SMART Notebook 15.1 – First look

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.
Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom Signature

Activity Card of the Month – August 2015

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

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

 

Activity Card of the Month – July 2015

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

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Gallery Collections

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?

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom Signature

Activity Card of the Month – June 2015

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

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – May 2015

May 6, 2015

Card #12 We’re in the Money

In the Gallery, you will find pictures of Euros and American, British and Canadian money. This month’s card will show you how to create a quick money activity for students who need to learn to count money and make change. In the process you will learn or review how to infinitely clone.

This lesson can be made in less than three minutes, once you know the technique, and quick lessons are what it’s all about!

Click here to download Activity Card #12 – Create a Making Change Activity

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Testing out new softwares

April 15, 2015

Our school bought SMART Notebook Advantage which is an annual paid subscription program that gives us access to some really great learning resources that are not available in Notebook 11.  We can use this with our new Hitachi interactive projector.  However, since we have the Hitachi we decided to check out Starboard software which is the Hitachi interactive projector software.  You can download a 60 day trial at http://psg.hitachi-solutions.com/starboard/60-day-trial.

I will post news about this produce once we have had a good trial.

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom Signature

Activity Card of the Month – April 2015

April 1, 2015

Card #11 Other People have Done the Work for You!

Have you been to the SMART Exchange lately? If not, this month’s card will explain a few details for downloading and making the files your own.

The SMART exchange has files for your SMART Board, Table, Math Tools and more. Check out the widgets, 3D items, videos, gallery items that are found in the panel at the left of the page. Professional files are being added by Pearson, Nelson, McMillan and more. Some companies are charging a nominal fee but if you are going to use the file for years, it will be worth the investment.

 

Click here to download Activity Card #11 – Get a Notebook File from SMART Exchange

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Discovering Shapes

March 18, 2015

We were discovering shapes in the grade one class the other day and we found a fun and easy way to do it on the interactive whiteboard. When using Notebook software, we put a graphic on our interactive whiteboard and then we traced the shapes that the students saw. We removed the graphic and they all saw that the shapes that remained. It was neat to see the pattern they made. Details of the activity are found here…

shapes

 

Put a picture from the neighbourhood into SMART Notebook Software. I used the camera capture toolbar from SMART Notebook to grab a picture from the street view in google maps.

  1. Lock the picture down so the students can’t move it while they trace the shapes. (See the lock feature in the drop down menu of the image.)
  2. Have the students trace the shapes that they find. We use yellow because it shows against dark backgrounds.
  3. Unlock and delete the image.
  4. The students will see the shapes remaining.

If you are working on fine motor skills, the students could trace more complicated shapes as well. For instance, trace an animal and then remove the animal picture to reveal only the drawing.

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – March 2015

March 4, 2015

Card #10 Make it Match

Kids love games and so do I… especially when I can make them in less than five minutes and then use them over and over! The Lesson Activity Toolkit has many templates for these. Get your card of the month and make a game that will allow students to review something you are discussing in class. Even better get your students to make a game that reviews a concept.

Click here to download Activity Card #10 – Make it Match


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