Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SMART Board and Interactive links galore!

Each of us commit to our own professional growth every school year, and below, you will find many SMART Board Lesson links, web sites, tricks and tips below. Copy and Paste the urls into your browser and explore. Remember to bookmark your favorites!

FREE TECH TOOLS for teachers:

Greenwich schools SMART Board lessons portal:

Cool things to use on the SMART Board - collection of links:

Waukesha Schools SMART Board lessons by course focus portal:

Long Beach Schools: Scroll down to find the multiple links for SMART Board lessons and files, listed by discipline:

University of Sioux Falls mega portal for all things SMART! all links are live:

9-12 SMART Notebook Lessons:

SMART Lesson Exchange:

Albany Schools SMART Board links portal:

MATH SMART Board links - pages and pages of live links to lessons and web sites keyed to standards!:

SMART Board tips, links, and portal to related web sites:

Teacher links:

Scholastic SMART Board activities and lessons:

Eduscapes SMART Board tips, ideas, links: scroll down to access the many links!

Discovery Education 9-12:

SMART Board "Hotlist" all disciplines:

MATH Manipulatives:

MORE Math Manipulatives:
SCIENCE resources:
Math and Science SMART lessons:
fun powerpoints:

Even more:
Scroll Down For SmartBoard Lessons
"Interactive Activity Search" will search and return relevant interactive and SMART resources specific to teaching and learning. Many (if not all) of the sites listed below get searched with this one tool.
A blog for this site is located at


Notebook Software Lessons and Templates

Smart Education site - Thousands of Notebook lessons
Smartboard lessons - Lexington, KY - 6-12
Smartboard activities and lessons - Wichita School District
Interactive whiteboard resources - Think Bank - United Kingdom
Scholastic Smartboard lessons


Miscellaneous school district and university sites, links, interactive activities, Notebook lessons

Ginny Washburne's educational resources
Khoi Trinh's educational resources
K-3 Smartboard sites
Smartboard activity list - CREATE for Mississippi
Smartboard in the classroom - Eduscapes
Interactive whiteboard resources - United Kingdom - k-6
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching - Secondary


Interactive whiteboard resources

Amphitheater Public Schools
Smartboard activities - Bristol Valley Schools
Classroom resources for Smartboard technology - Lakeland Schools
Smartboard resources - Lee's Summit School District
Smartboard resources - Longneck Elementary School
Smartboard resources - Columbia School District
Smartboard resources - Maine
Smartboard resources - Plymouth WI School District
Smartboard resources - Internet 4 Classrooms - Memphis
Smartboard resources - East Carter Schools
Smartboard resources - Kentucky School for the Deaf
Smartboard resource page - Albany Public Schools
Syracuse University Center for Digital Literacy - Smartboard resources
Interactive Smartboard sites - University of Sioux Falls
Technology Tools - Jefferson County Tennessee
Ideas, lesson plans, and websites by content area - Waukesha, WI school district


Interactive Activities General Resources

k-8 math and reading games
Quia - interactive games - share activities for free
Smartboard ideas - Rockingham Public Schools
Make your own jigsaw puzzles
Interactive Whiteboard Resources - United Kingdom


Interactive Resources

United Kingdom
Whiteboard Resources - United Kingdom
K-6 Teaching Resources - United Kingdom
High School WWW resources
PBS - resources for all subject areas
BBC schools - English, Math, and Science resources and games
Interactives - math, science, language, history, arts
Oswego City School District - Instructional tools



Smartboard elementary literacy activities
Elementary Language Arts - Interactive Online Stories



Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Applied English Grammar on the Web
The Language Project - Advanced English practice exercises
Grammar Bytes exercises


Social Studies

Social Studies Online - k-8 interactive activities
Jamestown Adventure
A Colonial Family and Community
A Day in the Life - Colonial Williamsburg
History Matters - 9-12 U.S. survey course
The Library of Congress learning page
Gapminder global data
Integrated globe
Geohive global statistics



