Notebook Halloween Clip Art

The Notebook Gallery website has added another free resource for Halloween. It’s a collection of Halloween-related clip art that includes the friendly vampire, the friendly Frankenstein Monster, and the friendly mummy. The Notebook Gallery has additional free Halloween resources including The Prime Of Life prime number...

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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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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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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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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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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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Games are Afoot on the SMARTBoard

A while back I shared a fun little interactive game called Circle the Cat that challenged you to encircle a cat so it cannot escape. It’s a fantastic activity to play on a SMART Board. The same developer has a number of other interactive logic games that are lots of fun for Friday afternoon. The developer has a website called...

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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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Button Mania Game on the SMARTBoard

I love finding addictive logic games that work great on a SMART Board. Lately, I’ve been playing a game called Button Mania. The objective is to set all 36 numbers on the game board to zero. When you click on a number, that number and the numbers surrounding that number all decrease by one. You can find this game in various...

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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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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 That Darn Cat

 During my 5 year old's Kindergarten orientation, the teacher explained how the kids could get extra "explore" time at the end of the week for good behavior. Here's a fun activity just for that kind of situation that works great on a SMART Board called Circle The Cat. The objective is to trap the cat so it...

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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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SMARTBoard Users – Mangahigh is now FREE

The online, games-based teaching resource, Mangahigh, announced recently that their entire service is available free of charge for all schools in the US, Canada, and the UK. Mangahigh creates exceptionally high-quality, game-based learning resources to help Primary and Secondary students reinforce their Mathematics skills in a way...

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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 Mrs. Hurley’s ESL Website

SMARTBoards and Mrs. Hurley’s ESL Website

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My heart lights up everytime I see a teacher sharing high quality educational resources. I get doubly excited when the resources are selected because of how well they work with the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. This is why I'm highlighting Mrs. Hurley's ESL website. It's obvious to me that this is one of the...

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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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SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation

SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation

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I love adding animation to the Notebook lessons I create. Animation is a great way to excite your students and get their attention. To state it more succinctly, animation is fun! Animation can be used to convey an idea, concept, or thought in a way that words, still pictures, and audio cannot. Animation also has advantages over a...

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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 Finding Rudolph Notebook Activity

For Kindergarten and 1st Grade (5-6 yr olds) teachers who are still at school these last few days before Christmas, here is a special gift just for you. It's a Notebook Activity called Finding Rudolph. It's a very simple lesson that has students answer a few vocabulary-related questions from the lyrics to Rudolph the...

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