Saturday, July 14, 2012

More SMART stuff/ good technology websites!



Did you know that if you use an interactive white board (properly) to teach your students can increase achievement by 16%?  (Marzano) 
I was surprised by that figure!  I had NO idea what the board in my room was capable of doing until this past week.  I actually was mad at first because this giant thing appeared in my room (without much warning) and took up my entire white board.  I thought... now what.. how am I going to teach?!  It's funny to think back on that now.  If you have an interactive white board and haven't had proper training on how to use it, I HIGHLY recommend finding a class!   Just so you know, there is a newly updated version of Notebook that just came out, Notebook 11.  There are some better features like: your properties tab coming up right away, being able to record your voice directly on your file, and being able to create your own vortex- very cool feature!  It's completely free to upgrade.

Here are a few cool things I learned and some places to get some good stuff!

Free smart board lessons already made:
 harveyshomepage.com
jimhollis.com
exchange.smarttech.com

Free sound clips and music to link:
soundbible.com
soundzabound.com

Free music conversion:
zamzar.com

Free images/ no copyright:
morguefile.com
phillipmartin.info
google.com (images- click "free to use and share" under advanced search)

Free videos:
sqooltube.com
teachertube.com
youtube.com

Paid, but good videos:
streaming.discoveryeducation.com
learn360.com

Video conversion:
anyonevideoconverter.com
factoryformat.com

**My FAV- eliminate YouTube adds around your video...
viewpure.com

I wanted to share a snippet of an Energy Unit that I just completed for the SMART board... its going to be so fun to use- too bad I teach this in January!




There are 10 interactive activities included!  This would be perfect for second grade, but first and third could definitely do all of the activities.  There are links to sound, videos, games with instant feedback and so much more--- it's jam packed!

I'd like to do a quick giveaway of this to a random commenter below... if you are interested...leave a comment with your address :)


Finally, there are ONLY 8 days left to enter the linky giveaway!!!

Don't forget to check out the new submissions and link up!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)
      

9 comments:

  1. Tori- Thank you for sharing this! My Mimio board was just replaced with a Smart board and I can't wait to use it this year! I love Harvey's home page! Lauren
    Teacher Mom of 3

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    1. Yay for Smart board! You will love it! :)

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  2. Tori -Thanks for sharing! I went to school last week to collaborate with some other teachers and we found these HUGE boxes against the wall. We found out we are all getting "something like a Smartboard". Although I'm very excited, I'm wondering when the training is going to happen. I wil definately be using your resources!
    Teresa

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    1. Hi Teresa! That is great!! You will love having an interactive white board but yes... get some training! I am so glad these resources will be helpful! :)

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  3. This would be a great unit for the kiddos!! =) I now have brand new ELD standards to follow ... and was told to use "whatever necessary" to meet those standards. Translation: If our district adopted reading series doesn't meet the standards, I am supposed to find materials to teach it.
    I've been spending most of my summer trying to find various units to teach this upcoming school year.

    azoreo9@yahoo.com

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  4. I love my SMARTBoard. I have taught for 26 years and don't know how I could teach without one now. I always tell the tech teacher if something is wrong with my SMARTBoard then I have to go home because I can't teach without it. Ha Ha. I have made many units for everthing I teach and the students always want to use the SMARTBoard during center time.

    Cindy
    CL14Mentor@oh.rr.com

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  5. Oooh, I like the looks of all'a'this! I'm getting a SmartBoard in my room next year and have zero idea how to use it really. I'm sure there will be some orientation training in my future! Thanks for the opportunity; I'm sure the energy unit will come in useful.
    - Amanda {avphilli@gmail.com}
    Inspired in Second

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  6. Tori,
    I am a first year teacher and teaching a 2nd/3rd split level class. I am so excited to find such great resources from you! I want to learn how to do this! Can I buy your smartboard interactives on TpT? I just signed up to follow you! So excited!

    Christy
    tristylou@gmail.com

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  7. Tori,
    I am a first year teacher and teaching a 2nd/3rd split level class. I am so excited to find such great resources from you! I want to learn how to do this! Can I buy your smartboard interactives on TpT? I just signed up to follow you! So excited!

    Christy
    tristylou@gmail.com

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