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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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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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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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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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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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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SMARTBoards and Audio Resources

One of the best ways to reinforce information to help students learn is to use engaging media, and one of the most underused media for increasing the effectiveness of a Notebook lesson is audio. Audio is a great way to provide feedback or to reinforce the information presented in a lesson. One of the best features of the new...

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Free Notebook 11 Activity by abcteach

If you’ve just downloaded the new Smart Notebook 11 software, you may want to take a look at a new Notebook activity called abc Find and See: Decipher the Olympiads that reinforces mean, median, and mode. This activity, created by abcteach.com, is available for free download on the Smart Exchange. What’s special about...

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JigZone and SMARTBoards

The SMART Board, along with a great online resource like JigZone, is a wonderful and engaging way to introduce a lesson. If used appropriately, this site allows you to introduce and bring focus to a learning objective in a manner that stimulates and engages students quickly. For example, if your objective is to broaden your...

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Record and Insert Audio Into Smart Notebook

One of the great new features of the new version of Smart Notebook (scheduled to be released sometime this Spring) is the ability to record audio directly inside Notebook. Until the new version is released, you may want to use the site recordmp3.org to record your own audio and download the file directly to your computer. Once...

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Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits

About a month ago, I found a great interactive activity for learning about electric circuits. The activity is called The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits and it’s one of the most engaging and fun resources I’ve found in a long time. Best of all, it works great on a SMART Board. The activity is extremely thorough and...

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Mightybooks on the SMART Board

Here’s a great Language Arts and ESL site called MightyBook that contains a wonderful collection of read-along activities. The story illustrations are wonderful and the words are even highlighted as they are being read. The site also provides a number of other fun activities including a museum-themed activity that explores...

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SMARTBoards and Fun Word Activities

These three interactive word games from the Merriam-Webster website are great supplemental resources for the SMART Board classroom. The first game called Alpha-bot has a unique and very engaging method for spelling words. To play, students touch on the “Audio” button to hear the word. They then have to move rows and...

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SMARTBoard and Thinking Blocks

Sites like Thinking Blocks should be placed front and center on your school's list of Internet resources that work great on your SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. This site was developed by Colleen King as a way to model Mathematical problems related to Addition,  Subtraction, Multiplication,  Division, ...

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