Author Archives: Matthew Thaxter


Effective Uses of the Google Earth App

Google Earth is one of my favorite applications. During Teq webinars and online professional development classes, I’v eluded to the using the Google Earth app. This started a buzz among teachers, reaching out requesting to learn how to better integrate the desktop and mobile platforms. Teachers can now integrate the mobile app as a means … Read more

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SAFARI Montage

6 Steps to Getting Started Using SAFARI Montage

SAFARI Montage is a Learning Object Repository (LOR) and Digital Media and Curriculum Delivery solution. It is being adopted more and more by districts that want a single interface for accessing and managing all of their digital resources.

As with any enterprise-wide solution, there is a professional development component to help the district’s administrators and … Read more

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Google Earth

Embedding HTML Content in Google Earth

One of my favorite teaching tools is the topic of today’s free webinar: Google Earth. We have produced three webinars about using Google Earth in the Classroom. The latest version of Google Earth lets teachers insert links, images, and videos via HTML into the “Comments” section when a place-marker, polygon, overlay, or line is created.… Read more

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SMART Notebook

SMART Notebook App for the iPad

Ever since the schools began integrating iPads into the classroom, teachers using SMART Notebook have been looking for a way to bring their interactive files to the device. SMART recently released a SMART Notebook app, and here’s what we’ve found:

  • Open Notebook files from DropBox, a web browser, Google Docs, Edmodo, or email. Keep in mind
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Resources

Céad Míle Fáilte! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Keeping the tradition of a post for St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few ideas to bring the Holiday to your classroom with some meaning.

Currently we have a lesson on the Educator Resource Center called, An Gorta MórRead more

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The Page Is Alive with the Sound of Music…

One of the most requested features that teachers want in SMART Notebook is the ability to play sound automatically when a page is entered.

Only MP3 sounds can play within Notebook when embedded onto an object.  MP3’s can only play/pause and restart when you leave and re-enter a page. If  a teacher wanted the … Read more

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A New Learning Object for New Jersey

We have developed a new learning object for our neighbor to the West – New Jersey. This interactive New Jersey map can give the New Jersey educator a good resource for different aspects of New Jersey Social Studies Standards: 6.1.B (Geography, People and the Environment); and 6.1.D (History, Culture, and Perspectives).

There are buttons to activate:… Read more

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Maps for Everyone… In One Place

Hello all you chartophiles (pronounced CART-oh-files)! You know who you are¦ and do we have a site for you! Trying to find clear, well-designed and organized maps online can be tough to do, but we have found the perfect website  from U.S. Department of the Interior.

National Atlas Map Maker has just about everything Social … Read more

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The New and Improved Print Capture in Notebook 10.6

*UPDATE*  Print Capture does not currently work on Windows 7 machines.  SMART are aware of the issue and are working on a solution.  We will provide updates when we receive them.

Once upon a time, there was a feature in SMART Notebook that allowed one to print from a Word document into the Notebook software. … Read more

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Tools to Set Up an Engaging SMART Board Classroom

As you may know, Tequipment trains teachers how to use the SMART Board and Notebook software. But did you know that, besides having courses for teachers, we offer courses for administrators, too.

Administrator Track sessions helps identify and analyze not just the teachers’ lessons with the SMART Board, but the students’ engagement in those lessons.… Read more

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