Archive for May, 2013

Crayon Fun

May 29, 2013

The primary students like to record the creation of a piece of art.  They choose the crayon from the pens.  They start the page recorder which is found in the properties.  It starts recording once they touch the screen.  This student drew and labeled his plant.  It surprised me that during the playback of the video, there was no record of the student changing pens!  Try it!

This is a great activity for those children who need practice with their fine motor skills.

Crayon Fun









Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Fun with the Periodic Table

May 22, 2013

I have a friend who teaches high school science.  She likes the periodic table that is found in the Gallery.  (Search for periodic and look in the interactive and multimedia folder.)  Yes, you can find periodic tables online but in her school, internet is slow so science sites are not a good alternative.

Click on each element to read about the properties.  Find the metals (I didn’t realize there were so many of these!).  Check out the groups.  The students will have fun with the Find the Elements game.

Fun with the Periodic Table

For those of you who want to find a more sophisticated table, make a link to this one on a Notebook page.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Sound Advice

May 15, 2013

I like to use some of the pictures that include sound but the speaker icon is too small and it is also distracting.  Therefore I choose to make the object create the sound.

Try getting one of the sound images from the Gallery.

Select it and click on the drop down menu.

Choose sound.


Change the option from corner icon to object.

Click on Attach Sound.


You now have a larger surface that produces sound and children can experience cause and effect.  You might get them working on which thing makes sound!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Spelling Fun with Fridge Magnets

May 8, 2013

We have been having a lot of fun with the fridge magnets activity that is found in SMART Notebook.  Search for fridge in the Gallery and look in the Interactive and Multimedia folder.

We put the screen in dual page mode.  One student creates a word by dragging the letters onto the playing surface and then whoever else is playing, tries to write as many words as they can in two minutes.  They can even check the spelling by recognizing the words as text and looking to see if there is a wiggly red line under the letters.  If there is, they can correct it by right clicking on the word.

This makes a fun learning activity center in our classroom!

Spelling Fun with Fridge Magnets


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Where are you Romeo?

May 1, 2013

After reading part of Romeo and Juliet , the students created a scene from the novel on a Notebook page.  They made sure everything was locked down and then they added some characters that could move freely.  In their own words they narrated the characters parts (Lapel mics were useful for this aspect.) while they moved their characters onscreen.  They were having so much fun that getting them to stop laughing was difficult in the beginning!

This was all recorded with SMART Recorder which captured the scenes, movements and the voices.  After recording, the file was saved as a .avi although it could have been a .wmv file (Macs create Quick Time files).  Either could be posted to internet for parents to watch.

To use SMART Recorder, first ensure that the blue icon with the white circle is seen in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

If it isn’t, do the following:

For Windows

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Click on SMART Technologies
  4. Click on SMART Board Tools

For Mac

  1. Click on the Finder
  2. Click on Applications
  3. Click on SMART Technologies
  4. Click on Board Tools

Both Mac and Windows offer different options that you can check out, but these simple instructions will work well.

In Windows, click on the blue icon in the system tray Click on SMART recorder

  1. Press the red button and record your actions and voice.
  2. Press the square button and save wherever you choose.

On a Mac, click the blue icon in the dock.

  1. Click recorder in the drop down menu under Open in the top menu.
  2. Click the red button once or twice to begin recording the whole screen.
  3. Click the grey, square button to stop recording.
  4. By default this saves to your movie folder.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom