Sunday, December 7, 2008

Virtual Popsicle Sticks!

Looking for a way to fairly call on students using a technique similiar to the "popsicle sticks in a jar" that some teachers use?

Access the Lesson Activity Tool Kit in the Notebook Gallery.

Find the Random image generator in the Lesson Activity Toolkit.
It can be accessed under Tools.

Drag the template onto the page.

Drag and drop each of your student's digital picture onto the tool. The pictures must small resolution - large resolution pictures do not work.

To use this tool, all you need to do is touch the it and a picture will be selected randomly.

If you prefer names instead of images select the random text generator tool instead.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Interactive Websites - Perfect for the SMART Board

Here is a list of interactive websites to use with your SMART Board. Included are sites related to science, math,language arts and social studies.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Smart Notebook 10 Video

Here is a link to the SMART Technologies On-line Training Center's 30-minute training video on the features of Notebook 10.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ten Ways to Use the SMART Board in Your Classroom

1. Access websites, add notes and save your pages in the SMART notebook.

2. View Power Point slide shows interactively, take notes on the slides and save them in the SMART Notebook.

3. Use a word processor and have students do daily language on the Smart Board using editing and proofreading marks. Also use the highlighter tool on the floating toolbar to highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.

4. Have students interact with some of the hundreds of interactive websites that are out of the web such as – and and
Also check out -

5. Bring up a blank graphic organizer in the notebook and fill it in using digital ink or use drag and drop feature.

6. Engage your students by downloading sample SMART notebooks with reveal activities such as move and reveal, erase and reveal, screen shade. Many good SMART Notebooks can be downloaded from this site:

7. Explore the Notebook Gallery for high-resolution images, audio, video, Macromedia® Flash® files. Files are organized into searchable collections that allow you to find graphics that will help you create attractive, reusable content.

8. Try some of the SMART Notebook tools – like the MAGIC PEN, a three-in-one tool to spotlight, magnify or zoom in on an image, or write notes that will disappear in 10 seconds. Draw a square to magnify an object or draw a circle to add a spotlight. Other tools are described here:

9. By showing video clips using the SMART Video Player, you can pause and annotate on the video then capture the video’s frame with notes to the SMART Notebook. Access VITAL on the PBS Teacher's Domain ( for a wide variety of flash and video clips.

10. When you are ready to make your own eye-catching lesson activities, try the Lesson Activity Toolkit - the newest addition to Notebook software resources. It’s full of customizable tools and templates that you can use to create professional-looking lessons -

Monday, October 13, 2008

Spelling City

Spelling City is a new and innovative interactive educational site that can help children of all ages improve their spelling skills and expand their vocabulary.

Spelling City offers:

- contains over 35,000 words, including plurals, contractions, 3rd person tenses,

- uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence

- 'Teach Me' function that spells out a word

- teachers and parents can enter their very own spelling lists to test

- students can play games with the words they enter or with their teacher’s spelling lists

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Election 2008 - Smart Board Resources

Election 2008 is almost here - finally!

Check out Time for Kids - Election Connection 2008

Brain Pop is spotlighting Election 2008 with short movie clips and other resources. FREE!

Feel free to download our ELECTION_2008 notebook file at this address:

Two GREAT Notebook sites!

Here are two of my favorite SMART Notebook sites. Almost every grade level and almost every curriculum area is represented. Take a look!

TeqSmart Educator Resource Center - sign up to download - its FREE!

SMART Board, AirLiner, and Senteo Activities

For an extensive listing of SMART Board friendly sites - click

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Foreign Language and the SMART Board

Make Beliefs Comix - This is a free online tool for creating comic strips, which could be used by pupils to support a wide range of curriculum areas. Create comix in English French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin!

PrimTICE is a French site dedicated to SMART BOARD usage at both the elementary & secondary levels.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ghost Blasters - Math Game for the Smart Board

Try this great little math game for the SMART Board.

Ghost Blasters!

