Archive for the ‘21st Century Learning’ Category

YouTube and Notebook 16

October 19, 2016

There are some great videos on Youtube that I love to use in the classroom but it is a distraction for the students to sit and wait while I navigate to the videos.  Now using Youtube is so much easier!  There is a Youtube search in Notebook 16.  You will find this by clicking on the puzzle piece in the tabs area of Notebook.

  • Click on the red Youtube icon and then click on Search.
  • Type in any topic that might correlate with your present curriculum.
  • You can watch the chosen video at that moment or you can select the video and click on Add Video.

Each time you arrive at that page, the video loads from Youtube.  When I typed in Platypus, I got videos from a zoo, songs, informational videos and even one video that showed how to draw a platypus.  There were a few videos in the 300 found that were not animal related but they were easy to skip.  Try out the Youtube search.   Notebook just keeps on getting better!


Happy Learning!

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Screen Capturing Drop-Down Menus in Notebook

October 5, 2016

Sometimes I want to share my Notebook instructions with other teachers and with you!  This means that sometimes I have to screen capture drop-down menus on my PC.  Here is how to accomplish this.

  • Click on the drop-down menu of the item.
  • Hold the alt key and press the prt sc button. This captures the whole screen.
  • CTRL V to paste this image onto a Notebook page.
  • Use the camera screen capture tool or the Windows’ Snipping tool to capture the part of the image you want.


Happy Learning!

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A Fast Image Search in Notebook 16

September 21, 2016

There is a new add-on in SMART Notebook 16. It is now possible to search the net for graphics and then drag them onto a page.

This means I don’t have to leave Notebook and there is no need to copy and paste or save images.  Just click on the puzzle piece in the tabs and choose Image Web Search.  You can select pictures or clip art, type in the object you want to search and then click on the magnifying glass.

A search for ‘apple’ resulted in 28 clipart images and 20 pictures.  I dragged one of them onto the page and made it just the right size for my application.  At the bottom left of every picture you will see a small globe.  This is the link to the page where the image was found and it can demonstrate to students that we credit items we take from the web.  It is possible to remove that link and credit the picture somewhere else.

Click here to download the step-by-step instructions


Happy Learning!

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Our Tech Tubs2 Arrived!

September 7, 2016

My class received a modular tech tub2 that holds 24 iPads and has a usb syncing hub.  The four modules can unclip so that we can share the iPads with four classes or we can use the cart on wheels to roll all of them to another room.

Two students got busy putting the iPads into their slots and then plugging them in so that they would not lose charge over the summer.   The great thing is it only takes one electrical outlet to support the whole cart.

I am so happy that our iPads are protected and locked safely away.

I used Google to create this shortened url so you could watch a video about these tubs.  Go to


Happy Learning!

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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!

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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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Tablets in the Classroom

October 9, 2013

I just spent the day with my four year old nephew.  What a surprise to see a child interact with technology outside the classroom.

First he taught me to play Minecraft and showed me how to build a dwelling.  It thrilled me that he was able to quickly figure out how to construct a rectangular house with windows and a door.  There was a lot of problem solving and no one taught him how to do it.  He is also pretty good at filming videos and then making them into a movie with music.  He figured that out as well.  Did I mention he is four?  He isn’t exceptionally intelligent.  There are a lot of children who regularly use the tools without frustration or much difficulty.   It all leads me to believe that we don’t have to spend a lot of time teaching students how to use technology.

Here is an article that describes tablet uses that students will totally understand and love to use.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Finding Locations on a Grid

September 25, 2013

I have been trying to think of educational things to make with the table tool.   One thing I know that some students needed some practice with was finding locations on a grid.  We can play submarine but I wanted to find something a Little different.

Finding an idea on the Scholastic website, it was adapted into Notebook  and a random reward was included.  Check out my Notebook file with the Grid Location game for students in grades 2, 3 and perhaps 4.  Instructions are provided in the lesson notes on page one.   (Email me at


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Group Problem Solving

September 18, 2013

You have likely seen this little puzzle on Facebook.   You are asked to count the number of squares.  I have seen answers from 18 to 32.   I think I know the answer, but I’m not sure!


I handed a copy out to pairs of students in the class and they used different colours to identify squares.  After some time, they used the Samsung tablets to take pictures and send them to the SMART Board using Extreme Collaboration.  We had a lot of fun finding squares that were missed and being surprised by squares few had found.  It was GREAT problem solving.  Score one for the new Samsung Tablets and Extreme Collaboration!  I have provided a pdf of the template for this activity here.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Establishing our Rules for Web Enabled Devices in the Classroom

September 4, 2013

We are continuing on this journey of using our personal devices in the classroom.  It is ever evolving but one thing the students determined was that if they were collaborating, they had to stay on task but if they were working alone, they could request a time “off task” for a period we agreed on.

This was hard to manage so I got several cardboard clocks with moveable hands.  They put the stop time on them and put them on a ledge with their names (in front and below the hands).  That way I could glance at them from time to time to see that they were honoring their stop time. We also had to practice getting back on task as breaks can disrupt the pattern of learning  BUT I can’t believe how these little breathers helped the students who just couldn’t focus for extended periods.  Some students did not use this privilege.  I guess some people have better staying power!  As to how we used these devices in the classroom, I will be blogging about them later.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom