Spin to Win Review Game – Interactive Whiteboard

The Spin to Win Review Game could be a great tool to use as a review  in any subject!  The game was developed by James Hollis of  Teachers Love SmartBoards and is available for download from my Google Docs site by clicking HERE.

After downloading the Smart NoteBook file, save the file to your “H” drive immediately and change the name of the file.  The downloaded file is read-only, requiring you to save.

I strongly suggest that you watch the YouTube video on how to play and enter questions into the game before starting.  The YouTube video can be accesses by clicking HERE.  The movie embedded in the NoteBook file does not appear to work.

Once you have watched the video begin entering the questions for each point value.  You will enter three questions and answers for each point value.

When you are ready to play the game organize you class into 2 groups.  Have a student click on the Spin Button, once to start the spin and again to stop the spin.  Click on the point value button that the spinner stopped on to go to that question.  The student has the option of clicking on one of three questions by clicking on the question number and then the star to go to the question.

Once the student has answered, reveal the correct answer.  Then return to the Home screen by clicking the Home button.  The next step before spinning again is to go to the ScoreBoard by clicking on the ScoreBoard Button in the center of the Spinner.

Once you are on the ScoreBoard screen, drag the appropriate numbers up to the Team ScoreBoard or subtract numbers to keep score.

The game can hold up to 300 questions, but you do not need to use all of the point values.  If a student lands on a point value that you are not using, just have them spin again.

If you have a student who is finished with a project and has a few minutes. let the student enter questions and answers.  Students love making up tests or review questions for you!

This game should be fun and once you have the game  setup you can use the game year after year.  And students are probably getting tired of Jeopardy!







Diary of Anne Frank – Online in 3D

Bring the story of Anne Frank’s Diary to life by exploring the actual spaces discussed in the story.  This 3D Interactive Panoramic site is a MUST if you read or study the Diary of Anne Frank.  The Secret Annex Online

Discover Anne Frank’s hiding place, the moveable bookcase.

Using you mouse pan around the room and see the actual space and furniture where Anne Frank and her family were hiding.

What happened after they were discovered?


Listen to Otto Frank, Ann’s father as he discusses their experiences.

This is a wonderful web site to use when studying this time and period!

Spelling Game – Online Fun – K – 8

The last few days of school are interesting and we need activities to keep students engaged in learning.  The Online Spelling Game from Houghton Mifflin might be just what you need!  Or use the game throughout the year to improve spelling.

Choose your grade level and if you are using Houghton Mifflin materials you may be able to choose your unit.

Most of the games are matching games and all of them can be a timed or not timed game.  You get to choose.  Start off with a no time game and as students become familiar with the game, switch to a timed format.

Have students come to the board individually or work as a group to solve the spelling mystery.



Bloom’s Taxomony – Writing Better Questions

A picture is worth a thousand words, but how about using them to generate better questions and move up Bloom’s Taxonomy.  What are better questions anyway?

This very simple site will will illustrate for teachers how to create better questions to ask students as you work your way up Bloom’s taxonomy.

Bloom’s – Level 1

Bloom’s – Level 3

Bloom’s – Level 5

Write and ask more effective questions using this technique.  Ask similar questions when choosing textbooks, software or even tablet apps.  What level Bloom’s is this?



Dowce – A Screen Capture Tool That Is Easy To Use

There are always occasions when you would like to capture a screen or part of a screen from a software program or the Internet and use the image in a worksheet, test, poster, etc.

Over the years I have tried all kinds of programs including the Smart or Promethean Camera tools.  But the Free Dowce screen capture tool is even easier and saves you some steps.

Most capture tools require that you paste the captured screen into another program and then save the image as a graphic file.  Dowce gives you a choice, immediately save the captured image as a graphic file OR paste the captured screen area into another program.  You can do both in one step.  Well in two clicks.

Capture the whole screen or just a portion of the screen Dowce lets you define the screen capture area.

Dowce is always ready to be used because the Dowce icon sits in your system tray waiting for you to click and define the capture area.

Dowce has just made screen capture a whole lot easier and your worksheets, PowerPoints, Publisher files, etc.  a whole lot more interesting.

Dowce is a Free Windows program.

Ancient Greeks: The Greek World

Ancient Greece is something that all of us have studied or taught at one time or another.  The BBC has designed a web site that could help you with your instruction called:  Ancient Greeks: The Greek World.


The web site offers information on Ancient Greece..

Photos of Greece and Greek Culture..

Extended Activities..

Fun Facts and More to Explore.

If this is not enough Greek for you, then check out the other BCC topics on Ancient Greece.

MixBook or Smart NoteBook- School Memories Book

I posted about MixBook last October.  Since this is the time of the year when teachers are thinking of creating a book of classroom memories, I thought I would post about MixBook  again.

Of coutse Mixbook wants you to pay for the print editions, but you can just have a hyperlink to your classroom memories book and save time and paper.  Assign each student a page and let them be creative!

Another option would to assign each student a page of a SmartNoteBook file and then combine the pages into your Classroom Memories Book.  Use the SmartNoteBook file menu to export the file to a PDF for printing and viola, you Classroom Memories Book is finished!

Original post:

MixBook is a FREE online application for creating a book online.  I posted about MixBook at the end of last school year.

However, Beth (One of the members to this blog.) mentioned in an e-mail how she had used MixBook to publish original writing pieces, so I thought I would post this excellent site again.

Beth was able to use one login and password, assign students a page in the book and then students could work in school or at home.  She also mentioned that the project turned out so well that some parents purchased the book from MixBook.

Thank you Beth for reminding me of Mixbook.  Many times my blog sources come from my members.  Keep the ideas flowing!

MixBook also look great when you are showing them on an Interactive White Board.

Original Post:

Every year teachers ask me how they can easily create DVD’s to give to students at the end of the year. This is a ton of work!  First you have to create the original and then make copy after copy.  How about if there was an easier way?

The easier way is MixBook!

MixBook gives us a FREE online alternative!  You can build your classroom yearbook as the year progresses and create a link from your web page for the finished book.  If the students really like what you have accomplished, they can pay to have the book printed.

MixBook works very much like Glogster.  If you have used Glogster then you are already familiar with MixBook.  MixBook gives you themes (backgrounds) for you book or you can create your own.  Page layouts are prepared for you and placing your images is as simple as drag and drop.  Text creation is a snap with lots of text fonts, colors and sizes!

And MixBook is not just for the teacher!  Plan on having your students create their own  poetry books, a children’s book, Science book, online journals, etc.   The book ideas are endless!

Create a FREE account on MixBook and practice publishing your first book today!