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?
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
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…
- Download the Notebook app from the Apple iTunes store and install it on the iPad. There is a small cost.
- Download the add-on called Maestro (free) from http://info.smarttech.com/20141031-Notebook-Maestro-Download_Landing-Page.html
- 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.
- Maestro will be installed in the Add-ons tab.
To Run the Program:
- Open Notebook on the computer connected to the SMART Board.
- Click on the Add-ons.
- Click on Notebook Maestro.
- A QR code appears.
- Open the Notebook App on your iPad.
- Dismiss the instructions (Dismiss is seen at the top right of the new window).
- Point the iPad at the QR code.
- In Notebook on the SMART Board, click Connect.
- Now you can write on the iPad and the notes will appear on the SMART Board.
January 7, 2015
Card #8 Using Maps
I often use maps in the classroom and there are many ways to do this. One way is to grab the map from Google so that you can draw a route or label significant places.
In this card of the month, learn to capture a map to Notebook. Then drop down to street level and drive around the streets with the students. Capture screens as you go.
We can’t afford to fly them to the Paris but we can drop down onto the streets in front of the Eiffel tower and find out what people don’t capture with their cameras!
Click here to download Activity Card #8 – Add a Map to your Lesson
December 3, 2014
Card #7 Hey Mabel, What’s the Label?
Labeling objects is something you can do in every grade. Think about labeling plants, cells, science experiments etc. The card of the month will show you how to construct an activity that can be used many different ways. I love these instant lessons because you never know where the creativity of the students will take you.
Click here to download Activity Card #7 – Labelling
November 19, 2014
This week, I wanted to get some more fonts to use in Notebook and I found a site with free fonts! Check out www.1001freefonts.com Pick a category and scroll down to see the styles. Click on Download beside the style you have chosen. Once it is downloaded, you can install the font and it will be available in the fonts menu of Notebook, Word and other processors that you use! Pay attention to the name of the font when you download it so you can find it in the list of fonts. If Notebook was running when you downloaded and installed the file, you will have to close down and open a new file.
I was going to suggest one or two fun ones here but there are just so many that you should discover them yourselves! I had so much fun with these, that I got carried away and installed about fifteen new fonts!
November 5, 2014
Card #6 One, Two, Skip a Few, 99, a Hundred!
I have used hundred’s charts since my grade one teacher found me too talkative and put me in the coat room with a large wooden one hundred board that kept me busy for a long time. I had a great time arranging the numbered tags and didn’t even realize I was being punished!
Now you can use an interactive one that allows you to change the tile colors and even hide the numbers. It takes less than a second to reset it and start all over. You will feel like Vanna White when you spin these tiles! Check out the card of the month.
Click here to download Activity Card #6 – Work with the Hundreds Chart
October 15, 2014
Recently, I told you about http://www.SuperTeacherTools.net. This is where you can make great review games like Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Now learn to download the game template and have it stored locally so you do not have to depend on internet.
- Go to www.superteachertools.net.
- Scroll down to see and select Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
- Scroll down and select Download.
- Save the Mac or PC file in a new folder. It is an .exe file so you probably cannot install this on school administered computers. I use my own laptop for this.
- Now click on the url and edit a game to suit your needs.
- Once the game is edited, scroll to the bottom and fill in the required information including the verification. I found I just needed to insert the verification number when I chose a pre-made game.
- I downloaded the text file, (seen here on the left) and put it into the same folder as the game template. That is really important!
- I ran the game and then was asked to input the name of the text file.
Click below to download and print step by step instructions:
October 1, 2014
Card #5 Add Your Voice to SMART Notebook
This month, I will show or remind you how to add your voice to SMART Notebook.
I love all the ways this helps me in the classroom. Maybe, the students are working independently on the SMART Board and they need instructions but they don’t read well enough. Sometimes, I want to add sound effects for a guessing game. If I am away, I can make a greeting for my students that the supply teacher can play. (Get a guest login for temporary staff!) Teachers of other languages love to read sentences so that students can hear them over and over… as many times as they need. The students can create talking books. The list goes on!
Share your ideas.
Click here to download Activity Card #5 – Add your voice to SMART Notebook
September 24, 2014
Teachers are always looking for a fun way to review and reinforce content. This week, I found a neat website called www.superteachertools.net
You can make games like Jeopardy, Match, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire etc. Scroll down on the home page to see all the things you can create! (You can also browse by grade level for pre-made games.) After you make the game, you can copy the link to your online game and paste it into Notebook.
Next time, I will provide instructions for using the downloaded files.