Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make your iPad a portable SMARTboard

Three ways to make your iPad a portable SMARTboard:
1. You can use an app like Splashtop which takes over your computer. If your computer is hooked up to your SMARTboard, you can control it via your iPad while walking around the classroom. (The trick is that your iPad has to be on the same wifi as your desktop).

2. You can use the SMART notebook app on your iPad and use Reflections or AirServer software on your PC or Mac to mirror your iPad onto your computer which is hooked up to your projector. (The SMART notebook app is limited, and you can't use the Flash tools, but it is OK for many files.)

3. You can use the SMART notebook app on your iPad and connect it to your PC/Mac with a VGA adapter.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Check out the blog "Smartboard Goodies" for a list of back to school activities.

Friday, March 16, 2012

As part of the Smart Board Notebook software, the Lesson Activity Toolkit (LATK) contains customizable tools and templates (including activities, games, and graphics) that you can use to create professional looking, interactive and engaging activities. You will find the Lesson Activity Toolkit in the Gallery tab - the same place where images and interactives are located.  Check out this LINK for a very good explanation of the LATK.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place! 
Choose from fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for math, english language arts, science, social studies, brainteasers, music, art, holidays and more!  Very comprehensive. 
Check it out at this link.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Take a look at this fantastic chart based on the new Bloom's Taxonomy:

It is a list of web 2.0 tools that correspond to Bloom's Taxonomy levels. 
Each listing is linked to the site. 
This same site has a very nice list of  INTERNET RESOURCES catgorized by subject.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tip of the Day for Smart Board Users


Select an object or text on your notebook page by clicking on it.  Drop down the menu button in the upper right corner. Select  ”clone” to make an exact copy. 
Select “infinite cloner” to make this object a cloner until you click off by selecting the words “infinite cloner”.  Infinite cloners keep cloning as you drag and drop.  Use the infinite cloner feature to create virtual manipulatives for math or clone letters of the alphabet for ELA activities.

You can also clone pages so that multiple students complete an activity.  OPen the page sorter, click on the thumbnail of the page, in the page sorter, you can select the drop down menu and clone the page as many times as you want.   Students should sign their pages when they have finished the activity.

Example (excerpt from Mrs. Blossom's blog):

During a recent workshop, one participant showed how she was using the infinite cloner, shapes and grouping features of SMART Notebook software to help students develop their vocabulary.  
All the letters of the alphabet were placed on a page as infinite clones, with the vowels and consonants in different colours. One student chooses a word from a list; the other students drag the letters into a box on the screen to correctly spell that word. The teacher has created a simple hands on activity where students were able to collaborate!

Great List of Resources

Interested in a great list of resources?  Check out the TEQ Educator Resource Center -  Link

This is a comprhensive list of ready made notebook files that you can download and use for FREE!

One of my favorites is a file contains a great variety of cool graphic organizers that can be used in multiple subject areas. Some of the organizers are: venn diagrams, life cycle charts, cause and effect charts, story starters and many more! - Link