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!

 

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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?

 

 


SmartNoteBook 11 Is Now Available For Download

The new SmartNoteBook 11 software became available for download on Monday.  The software is a major upgrade from SmartNoteBook 10.

Full of new features you, really should consider downloading the new version to your computer at home.  When you download you can either download just the SmartNoteBook 11 software or download the Response software and SmartNoteBook 11 software at the same time.

Remember as a teacher with a Smart product in your classroom, you are allowed to download the software for free onto your home computer.

Link to the download for SmartNoteBook 11 only.  Choose PC or Mac

Link to Response software and SmartNoteBook 11.  Choose PC or Mac

SmartNoteBook 11 has a new layout of the Toolbar very similar to Office 2010.  Tools are now grouped.

And there are lots of new features!  Here are a few of them as discussed by James Hollis of the blog teacherslovesmartboards.

Activity Builder – You are going to love this feature!

This is a new feature that allows you to create interactive drag-and-drop activities that actually respond to student choices. For example, you can create a Animal Classification activity that spins the correct answer and plays a positive reinforcement message when it is dragged to the correct location. If a student drags a wrong answer, it can play a short audio feedback and bounce the answer back to its original location. This new feature is extremely easy to use and provides a powerful method to reinforce information in an engaging manner.

Audio Recorder

With the new version, you can now record audio directly inside Notebook and attach it to an object in one step. You can even save the object with the new recording in the Gallery for later use. This is an extremely useful feature of Notebook 11 and one that should be utilized as much as possible. The only issue with using Notebook 11 to record your audio is that the audio will not play on earlier versions of Notebook.

Embedded Web Browser

This is a great new feature that lets you view a web page directly inside Notebook by inserting a Web Browser object onto any page. You can even save your Web Browser object in the Gallery. One of the really useful features of the new Web Browser object is the ability to drag both text and images from the browser object to your Notebook page. I can already think of lots of great uses for this feature!

Customizable Creative Pen

The Creative Pen lets you draw using a collection of small images like a star or a smiley face. This is a fun pen option that is currently available in earlier versions of Notebook. In Notebook 11, you can now add your own image to the Creative Pen collection.

Improved Toolbar

The new Toolbar in Notebook 11 is fantastic! It actually responds and displays Property options automatically depending on what type of object is selected. For example, if you select a Text Object, the Toolbar will automatically display options for changing the basic properties of the text including font type, font size, alignment, color, and even transparency. This alleviates the need to use the Property Tab to set most of the object properties.

Create Freehand Shapes

Notebook 11 now gives you the capability of creating a freehand shape that you can modify just as you would any other shape that you create using the Shape Tool. To create a freehand shape, just draw something with one of the pens and make sure it is enclosed (or almost enclosed) and then click inside your drawing with the Fill Tool. Notebook will create a shape that is the same size as your drawing. You can then change the size, fill color and even the line properties of your new shape. This feature gives you a very easy way to fill in a freehand drawing.

Full Screen Page Border Guides

This feature allows you view a page border guide when creating Notebook lessons. This is an extremely useful tool to use to ensure that you do not place objects below the boundaries of a full page. When objects are placed below the full page boundaries, it may cause your page to narrow when viewing in Full Screen mode on the SMART Board.

Fading Pen

You can now set your pen drawings to fade away after a specific amount of time has passed without using the Magic Pen. This allows you to customize your pen properties and still be able to make your drawing disappear.

And there is a lot more to like about the new SmartNoteBook11!


3DToad – 3D Images for Teachers and Students

If a picture is worth a thousand words then, 3D images must be worth three thousand!  3D Toad brings together images from a large array of subjects.  There are 3D images here for Science, History, Health, Music, Yoga (yes Yoga), Chemistry, and more.

Click on an area and a sub page will open for that subject.  This area is Dissection.

Keep digging and you will be able to choose a 3D image to display.  Hold down your Left Mouse Button to rotate the image.  Double Left Click to Zoom the image.

A Mineral from the Geology Section.

I learned about this site from James Hollis who has the blog Freetech4teachers.com

A great resource for illustrating on the Interactive White Board.

 


YouTube For Schools – Announced

Last Wednesday YouTube announced a new site titled, “YouTube For Schools.”

YouTube For Schools has several benefits:

  • Videos are filtered and appropriate for school use
  • Teacher AND student access
  • Thousands of videos available
  • Customizable – Teachers can create playlists
  • Up to the minute content
  • FREE – With many of the same videos available through a pay services.

Schools must join as a District or Individual School. There are also changes that must be made to the school filtering system to allow the flow of YouTube For Schools content.

Once you have the filter changes in place YouTube For Schools can provide a wealth of valuable learning content to your school for FREE!

Talk with your administration today about allowing this content!


Explania – The World Explained Through Video and Animation

Explania attempts to explain real world problems and concepts through the use of animation and video.  Professionally produced movies capture and explain the concepts.  The majority of the videos are in the subjects of Science and Health.

The Science examples could certainly be used in your Science program.  Examples:

What is a Tsunami?

NASA: The Water Cycle

NASA: The Carbon Cycle

There are not many of resources here for education, but what are here are very well done.


Valentine’s Day SmartBoard Fun

Have some fun on Valentines Day with the three SmartBoard files available for download from oldteachernewtech

Valentine’s Day for Kindergarten focuses on matching letters of the Alphabet with pictures, matching letters with sounds and putting letters in alphabetical order.

Valentine’s Day Sudoku uses the letters of the alphabet to complete the Sudoku squares.

Valentine’s Day Word Fun uses Valentine’s Day words in various word games.  The games include filling in missing letters, unscrambling the words, Valentine’s Day mystery words, and more.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with some Smart lessons.