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Using Tables to encourage activities

May 9, 2012

When the students come into class, I have a table prepared in SMART Notebook.  In each cell, there is a chore, a suggestion or an activity printed.  Some cells say, “Help someone today.” or “Check the shoes.” or “Sharpen the pencils.” or “At recess, run around the playground.” Each cell is covered with a cell shade.  At first there were not enough cells for each student in the class.  This meant that stragglers didn’t get a chance to choose a cell.  After a while, they were all so prompt, I had to make a cell for each student. They actually liked getting chores!  At the end of the day, we talk about what they had to do that day, what the results were and what their suggestions were for inclusion in the table.  Following up helped them to take the assignments seriously.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Modifying your Toolbar Pens

August 20, 2010

Do you find that the pens in the pen tray write to thick or thin for the needs of your students? You can modify the properties of the pens by going into your SMART Board Drivers (looks like a white circle on a blue square) and selecting the Control Panel. You will see the four pens and you can click on them to modify the properties for each individual pen. Once you apply your changes, they will be saved and your pens will now be thicker/thinner!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Shades in Tables

August 12, 2010

I just love putting screen shades into my table cells.  After making a table, I just right click in   a cell and add a screen shade.    However, at first when I used the activity that I made, I was   perplexed because there didn’t seem to be a fast way to get the screen shade   back after clicking it.  Then I found   that if I used the undo button, I could get back as many opened screen shades   as I wanted.  NOTE:  This may not work in a saved file.  If it doesn’t, right click in the cell and   in the drop down menu, you can add a screen shade.


TechTeacher PodCast

August 11, 2010

A pair of teachers have teamed up and are creating podcasts that relate to teaching and technology.  You can also subscribe to their podcast in iTunes. Download the podcasts to your mp3 player and listen to them while driving to work!


Digital Literacy Tour (Google)

August 10, 2010

Google has so many great tools for educators but the one that sticks out right now is the Digital Literacy Tour ( .  This site provides resources for an entire unit on Digital Literacy broken down into 3 Workshops – Detecting Lies and Staying True, Playing and Staying Safe Online, Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks.  They all include videos, an instructor’s guide, student handouts and a presentation file! Well done Google!


Making Picture books online

August 9, 2010

Gone are the days of parent volunteers typing up primary student’s   writing for ‘publishing’ of their work.    Now students can do it themselves and create fantastical illustrations   to go with them. lets you do it all   online – the students love it!


Online Brainstorming Tool

August 6, 2010 is a great tool to use for brainstorming!  It is super-user friendly and you don’t   need an account to log in.  You can   work on a brainstorming session collaboratively in class on your SMART Board   or students can work in groups in the computer lab.


SMART Table for everyone

August 5, 2010

The SMART table is most often found in primary classrooms but it isn’t limited to those areas.  The Table ToolKit allows all of the activities to be customized to the content and ability of your students.  You could use the “Hot Spots” activity to label body parts or the organelles of an animal cell, the “Multiple Choice” can be created to practice the days of the week or the characters in Romeo and Juliet.  The content and the difficulty level are up to you – Why not borrow the table from the primary for a day?!?!?!


What is that Star?

July 30, 2010

At the top left of your notebook file, you will sometimes see
a star beside the name of the file. What is that? It means
that your file has not been saved up to date. When students
are working in Notebook, you can walk around and casually
observe, because you see that star, that they have not saved
their file. They might wonder how you know and that can be
your magic for the day!

Happy Learning,

Mrs. Blossom


Mrs. Blossom Smart Board quiz July 28th 2010

July 28, 2010

July has been a very busy month! A lot of traveling and a lot of learning. Well now its time for the Smart Board quiz. If you’ve played before great! Now give it another try with these 3 new questions.  You could win a free Blossom Learning Online Applied Smart Board Course.

1. A built in search feature allows users to easily locate resources in the Gallery Essentials. true/false
2. My Content can be exported as a ______ file
3. Gallery Collections can be downloaded from the SMART. true/false

Good luck and happy learning,

Mrs. Blossom