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Flash Warning

December 1, 2010

You know that an item is created with Flash when you open the Interactive and Multimedia folder in Notebook and see that the item is attached to a red circle containing a blue letter f.  The items in the Lesson Activity Toolkit are also flash items.  Your file will behave better if you do not put multiple flash items on one page.  Keep it simple!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

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Classroom Handouts are easy with Notebook Software!

October 28, 2010

Using SMART Notebook Software we can use the print feature to print our notes in a variety of ways.  We have the option of printing thumbnails, thumbnails with a place for notes or entire pages.  The option to print with a place for notes is great for students with Learning Disabilities because you can print out the notes ahead of time and they can follow along and make additional comments to help them better understand the material instead of stressing about the information on the pages.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Back-to-School Online Safety

October 5, 2010

Here’s a great article for teachers and parents alike –“The Top Five Back-to-School Online Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-top-five-back-to-school-online-safety-questions-every-parent-should-ask-100429249.html

Enjoy!

Mrs. Blossom

Am I Up to Date?

September 14, 2010

Sometimes I want to find out if SMART has updated the Gallery or the Lesson Activity Toolkit just in case I missed something.  I found out that if I clicked on the Gallery icon, there is a picture at the top right of a little wrench.  If I click on it, I can look for updates for both items.  Even in my school, the techs allow me to install these updates!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Classroom Supplies! Craig’s list/Kijiji/Safety

August 31, 2010

Teachers are often looking for supplies for their classroom. Craig’s list and Kijiji often have postings of items that would make great additions to a classroom – and sometimes they are free! Take some time to look in the free section to improve your classroom without damaging your pocketbook. You can have your students search for items for the classroom as well – turn it into a learning moment by discussing online shopping safety with your students.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Facebook for Shakespeare Characters

August 27, 2010

One of my fantastic colleagues – an English high school teacher came up with a project for her students that they will remember for a long time. Students were asked to take a character from the Shakespeare play that they were reading and reproduce what their Facebook page would look like. Who would be posting on their wall? What would they say? What photos would they post? What would they have as their Profile information?

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Creative Writing Blogs

August 25, 2010

If you tell your students to pull out their journals you might be met with groans but if you take the same exercise and let your students know that you will be blogging, they might change their tune. Blogs are a great way to share writing pieces (creative or not) and have other students read and provide feedback. This makes their work available to family members as well – Grandma would love to read the story her 6 year-old grandson wrote on vampires taking over the school!

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Media Differentiation

August 23, 2010

Don’t forget to use your SMART Board to differentiate your lessons for all abilities and learning styles – include not only words but audio, videos and images as well! If you have a flash video file that you have downloaded from another sources (YouTube or TeacherTube) you can insert it directly into your Notebook file by clicking on Insert in the menu and select Flash Video file. Your students will love it!

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

Online Brainstorming Tool

August 6, 2010

http://Bubbl.us 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.

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