Thursday, December 3, 2009

Multiplication Tables

Another site to help your students with their multiplication tables. Select the times tables and then drag and drop. Perfect for the SMART Board.

Engaging Math Game

Take a look at this site for an engaging math game:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Live Binder

Check out this LIVE BINDER of online art games.

Live Binder is your online 3-ring binder - a great site to pull everything together.

There is also an entire Live Binder on Wordle.

Check out featured binders on the home page for some great ideas.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Add ideas to our wallwisher. Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. Discussing a new idea? Taking notes? Giving feedback? Voicing opinion? Wishing a happy birthday?

How are you using a SMART Board in your classroom?

Why Smart Boards: SMARTBoards for Parents and Community Partners

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Free Learning Objects

Tequipment has 14 Learning Objects that can be downloaded for free to your Notebook Gallery. The two newest are the memory card and the traffic light timer.
Free registration is required.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ELA SMARTS - SimplyBox

Mary Ann has done it again. Check out her list of sites for ELA SMARTS!

One the listed sites is "Puctuation Paintball' which Mary Ann describes as " So cool! Shoot capital letters and punctuation at sentences".

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Math Smarts - SimplyBox

Mary Ann Karre, a teacher-librarian and one of our teacher center presenters put together a list of 58 resources on the web for math. It was done through SIMPLYBOX, a site that allows you to Capture, Organize, and Share for FREE!

Check out Mary Ann's list and add your comments.

Simply Box - Located at

Monday, August 10, 2009

Technology in Teaching

Chris Best has a great Smartboard Podcast that gives excellent Smartboard information. This podcast exploring everyday examples of technology integration within the classroom, with a particular focus within the primary classroom. Sharing good news, good examples and good practice.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Tulsa Dept. of Instructional Technology Smart Board page has information and links to increase your knowledge and skills.

Check it out at

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How Can I Increase My Smartboard Skills This Summer?

Check out this website entitled Teaching with the SMART Board. There are 59 video podcasts that last for 15-20 minutes each.

View one each day this summer and you will be far more knowlegeable when you return to school n the fall.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Harvey's Home Page

Check out Function Man under Patterns, Algebra and Functions.

Found a new site today with nice interactive math activities for the SMART Board.

Harvey's Home Page

Click on the menu bar at the top of the page to access the download.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Web 2.0 for Education

This slideshare illustrates many of the Web 2.0 tools available for educators.

Slideshare is a site where you can host your presentations and share them with others. Presentations can be linked to at the site itself or else embedded in a web page.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flash activities in Lesson Activity Kit 2.0.

This blogger has written up a nice overview of the flash activities in Lesson Activity Kit 2.0.

The important thing to remember is to incorprate Higher Order Thinking skills into your lesson design.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mr. Young's Bouncy "A"

Check out this site- Mr. Young's Bouncy "A" - Smart Board Resources.

Interactives arranged by subject. Graphical interface.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cognitive Taxonomy Circle

Integrate Higher Order Thinking into your SMART Board lessons.
Take a look at the Cognitive Taxonomy Circle.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

This is such an amazing use of technology I have to post it:

YouTube presents the world premiere of the Tan Dun composition "Internet Symphony" as selected and mashed up from thousands of video submissions from around the globe.

Interactive Resource Site for the IWB

There are some very nice interactives on this site with good descriptions.
I would guess it is a UK site since it refers to "MATHS". Check it out.

This site aims to provide teaching and learning resources to make the use of the interactive whiteboard in the classroom easier and more productive. Included - Math, English and Geography.


Data Handling


Shape,Space & Measure

General Maths





Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Smart Board and Calendar Time

Check out this blog posting describing "creative ideas" for calendar time.

A talented kindergarten has created an interactive personal method of using the daily calendar.

If you like what you see you can even download a copy of her calendar notebook file for FREE.

Thank her by sending a comment through twitter @janecassette

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spin and Spell

Jen Farr found this neat game - Spin and Spell.

She just sent out a "tweet" about it.

It is an animated spelling game for children. Nice for the SMART BOARD.

Try it out.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Periodic Table

Have you seen the Periodic Table of Videos?

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but in this interactive modern version a short video is linked to each symbol.

Since launching this site, the videos have been watched more than 5.5 million times.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Web 2.0 flash cards

Informative online article on Web 2.0 flash cards in Tech & Learning by friend - Jen Farr.

Jen states, " And of course, you can always project these flashcards on your interactive whiteboard; voila, you have an interactive review lesson!".

Read the article at

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"HOT" Puzzle

Matchstick Mania (Freeware) is a "HOT" (Higher Order Thinking) activity. Students can play and design their own Matchstick Puzzles.

There are currently 24 puzzles to choose from and students can even add their own.

The idea is to select a puzzle and then move the matches around as described to try and solve the puzzle. You can click the solution button to see the pre-programmed answer at any time. The matches can be rotated by right-clicking on them.

Match Mania consists of only 2 files, the program file and a configuration file, keep these 2 files together and run the program from anywhere.

Download at

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Freebie Fillers - Useful Tools

These freebie IWB (Interactive White Board) activities are great tools to use as you train your students to touch the Smart Board. An added bonus -- there is "thinking" involved.

