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SMART Notebook And Response Ideas




Ideas for Instruction



1. Use Page Recorder for recording the annotation process over maps or visuals (records only what you’re doing on screen w/in Notebook...but good for troop movements, trade routes, etc and can be combined with on screen text). Nice because these recorded pages can be placed wherever you’d like them within a Notebook file, and can be played and replayed by students. Export format: .Notebook file which can be opened in SMART Notebook (full version) or SMART Notebook Express (test this option as the express version is not as robust as an installed version). Bonus: Any page within notebook can be pulled in the My Gallery folder for anytime access from any .notebook file you have open.

2. Use Recorder to record what you’re saying and doing on screen, both in SMART and outside of SMART...this is useful for when you have a substitute and anything that require slots of explanation. You will need your own mic (you already have a webcam that all core teachers were given). 

3. Use clickers (quick test key or printed Notebook file) to immediately grade homework as students come into class...then review/reteach as necessary. Sets tone/expectations and provides valuable data to take as a *grade or for formative assessment. * Use spinner to determine if daily clicker quizzes will be for a grade (perceived accountability) to get higher levels of engagement w minimal amount of data (gradebook) entry. 

4. Use built in maps and annotate/crop to more closely align to your needs/goals/teaching...or pull in images from Google maps or other online map resources. For each one you crop or annotate to get just right, pull it into your My Gallery folder for anytime access from any .notebook file you have open

5. Use snipping tool (or smart capture) to grab questions from other sources with quick test key so you don’t have to retype/recreate anything but have benefit of having question right there to review alongside the data breakdown

6. While working out answers to questions, give students clickers and have them “ask a question” when they feel a mistake in the process is made

7. Use the clickers for guided practice, where you post a question, have the kids figure out the answers, then use that data to determine who begins working on the homework (they get it) and who you need to work with some more (they don’t get it yet)

8. Use clickers for determining how to prioritize unit reviews...have actual questions and analyze data or list topics and have students vote to determine which they have the most  problems with...


9. Have students create lessons within SMART Notebook that illustrate a particular strategy or skill...they can even embed response questions to poll the class as they deliver their lesson (just create a new .teacher file for this purpose)

10. As part of your blog or digital newsletter (ask me about email center in School World), showcase a student recording that illustrates and explains best approaches to a particular type of problem


11. Have students use laptops and built in microphones to record math strategies. This could be used also as an assessment. Students record themselves completing a problem and explaining it as they go, then take the video file and send to you via their Google Drive account. The best of the best could be used to share on your website for unit  review/six week review/STAAR test review that they can access on demand. You could include their name to give them kudos...and after uploading to SchoolTube, use Symbaloo,  Lino, or Mural.ly to showcase the videos. 

12. Use Activity Builder to create customized activities that test students’ ability to associate various images with particular events, historical figures, or geographic areas.

13. Use SMART Eduphoria Connector for common assessments and district benchmarks and never scan another bubble sheet!

14. Explore SMART Exchange and use their templates to save time! GeographyHistorySocial Studies

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