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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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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Why Teachers Love SMART Boards

In 2007, I created a WallWisher Wall called Why do Teachers Love SMART Boards and asked teachers to write a short comment on why they loved their SMART Board. I revisited the Wall today and was astonished to find over 150 comments. This information should be shared with other teachers. Unfortunately, the Wall is filled with so many...

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SMARTBoards and Extending Themes in Notebook

Here's a short video tutorial on how to extend a Notebook theme farther down on the page.  If you're unable to view the video, you can view it here. I have lots of other free Notebook Video Tutorials on the Teacher Online Training site. If you want to learn how to use the Notebook Software, Teacher Online Training...

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Get SMART with SMART Boards Podcast

I'm excited to announce a new podcast called Get SMART with SMART Boards. SMART Board expert Harvey Almarode and I join forces to help teachers use the SMART Board more effectively in the classroom. In the first episode, Harvey discusses how he uses the website JigSawDoku to have children play SuDoKu and I share an amazing...

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Get SMART with the SMART Insider

Get SMART with the SMART Insider

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Are you a SMART Board user? It's time to kick off your shoes and call your friends to let them know about the 3rd edition of the SMART Insider Newsletter which contains Tips & Tricks, Web Resources, Video Tutorials, Notebook Lesson Files, and Training Discounts. You can view past newsletters by clicking on the links...

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SMART Notebook Challenge #12 Solution – Watch This

This is the solution to Challenge #12 called "Watch This." This challenge was to encourage teachers to utilize the new Page Recorder feature of Notebook 10. For this week's challenge, I demonstrated how the Page Recorder could be used to solve an anagram. The submissions for this week's challenge used it in a...

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SMART Notebook Challenge #11 – Random Number (Solution)

I hope you'll be as amazed as I was with the submissions for this week's challenge – Random Number. The challenge was to create a custom random number generator that you could use inside the classroom using your SMART Board interactive whiteboard.  I created this challenge as a way to encourage teachers to...

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SMARTBoards and Solutions for Evenly Spacing Objects

This is the solution for Challenge #9: Precise Object Spacing. This was definitely a fun challenge and I received some outstanding submissions for completing it. Ann White is this week's extreme challenge winner and she definitely deserves the title "Faster than the Master" (or at least, as fast as the master) for...

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SMARTBoards and Notebook Training: Revealing Information Using Animation – Series 1

I've just released a new course on my SMART Board Learning Management System called Notebook Techniques: Revealing Information Using Animation – Series 1. This short-course will guide the participant through the process of using object animation as a way of providing instant feedback during a lesson. In addition to...

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SMARTBoards and the “Secret Information” Solution

The Smart Notebook Challenge #2 is now in the books. It was a fun little challenge that utilized one of the properties of tables to create the effect of magically displaying "secret information" on your SMARTBoard. The Gold Medal Winner for this challenge was Becky Poe and the Silver Medal goes to Valerie Byrnes. In...

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SMART Notebook v.10 Challenge #2

This week's Smart Notebook Challenge is to produce a cool effect for revealing secret information. I have not used this technique in the classroom yet but I'm sure it'll be a big hit with the students as well as add a little excitement when you need to reveal some simple information to the class using your SMART Board...

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SMARTBoards and the Shrink and Grow Reveal Challenge

I hope you had as much fun as I did with the 1st Smart Notebook challenge. The response to the challenge was great and I'll try to post a new challenge each week. The first challenge used the Shrink and Grow animation to reveal a hidden answer to a question. Already, teachers are telling me that the kids seem to really love...

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SMARTBoards and the Floating Finger of Fun

Do you want to be known as "the expert SMART Board user" in your school? Here's an advanced tip that allows you to turn your finger into a hovering mouse when using the Smartboard interactive whiteboard. Unfortunately, the SMART Board doesn't know where your finger is until you touch the SMART Board surface. This...

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SMARTBoards and a Table Object Up My Sleeve

I love incorporating tables using the SMARTBoard interactive whiteboard. However, many teachers are still a little shy about using them in their Notebook lessons. Here are a few tips and tricks for using the new Table Object in Smart Notebook v.10 that might make your Notebook lessons a little bit more exciting. The tutorial will...

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SMARTBoards and Pop My Balloon Please

I provide a lot of support for teachers using the new version of SMART Notebook and I'm often asked to explain how to use the wonderful tools found in the Lesson Activity Toolkit. One of the newest tools is the Balloon Pop tool. The Balloon Pop tool is a flash object that looks like a balloon and makes a popping noise and...

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SMART Boards and the Tips-and-Tricks Phenomenon

A really awesome phenomenon about the Internet is the viral nature of sharing information. In other words, good information spreads quickly throughout niche areas. A case in point…yesterday, I ran across a relatively new blog called elearnr (cool name!) that had a post called Ten Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard More...

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SMART Boards and Notebook v.10 Video – Reveal Correct Answers

I believe the best way to describe how to do something comes through the use of video. I love watching how other users do things and I believe emulation is a great technique to increase your skill sets. That being said, here is a video tutorial on how to use layering inside Smart Notebook Version 10 (NBX) to reveal correct answers....

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SMART Boards – Notebook and Aligning Objects

With the new version of Notebook, users can now easily align objects on the page. I produced a short video tutorial that demonstrates how the new alignment feature works in Smart Notebook Version 10. Sharing is...

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SMART Boards and Notebook v. 10 Tutorial – Customize

Here is a short video tutorial on how to make basic customizations to the Tab Bar and the Tool Bar in Smart Notebook Version 10. (If you are viewing this post in your email system or using a RRS reader, you may not see the video. To see the video, you will need to go to my blog by clicking on the title of this blog...

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SMART Boards and Notebook – Using the Table Object

SMART Boards and Notebook – Using the Table Object

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The table object is a wonderful addition to Notebook Version 10. However, you have to learn a few things in order to take full advantage of using the table object. Here's a quick video demonstration of how to use tables. After watching this video, you should be able to insert a new table, insert a new row, merge cells, modify...

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SMART Boards and Notebook V. 10

Here are a few great resources for learning how to use Notebook (version 10). The first resource is a Notebook file created by José Picardo that walks you through some great techniques for using Notebook. This Notebook file will walk you through the techniques Magic Box, Reveal Answers, and Fill in the Gaps.  It has...

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SMART Boards and Teachers Love SMART Boards

Did you know that the Teachers Love SMART Boards Blog now has over 200 posts! With this much information, you’re sure to find something fun to use in the classroom with your SMARTBoard interactive whiteboard. The problem is, finding what you need can be a little tricky unless you know the secrets of blog organization. Since...

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SMART Board Notebook Tip: Reveal Correct Answers

Here is video demonstration on how to use Smart Notebook to create a move-and-reveal effect for displaying correct answers and hiding incorrect answers.                                          ...

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SMART Board and Screencasts: Using FreeScreencast.com

I have become a very big fan of the FreeScreenCast.com website that allows you to record, save, and view screencasts quickly and easily. Best of all, it’s free!! I will demonstrate how to create a screencast video using the FreeScreenCast.com website and Screencast Recorder application that you download from the...

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