November 11, 2015
We have been trying out the Hitachi Starboard software with our new Hitachi interactive projector. One of the things we really like is the Gallery. At first we were not impressed because there were few things stored there. However, we clicked on the little globe with the magnifying glass and did a search for levers and we got pages and pages of images that we could insert on the page.
Starboard’s search engine is great and it has provided tens of thousands of images that we can use for education. This means we no longer have to do a two-step process of locating and saving files from the net. Love it!
October 21, 2015
I was telling you that we are beginning to learn how to use the Hitachi Interactive projector with Starboard software. We have been using shapes to help the students understand sides and vertices and commonalities and differences.
To do this we like the intelli-pen, the shapes and fill so we can set different colour attributes for our shapes. Find out how easy it is to draw and tailor shapes so you can increase student understanding of simple shapes by following this link to the Hitachi Interactive Projector video.
October 7, 2015
Card #17 – ABBABB Patterning
Children find reading easier if they understand patterns. Learn how you can make them on your SMART Board. I love the activity on this card of the month because I can make it in about one minute and I can create it for special occasions by giving it a spring, Christmas, Hanukah, Hallowe’en etc. theme.
Click here to download Activity Card #17 – Patterning
September 23, 2015
Recently we got a new Hitachi Interactive Projector. Some of our teachers have SMART Boards and they use Notebook but the teacher who has the Hitachi wanted to find out about Starboard software which is provided with Projector. There are videos to help out anyone who has this software.
If you follow this link, you will find out how to launch the software and how to tailor the menu and your screen. You will learn also how to put a grid to your screen, how to move the menu around and how to add or remove the onscreen trash can.
Watch for details about more Hitachi videos.
September 9, 2015
Card #16 – Show and Tell for all Ages
We want to keep the working area of the SMART Board free of extraneous information but sometimes, you need a definition, formula, instructions etc. to be handy. Learn to create pull tabs in this card of the month. This will allow you to hide information at the sides or top of the board, that can be retrieved quickly and easily.
Click here to download Activity Card #16 – Pull Tabs
August 19, 2015
I am so excited! I just downloaded Notebook 15.1. You have to check it out.
There are more games in the Lesson Activity Builder, so now you can create stories with blanks, order words, create a drag and drop game, and of course the matching and sorting activities are still there. To find these games, just click on the magic hat in the top toolbar. I think you will find it really intuitive and you will be creating fun activities in minutes.
For those of you who loved Extreme Collaboration, don’t worry that it is no longer included in Notebook. The new Shout It Out takes its place. It allows students to send text or images and their names can be attached to either.
I love how SMART is working to make Notebook better than ever with each version.
August 5, 2015
Card #15 – Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven…
Do you use timers in your classroom?
The card of the month will show you two that can be found in the Gallery. It will also give you ideas for tailoring them to suit your needs. Use them for quick writes and silent reading time. Time how long it takes to clean up the classroom and the next day, see if they can beat the time.
Click here to download Activity Card #15 – Use Timers in Your Classroom
July 8, 2015
Card #14 – Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
This card of the month will show you how to create a game using one of the templates from the Lesson Activity Toolkit. It can be used at any grade level and I have even used it with adults as a fun activity at our annual Open House night. We had prizes but you don’t have to. The kids will enjoy the fun just because they love to win!
Click here to download Activity Card #14 – Create a Class Quiz
June 17, 2015
I just checked out the Gallery collections on the SMART Exchange. SMART has been busy! There are some really cool collections, like the research, math, organization and evaluation galleries. When you go to the Exchange, type in gallery and then you can view them. If you download them, you do not see much happening but they install in My Content in the Gallery.
Primary teachers may like to download the Sound Galleries, high school science teachers may like the DNA gallery, everyone will like the research gallery but there are so many more… in fact today when I looked there were 118 collections.
What’s your favorite?
June 3, 2015
Card #13 – Pop it!
Teachers love the popping balloons that they find in the SMART Exchange but you don’t have to go there to find them. They can be found in the Gallery in SMART Notebook. Learn to edit the words on the front and hide things behind so that something is revealed when the students touch the balloon.
Think about all the ways you can use the balloons and share your ideas with me, please!
Click here to download Activity Card #13 – Work with Popping Balloons