Fridge Letters - practice "drag and drop"

Bubble Game and the Tic Tac Toe game - practice "select or tapping"

Word Search Wizard - practice "highlighting"

Also there is a very cool "NUMBER Spinner"

Download the activities that will work for you. I always RUN the application first to preview the activity. If I like it, I save it. This is a a UK site. You are given the choice to download in Welsh or English so be sure to select the correct language.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Senteo Interactive Response System

The Senteo interactive response system includes handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that allows you to create tests and manage, track, and evaluate the results. Senteo software guides you through every task with intuitive prompts, clear directions and direct links. You always know what step you’re on and where to go next. Best of all, it seamlessly integrates with SMART Notebook software, giving you all the tools you need to design engaging and interactive test material.

Check out this Portaportal and open the folder called Senteo.

Thank you Mary Ann!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Learn by Playing" Sites

Top Ten Elementary “Learn by Playing” Sites from LANGWITCHES’ Blog.

Sites include links from categories, such as drawing, simulations, digital storytelling, programming and puzzle solving.

One of my favorites is Art Pad - very effective on the SMART Board.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Starters of the Day

Check out these UK sites!

Math Starters of the Day

There are 366 different Starters of The Day on this website. These are activities designed for pupils to work on at the beginning of their math lesson. You can search the archive.

Here are a few more sites:

Teaching ideas


Mr Gallinagh’s Maths Starters - a program of 10 questions for any topic you like. You can specify how much time you give for each of the questions. Can also be used as a test at the end of a lesson to find out how much pupils have learned.

Super Maths World - some of the games are for free. Others you need to be registered to use.

I love Maths Games - puzzles, games and starters.

Calculator Activites - 15 short problems and games designed to make use of a calculator. Ideal for lesson starters.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bembo's Zoo

This is so creative - a great attention getter when viewed and accessed via the SMART Board.

No matter what grade level students will be engaged.

Turn on your speakers - there is sound.

Bembo's Zoo

Clcik on a letter and watch what happens.

A stylish animal alphabet site with illustrations created from the letters in each animal's name. Site uses Macromedia Flash.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Interactive White Boards and the Autistic Student

I attended the fourth annual "Celebration of Teaching and Learning" this past weekend in NYC.

One of the informative presentations dealt with "Autistic Students Utilizing Interactive Whiteboards," presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Randy Welch.

Read an article by the presenters Kathleen McClaskey and Randy Welsh at this web link:

Listen to an webinar on this topic at this site:

Kathleen and Randy were generous to share the following resources that have been used successfully with their students:

· Starfall:
· RIF Planet:
· BBC CBeebies:
· Scholastic:
· Family Learning:
· Priory Woods:

Friday, February 27, 2009

Wireless Mouse

Are you interested in having two students select or move items on the SMART Board at the same time?

My latest purchase is a wireless rechargeable pen-style mouse with rubberized grip. It costs $55 from Ergo Works well for selecting and moving objects on the SMART Board.
Not recommended for writing.
I am still testing it out for features such duration of charge and transmission distance.

The VM-2001 pen style mouse comes with a rubberized grip, Plug-and_play USB interface, 10-meter transmission distance, non-disruptive USB charging technology, and Blue-Light optics.

SMART Notebook Math 2009

Be one of the first to get in on SMART’s Notebook Math 2009 beta.

Use the following link to sign up!

With SMART Notebook Math, teachers and students will now be able to create, solve or graph mathematical concepts directly in SMART Notebook.

SMART Notebook Math features include the following:

Equation creation and editing
Equation handwriting recognition
Graphing tool
Real-time linked relationships between tables, equations and graphs
More shapes additional to those that come with SMART Notebook 10 software
Shape manipulation and feedback
Advanced-measurement tools
Ability to launch and operate Texas Instruments™ emulators from within SMART Notebook

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Science 6-12

This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Games for the Brain

Another great interactive site for the SMART Board -

Games for the Brain

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mensa for Kids

Mensa for Kids is geared toward children ages 6-10. The site provides numerous interactive educational games and puzzles that are frequently updated and can be used effectively on a Smart Board.

This is great way to encourage higher level thinking skills.

The site is colorful and easy to navigate.

Mensa for Kids

Magic Magnifying Glass - Neat Trick

Use this trick to reveal answers or hidden messages in Smart Notebook.

Draw a circle with a shape tool.

Fill the circle with the color white.

Draw a rectangle and fill it with a color, this will be the handle.

Rotate and connect the rectangle to the white circle so it looks like a magnifying glass.

Select both objects and group them together. Order the magnifying glass and send it to the back.

To use the magnifying glass type your answers or hidden messages in the same color as the background color of the page. They will be invisible until you drag the magnifying glass over that area of the page. You will then see the hidden text.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Magnetic Poetry

Magnetic Poetry online -

Perfect to use with your SMART BOARD!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Inserting You Tube Videos into Smart Notebook

Did you ever find a YouTube video and wish you could insert it into your SMART Notebook?

All you have to do is copy the URL of the YouTube video page and paste it into Tube Leecher -

Click DOWNLOAD and then save the file. If you are not offered the option of SAVING AS a flv (flash video file),save the file and then rename the file with the .flv extension.

The YouTube video is then converted to a flash video file and can be inserted into a SMART Notebook page using the INSERT button on the menu bar.

How easy is that?

Here is a sample YouTube video that has been inserted as a flash file.

Have you heard of SLIDE SHARE?

Slide Share is a neat way to share and find presentations.

Embedded below are two thought provoking presentations on IWB's (Interactive White Boards) and Interaction. Use the controls under the window to navigate.

View more presentations on SLIDE SHARE's website -

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Kindergarten SMART Board Users

An amazing collection of SMART Notebook lessons for Kindergarten classrooms.