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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How Many Squares SMARTBoard Activity

I had a lot of fun today creating an activity called How Many Squares that challenges students to find the total number of unique squares in a given figure. My kids just tested the activity on the SMART Board and they loved it, especially the hands-on investigation pages. This activity is available free of charge on The Notebook...

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Winter Attendance

I’ve been away for a little while so let me make up for it by offering a fun Notebook Winter Attendance file for your classroom. This file contains two versions depending on whether you have Notebook 10 or Notebook 11 installed on your classroom computer. To use the attendance activity, students drag their names from the...

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Notebook for iPad Update Review

Notebook for iPad Update Review

Located in Notebook for iPad

The Notebook for iPad app has a new update (1.1.243.0). SMART Lesson Activity Builder support – View, interact with and reset activities that were created in the full version of SMART Notebook software on a computer. New Lines tool – Insert a line and change its color and thickness. New object properties – Double-tap or...

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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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Halloween Resources For The SMART Board (updated)

Halloween Clip Art (updated) I have compiled an extensive collection of Halloween-related clip art so you don’t have to spend time looking all over the Internet. Games Hangman – Fun graphics, more advanced word list. (3 stars) Halloween Hangman – Good, simple hangman game for Halloween (3 stars) Halloween Pairs...

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Halloween Vocabulary Word Search

You’ll love this Halloween-related vocabulary activity containing three different word search puzzles. To make the word search puzzles more exciting, each one has a riddle to solve. To solve the riddle, students need to highlight all the words in the puzzle using the Highlighter Pen. The answer to the riddle can be found by...

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Halloween Jokes

It’s never too early to catch up on some of the worst Halloween jokes ever written. Each joke is guaranteed to be worse than the last one but that won’t stop the kids from having a great time interacting with some of the least scary creatures you’ll ever meet. You can download this file from the Free Resource...

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Rounding Numbers To Nearest 10 and 100

I had such a demand for more information and additional resources for rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 that I created a lite version of the Notebook Lesson called Monkey Business – Rounding Numbers (see slideshow below). The Lite Version contains valuable information on rounding numbers including the monkey’s...

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The Prime Of Life – Fun With Prime Numbers

I just created a fun activity called The Prime Of Life that reinforces the recognition of Prime Numbers. This activity was requested by a teacher trying to find a more engaging way for students to practice recognizing the Prime Numbers up to 100. Since I was already working on finding some fun Halloween resources, I though I would...

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Monkey Business – Rounding to Nearest Ten

I’ve been working on a comprehensive Notebook lesson called Monkey Business that helps students learn and review basic procedures for rounding to the nearest 10 and the nearest 100. In this lesson, I created a fun review activity called Banana Rama where the goal is to collect 10 bananas as fast as possible by touching on the...

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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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Review – Notebook for iPad app

Review – Notebook for iPad app

Located in Notebook: Resources

I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I think of the new Notebook for iPad app and whether they should purchase the app. In response, I set aside some time to go through the app and jot down my initial thoughts. I must caution that you should not place undue reliance on this review especially concerning the forward-looking...

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SMART Boards And The Notebook For iPad App

A first look at the Notebook For iPad app released on 08/31/2012. This is a demonstration of the Notebook For iPad app – it is not a review. Look for a complete review in next few days. Here is a direct link to the video on YouTube. Sharing Is Caring! Check out the new Notebook Gallery website for Notebook Lessons, Notebook...

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Battleship Game for the SMARTBoard

Here’s a fun Battleship Game template that’s extremely easy to setup and play on your SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. To use the template, all you need to do is position each team’s ships and then hide the ships behind the Battleship board. Game play is the same as the actual Battleship game with the addition...

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“Ready-To-Play” Spin To Win Games

Yesterday I shared a Template for creating your own Spin To Win review game. Hopefully you’ll find it very easy to use to create your own review game for any subject or grade level. The template is now available on the Smart Exchange and in the spirit of Sharing Is Caring, I hope you’ll share your...

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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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Free Notebook 11 Activity by abcteach

If you’ve just downloaded the new Smart Notebook 11 software, you may want to take a look at a new Notebook activity called abc Find and See: Decipher the Olympiads that reinforces mean, median, and mode. This activity, created by abcteach.com, is available for free download on the Smart Exchange. What’s special about...

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The New Notebook 11 Software

The New Notebook 11 Software

Located in Notebook: Tutorials

The eagerly awaited Notebook 11 Software update will be available for download on Monday, April 23. That’s right! You will be able to download the new version of Notebook in just a few days. You can download the new version of Notebook now! Click here to go to the Smart Notebook Download page. Notebook 11 is a major upgrade...

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Advanced Smart Notebook Training

Advanced Smart Notebook Training

Located in Notebook: Tutorials

One of my favorite things to do is to work with teachers directly to assist them in using the Smart Notebook software more effectively. If you want to take part in one of my Notebook training workshops, I’ll be in Schaumburg, Illinois on April 11 and Troy, MI on May 17 facilitating an Advanced Smart Notebook workshop. James...

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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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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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SMARTBoards and Mrs. Hurley’s ESL Website

SMARTBoards and Mrs. Hurley’s ESL Website

Located in Grade: Primary

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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