Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Did you have "trouble" with grammar in school? All the rules and details that one had to remember and relearn each year? Check out GRAMMAR RULZ at and share with colleagues who are seeking lively activities for their grammar lessons! Maupin House is an independent and family owned publisher whose resources are research based and classroom tested. Check out their other offereings!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

National Bullying Prevention Month - what are you doing to speak up?

Well into the school year we enter October, a month filled with educational and cultural programs, Breast Cancer Awareness, Hispanic Heritage, and many more and celebrations. As educators, we also need to involve our school communities in National Bullying Prevention Month. There are many resources available to support your efforts in leading students and colleagues in discussions of how to identify and address bullying, and take steps to create positive changes in the school environment that will support all students in safety and dignity. Please find several resources below - copy and paste each url to explore and learn. Unity Day = 10 October - wear orange! Best wishes on a successful school year and in helping students recognize and support integrity and dignity!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Take a look at the SMART Board 800 series: Interested in more information? Go to (Copy and paste the url into your browser) Watching the students interact with the SMART Board 800 series brings joy to the faces of educators and students. The SMART Board 800 series allows simultaneous multiple touch which encourages cooperation and friendly competition among learners! Take a look at the SMART Board 800 series video and see for yourself!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Back to School App-pack" by Greg Kulowiec

"Back to School App-pack" by Greg Kulowiec
As school begins, I am actively searching for experienced TechTeachers to share their wisdom with me. We initiate our BYOD efforts at school this year, and I wish to be able to coherently and engagingly incorporate the best tools to facilitate student learning and success.
Look no further than the article by Greg Kulowiec at
He clearly explains how each tool will enable his students to demonstrate their understanding.
Thank you Greg!
"The summer is quickly winding down & a number of teachers will be returning to their classroom with new mobile devices (iPads). Throughout the summer I have been conducting workshops on iPad integration with EdTechTeacher and I thought it might be helpful to pull together a back to school list of apps structured around specific classroom goals. While many schools may already have an Apple VPP program already in place, I know a number of teachers will also be purchasing the apps themselves. Therefore, I will do my best to include both a pay & free app for each objective..."
Read more at:
Be sure to check out all of Greg's great ideas at his website!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SEE Summit 2012 Rocks!

I am greatly enjoying my time with SMART's SEE Summit in Calgary, Canada - such great educators and opportunities to share experiences and learn so much more!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

SMART SEE Summit begins tomorrow!

I cannot wait to be in Calgary with fellow SEEs to learn about new SMART Technologies products and advancements...and to be able to share with SMART and committed educators!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


5th Annual S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Event - SUCCESS Content Creation Seminar 8/15/2012 08:30 Where: Kenmore Middle School 200 S. Carlin Springs Road Arlington, Virginia United States Contact: Heather Hurley ( Details On behalf of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. planning team we would like to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic SMART Board Users Conference hosted by Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. This year we are doing things a little differently. Discover how to create professional, interactive and sharable SMART Notebook™ software lesson activities. SUCCESS is offering this content creation seminar to those educators who are enthusiastic about designing lesson activities to increase student engagement and participation. You'll have the opportunity to enhance your ability to use SMART products in your classroom and create content that you can share with other educators. You'll learn tips and tricks for using SMART Notebook software's interactive design and delivery tools and the Lesson Activity Toolkit. Are you a beginner SMART Board user? No worries, there will be a beginning content creation strand just for you. In order to apply, the following must be applicable: • You are a certified, current full or part-time teacher • You want to increase your skills in creating dynamic SMART Notebook lesson activities • You must work in the Mid-Atlantic region • You have at least 1 year of SMART Board interactive whiteboard experience and have attended training either online, at your school site, or any other form. This item will not apply if you are intending on participating in the beginner content creation strand. The content creation seminar is limited to 150 participants so apply today. We will be accepting applications until June 15, 2012. To apply for this year's event, visit our website at We look forward to seeing you again.

Monday, May 21, 2012

iPad apps for students GR 8-12 Learning Continuity has compiled a great set of GR 8-12 iPad apps for use in the classroom - and most are FREE: "Keep students connected to your curriculum from home and back. Try the new iPad in your classroom! This growing list of "Apps" are from the iPad section of the iTunes Apps store. Access the iPad Apps list in the iTunes Store here. Also try iPod Touch Apps on the iPads and let us know how they work. The latest iTunes is required to access the links. New The iPad Learning Studio - Slide Shows including iPads in Science | History | English | World Language | Photography | Math Suggested "iPad iDeas" slide show. And here are some suggested list from iTunes: Apps for Learning Math, Apps for Special Education, Apps for Learning Life Science, Apps for Learning Chemistry, Astronomy & Earth Science, English as a Second Language, Writing, Geography. Also view "The Hottest Apps used by Apple Distinguished Educators"." Thanks to Lori Reed, my SMART guru!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

NBC6 & T51 visit Columbus to see how SMART we are!

Great day for this SMART Showcase Elite school. Local news channels NBC 6 and T51 visited to see how well we have integrated SMART into our classes.
Carlos Moro and his students provided our TV guests with many examples!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SMART Notebook iPad App in the works!

Thanks to the folks at SmartEd Services for this item: SMART Notebook iPad App April 25, 2012 SMART Technologies has announced that it plans to release a SMART Notebook software app for the iPad®. The new iPad app supports personalized learning and provides teachers and students with the benefits of SMART Notebook™ software for seamless transitions between whole-class, small-group, and individual learning in classrooms with SMART solutions and the iPad. Features of the SMART Notebook software app for iPad include... Read more at:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Magnifying the Universe from Number Sleuth

Thanks to the Whiteboard Blog and Teachers Love SMART Boards for the link: This interactive infographic from Number Sleuth accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your present magnification level.
Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.

