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 students’ understanding of Place Value, you could use JigZone to create a puzzle that shows an engaging chart that correlates the standard form of a place value with the word form. You can even place your custom puzzle on your blog.
When you add your own images, you have a lot of control over the puzzle difficulty including what type of cuts you use for the puzzle pieces.
I like using Notebook to create a page of information containing images and other important information that I want to introduce. I can then export the page as a jpeg image type (File –> Export –> Image File…) and then use JigZone to create a puzzle of the exported image. Now that’s cool.
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