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Online Timers

September10

Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point AND you will always have one available online.  Here is a collection of online stopwatch or countdown timers always available when you need it.

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There is even a “fun classroom collection” for interactive whiteboard use.

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Smartboard Helps

January24

If you have the opportunity to have a smart board in your classroom, you need to be sure to utilize its functions. The SMARTBoard can go far beyond a projector and a whiteboard, and it is crucial to involve your students as much as possible since you have this unique and engaging tool! As I mentioned above, I have found some good resources for all of you to expand your uses for interactive whiteboards. First, I think it is crucial to familiarize yourself as much as possible with the whiteboard, so I found a slideshow on the 56 ways to use your SMARTBoard. Find out more below!

1. 56 Ways:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IpRaaQvSLl5Q7pj91D2jSRn3sFSX4QOYOYAR8JzvCA0/present#slide=id.i0

2. Training and How-Tos:

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/links_grades_kindergarten_12/whiteboard_training.htm

Also, just to make it easier on yourself, I found some really great resources that provide free lessons, games for your interactive SMARTBoard. Be sure to check these out below!

1. 65 Free Interactive Resources: http://www.teachhub.com/free-interactive-whiteboard-resources
2. PBS.com Whiteboard Games: http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/
3. Scholastic Lessons: http://www.scholastic.com/smarttech/index.htm#teachers
4. BrainPoP – Great with student use! http://www.brainpop.com/educators/community/interactive-whiteboards-and-brainpop/

5 SMART Notebook Tips and Tricks

September3

Information taken from Trails Optional blog by Jen Deyenberg’s blog.  It could be a good starting point for our classroom teachers.

1) Change the Default Font Settings – This drove me a bit crazy for a while – I could change the text settings easily once I opened a text box and started typing, but I didn’t know how to change the default settings.  I asked for help on Twitter and had my answer from TeqSmart via TechyTurner in about 5 minutes – so here is it for everyone else that it is driving a little bonkers.

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Click on the Text Tool (Big “A”) on the toolbar and select one of the six text settings that you want to change.  On the properties tab change the settings as you require (colour, size, font) and choose Save Tool Properties – and your settings are changed.

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2)magic003 The Magic Pen – The Pen Icon with stars around it is a very neat tool. If you draw a circle it will put a spotlight on the circular spot and greys out the rest of the screen. If you draw a rectangle it will zoom in on the rectangular spot. If you just use it as a normal pen the notes will fade in 10 seconds – the kids will think you are a superhero (mine do – I should get a cape!)

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3)shape 1Shape Recognition Pen – This is a handy tool to draw free hand shapes. When you draw something reasonably close to a given shape, it will automatically transform into that shape.shape 002

4) shadeScreen Shade – and a Cell Shade too! Use this tool to hide or cover a slide from the top, bottom, or either side. A similar tool can be used with a table to hide a cell. In a multi-cell table you can shade one, any, or all of the cells. If you right click on a cell, one of the options is cell shade.shade002

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5) Create a Theme – if you make a great background and header for a page and want it to be fixed without endless locking, you can choose Format – Themes – Create Theme From Page. This will save your custom theme in the theme folder in the gallery.

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Smartboard Tips & Tricks, Smartboard Training, and 10.6 Notebook Software

May13

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