Perfect for the October theme!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Here is a school year SMART notebook calendar file with other useful template pages.

Download it by clicking here:
Calendar Notebook

Save the file and then click it to unzip.

In order to view this file, you must have the SMART Notebook software or the Notebook interactive viewer installed on your computer. (Download viewer here:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Math Games

Looking for a clever interactive math game?

Check out these two SMART Notebook files.

Koosh Ball

The question pages can be changed to align with your math operation.
Each ball is linked to a page in the Notebook file.

Download the file. Open the file.

You must have the SMART Notebook software or the Notebook interactive viewer installed on your computer. (Download viewer here:

The best page view is 100%.

Click a ball, a problem appears. Student can write answer on board and click star to check their answer. A click on the answer ball takes you back to the main Koosh ball page.

Flexible and fun.

Here is another Math Game to try - Math Game

Both are edited from files found on Heather Lamb's download page.

Several other interesting notebooks are also available for download at this site.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cleaning the SMART Board

SMART Boards should not be used with regular white board pens at all. If one is inadvertently used, use the white board cleaner Expo to remove the marks.

Spray the cleaner on a clean soft cloth (never spray the board directly) and use the Expo eraser to clean.

If your board should become dirty, please use the Expo white board cleaner or Windex to clean your board.

Spray the cleaner on a clean, soft cloth (never spray the board directly) and use to gently clean the board.

Repeated use of Expo will leave a film on the board that will interfere with its functionality.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

15 Educational Activities

Here are 15 educational activities that can be designed using NOTEBOOK SOFTWARE



Fill in the Blank

Labeling - diagrams, maps, graphics

Hidden Answer/Reveal
HINT:Use white marker on white background/erase to reveal

HINT: Make sure each sentence/word has a unique text box

Handwriting Practice
HINT: Search gallery for letters to trace or paper backgrounds

Linking to Interactive Online Activities

Highlighting and editing text
HINT: Customize a pen to always be a highlighter in pen tray settings

Reveal answers or hints using the Screen Shade
HINT: Save it covering the page

Collaborative Writing
HINT: Wireless keyboard works great!

Graphic Organizers - download this notebook! Graphic_Organizers

Visual Vocabulary

HINT: Use the Infinite Cloner option

HINT: Search Gallery for page templates

Use the Flash Tools in the Gallery
Letter generators
HINT: search FLASH in the Gallery

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Magic Tunnel notebook

Check out the Magic Tunnel notebook template mentioned on this SMART Board wiki -

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Are you interested in watching video clips of Smart Board users and leaqrning by viewing Smart Board tutorials?

Check out these links:

Teacher Tube - videos about using a SMART Board

You Tube - SMART Classroom's Channel

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Notebook software 10 - new features!

Notebook software 10 now available - try it, you will like it!

Here are five favorites that will make teaching even easier and learning more exciting and fun.

Click on the name of each feature to watch a quick Flash demo on how you can use it in your lessons.

Table Tool
Create a table from the Notebook software toolbar, then insert or drag text, images and objects into any table cell with ease. You can also add or delete individual cells to create asymmetric tables.

Magic Pen
Use this three-in-one tool to spotlight or magnify any image, and write notes
that will disappear in 10 seconds. Draw a square to magnify an object or draw
a circle to add a spotlight.

Object Animation
Animate any object in Notebook software with fun effects such as fading
in, flying in or spinning.

Create themed pages using elements such as fonts, background colors and images, and apply them to Notebook pages.

Shape Pen
When you draw a freehand shape, Notebook software will recognize it and
perfect it.

NOTE: To upgrade your software, you’ll need to enter the serial number of a SMART hardware
product and fill in a form. You will then be e-mailed a product key to activate your software.

Here is the link:

Monday, July 7, 2008

Word Magnets - Wow!

Looking for an easy way to create text boxes with new vocabulary on your SMART Board.

Try out "Word Magnets" that comes to us from educators in the UK.

