Archive for October, 2012

SMART Boards and Halloween Resources

October 31, 2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I love incorporating holidays into my lesson plans.  It’s keeps the students attentive and have fun learning new things.

Thanks to one of my favorite sites, Teachers Love SMART Boards, you have access to a host of Halloween goodies all in one place.

There is a Halloween Resource page that lists Halloween clip art, games, puzzles, informational activities, create your own activities, Notebook resources and sound files. It is filled with lots activities that are ready to use.

Be sure to check it out!

http://www.teacherslovesmartboards.com/smartboards-and-halloween-resources.html

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Add ons

October 24, 2012

add-onsThere is a new tab in Notebook 11!  So far there is only one activity which is called, ‘Activity Builder’ but maybe we can expect more.

add-onsThe teachers in our school have found that The Activity Builder is a quick way to make a sorting activity for any subject at any grade level.  It allows you to work with words and/or pictures.  The Spanish teacher uses it to identify nouns.

Sink-Float activityThe grade one teacher has made a ‘sink/float’ activity.  If the students drag a picture of stone into the tub, it disappears (sinks) but if they put in a picture of a ping pong ball, it pops back out of the tub.

The teacher whose students are working on levers has made a container for 3rd class levers.  If the students drag a pair of hotdog tongs into the container, they will disappear but if they drag in a hammer, it will pop out.  The container ‘accepts’ the third class lever.

See how many ideas you can come up with for this quick to make and generic activity.

If you are new to this activity, the instructions are found when you click on the ‘How to build an activity’ after selecting the Activity Builder icon.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Widgets

October 17, 2012

New to the SMART Exchange are the widgets and the Voki widget is my favorite!

WidgetWhen I heard about Voki.com,  I had to try making my own talking avatar.  It allowed me to alter the hair, clothing, jewelry etc. of the character and then I recorded my voice and attached it to the avatar.  I was amazed to see that it synced the lips to my voice!  As I moved the cursor on the screen, the avatar followed my every move.  How exciting!  I found out that some of the avatar’s characters were only available in the classroom edition of voki but that really doesn’t cost much.

After creating my avatar, I published it on the web page and copied the code.  The instructions were right on the page so this wasn’t hard to do.

Widgets

I searched for voki in the SMART exchange and downloaded the widget.  The voki widget gets dragged to a notebook page and you just paste the code into the container.

Widgets

WidgetsThen whenever you open that page, the voki avatar ‘wakes up’ and you have a talking head.  The kids LOVE it and actually, the adults I have shown are impressed as well.  Try it!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Embedded sound

October 10, 2012

I am so excited about the sound that can be made within Notebook because I used to have to go to some lengths to create and embed sound.  The new sound function is initiated in the same way that we began adding sounds previously.  In this case, the students are going to record what they think this person would be saying.

Click on an object, tap the drop down menu and choose Sound.

Embedded Sound

Now click on the Start Recording button.  You have to start talking right away because you cannot edit out delays.  You have up to one minute to talk.  Press Stop Recording when you finish.  (Note:  You only see that button when you are recording.)  If you name your recording, you will know in the future, that a recording exists for the picture.

Embedded Sound

For how to play the sound, I like to choose Object, rather than Corner icon because it is easier to tap a picture than the little speaker button.  Click Attach sound and you are done.  When you tap your picture you will hear the sound you recorded.

I like to record instructions for my activities so that the students who struggle with reading can work independently on the SMART Board.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom