Getting The SMART Boards Out Of The Closet

Here is a article called “Whiteboards for Dummies” written by Calvin Hennick for Scholastic – Administrator. This article discusses how to utilize your SMART Board more effectively by identifying some of the obstacles of using a SMART Board once you get it into your classroom.  The stories about using it to hang...

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How Many Squares SMARTBoard Activity

I had a lot of fun today creating an activity called How Many Squares that challenges students to find the total number of unique squares in a given figure. My kids just tested the activity on the SMART Board and they loved it, especially the hands-on investigation pages. This activity is available free of charge on The Notebook...

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Winter Attendance

I’ve been away for a little while so let me make up for it by offering a fun Notebook Winter Attendance file for your classroom. This file contains two versions depending on whether you have Notebook 10 or Notebook 11 installed on your classroom computer. To use the attendance activity, students drag their names from the...

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Notebook for iPad Update Review

Notebook for iPad Update Review

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The Notebook for iPad app has a new update (1.1.243.0). SMART Lesson Activity Builder support – View, interact with and reset activities that were created in the full version of SMART Notebook software on a computer. New Lines tool – Insert a line and change its color and thickness. New object properties – Double-tap or...

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Notebook Halloween Clip Art

The Notebook Gallery website has added another free resource for Halloween. It’s a collection of Halloween-related clip art that includes the friendly vampire, the friendly Frankenstein Monster, and the friendly mummy. The Notebook Gallery has additional free Halloween resources including The Prime Of Life prime number...

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Halloween Resources For The SMART Board (updated)

Halloween Clip Art (updated) I have compiled an extensive collection of Halloween-related clip art so you don’t have to spend time looking all over the Internet. Games Hangman – Fun graphics, more advanced word list. (3 stars) Halloween Hangman – Good, simple hangman game for Halloween (3 stars) Halloween Pairs...

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Textivate On The SMART Board

I’ve spent years reviewing and sharing interactive online resources that work great on a SMART Board. To be honest, I’m very picky on what resources I share and I require all the sites I share to have certain minimum standards. One site that meets and exceeds all my standards is Textivate.com. What I like most about this...

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Halloween Vocabulary Word Search

You’ll love this Halloween-related vocabulary activity containing three different word search puzzles. To make the word search puzzles more exciting, each one has a riddle to solve. To solve the riddle, students need to highlight all the words in the puzzle using the Highlighter Pen. The answer to the riddle can be found by...

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Halloween Clip Art

Here’s a collection of Halloween Clip Art that you can incorporate into your Notebook lessons. Click on an image to display it in full size. You can then right-click on the image to save it to your computer.     I do not recommend copying and pasting the images into Notebook. It is better if you save the file to your...

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Halloween Jokes

It’s never too early to catch up on some of the worst Halloween jokes ever written. Each joke is guaranteed to be worse than the last one but that won’t stop the kids from having a great time interacting with some of the least scary creatures you’ll ever meet. You can download this file from the Free Resource...

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Rounding Numbers To Nearest 10 and 100

I had such a demand for more information and additional resources for rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 that I created a lite version of the Notebook Lesson called Monkey Business – Rounding Numbers (see slideshow below). The Lite Version contains valuable information on rounding numbers including the monkey’s...

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Scaling the Universe on a SMARTBoard

I watched an amazing video from Space.com that showed images of what’s called the Extreme Deep Field (EDF). These images represent the farthest we (humans) have ever seen into the Universe. The very end of the video pans back from the EDF to help provide a better perspective on the actual vastness of the Universe. This...

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The Prime Of Life – Fun With Prime Numbers

I just created a fun activity called The Prime Of Life that reinforces the recognition of Prime Numbers. This activity was requested by a teacher trying to find a more engaging way for students to practice recognizing the Prime Numbers up to 100. Since I was already working on finding some fun Halloween resources, I though I would...

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Monkey Business – Rounding to Nearest Ten

I’ve been working on a comprehensive Notebook lesson called Monkey Business that helps students learn and review basic procedures for rounding to the nearest 10 and the nearest 100. In this lesson, I created a fun review activity called Banana Rama where the goal is to collect 10 bananas as fast as possible by touching on the...

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SMARTBoards and Harmony

SMARTBoards and Harmony

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Wow! I just became an artist in a few short minutes thanks to a online drawing site called Harmony. Rarely do I have this much fun with online drawing sites. Harmony is a project from the Mr. Doob website that allows anyone to create amazing sketches and drawings. The magic comes from how the software code renders the different...

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3D Shapes On The SMARTBoard

The Shapes Resource on the Birmingham Grid For Learning website is a fantastic Interactive site for reviewing both 2D and 3D shapes. The site does a good job defining and introducing 2D shapes and the 3D shape section is one of the best resources for understanding 3D shapes. Investigation of 3D shapes includes an interactive 3D...

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The Notebook Gallery Resource Site

It’s finally here! I’ve been extremely excited for some time now about introducing a new resource for teachers called The Notebook Gallery. I believe it is and will continue to be the most valuable resource available for Teachers Who Love SMART Boards! A while back, I was asked to participate in a new project to bring...

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Review – Notebook for iPad app

Review – Notebook for iPad app

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I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I think of the new Notebook for iPad app and whether they should purchase the app. In response, I set aside some time to go through the app and jot down my initial thoughts. I must caution that you should not place undue reliance on this review especially concerning the forward-looking...

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SMART Boards And The Notebook For iPad App

A first look at the Notebook For iPad app released on 08/31/2012. This is a demonstration of the Notebook For iPad app – it is not a review. Look for a complete review in next few days. Here is a direct link to the video on YouTube. Sharing Is Caring! Check out the new Notebook Gallery website for Notebook Lessons, Notebook...

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SMART Boards – What A Wonderful World

This is indeed an exciting time as lots of teachers around the world are returning to the classroom for the start of a new year. It is indeed a wonderful world! Keeping in theme, I thought I would share a resource that I posted on the Teachers Love SMART Boards Facebook page. Actually, I want to share two resources. The first is one...

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The Sinking Octopus Game

After a lot of hours getting things working just right, I’m happy to say that I finally finished my latest Notebook game for the SMART Board called The Sinking Octopus. This is a hangman-type game where students try to guess a word by selecting letters. If they select a letter that is in the word, the letter will be displayed...

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Battleship Game for the SMARTBoard

Here’s a fun Battleship Game template that’s extremely easy to setup and play on your SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. To use the template, all you need to do is position each team’s ships and then hide the ships behind the Battleship board. Game play is the same as the actual Battleship game with the addition...

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“Ready-To-Play” Spin To Win Games

Yesterday I shared a Template for creating your own Spin To Win review game. Hopefully you’ll find it very easy to use to create your own review game for any subject or grade level. The template is now available on the Smart Exchange and in the spirit of Sharing Is Caring, I hope you’ll share your...

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Spin To Win – Review Game Template

As the school year comes to an end, I want to say thank you to all the teachers who work so hard every single day (and night) to help develop and nurture the children in their care. Trust me, I know from experience that being a good teacher is by far the most challenging job in the world. I thought the best way to say thank you was...

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A Smart Way to Use a SMARTBoard

I had to share this video shared by Smart Tech showing kids using the SMART Board to collaborate in a small group environment and then using the SMART Board to present to the entire class. What’s really cool is how the kids are using the Activity Builder and the new audio recorder in Notebook 11 to create their work. By the...

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