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
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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.