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Be sure to check the SMART Resources page at the left. Use the custom Google search engine there to find specific SMART Notebook resources. Easy Steps to Get Going! SMART Board Basic #1 Remember to orient your board once a day, or more if either your board or projector are mobile. Here's the simplest way: Simultaneously hold down both of the buttons on the pen tray. The default 9-point orientation screen is recommended by SMART, but you can make adjustments if you are so inclined. Click on the Smart Board Tools icon in your dock, and from the Open menu select Control Panel.Select Smart Hardware Settings, and from the drop down menu select Orientation/Alignment Settings. Have you discovered the amazing "magic pen" tool? It writes with disappearing ink! Make friends with your magic pen--you'll be glad you did! Do you remember your box of 64 Crayola crayons from grade school? The truth is that the color of the pen is your hand really doesn't have any significance at all. SMART Board Basic #4

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Bouncy Balls: A Fun Way To Monitor Classroom Noise Level This is what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is silent: This is what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is noisy: Essentially, Bouncy Balls is a website that activates your microphone and detects noise level. The more noise in the room, the more the balls bounce. The quieter the room is, the more still the balls remain. 15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration By Jacob Gube No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration.

a birthday + a treat My Wynter turned 8 yesterday. Eight. Compared to last year’s party … this year was WAY low-key! Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators By Laura Turner This is a continuing series on Web2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Measurement-Units-Conversions-SMART-BOARD-PROMETHEAN-Pack-4MDA1-4MDA2-576346 Teaching Resources This pack is aligned with common core standards 4.MD.A.1 and 4.MD.A.2 and contains six self-checking SMART BOARD games on measurement units and conversions (time, capacity, length, weight, and the metric system). Word problems are included in each title. Watch FlapJack's Measurement SMART Board and Promethean Game Pack VIDEO to see how this resource works. WAIT! Before you purchase, make sure to check out my Measurement Units and Conversions Activity Bundle which has this bundle discounted along with my Measurement QR Code Pack and Measurement Poke Card Bundle. Lots of bang for your buck!

Web 2.0 Science Tools By Laura Turner The following web2.0 sites would be useful for science educators at the high school and middle school level. Some would also be appropriate for higher elementary grade levels. There are many new ‘tools’ or websites that take advantage of the higher speed and bandwidth of today’s Internet. BANG! ( A fun flashcard game ) As your children go off to school, you'll often find that there are certain skills that they'll need to master with accuracy and speed. Whether it's letter sounds, sight words or math facts, if they are able to recognize the correct answer quickly, it's much easier to move on to the next challenge. For some children, they seem to pick up the skills almost intuitively on their own. For others, some extra practice will really help them be successful. In many cases, simple flashcards will do the trick. When I was a teacher, I often played this game "BANG!"

20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have By Laura Turner In 2005 I wrote a similar article and have had requests to write an update. Technology has changed a great deal in the last 5-6 years. Smart Board Math Games Just click on the image below to find all of my free Smart Board resources in one place! All of the Smartboard freebies are in a self-checking, game format that students love! Tabitha Carro 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have, Part 4 Technology has changed a great deal in the last few years and the skills we need have changed along with it. Although no one would use all of these technologies, we should be knowledgeable in what each of them is and how it could be/might be used in a classroom. Here is some detailed information about technology skills 16 through 20. 16.Video & Podcasting A podcast, simply stated, is a webcast, a show that is broadcast over the web and is broken up into parts or episodes. Most podcasts are similar to news radio programs and deliver information on a regular basis.

SMARTboard Files by Ashley Queen SMARTboard Files Lego Gallery (Blank) Download this gallery for blank Lego blocks and use them for any purpose! How to Teach with Technology: Language Arts Check out these tips from students and educators for high tech teaching: Video Dialogues "I think students would retain a lot more information if they made a video about the person they're studying or created an instant message dialogue in which they imagine a fictional conversation between characters, as opposed to just taking a test or writing an essay. "If every class could use some type of blog or Web page, students could post their questions and the teacher would be able to respond for the whole class to see. This means the teacher wouldn't have to answer the same question multiple times, and students would understand homework better.