Windows to the Universe - Science
Shodor - A national resource for computational science education
Jefferson County Schools - many 9-12 links
Interactive Whiteboard Resources - United Kingdom - flash files
Scinet - secondary science interactive tutorials
Tech Topics - science tutorials
Science Pages - interactive secondary resources - United Kingdom
Interactive science exercises - United Kingdom
Internet4Classrooms - biology
DNA from the beginning
Interactive genetics quiz
DNA workshop
Virtual fruit fly lab
Human Anatomy Online
Electric Heart - NOVA online
3D Brain Anatomy
Life's building blocks - interactive cells
Resources for schools - interactive content
Animal Diversity Web
Virtual Courseware - life science, Earth science, environmental science
Amusement Park Physics - roller coaster
Activities in optics - online activities for students



Math games - Cool Math 4 Kids
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - k-12 math manipulatives
Shodor -
A national resource for computational science education
NCTM Illuminations
eMINTS virtual manipulatives
Educational Java programs
Elementary interactive math dictionary
Rainforest Math - k-6
Algebra - Calculus applets
Math calculators - 9-12
Calculus applets
Gapminder global data - Statistics
Geohive global statistics
Interactive arithmetic lessons - k-8
Interactive games, flashcards, and more

Pathways to School Improvement is an online library of reports and educational research intended to put schools on the path to meeting their educational and improvement goals.

Thirteen new resources have been added to the website that makes finding teaching resources from the federal government easier:

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Looking for useful web sites with tools that teachers love?

Check out Joey Savoy's great Symbaloo collection of FREE TECH TOOLS for teachers:

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Get SMART" article in the Miami Herald's Back to School Living and Learning section 080711

The reporter and photographer from the Miami Herald visited during the April 2011 SMART Training days, and the article was published on Sunday, 8/7/11.
As you can see, the article highlights the value of SMART Technologies and the SMART Board using teachers at many schools in South Florida.
The next training sessions will be held at Columbus High September 12, 13 & 14 - go to (copy and paste the urls) or go to
and choose Miami as the location.

There will also be training sessions at Columbus High in November...mark your calendar!

Monday, June 27, 2011


ISTE report day one from the booth of an ad-free, free service for K-12 teachers from the Source for Learning. Find a rich collection of web resources, lessons and units that are professional and classroom-ready!

Another resource for us teachers who seek to Work SMARTer, Not Harder!

ISTE is underway!

I am standing in the SMART Room 204C, anticipating eager educators keen on expanding their SMART repertoire!

The opening GLOBAL CONNECTIONS reception sessions were well attended, and I made great contacts!

My Working SMARTer, Not Harder in the Social Studies session went well. Please feel free to access the presentations and resources submitted by the SEEs at the Smart Exchange - use ISTE2011 to search for the resources!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ISTE Conference "Unlocking Potential" here I come!

One more day till I travel to Phialdelphia to enjoy the ISTE annual conference. This is my first ISTE, and I am looking forward to learning so much, and to bringing back great ideas for education to share with colleagues. Check out the many sessions and keynote speakers at

I will also work with SMART as a Trade Show Teacher along with other great SMART Exemplary Educators from around the country.

I am especially excited about being part of the opening reception Global Connections marketplace to share many international projects with which my students and I have participated: Civic Voices International Democracy Memory Bank Project (, The Goethe Institute Transatlantic Outreach Program (, IREX Teaching Excelence and Achievement Grant and Teachers and Global Classrooms (, and the International Book Sharing Project (

I am also happy to share that I am now a Certified SMART Notebook and Response Trainer!

