on the name of the activity beside the image of the file. It will take you to a screen where you can click on ‘recommend this resource’.
January 8, 2014
There were so many times that I wanted to use school clipart with people but there didn’t seem to be many of those in the Gallery of SMART Notebook. However, in the SMART Exchange, you can search for people and find many gallery collections of famous people including explorers and scientists as well as kids at school and family pictures. The downside is that the people in these collections are not ethnically diverse. I found that by using the camera tool, I could capture the image that is on a Notebook page and then paste it into Photoshop, Paint or probably any other paint program. Then I was able to fill the skin colours with darker shades of flesh. The eyes are all round in these pictures. I had to find other eye shapes and manipulate them to fit the images. It took a few minutes but once done, I could save the images as jpg or put them into Notebook Gallery so they are handy when I need them.
December 18, 2013
I have been having a lot of fun with the new widgets on the SMART Exchange this month. We were talking about how great it would be to have a trash can to throw out items on the page. Then we found out there was one!
Go to the SMART Exchange by pressing the white X in the blue square in the toolbar of SMART Notebook. Search for trash widget. It will be the first file that appears. Download it and it will open in Notebook. If you want to use it a lot, drag it into My Content. I made a folder in My Content to save all my widgets. I found out that most things including sound and flash objects, that I dragged over the trash can, disappeared from the page. Strangely, the guitar with sound didn’t. There may be other objects that don’t work so try them out before you are in front of your class.
November 27, 2013
I have been learning about the flipped classroom and I wish I was as cool and confident as Aaron Sams who shows how he flips his classroom in a video that you can watch in the link at the end of this paragraph. He has a lot of energy and creativity and he is able to make effective videos for the students to watch at home. I have to remember that he can use these more than once so I am thinking that once he has a bank of them, it would be piece of cake to function on a day to day basis.
The youth of today are learning through social media. It is good to know that there are teachers out there who are using it so creatively and wisely! Aaron and Jonathan Bergmann have written a book that will help you understand the process.
Check out the paperback ‘Flip Your Classroom’ and see the video www.teachthought.com/learning/the-ultimate-guide-to-flipping-your-classroom
Let me know what you think!
November 20, 2013
One thing I really like about our new Samsung Tablets is the wrist guard. What is that you ask? As you write you can let your hand rest on the tablet surface but it ignores the larger part of your hand so that it is very close to the ‘writing on paper’ experience. I am also very impressed with the handwriting recognition and the students are amazing at figuring out all the ins and outs of the tablet. So far… SO good! Lovin’ the tablets.
November 13, 2013
We have been considering how to control what students are doing while working on a Samsung Tablet. I checked out Mobicip which can be downloaded from Google Play and it is good but it will cost you a nominal amount per student.
Here is an article that explains how to tweak the tablet so that your charges can only access what you want. This will even help the parent who hands his two year old an android device and watches in horror as the child hammers on random icons. Check out www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/how-to-make-android-child-friendly-1045708
November 6, 2013
Browsing the SMART Exchange, I found that there are many new widgets. Today, there are over sixty! In the SMART Exchange, search for the Notebook file “Widget Directions”, by kstraumann who has put together a Notebook file showing how ten of these widgets work. Many of these widgets require internet to work so you will need to have good access to wireless internet or connect via an Ethernet cable.