Author Archives: Marc Brea


5 Ways to Use Aurasma in the Classroom

Aurasma is an augmented reality application that allows you to overlay any video or image on top of anything that your tablet, cell phone, or any other mobile device can scan with its camera. Using Aurasma is very much like using a QR code reader. In order to activate the overlayed image or video, the … Read more

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Valentine's Day Math

Using Your Love of Math on Valentine’s Day

In the mathematics classroom, you can share your love of Math with students by graphing or completing a construction of heart shaped graphs. The following math programs are free to download or already built into your computer.

Microsoft Mathematics

Microsoft Mathematics is a free calculator software (all you need is an or Google account) … Read more

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Hour of Code Lesson for SMART Notebook

This week (December 9-15) marks Computer Science Education Week, with a focus on computer coding and the opportunity for every student to try an “Hour of Code.”

This lesson was created by Anna Higgins an Elementary Teacher at Collicot Elementary School in Milton, Massachusetts introducing her students to basic coding. The lesson begins with a … Read more

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Create Your Own GIFs Using SMART Notebook and GIFPAL

The use of animated GIF files allows you to add motion and color to you SMART Notebook Lessons by simply copying from the web and pasting directly on your page. If you want to create your own animated files you can now do it through your browser using GIFPAL. To create one of these … Read more

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Create Your Own Books with Storybird

The Common Core Standards for Writing encourage our students to “Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.” Storybird allows students and teachers to create digital books based on artwork. You can create a free account, a teacher with class account, or a free child account … Read more

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Creating a Flipped Classroom Learning Experience

What is the flipped classroom? Imagine, if you will, a learning space where homework is cleverly disguised as teacher-created videos and self-paced lessons, while classwork consists of collaboration among students, and being able to guide students one-on-one. Teachers across the country have been “flipping” their classroom instruction and transforming the role of the teacher and … Read more

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New Professional Development Dates for Summer 2012

Due to popular demand, we are offering a second chance to attend some of our most popular courses this summer. We offering new dates for The 20 Coolest Things You Can Do with a SMART Board, SMART Board Basics, Best Web tools for the Interactive Classroom, Learning with the iPad, and … Read more

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Google Chrome Graphing Calculator

A graphing calculator is an indispensable tool in the Math classroom. If you do not already have access to a graphing calculator on your SMART Board, you can use the free Desmos Graphing Calculator Google Chrome app.

It is an easy install to the Google Chrome browser from their app store.

Any graph or calculation … Read more

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Our 10 Favorite iPad Apps for Education

We wanted to share our ten favorite apps that you can use in a variety of classes/grade levels.

Evernote is a great note taking application that you can use to take your own notes, or use it on student iPads for the purpose of having them gather information and construct projects.  Evernote gives the … Read more

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Interactive Economics

Welcome to Economics University. This website will provide you with Flash lessons that cover everything from basic concepts to Micro and Macroeconomics. Once you choose your section, your lessons will be separated by the following chart:

Blue Links Lessons
Green Links Interactive Activities
Purple links Questions
White links in Black Box Unit Tests

The … Read more

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