SMART Notebook 11 preview on you tube

TEACHERS! Check out the SMART Notebook 11 preview! SMART Notebook 11 on Check out this preview of some of the features that will be available in SMART Notebook 11 when it comes out this week! Remember to copy and paste the url into your browser to see the new features and functionalities of SMART Notebook 11.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Thank you Whiteboard Blog for alerting us to the Socrative web site and application:
"Socrative Student Response System - SIMPLE & SMART:
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops."

This looks like an option for student participation as we go to Bring Your Own Device...

Whiteboard Blog:

Remember to copy and paste the URL.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Latest SMART EDCompass magazine is available now!

Check out the latest issue of EDCompass newsletter. It’s filled with resources, ready-made lesson activities, tips and news designed specifically for educators like you:

Remember to copy and paste the url into your browser!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online"

Thanks ISTE for sharing the valuable STEM resources!

Check out the list (organized by topic, not ranking) for some great STEM resources that can help you build your knowledge about everything from calculus to zoology.

Remember to copy and paste the url!

SMART Florida Virtual User Group: April 2012

Join us for a Webinar on April 26

Come collaborate with other Florida SMART Users without having to leave your district, school or home. We will be hosting a monthly virtual Florida SMART User Group that will be led by one of your SMART Education Consultants, Perri Robinson. Each month, we will focus on SMART products, SMART Lesson tips/tricks and SMART Resources. We will also be reaching out to our Florida SMART Users (just like you!) to share out some SMART strategies and lesson plans. Below you will find the agenda for our virtual Florida SMART User Group.

April 26th Agenda:
SMART Product: SMART Vantage
SMART Lesson Tip/Trick: Reveal Tactics (Ordering, Screen Shade and Magic Tunnel)
SMART Resource: EDCompass Magazine

We will be recording each of the monthly User Groups. Should you be unable to join us for the live event, you can always follow the steps for registration in order to receive the recording.

Please feel free to contact Perri Robinson at should you have any questions.

Title: SMART Florida Virtual User Group: April 2012

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

TEACHING APPZ - check out useful apps for students with iPads or devices!

A wide variety of apps for students with devices... take a look. Thanks to Whiteboard Blog for sharing the site!

Teaching APPZ

Remember to copy and paste the url into your browser!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

SMART Learner Conference at FIU in Miami was a great success!

Prizes drawing and enthusiastic responses from SMART Learners!

SMART Joy at FIU today...

Wish you were here!

SMART Learner Conference FIU Miami - where are you?

Wonderful morning session with Social Studies educators excited to learn about SMART Notebook, and countless resources, professional development opportunities, and classroom activities for students in each of their courses.

I have to ask where are you? So many great sessions and so much to learn and add to your teaching toolbelt!

Great SMART Learners Conference sessions and resources...Work SMARTer Not Harder!

SMART Learner Conference at FIU in Miami is underway!

Teachers of all grades and subject areas are attending the SMART Learner Conference at FIU in Miami.

New SMART experiences to be had, and so many ideas to take back to students and colleagues - guaranteed!

Wish you were here!

Friday, March 16, 2012

SMART Learner Conference and WEBINAR!

SMART Learner Conference in YOUR Backyard!

Join us for a Webinar on March 21, 4-5pm.

Join Perri Robinson, SMART Education Consultant for South Florida and Ron Baker, Manager of SMART Training and Professional Development, for a brief webinar to learn more about the upcoming SMART Learner Conference on March 30th and 31st at Florida International University (CoE). We will answer all questions, share with you all of the amazing SMART sessions and update you on the current deals we are offering to those interested in attending. Don't miss this webinar and the opportunity to get involved with the SMART community of users. We will be raffling off TWO SEATS for the conference. Don't miss out!

SMART Learner Conference on Friday, 30 March & Saturday, 31 March is hosted at the College of Education at Florida International University. We are pleased to share that our keynote speaker will be State Representative Ana Rivas Logan, District 114. Cost $179 for both days, and Two-forOne offer is ongoing! Includes lunch

To take advantage of this great opportunity, please use the link below to contact our Training Specialists for assistance with registration:

Webinar System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christopher Columbus High School has been selected as a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School!

Just received word from Deena at SMART:
"Christopher Columbus High School has been selected as a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School! Each year, 25 SMART Showcase Schools are recognized as Elite for the duration of the calendar year. SMART Showcase Elite Schools are those that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in using a wide range of SMART products in the majority of classrooms to create appealing, interactive learning environments that increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Educators and administrators at SMART Showcase Elite Schools have shared their results and experiences with their local education community by consistently hosting visitors who are interested in learning more about SMART. They have also been active members of SMART learning communities, such as SMART User Groups, the SMART Exemplary Educator Program, and SMART Exchange, in an effort to constantly improve and share their SMART skills.

"As a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School, your school will receive a commemorative plaque to display. We will also make note of your school’s Elite status on the Showcase Schools web directory. Throughout the calendar year, your school will be eligible for hardware and software upgrades on select new SMART products as they come to market and professional development opportunities free of charge. As an Elite School, SMART may request that your school acts as the host site for a SMART event in 2012.

"Out of the more than 200 Showcase Schools in North America we are thrilled to consider your school among our 25 SMART Showcase Elite Schools for 2012."
Very exciting for our school and community!