Archive for Smart Boards

Flash Game Creator

The Super Teacher Tools website offers quick and easy way to create interactive games with your own content for use with your interactive whiteboard.

The games are created with Adobe Flash animation software. If you don’t already have Flash Player installed on your computer, you can download it by clicking here.

Choose one of the games below for links to the Super Teacher Tools website.  You can create a game online by adding your own questions and answers.  You can play the game online with your class or download it to play it offline.  To play offline, you will also need to download the free game players also available on the website.

Your game will be stored on the website so that you can access it later.  You can also find and play games made by others.  There is an option to keep your game private and you can password-protect the game so that only you can edit the game.

Here are the links to the games!  Wonderful Website

Free Flash Jeopardy Review Game
Free Flash Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Game
Free Flash Board Game
Free Flash Hangman Game


You’ll find other neat tools on the Super Teacher Tools website such as a random name generator, group maker, and a seating chart generator.  What fun!

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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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New Smart Notebook 11.1 is coming soon!

Just in case you are a little behind the curve, Smart released a significant upgrade to its software with Notebook 11 last year.  The new features included are nothing less than a WOW!

  • A new toolbar and sleek interface
  • The ability to insert an internet browser onto a notebook page so that a webpage can be viewed right in Notebook
  • The Activity Builder tool that enables the creation of matching games and sorting activities
  • Crayon drawing tool
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects with gestures
  • Voice recording directly to an object
  • A new text editor
  • And more!  Click here to see Smart’s document about Notebook 11

Here’s a video from Smart introducing Notebook 11:

Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the debut version of Notebook 11.  It starts up slowly, occasionally freezes, and just misbehaves a little too often for me to use regularly.  I do have it installed on one of my laptops, but I prefer to wait for a more stable version of 11 to use it when teaching my seminars.  No one needs to use glitchy software when learning how to use a new program!

But there’s great news!  An improved version may be just around the corner!  A beta version of Notebook 11.1 was released in February 2013 for product testing.  Notebook 11.1 is supposed to be faster and work better with MS PowerPoint and Word than the previous version.  If you anxious to try it out the beta Notebook 11.1 version, click here to download.

Me?  I’m anxiously awaiting the official full product release of Notebook 11.1 in the (hopefully) near future!

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