Sunday, January 31, 2010

#40 of 365 -- Notebook Version 10.6

Smart Notebook users should be aware of a new update that came out last week. Version 10.6 has a couple of very neat new features.

The most obvious feature is a new icon on your toolbar that gives you access to Measurement Tools. This is basically a ruler, protractor, compass and set square.

The WhiteBoard blog located at this address < > has a nice explanation of the new tools that will be useful additions to your math toolbox.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

#39 of 365 -- Pic-Lit

This is a neat site posted by Jen Farr on Twitter - PIC-LITS - inspired picture writing.

Pic-Lits is a creative writing site that provides pictures and a word bank for students to create a enriched sentence or sentences about the picture.

The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture. Students can choose to only drag words from the word bank to create their sentence or compose a sentence freestyle.

How to integrate Pic Lits into the classroom: Pic Lits is a great way to get students to think creatively and critically about writing. Students can choose any picture and then use the word list to create a sentence. Pic Lits is complete with punctuation and any word can be capatalized.

Tips: Students can sign up for a free account and save each Pic Lit they create. At the end of the year, each student can create a book of their Pic Lits to take home for creative inspiration.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

#38 of 365 - Alphabet Geometry

An interactive site that is built for the visual learner! It introduces geometry concepts to your students by relating them to something they're all familiar with, letters!

#37 of 365 - Science Up Close

Science Up Close - grades 1 -6

Links to FLASH movies on all kinds of topics.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

#36 of 365 - Music on the Smartboard

11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard

#35 of 365 - Top Tips

Five Top Tips for Whiteboard Beginners!

Directed to Promethean Board users - these tips include good advice for all interactive white board users.

#34 of 365 - Online Activities

Even more online activities -

#32 of 365 - Projector

New projectors make any wall an interactive whiteboard
Epson, Boxlight unveil potentially game-changing technology

#31 of 365 - Super Teacher Tools

A site for technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom.

#30 of 365 - Helpful Verbs Poster

Blooming Orange: Bloom's Taxonomy Helpful Verbs Poster

#29 of 365 - Taxonomy Poster

Bloom’s Taxonomy Poster for Elementary Teachers

#28 of 365 - Learning Today

Here is an interesting site - Learning Today.

Learning Today is a leading provider of Internet based, reading & math instruction targeted at the K-5 marketplace, focusing on the “At Risk School/Student” segment.

There are free Teacher Resources, free Math Games and free Reading Games.

Several interesting posters can be downloaded and printed for your classroom including two related to the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.

#27 of 365 - Finger Glove

featherbee said...

If you have kids who have sweaty or sticky fingers, use a "finger glove." I take one of those cheap stretchy knit kid's gloves and cut the fingers off. Their fingers slide much more smoothly and things aren't dropped or double clicked any more.

I teach kindergarten, and we love our smartboard!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

#26 of 365 - GeoGebra

Have you seen GeoGebra? Many teachers state that it is their favorite geometry teaching resources:

Also, check out for a bunch of great math teaching resources created with GeoGebra.

Both of these are great on IWBs - interactive whiteboards

Please post a comment is your ise GeoGebra.

#25 of 365 - Calendar Math

Calendar Math Notebooks
These notebooks are really really colorful - August - June

#24 of 365 - Math Symbols

Here is a notebook file with a page of math symbols that can be dragged on to any notebook page.

Download it here:

#23 of 365 - SMART Resources

Engaging Students the SMARTboard Way

What's New in Notebook 10
Smarttech 2 minute tutorials
Communicative Arts Resources for the Smartboard
Math Interactive Websites for Smartboard

Thursday, January 14, 2010

#22 of 365 - Interactive Websites

This is a link to a listings of interactive websites for Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Assessment. Many good resources for Smart Board users.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

#21 of 365 - Free Flash Jeopardy Review Generator

Free Flash Jeopardy Review Generator

Flash Jeopardy was designed by a teacher for use in the classroom as a SmartBoard review game. This site has all of the tools needed to create a Jeopardy review game, download your game for free, and play jeopardy in your classroom.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#20 of 365 - Science Teaching Aids

This site offers a growing bank of highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards.

The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.

It is hoped that the resources will help students to make sense of some of the more challenging concepts they encounter.

#19 of 365 - EdCompass

M. A. Karre suggests:

The EdCompass Newsletter from SMART technologies features "News and resources for educators using SMART products". Subscribe for free, or browse past issues online.

Monday, January 11, 2010

#18 of 365 Lesson Activity Toolkit 2

Make sure that you update to Lesson Activity Toolkit 2. Just click on the help memu button in Smart Notebook and then "Check of Updates".

There are some really neat tools.

Check out the Random Word Generator and the Random Group Generator.

Don't miss the firecracker timer!

#17 of 365 - Calendar Maker

Did you know there is a calender maker inside the gallery?

Just search for Calender. Look under interactive and multimedia.

You can select the year and month then inject the calendar onto the page.

Try it - it is awesome!

#16 of 365 - Music Notebooks

Music Notebook files are posted on these websites:




#15 of 365 - Interactive Biology

Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in Biology, a series of interactive web-based lessons

#14 of 365

Chemistry for Kids
Great list of links.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

#13 of 365 - Gallery Packs

If you use the calendars in the gallery, you have probably realized they end in

To get the 2010 calendar and more visit the SMART Gallery Collections Online.

Here you will find standalone gallery packs that can be downloaded separately from the main gallery.

Some of the packs include “American States,” “Childhood Stories,” and “Spanish.” Once you download these gallery packs they will be added to your “My Content” Folder.

#12 of 365

Lots of interactive websites for math at this link:

Virtual Tours - #12 of 365

One of the wonders of the Internet is that it can bring the world to you instead of your needing to find the time and money to explore the traditional way.

The virtual tours at this site bring opportunities to explore cities, famous landmarks and buildings, museums, college campuses, and even outer space.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

#11 of 365 - Setting a default font

ICT Across the Curriculum

Nice explanation and visuals include with the instructions on how to set a default font style and font size for your Smartboard.

#10 of 365 - ICT Across the Curriculum

SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit (2.0) has some great tools to use in your lessons – suitable for all curriculum areas!

To find them simply click on the gallery tab in SMART notebook, select Lesson Activity Toolkit and then in the search box type what you are looking for i.e. “Random Word Chooser”; “Random Group Chooser” or “Spinner”.

This blog link gives some nice ideas for using these tools.

ICT Across the Curriculum

Monday, January 4, 2010

#9 of 365 - SMART Exchange

The new SMART Exchange has been set up to enable teachers to quickly search and find SMART related resources many of which have been produced and shared by other teachers.

The following video from the SMART exchange team provides a guided tour of the new SMART Exchange facility.

#8 of 365 - Student of the Day

Free online course for SMART Board Users: Notebook Technique: Student of the Day">">

#6 of 365 - Changing the Pen Color

Typically when you pick up a blue SMART Board pen you will write notes in blue or if you pick up a black SMART Board pen and you will write notes in black.

If you want to temporarily change the writing color just pick up any pen, click on properties, then on line style and select a color, thickness and transparency. Your pen will write in that color until you toggle off by either selecting another tool or putting the pen back in the tray.

To permanently change the color of a pen, or change it permanently into a highlighter go to SMART Board control panel, select SMART hardware settings and change the pen settings - color and transparency.

#7 of 365 - Brain Pop

A FAVORITE SMART Board website is BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. The short videos are perfect as introductions to a lesson, and the interactive activities and games can be shared on the Board, or printed and used later. It is even available in French and Spanish. This is a subscription site, several of the short videos are FREE.

Broome Tioga teachers can access this site for FREE through WEBMAX.

Posted for M.A. Karre, SMART Bug

Sunday, January 3, 2010

#5 of 365 - Oceanscape

Studying the ocean?

Here is a neat activity - create a oceanscape electronically.

#4 of 365 - Gamequarium

Gamequarium and Gamequarium Junior

A portal to hundreds of free, online learning games and activities for Pre-School through Grade 6 students

Saturday, January 2, 2010

#3 of 365 - Great SB Lesson site!

Check out these great SMART BOARD lessons from Longwood Central School District. Smartboard Lessons created by Longwood Staff organized by grade level

Posted for M.A. Karre, SMART Bug

365/2010 Challenge - Virtual SMART BUG

Join the virtual SMART BUG (Smartboard Users Group)and accept the challenge to help post 365 suggestions for educational use of the SMART BOARD during 2010. It is very easy, when you would like to make a suggestion just add a comment to any 2010 blog post along with a brief introduction if it is your first time posting.

Already it is January 2 so here I go with post #1 and #2.

#1. Poetry Splatter

This is one of 11 reading and writing games available on the Game Station section of the RIF Reading Planet website.

Using the Poetry Splatter is easy. Just choose a poem title from the list. When you see your poem, you will have to fill in the blanks with words that are splattered onto the screen.

#2. Languages Online

Languages Online was created by teachers who were inspired by creating interactive lessons for their own students. It allows students to practice the language they are learning in a variety of different ways. Work can be completed as a whole class, in a lab or at the students own pace. The units are self marking so students are able to receive instant feedback on their progress.