Animal Planet Live - – Lots of student-safe live animal webcam feeds to watch and incorporate into your lessons about animals. Includes: sharks, pandas, tamarins, bees, penguins, brown bears, kittens, puppies, clownfish, parakeets, wild birds, osprey, ants, cockroaches, calves, black eagle, chicks, sea turtles, and sea nettles. Bring nature to life on your IWB! Bonus – To the side of each webcam is great information you can use to promote class discussions.

Animal Adaptations – While on the subject of animals, check out the interactive sites about animal adaptation on the “Interactive Sites for Education” website.

Interactive Sites for Education - - All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place! Many can also be used in higher grades depending on the activity and ability level. Make sure to check out their HALLOWEEN Interactive activities -

TeacherLed: Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers – LOTS of math activities but also some for other subjects and some general activities that could be used in any content area.

EdCompass Blog: Classroom Insights - - the EDCompass blog is where educators can learn about new trends in learning and also share information about using SMART products to create effective, collaborative learning experiences. Updated regularly, this blog enables readers to connect with inspiring educators and get the latest news from SMART. The blog has been around for a couple of years and took the place of SMART’s EdCompass Magazine - – so make sure to check out the archived issues for more tips.Importing other formats into SMART Notebook - Learn how to import file formats such as PowerPoint, Promethean ActivStudio (not Promethean AvtivInspire), XML, and Common File Format (IWB) into SMART Notebook.

SMART Resources – – This thorough set of resources related to SMART Notebook and SMART Response Clickers is provided by the Technology Department with Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Texas. Find simple step sheets and videos about how to accomplish many tasks with your SMART Board or SMART Clickers.

Promethean Resources - - This thorough set of resources related to Promethean ActivInspire, ActivSlate, and Promethean Clickers is provided by the Technology Department with Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Texas. Find simple step sheets and videos about how to accomplish many tasks with your Promethean technology.

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Here is a quick video showing how to move a page from one SMART Notebook file to another SMART Notebook file. There is no audio on this video but I did add captions. Click here to watch the version with captions. 

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Neat Stuff 10-2-13

October 2, 2013

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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources – A handy list from a Social Studies teacher in Rhode Island.62 Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons

5 Good Resources for Historical Maps

The PE Geek Podcast - “Bridging the Gap Between Physical Education & Technology”

Open Dyslexic Font – This font increases readability for readers with dyslexia.Teachers can use this font with handouts and whiteboard files. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users.

SMART Notebook Files – This link takes you to the SMART Exchange and to a list of Notebook files shared by a SMART Exemplary Educator named Jeff Peterson. He makes great resources! You will need to create a free account on SMART Exchange to download the files. Note: If you are the user of a Promethean Board, you CAN create a free account, download these files, and open with ActivInspire.

Rewordify - - Free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary development software. It helps people understand difficult English faster, helps them learn words in new ways, and helps teachers create high-interest learning materials from any English text passage. Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more, or enter a web page URL into the yellow box on their website and click the button. You’ll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now. No dictionary needed! Plus, the easier version is specially highlighted to help build vocabulary.

Infographics as a Creative Assessment – Kathy Schrock shares sample infographics, information about how to create infographics, video tutorials, and specific ways infographic projects can reach literacy standards. She also provides archived videos of presentations she has given on the topic. Great ideas for tech projects!

Getting started with Aurasma – This is a great way to get started with augmented reality! – - Aurasma - - enables teachers to connect digital content such as video to images in books and classroom walls. Aurasma offers a uniquely inventive, fun, and holistic way of engaging students of all ages. The app is available for iOS and for Android devices. You create a free account on the app and then on Aurasma Studio - An example for use might be recording a video of a student reading a clue in a scavenger hunt. Upload that video to Aurasma Studio. Take a photo of an image on your bulletin board (this becomes the “trigger image”). Make an Aura using the Aurasma app which will overlay the video on the image of the bulletin board item. Now, anyone using the Aurasma app to focus on that bulletin board item will see the video floating on top of the item.

Voki Widget for SMART Notebook - – This free download from the SMART Exchange makes it easy to embed a Voki (talking avatar) into a page of a SMART Notebook file. Ideas for use: 1) You can use this method to give students instructions, correct answers or deliver a message to the class. 2) A more involved option would be to have students create different Voki files and then create a widget for each one in a SMART Notebook page or file. You could use a Google Form for them to give you the embed code for their widget. Bonus: Video for how to make the most of the SMART Notebook Voki Widget -

Library 2.0 - – An online community for librarians and others interested in educational technology. You can view sessions recording from this year’s virtual conference here:


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Using CPS with PowerPoint

September 19, 2013

If you are looking for assistance using CPS clickers with PowerPoint, here are a few of helpful videos.This first video, “Import and Engage PowerPoint Files,” explains how to gather clicker input while using a PowerPoint file you already have created. This could include PPT files which came with your textbook or other PPT files with slides [...]

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Tellagami with Green Screen

September 18, 2013

I shared a link to a recent episode of ToolZeit in my post Neat Stuff: 9-16-13. It presented a review of a really fun iOS app called Tellagami. With Tellagami you can customize an animated avatar on a background of your choosing. You then can record a voice or type in words for your avatar to [...]

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Interactive Idioms: English, French, Spanish

September 16, 2013

“The site 1000 images on the tip of my tongue is interactive, and focuses on French, English and Spanish idiomatic expressions. This trilingual directory provides more than 3,000 idiomatic phrases classified according to theme. Each one is inserted into a short text that illustrates its meaning and contains a digital audio file.” (from the website’s Information page)The site [...]

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Neat Stuff: 9-16-13

September 16, 2013

Engaging Students with Free Web Tools - – This is a list of free webinars provided by SimpleK12 this Saturday, September 21, 2013. I am a SimpleK12 Ambassador and highly recommend any educator create a free account on the SimpleK12 website. They have a huge collection of archived webinars and other teacher resources available on their site. The webinars to be presented [...]

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Historical Newspaper Articles

September 13, 2013

Chronicling America provides free access to millions of historic American newspaper pages. Topics included in their archive include those widely covered in the American press of the time. Here are some interesting sections to begin your exploration: Booker T. Washington (1895-1915) Comic Strips (1899-1908) Eight Hour Day (1915-1917) League of Nations (1918-1920) Nineteenth Amendment (1890-1920) Walt Whitman (1860-1892) [...]

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Neat Stuff: 9-12-13

September 12, 2013

21 Creative Digital Essays You Can Use In Your Classroom - - You could use these Prezi presentations in your classroom for their content, or use them as models for students to see what’s possible. 14 Mac Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Your Computer - – There many great and easy time-savers here for those of [...]

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PowerPoint Presenter’s View on Wrong Display

September 10, 2013

If you are using PowerPoint and the Presenter’s View with all your presenter’s notes is showing up on the projected display instead of the full-sized slide, here is how to fix that. In PowerPoint, click on the Slide Show menu and select Set Up Show… You need to actually be connected to a second display (the projector) in order [...]

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Learning Dot Com

September 4, 2013

Creating an account on is free. Some of what they have is accessible with a free account. Some of the more helpful resources do require a paid account. Create your account and explore their free resources in their Marketplace. You can add resources to your Library in your account for quick access. These resources [...]

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SMART & Promethean Software Can Coexist!

August 29, 2013

Since Shelby County Schools (primarily Promethean Boards) and the former Memphis City Schools (primarily SMART Boards) have become one very large school district, those of us supporting instructional technology have been learning so much. Before this year I was a novice Promethean Board user. I didn’t have one in my classroom last year, so my [...]

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