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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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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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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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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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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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 the “Search for the North Pole” Notebook Activity

Here's a fun vocabulary review Notebook lesson called "Search For the North Pole" which challenges students to find three elf symbols that will unlock the entrance to the North Pole. The Christmas-themed lesson contains three vocabulary activities (alphabetical sort, word search, and definition) that students...

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SMARTBoards and Holiday Word Search Activities

If you're looking for some fun activities this Holiday Season, you can download, share, and use the following custom Word Search Notebook activities. Each one has a riddle or a question hidden at the top of the word search puzzle. To find the answer, students use the Highlighter Pen in the Notebook Toolbar to find the words...

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SMARTBoards and abcteach.com

SMARTBoards and abcteach.com

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People familiar with abcteach.com already know that this is perhaps the best online resource available for all types of educators, including teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. abcteach has a free resource section that contains literally thousands of free downloadable resources that you can use instantly. I especially like the...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Art

I hope that this week's Sharing Is Caring examples have inspired you to begin sharing some of your knowledge and resources with other teachers who are working so hard to make a difference in the lives of others. This isn't just about helping teachers – it's also about setting an example for your students. Students...

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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 Sharing Is Caring – Mathematics

The Mathematics edition of a teacher demonstrating the concept of Sharing Is Caring was a no-brainer. It's Jim Reed's Home Page containing an amazing collection of High School Mathematic resources. Mr. Reed's Math Resource page has been awarded The Teacher's List Top Ten Award. Not only does Mr. Reed share one of...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Chemistry

Here's is one of the best examples of a teacher sharing SMART Board resources. It's a Wiki called IWBchemistry that was created by Dr. Elizabeth Christophy. This amazing wiki is focused on sharing High School Science resources with other teachers and students. Dr. Christophy has even put together a page for her AP...

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