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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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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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 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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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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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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Memory Games on the SMARTBoard

A long time ago, I learned a brain-based memory technique that helps me remember a list of items. I still use this technique when I do my grocery shopping. It’s a truly amazing skill that is very easy to learn. A BBC site called Brainsmart has three memory games with corresponding instruction videos that can help teach kids...

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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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Punctuation on the SMARTBoard Saves Grandma

Well, that’s a silly title to a blog post. How can punctuation save Grandma? This saying comes from a picture I saw on Facebook. It should remind all teachers why we do what we do…we’re out there trying to save Grandma! After I saw this picture, I was motivated to find an interactive punctuation/grammar resource...

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VocabAhead and the SMARTBoard

I’m really excited about a wonderful Vocabulary learning and review site called VocabAhead. This site is developed as a resource for students to learn some of the more difficult vocabulary words found on the SAT, GRE, or ACT tests. It’s a wonderful site to use on your SMART Board. This site contains an amazing collection...

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Smart Charts on the SMARTBoard

If you’re looking to spice up your Math class with an interactive and engaging way to create graphs, you may want to pop over to the new Chartle.net website. Their tagline is, “simple & interactive charts online.” After experimenting (playing) for over an hour creating various types of charts, I absolutely...

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Current Events Come to Life on the SMARTBoard

Finding interactive sites for the Social Studies classroom can be a challenge, so I popped over to Free Technology for Teachers to see if I could find something fun. What I found was an amazing site called 10×10 that displays a 10×10 grid containing 100 thumbnail images that relate to the most discussed current events. ...

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SMARTBoard and MapMaker 1-Page Maps

Some online resources help make the decision to have an interactive whiteboard in the classroom an easy one. When you use an IWB to see and interact with a resource like National Geographic's MapMaker 1-Page Maps, it's difficult to justify "not" having an Interactive Whiteboard. This interactive map resource allows...

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SMARTBoards and Physics Education Technology (PhET)

You don't need to be a Middle School or High School Science teacher to appreciate the amazing resources provided by the PhET website. This site contains the most incredible collection of research-based, interactive, Physics simulations anywhere on the Internet. Best of all, these simulations are free to use online or download...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Mathematics

The Mathematics edition of a teacher demonstrating the concept of Sharing Is Caring was a no-brainer. It's Jim Reed's Home Page containing an amazing collection of High School Mathematic resources. Mr. Reed's Math Resource page has been awarded The Teacher's List Top Ten Award. Not only does Mr. Reed share one of...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Chemistry

Here's is one of the best examples of a teacher sharing SMART Board resources. It's a Wiki called IWBchemistry that was created by Dr. Elizabeth Christophy. This amazing wiki is focused on sharing High School Science resources with other teachers and students. Dr. Christophy has even put together a page for her AP...

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SMART Boards and Tagxedo Word Cloud Generator

I am in awe of one of the latest entries into Word Cloud Generators called Tagxedo. The options for creating word clouds are simply incredible and best of all, the site makes it very easy to save your work as an image file without the need to "capture" your work. The flash-based results are a lot of fun to use and when...

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SMARTBoard and Teacher-Created High School Biology Resources

If you're a High School Science teacher, you'll want to review the amazing resources found on Harvard University's Life Science Outreach Program website. The site contains actual teacher-created resources covering Physiology, Microbiology, Regenerative Biology, Evolution, Neurobiology, Immunology, and the Biology of...

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SMARTBoard and eflnet ESL and EFL Resources

The eflnet ESL and EFL Resource page has an amazing collection of Language Arts review activities designed for TOEFL preparation. These interactive review activities are fantastic assessment tools in any classroom. I can think of a myriad of uses for these resources including using them as a quick starter activity. When used with...

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SMARTBoards and Mangahigh Math Games

Okay, I'm hooked.  I'll freely admit that I've been playing Math games on the Mangahigh website for just over an hour now. The games are very engaging and they work great on the SMART Board.  Mangahigh uses game-based learning to help students aged 10-16 learn basic Math skills. A lot of people do not think...

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SMARTBoards and Downloadable Science Animations

While the content of interactive educational resources is growing on the Internet, very rarely do you find websites that allow you (and provide assistance) for downloading the content to your own computer. Freezeray is a one of those few places where teachers can find and download interactive resources for Science investigations....

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SMART Boards and Eyeballing Game

I'm hooked! The Eyeballing Game is such a fun way to learn and interact with geometric theorems and shapes that students will be clamoring to get to the SMART Board to try to create a perfect parallelogram! The application is so simple to use and it works great on a SMART Board. To use the game, students try to complete a task...

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SMART Boards and Custom Resources for Algebra Two

Recently, someone shared a link (thanks Amy!) to some great Algebra Two (Holt, Rinehart &  Winston) resources created by a teacher named Thomas Vizza. This site presents a wonderful example of how to start moving toward a "student-centered" learning environment where a teacher's primary focus is on creating...

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SMART Boards and Algebra

For teachers looking for a fun way to use the SMARTBoard to help teach Algebra concepts, why not have your students create their own instruction videos. Start by introducing your students to an Algebra concept using whatever textbook or handout you have available. (The boring method) Next, go to Algebasics, find a similar problem,...

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