Archive for the ‘SMART Technologies’ Category

Another Fun Widget

February 22, 2017

A little while ago, I wrote about the Widgets on the SMART Exchange. Here is one that can be downloaded and there is a video that demonstrates creative uses.

Download the Random Words Slot Machine and see the video at http://tinyurl.com/randomwordsslotmachine.

You cannot add or change words but that did not matter to my students because we had fun using the ones that were available.  Some of them tried to see how quickly they could draw the pictures of the words when the appeared.  Two could work together on our flat panel SMART Board.  Then they compared the ideas in their images.  It was amazing how different they were.  It shows that when people hear words, they can all picture them differently.

What do you picture when you think of a tree?  What does your friend picture?

 

Happy Learning!
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Widgets for your Notebook Files on the SMART Exchange

February 8, 2017

Have you checked out the Widgets on the SMART Exchange site?

Go to exchange.smarttech.com (Note:  A shortcut can be found in Notebook.)   Scroll down the column at the left on the search page.  You will see 3D content, manipulatives, Gallery collections etc.  Click on Widgets.  Now to the right you will see all the widgets that are available.

Many teachers like the piano for the music curriculum, the math tool for practising coordinates or the six thinking hats. I like the trash can.  When you download it, you are asked if you want to open or save it.  I open it and soon a new Notebook file will open with the trash at the top left.  Now if there is something on the page that you or the students don’t want, you can drag it into the trash.  I save the page in My Content so that it is handy for other files that I build.

Questions?  Please contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

 

Happy Learning!

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SMART Table Backgrounds

January 25, 2017

The other day, I was working with Erin who shared her idea for making simple SMART Table activities that help her special needs students learn.  She wanted them to perform one to one matching, self-correcting activities.  Her idea was to use one background and isolate the pictures from it to match to the background images and she created the activity in Hot Spots.  See the instructions for her activity here and download the software at

https://support.smarttech.com/en/downloads/other-hardware/table/table-toolkit

The manual for the table can be found on the download page for the Table Activity Toolkit.

 

Happy Learning!

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Writing Math Functions in Notebook

December 7, 2016

We have some happy math teachers in our school!  In the past it was not possible to write math functions with powers and symbols unless math tools were installed in Notebook.  Now teachers can click on the Add ons (puzzle piece) in the top toolbar and activate Insert Equation icon which is an Epsilon and pen icon.  A new windows opens on the page and you can handwrite the equation.  Once you are finished, click the check mark to place the typed equation on the Notebook page.  Note that at this time, this does not allow you to solve the equation.  SMART is constantly evolving and maybe we will see this in the future?

 

If you have any questions about this SMART Math, do not hesitate to contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

Happy Learning!

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Hallowe’en Fun for Primary Students

October 27, 2016

We are having a lot of fun on our SMART Board this week as the board has been one of our activity centres in kindergarten.  The students are painting Hallowe’en pictures on a black background… very spooky!  When each student has made a picture, our educational assistant, Katie, is going to have them use the Notebook sound recorder to capture their voices reading the sentences.   She will embed the sound so that when the students touch the sentence, they will hear the reading.  For the next two weeks, we will listen to each student’s recording and then have the students read the sentences by themselves.  This is a great choral reading activity.

halloween

To do this activity, create a black background in Notebook on the number of pages required for each child to have one. The students use the paintbrush tool to create a Hallowe’en “painting”.  Use the Chiller font in orange to type their story.   Note: Do not print this out as the black background consumes a lot of printer ink and you will not be able to hear the voices!

 

If you have any questions about this activity, do not hesitate to contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

 

Happy Learning!

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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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Activity Card of the Month – October 2015

October 7, 2015

Card #17 – ABBABB Patterning

Children find reading easier if they understand patterns. Learn how you can make them on your SMART Board. I love the activity on this card of the month because I can make it in about one minute and I can create it for special occasions by giving it a spring, Christmas, Hanukah, Hallowe’en etc. theme.

 

Click here to download Activity Card #17 – Patterning

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – September 2015

September 9, 2015

Card #16 – Show and Tell for all Ages

We want to keep the working area of the SMART Board free of extraneous information but sometimes, you need a definition, formula, instructions etc. to be handy. Learn to create pull tabs in this card of the month. This will allow you to hide information at the sides or top of the board, that can be retrieved quickly and easily.

 

Click here to download Activity Card #16 – Pull Tabs

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom