Monday, February 27, 2012

Teacher Tools

A really comprehensive group of Teacher Tools from the Jefferson County Schools.

Click the Curriculum Resources link for even more resources.

SMART NOTEBOOK 11 - Spring Release Date

New Version of SMART Notebook™ Features Increased Web Integration
SMART Notebook 11 offers new features for enhanced interactivity, creativity and efficiency
CALGARY, Alberta --- January 9, 2012 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces SMART Notebook 11 collaborative learning software. Version 11 of SMART Notebook will enable teachers to integrate online resources into SMART Notebook files, enhancing instruction and increasing classroom efficiency.
A new embedded web browser allows teachers to insert a live browser page directly into a SMART Notebook file. Users can then write, draw, and drag and drop content on the page. Version 11 includes widgets such as a dictionary and translator, which will let users handwrite a query, receive the answer and move that answer to the SMART Notebook software page.
An avatar widget will let teachers bring their dynamic talking avatars into SMART Notebook 11 and save them to the Gallery. The widgets can be downloaded from the SMART Exchange™ website (, where educators can find over 51,000 learning resources and lessons, and used directly in a SMART Notebook 11 file.


Activity builder – Creates activity objects that react to actions with animations or sound
Embedded web browser – Inserts web browsers directly onto a SMART Notebook software page
Enhanced contextual toolbar – Responds to actions by giving users the required tool choices when they choose a certain object
Crayon – Creates authentic crayon drawings on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard
Customized creative pen – Builds a unique creative pen from any image
Reset page – Brings SMART Notebook software page back to its last saved state to instantly start again
Gesture recognition – Supports four-touch interactivity for the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 8070i interactive display. Also recognizes new shake gesture to group or ungroup objects.
Audio recording – Records sounds directly into a file
Shape image fill – Adjusts the size of an image to fit into a specific shape
Updated tables – Supports scaling, moving and interacting within tables more easily
New text engine – Provides improved text formatting and consistency
Fade ink – Fades any regular ink Full-page frame – Allows borders of the page layout to be displayed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Be sure to make sure you have the latest version of SMART Notebook software installed - version 10.8. You can easily check this by opening Notebook software, clicking on HELP on the menu bar and then click on CHECK FOR UPDATES.

Click the link below to download a SMART Notebook™ 10.8 Windows® operating systems User’s guide for FREE! It is a 146 page PDF file.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Classroom Freebies

This site has some very nice resources including SMART Notebook files.

Check it out at:

EDCompass blog reports that the SMART Exchange content is now aligned to Common Core Standards. Teachers can find the Common Core Standards-correlated lessons on the SMART Exchange under the Standards-Correlated Lessons search. The search results generate a list of the standards by subject and grade level and a list of corresponding SMART lesson resources available. Using the same Standards-Correlated Lessons search, those in states that have not adopted the new standards will still be able to find regional standards-correlated content.

Here is the link:

Kindergarten COMMON CORE based Smart Board game

This freebie is a kindergarten COMMON CORE based Smart Board game on beginning place value. It also contains a download for a two printable attachments.

Add a comment if you download this resource.

10 WOW facts in 2 minutes

Check this short fast paced video clip for some really WOW information:

The video below shows 10 obscure, but interesting facts about SMART Board Software.

Add a comment if you were impressed!