There are handouts for most of the programs we use at school (and some websites too) available in the blue box to the right. Here’s how you find them:
Use the arrow at the bottom of the box to scroll though the list of handouts. When you find one you want, click on it.
Then click on DOWNLOAD.
Choose a place to save the handout on your computer so you can find it. Then click save.
I’m dedicating the next two or three posts to answering some Smartboard questions that have been asked since our recent in-services. This is one I’ve heard a lot:
How do I use my Word Documents and PowerPoint shows with the Smartboard? It just so happens I ran across two really great 60 second videos to show you how!
Inserting a Word Doc into Smart Notebook:
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Inserting a PowerPoint into Smart Notebook:
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A big thanks to the Brighton School System and their blog, 2020 Schools, for posting these videos! Check out their channel in itunes called, “:60 Sec. Tech.”
This past year I’ve noticed that a bunch of educators in our system have started blogging. One of the easiest ways to keep up with all these new blogs (in one place) is to use RSS. Here’s a simple explanation created by commoncraft:
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I use Google Reader, but there are other feed readers out there like Pageflakes or Netvibes. If you want one already set up for you, check out this one on Pageflakes–it’s all set up for Salem City Schools, complete with RSS feeds for the blogs I know about (let me know if I’ve missed yours), local weather, and local news. You can bookmark it and use it like it is or create your own account so you can add your own things.
SCS Feeds Page on PageFlakes
Download Video: Posted by tcoffey at TeacherTube.com.
I’ve noticed that Pageflakes sometimes runs really slow at school. If you are having trouble, you can use Netvibes instead. I’ve set up the same feeds there too. Netvibes does take awhile to load initially, but if you login and save the page, the next time you visit, it will load a lot quicker. Click here to try: After you click on this button, make sure to choose “yes” to preview the page and “yes” to add it to your page, even if you do not have a Netvibes account yet.
I’ve been frequently asked about learning to use the Smartboard. Well, here are some links that will help you get started!
First, if you are on a computer that doesn’t have the Smartboard’s Notebook software (for instance, if you are working from home), download it by clicking the link below:
After you’ve played a bit with the Notebook software, you might want to download some pre-made lessons. You can search for content from within the Notebook software (see picture).
You can also search by grade and subject on the SMART Technology Website:Download pre-made lessons from SMART Technologies
You may also want to check out this handout to help you out:
Creating Lessons with Notebook Software
A couple of other things to explore:
Lesson Activity Toolkit
My delicious links for the Smartboard
- Log into your teacher account.
- Click on the settings tab.
- Select all your students by clicking on the first person, holding down the shift key, then clicking on last person.
- Left click on the small triangle under “program assignment.”
- Choose what problems to assign.
- Green circles will appear by each child’s name. This means they are ready to start!
For full color directions (and pictures), please find the Fast Math handout in the blue box.