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Using Smart Response

By now, most teachers have heard of classroom “clickers”.  These are the handheld devices that can wirelessly deliver a student’s response to a question during a group assessment via computer.  There are many systems available.  Of course, I became hooked on Smart Response because it integrates so easily with Smart Notebook as well as PowerPoint.

I loved using the Smart Response technology with my first graders.  I could integrate questions right into my lesson as a formative assessment.  The results were immediate.  I liked that I could go over the results and make it a “teachable moment” as we discussed items that were more challenging.  I also designed more elaborate question sets that could be used as a summative assessment.  Grading was instant and could be put into Excel as well as used in student reports.  Talk about generating data, Smart Response provides it all at your fingertips!

It really wasn’t hard for my first graders to adapt to the standard PE remotes (or clickers).  There are several different kinds of remotes so that you can choose the one that best meets the needs of your students.  Smart VE even allows the use of any handheld device connected to the internet, such as a smartphone.

If you already have access to a Smart Response System, here are some resources to get you started:

Informational Resources from Smart Technologies:

Smart Response User Guide (PDF)

Quick Reference Guides (PDF)

Creating an Assessment
Setting up Smart Response
Delivering an Assessment
Evaluating Assessment Results

Hands On Practice Guides (PDF)

Creating an Assessment Practice
Managing Class Lists
Delivering an Assessment Practice

Evaluating Assessment Results Practice

Video Tutorials

Creating an Assessment
Managing Class Lists
Delivering an Assessment
Evaluating Assessment Results

Different Smart Response Systems

Description of each type
Compare systems

Link to Smart Response Software Download

The above link will take you to the main downloads page on the Smart Technologies website.  Scroll down to find Smart Response link and choose your version.

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How to Change Default Colors in the Smart Notebook Toolbar

Did you know that you can change the default colors of the pens, lines, and shapes that are in your Smart Notebook Toolbar?  Do you know how to change your default font style color and size?  It’s easy!


Here is the video to watch if you are working in Notebook version 10.8:

If you have upgraded to Notebook 11, please view the video below:

I hope this helps you have more fun with your Smart Board!

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I Heart Dropbox!



Dropbox is a wonderful FREE and easy way to transfer your files to all of the computers that you use.  You also have access to the files on your phone and iPad too!  Here’s a video that explains the concept:

Your free account will give you two GB of storage space.  Although this probably isn’t enough to back up your entire computer, it’s plenty for your most-commonly used documents.  You can also purchase additional storage space or earn as much as 16 GB of space through referrals, writing reviews, etc.

If you already use Dropbox, let us know how you like it in the comment section.

If you wish to sign up for a free account, click on this link to go to Dropbox.

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Using a Smart Document Camera!

I just loved using my Smart Document Camera with my Smart Board when I taught first grade.  After asking my principal to purchase one for two years, I bought one myself for half price on Ebay. It was so convenient to  instantly show a book or a worksheet right up on the Smart Board for all to see and be able to take a picture of it and write.  My kids would beg me to “put the book on the Smart Board” when I read a picture book aloud to them.   They liked being able to see the pictures enlarged on the Smart Board.  They loved to use it during “Show and Tell” when sharing those small items that were hard for the whole class to see.

By the end of that school year, the principal purchased three for the building to share.  Really, every classroom needs one.  A document camera makes it easy bridge using non-techie resources like books, paper, and manipulatives with with technology.  If you don’t have one, you might want to put this on your wish list.

Do you have a Document Camera?  Please comment about how you like using it in your classroom.

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P.S.  Here are links to helpful resources to help you learn more about Smart Document Cameras:

Smart Document Camera Links

Printable References:

Smart Document Camera Basics

Smart Document Camera Mixed Reality (3D)

Mixed Reality Mat

Online Videos:Smart Document Camera Links

Video Tutorial – Smart Document Tutorial 330

Smart Document Camera Video on You Tube

Video Tutorial – Smart Mixed Reality Tools (3D)

Common Core Website App

Did you notice a tab on the right side of my blog and home pages?  Click on it and you’ll discover a great pull out app that will let you access the common core standards for language arts and math for all grade levels. Pretty handy!

This app is free from the Mastery Connect website. Follow this link to get the for a pull-out tab like the one on this page or to imbed the app on a webpage:

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