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!

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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

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…



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

Hitachi Interactive Projector

February 18, 2015

We just got a Hitachi interactive projector for one of our classes.  This projector can be used with a white board or a wall and suddenly they become interactive surfaces!

One of our teachers said that she loved it because there was instant orientation.  On some interactive white boards we have to press in target zones to orient the boards but with the Hitachi, press one button and it orients itself!  How much easier could it be?


Happy Learning!

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Activity Card of the Month – February 2015

February 4, 2015

Card #9 Heads or Tails

There are many ways to have students experiment with probability. I might post other ideas later but right now, here is one method. Get the card of the month which will explain how to use the coin flipper and use it with a tally chart.

The kids get really excited about predicting if it will be heads or tails and when they are right, you can hear the collective, “YES!”.

Click here to download Activity Card #9 – Create a Probability Lesson


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Notebook Maestro – Interacting between your iPad and the SMART Board

January 21, 2015

Many people wanted to have interaction between the iPad and and the interactive whiteboard using Notebook software and now they can. The iPad Notebook app does not have as many features as the regular version but now you can walk around the classroom writing on your iPad and having the text appear on your SMART Board. You can also pass the iPad to students whose ideas, math answers etc. will appear on the SMART Board for everyone else to see. You will need the iPad Notebook app and Maestro on the Mac or PC that is connected to the SMART Board. I have included the instructions here…


  1. Download the Notebook app from the Apple iTunes store and install it on the iPad. There is a small cost.
  2. Download the add-on called Maestro (free) from
  3. Install the downloaded Maestro add-on on the laptop or desktop that is attached to the interactive whiteboard. You must have Notebook 2014 to do this.
  4. Maestro will be installed in the Add-ons tab.


To Run the Program:

  1. Open Notebook on the computer connected to the SMART Board.
  2. Click on the Add-ons.
  3. Click on Notebook Maestro.
  4. A QR code appears.
  5. Open the Notebook App on your iPad.
  6. Dismiss the instructions (Dismiss is seen at the top right of the new window).
  7. Point the iPad at the QR code.
  8. In Notebook on the SMART Board, click Connect.
  9. Now you can write on the iPad and the notes will appear on the SMART Board.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


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