Once created you can easily change the size and background color of magnets.

Here's the link. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sending text from other applications directly into a Notebook file

Two Ways

#1 - Send text from another application directly into a Notebook file. In the other application, select File >Print, and then select SMART Notebook Print Capture as your printer. After you print the document, each page of text appears as an object on its own Notebook page, with the original formatting preserved. You can enlarge, move and rotate text, but text cannot be edited.

#2 - Copy and paste text into notebook from a word processer. Your text can be edited. It will appear in a text box. You can change the font, text, color and size.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Powerpoint Presentations

When presenting a powerpoint presentation on your Smart Board try these navigation tips.

Navigate in your PowerPoint slide show by using the arrow buttons on the toolbar or by touching twice on the screen.

To advance one slide, make your second press to the right of the first.

To go back one slide, make the second press to the left of the first.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jigsaw Planet

This is a fun site!

Jigsaw Planet allows you to create your own online jigsaw puzzle for free just by simply uploading a photo.

Click on advanced settings to set the size of the pieces and the difficulty level.

This site is easy to use and engaging. The puzzle is a unique activity to use with your Smart Board.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SMART Classrooms on You Tube

Smart Classroom is the name of the site in YouTube that hosts collection of videos created by teachers using Smart Boards and the SMART staff.

The videos are categorized into three groups:

Teacher Created SMART Board videos - 156
Tutorials - 17 videos
Notebook 10 features - 10 videos

This is a useful resource that has some excellent tutorials and examples of SMART Board use in classrooms around the world. Lots of tips and tricks!

Here is the link: SMARTClassrooms

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Interactive Notebook Lessons

Did you know many sites including SMART Tech has Notebook lessons already developed posted online? These are great lessons for adding interactivity in student use of the SMART Board. The files are easy to open and ready for you to use as they are.

If you like the Notebook lesson you can download and save the file, make changes specific to your curriculum, and use with Notebook lesson with your class. Be sure to view it before saving it yo your computer.

You will find everything from Pythagorean Theorem, animal/human cells, biomes, ancient history, to a basic use of parts of speech.

An entire list of sites is located here -

Monday, May 26, 2008

Presenting with SMART Tools

The SMART Board software bundle comprises Notebook whiteboarding software and SMART Board Tools.

The SMART Board tools enrich presentations and add interactivity to your learning environment.

How to access the Tools:

Press the SMART Board icon in the Windows Notification Area at the bottom right of your screen. The SMART Board Tools menu will appear.

If the SMART Board icon is not visible, select Start > Programs >SMART Board Software > SMART Board Tools. The SMART Board icon will appear in the bottom right of your screen.

Use the Magnifier tool to make small screen areas easier to see.

Use the Screen Shade to cover your screen until you’re ready to reveal it to your audience. Then drag it from any side.

Use the Spotlight to focus the audience’s attention on a particular area of your screen.

Use the Pointer Tool from the Floating Tools to point out important areas of your screen.

View: Teacher Tube - Extra SMART Board tools.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Lesson Activity Toolkit

This is definitely worth downloading and using!

Lesson Activity Toolkit

This is a program that downloads right into Smart Notebook that gives you lots of options for creating interactive Notebook pages - word matching, category sorting, multiple choice, word guess (hangman), and note reveal (for revealing one step at a time).

There is also a self checking feature for students to use.

Take a look at some examples from the Toolkit by downloading this notebook file.

Toolkit - notebook file

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jeopardy - SMART Notebook

Design a Jeopardy game using a SMART Notebook template.

Change the categories and modify the slides with your questions and answers.

Your Jeopardy game will become an interactive learning experience instead of a static powerpoint review.

PLEASE NOTE: To view these files you need SMART Notebook installed on your computer.

Download Jeopardy Smart Notebook template
View in Full Screen mode.

Check out this Jeopardy Smart Notebook - how much do you know about SMART Boards?

Download Jeopardy "Test Your Knowledge" Quiz
View in Full Screen mode.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Portaportal - Access Your Favorites From Any Computer!

