10 Ways to Get Smart - Tech & Learning


1. Notetaking and Brainstorming ~ Give students time to brainstorm on a given topic. Record these shared ideas. Once recorded, these ideas can be dragged and dropped to other areas for grouping. With the SMART Notebook software you can also extend the page to add more notes to the same page, or insert blank pages. Written text can be converted into type-written text which is helpful if you decide to print these notes for your students to use as a study guide.
  • American Revolution ~ use KWL charts, for example — Grade 5
  • Communities ~ For example: What can you do in a suburban area? What can you do in an urban area? What can you do in a rural area? — Grade 2
  • Graphic Organizers — Circle maps, Tree maps
2. Games ~ Many teachers will use a laptop hooked up to a television or an LCD projector to play games using technology. Try a game of Jeopardy using the SMARTboard! The students can choose their topic and the dollar amount by touching the SMARTboard.
  • Number Line Addition with Kenny Kangaroo — Grade 1
  • Jeopardy Games, Hollywood Squares, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? — all grades
3. United Streaming ~ Our school system has a subscription to United Streaming through our local public broadcasting station. At United Streaming you can view and download educational movies, images, lesson plans and teaching tools related to any and every topic! You can view whole movies or just clips of movies.
  • “Water: A First Look” — Water properties — Grade K
4. Interactive Flannel Board ~ As a preschool and kindergarten teacher I used a flannel board quite often to tell fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. The SMARTboard makes a wonderful, easy-to-manipulate flannel board for the younger students.
  • Hickory, Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty — Early Start/Preschool
5. Click-and-Drag activities ~ Most of the activities I do with the SMARTboard involve click-and-drag activities. I sometimes call them electronic worksheets, but they are a great way to review concepts the students have already learned.
  • Continents and Oceans — Grade 2
  • Measurement Tools — Grade K
  • Needs/Wants and Goods/Services — Grade 1
6. Interactive worksheets ~ There are Websites that allow you to create your own worksheets which can then be printed out. Why not create the worksheet for use on the SMARTboard? It could be used as a guided practice lesson or independent activity at the “SMARTboard Center” in your classroom. Students could work in pairs and check each other’s work or you could provide answer sheets for self-checking.
  • Plant Parts — Grade 4 ~ label the plant parts
  • A+ Math — create worksheets online
  • 100th Day Worksheet — Grade 1
7. Board Games ~ Flash animated dice allow students to play board games using the SMARTboard. As a classroom teacher I constantly developed my own board games, using file folders for students to play, especially when learning and reviewing math concepts.
  • Pick a Path COLBlm — Grade 2
8. Graphic Organizers ~ If you have been a teacher for a while you probably use some kind of concept map or graphic organizer in your teaching. The SMART Notebook software includes some templates of graphic organizers such as Venn Diagrams which are great for comparing and contrasting two things. I have also used triple venn diagram to compare and contrast three things such as the three main Native American tribes our students must know — Sioux, Pueblo, and Powhatan.
  • Triple Venn Diagram — Indian Tribes — Grade 2
  • Animal Adaptations — Grade 4
9. Interactive Websites ~ The Internet is full of interactive websites for students to use. We have used these sites in whole group lessons as well as with individual students at the computer center.
10. PowerPoint Presentations ~ PowerPoint is a great visual and auditory tool for teaching and bringing to life unfamiliar concepts. It is a great way to add sound, animation, movies and pictures for teaching.

In the Primary Classroom Try some of these ideas?

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· Look at the gallery for simple graphics
· Move furniture/ objects around to teach prepositions
· Bubble game: text with multiple choice options in a bubble. Students work in pairs, one reads, the other one tries to guess what option was chosen, if it is right he/she then takes on the reading .
· Spotlight tool used with all new words/ pictures for new words on a slide
· Blind tool can be used to slow reveal
· Erase and reveal e.g. country shapes, students have to say the name of the country.
· Brainstorm: paste a circle with a word in it and draw a line to show connection
· Drag and drop: Key phrases to fill in, re-order sentences (good starter)
· Phrases to fill in with extra support behind a colored rectangle
· Focus circle (with a countdown clock in the circle and a key word e.g. job). Make as many sentences as you can on jobs with te words provided
· Team vocabulary test: get the right spelling on your half with 10-15 chances given for somebody else in your team to amend the spelling.
· Labeling activity: e.g. a house
· Taking a picture with a camera tool is better to keep quality of picture rather than use copy and paste.
· Numeracy: looking at prices, students have to put the right coins in the till.
· Dice: Person 1=noun 2=verb 3=prep 4=nous 5=pronoun 6=adverb
· Use the dice to make a sentence with different types of words e.g. pronoun/ verb/adjective
· Notebook pages are good to ensure all the resources are together e.g. music/ audio/webresoucres
· Write down as many adjctives as you can remember
· Match up exercise for the answers.
· Use videoclips: e.g. weather forecast to listen to authentic audio