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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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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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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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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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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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 Starfall – A Perfect Combination

Learning To Read. Teachers know that learning to read and learning to enjoy reading is one of the most important skills for Pre-K through 2nd Grade students. Trying to locate high quality reading resources for the SMART Board classroom can be very frustrating. In addition, too many interactive sites are riddled with...

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SMART Boards and WatchKnow Video Library

In all my workshops, I find that I never miss an opportunity to recommend the WatchKnow website for finding educational videos for the classroom. This is also a great place to locate videos that you may want to download and incorporate into a Notebook lesson file. This site is maintained by the users and organized in a way that can...

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SMARTBoards and Between the Lions on PBS Kids

It's really easy to have some fun with the SMART Board and get the kids involved in new and exciting ways. However, sometimes it's difficult for teachers to know where to start. Here's one of my favorite interactive websites for children aged 3 to 7 to help them with their reading and writing. It's called Between...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – ESL

For today's Sharing Is Caring submission, I selected an incredible website create by Lauri Fried-Lee from the City College of San Francisco. Her website, called Lauri's ESL Website, contains a wealth of ESL resources which can be used in almost any classroom setting. I was especially impressed with the Listening...

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SMARTBoards and Spell a Picture

Awesome! This is the best word to describe all the wonderful activites on the Kerpoof website. I've recommended this site once before and I'm happy to report that it keeps getting better. I've been utilizing a new activity they have call Spell a Picture. It's such an incredible learning tool for the classroom and...

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SMARTBoards and The Magic Key

The BBC has a wonderful interactive site called The Magic Key based on the Oxford Reading Tree learning program.  The site contains nine literacy "adventures" for children that all work great with the SMARTBoard Interactive Whiteboard. The Magic Key website is aimed at children aged 5-6 years and follows the TV...

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SMARTBoards and Invention at Play

Looking for something fun AND educational for your SMARTBoard? Okay, that's a retorical question but it really sums up the Invention at Play site on the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (maybe the can "invent" a shorter name).   The Invention Playhouse has four flash-based...

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SMARTBoard Notebook Lessons – Idioms

Here's an interactive and fun Notebook Lesson about "idioms." You can use this as a starter activity for introducing idioms in the classroom. This lesson has three sections. The first section uses a common idiom in a sentence and the students have to choose the correct meaning. The second section gives an...

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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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Notebook Lessons – Writing and Spelling

These two amazing Notebook lessons for the SMART Board were created by two amazing teachers, Becky Arnett and Sherri Fricker. These two lessons are very special to me because each one utilized techniques found in the courses from Teacher Online Training. As a matter of fact, Becky's "Writing Prompts" lesson was the...

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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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SMARTBoard and Phonemic Processing With Word Builder

One of the best ways of testing online resources to see if they will work well with SMART Board equipped classrooms is to put it through the "Wesley" test. Wesley is my four year old son and he loves to play on my office SMART Board. He is learning to read and spell and I was looking for an activity that would pronounce...

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SMARTBoard and Spin & Spell

The interactive spelling site called Spin & Spell is an incredibly engaging spelling activity that works great on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. While it can be used in any of the primary grades to enhance the curriculum, it would be especially effective in the ESL classroom since it has an image and pronunciation...

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SMARTBoards and LITERACY at The Children’s University

I love when I find interactive resources for Language Arts that work great on the SMART Board. This morning I was looking for some interactive resources for describing adjectives and I came across an activity called the Adjective Detective. This is a wonderful interactive lesson that reviews the different types of adjectives and...

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SMARTBoards and e-Learning for Kids

One of my very first blog posts talked about the non-profit e-learning site called e-Learning for Kids. That was over two years ago! I'm happy to say that this amazing website is still around and is only getting better. I didn't really say too much about this site on that initial blog post…I didn't need to. It...

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SMARTBoards and Punctuation Campground

I love the site from Harcourt School Publishers called Punctuation Campground. Very  few online Language Arts sites dealing with proper punctuation can be used effectively on the SMART Board. However, Punctuation Campground does not require any keyboard input, it's easy to navigate, and it provides great feedback and...

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Smartboards and Food and Water Donations

Can using your SMART Board help end hunger? That's an interesting question and the answer is that we call all do our part to help in this world crisis. However, one organization called FreeRice has a fun website that, along with your SMART Board, involves you in the process of donating food to people in need.  The...

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