Looking for a place to keep links to all your favorite SMART Board websites?

If so, check out Portaportal is a free bookmarking utility. It acts like your favorites or bookmarks menu. It will give you a place to keep your favorite websites and you will be able to access it from any computer with web access.

To use Portaportal, create your own username and password first. Then, create categories (as many as you like) and then add bookmarks under categories (again, as many as you like).

Portaportal provides a system of collecting and categorizing websites that are useful in your teaching practice.

It enables you to guide your students directly to a site that has been reviewed and approved by you beforehand.

Click on the help button to view a nice tutorial.

The link to is provided below. Be sure to use the guest access code "teacherc" to see our teacher center portaportal listing "freebies sites" on the web.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Magnetic Numbers and Other Interactive Math Websites

Interactive websites are great to use with the Smart Board.

Let students work individually, in pairs, or in groups of three to complete the activities.

Check out this magnetic numbers activity.

Magnetic Numbers

Here are links to some other interactive math websites:

Interactive Math Websites

High School Math Interactives

Interactives for Math and Other Subject Areas

Interactive Math Sites for the Smart Board

Educational Java Programs - Math

Math is Fun

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Google Earth and your Smart Board

Have you tried Google Earth with your Smart Board?

Tom Barrett has yet another presentation called Eighteen Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in your Classroom.

Eighteen Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in your Classroom

Google Earth provides - A Free Public Resource - Providing Teachers with the tools needed to enhance their instruction using Google Earth®, the free program that brings the world to the classroom! A Website By and For Teachers.

Google Earth Lessons

Also check out these ideas:

The ten best things you can do with Google Earth

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Smart Boards on Teacher Tube

Teacher Tube has several nice video clips related to SMART Boards

Check out these two video clips by a British educator showing the "Magic Paper" and "Erase and Reveal" techniques of presenting information.

Magic Paper

Erase and Reveal

I also liked this one showing a kindergarten class using the SMART Board. Impressive.

Once Upon a Smart Board interactive whiteboard

Monday, April 28, 2008

Smart Board Lesson Podcasts

This site features free podcasts that focus on using SMART Boards in the classroom. Each episode features a lesson, a podcast, and user comments.

Podcasts can be downloaded and installed on your iPod.

Categories include -
Art (10)
General (19)
Health Lessons (11)
iPod Video (2)
Math Lessons (40)
Media Lessons (29)
Reading Lessons (56)
Science Lessons (40)
Social Studies Lessons (39)
Writing Lessons (51)

Take a look - Smart Board Lesson Podcasts

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thirty Three Interesting Ways

Tom Barrett has started a simple Google presentation to allow Smart Board users, also know as IWB Interactive White Board) users, to share a simple idea that has proved successful in the classroom.

Click here to view his presentation.

SMART Exchange

Have you seen the SMART Exchange, a community of teachers, administrators and SMART experts sharing ideas, expertise and enthusiasm to create extraordinary moments in the classroom?

Registration is quick, easy and free.

SMART Exchange

Smart Board Online Tutorials

Check out these two web pages that offer online Smart Board tutorials -

SMART Two Minute Tutorials

Atomic Learning Online Tutorials

Extraordinary Moments Video Contest

Smart Technologies announces -- the Extraordinary Moments Video Contest which is only open to educators in North America.

The contest starts April 21, 2008, and runs until May 31, 2008. The winning commercial will be announced and debuted at National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2008.

Here’s a chance to showcase your students’ ingenuity, intelligence and all-round awesomeness. SMART Technologies is teaming up with TeacherTube to offer the Extraordinary Moments Video Contest. We’re looking for 30-second commercials that best answer this question:

How do SMART products help you create extraordinary moments in your classroom?

Creativity counts. So does technological wizardry. But most of all we’d like to see how you and your students use technology to create a fun, interactive learning environment.

Full details here: Extraordinary Moments Video Contest