Watch for ISTE updates over the next few days!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Getting geared up for the Florida SEE Webinar with Perri Robinson and Heather Sadler, with a fine group of SMART SEEs and SMART Users!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Another great day of SMART Training for SMART Response at Columbus High school! Final day of SMART Notebook and Response Certification begins now...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Check out

SMART Webinar for Administrators and Technology Directors-Spring 2011

Webinar Series for Administrators and Technology Directors-Spring 2011

Local administrators, technology coordinators, and teachers! Register and attend a complimentary SMART Webinar Series. These webinars create cost-effective opportunities to engage with decision-makers and key influencers.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 3:00 p.m. (ET) Closing the Achievement Gap: Transforming Learning and Engaging English Language Learners with Technology

Discover how SMART products can help increase student engagement and improve outcomes among English language learners. Attendees will learn how SMART solutions can help educators:

* Spend less time preparing for class
* Create an environment that facilitates participation
* Support both auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning styles
Bob Rayburn, Principal, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Norwalk - La Mirada Unified School District, California Caleb Lopez, Principal, Jack D. Gordon Elementary, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida Genith Crawford, Instructional Technology Analyst, Katy Independent School District, Texas

Register for upcoming webinars

Learn more about the SMART Webinars


Great three days of SMART Training at our school!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Check out the Social Studies lessons and resources at the SMART EXCHANGE at

Copy and Paste the link into your browser to examine the resources at the SMART EXCHANGE.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Take a look at the "Under Ten Minutes" web site and learn about technology tools you can incorporate in your classes:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

SMART Training opportunities at my school!

Hold the dates:
On Monday through Wednesday, April 4-6, SMART will offer training - see below:

SMART Notebook Level – April 04 (Maximum capacity 30 people)

SMART Response – April 05 (Maximum capacity 25 people)

Certification for both – April 06 (Maximum capacity 15 people)

SMART's Announcement:
Save time and money with combo certification
Our new combo certification events have been designed to help you accomplish more in less time. Each three-day event provides you with certification training on two SMART products and will enhance your ability to teach, support learning and improve student outcomes.

As a SMART Certified Trainer, you will be able to deliver high-quality training that helps your school or district realize the full potential of its SMART products. You will also gain access to SMART training materials, resources and administrative support for setting up and delivering programs. Plus, you'll get listed on our website as a SMART Certified Trainer.

As soon as SMART posts the registration link, I will let you know.

Looking for Amazing Social Studies resources and Professional Development?

Check out the compilation of resources - click the link in the nav bar above! Copy and Paste the urls to access the amazing resources and rich content along with information on professional development opportunities.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

FETC 2011 Day Two

Here's to another successful day at FETC 2001. I shared SMART joy with so many teachers all day long. I look forward to hearing from those educators as they explore their use of SMART board in their classes.

Projects that expand students knowledge and horizons: The Digital Hero Book project is an inter-classroom exchange of personal and positive stories by youth from around the world, which focus on their strengths and “hero” qualities. By combining digital storytelling with online group collaboration, the project develops literacy, digital media skills and cross-cultural awareness.

Howie DiBlasi Web 2.0 and education:
21st Century Skills and project ideas:
21st CEntury in Plain English by Dr. DiBlasi: 21st Century Skills-Plain English

Great ideas to share with my students and other educators!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The Florida Educational Technology Conference has begun with great energy and interest.

Mr. Kelly Derushia shares his session on motivating the students by turning over the board to the students.

I hosted a group of interested and curious teachers and tech coordinators in the SMART Room as we demonstrated the Notebook software and the new SB800 SMART Board.

We interacted with Art Rage and had two teachers painting at the same time, and with Algodoo, an interactive physics program... cool!

FETC 2011 day one we meet a Panda!?

Aly Fox and the Panda at FETC 2011 in Orlando.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I am looking forward to meeting great teachers at FETC in Orlando next week. I cannot wait to see what new SMART tricks and tips I can learn and then share widely.

Thanks for keeping up with the Working SMARTer, not harder blog.

I have posted the Social Studies annotated online resources and links compendium in the tab above. Please send me links and resources that I surely may have missed!

You can also reach the compilation at the SMART Exchange: