Author Archives: Diane Quirk

Earth Day 2014

An Earth Day Approach to Classroom Technology Use

It’s hard to believe that Earth Day will be 44 years old this year. Back then, we couldn’t have envisioned the types of technology that we have now at our fingertips and in our pockets or the access we have to a growing number of people and resources that support the instructional use of technology.… Read more

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The New Edmodo

Assessment with the New Edmodo Snapshot

Edmodo is a popular tool with teachers for building collaborative classroom communities. Its features such as notes and replies, polls, quizzes, assignments, and gradebook, as well as the Edmodo app store have provided teachers with the means to engage their students in active learning.

Recently, Edmodo provided a group of users with access … Read more

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SMART Notebook

5 Tools for Interaction in the Lesson Activity Toolkit

In a previous blog post, we pointed out a few examples from the Activities folder in the Lesson Activity Toolkit that can help provide immediate feedback to the learners in your classroom.  In addition to the Activities, there is a folder labeled Tools that contains a number of Flash objects that can be added … Read more

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URL Shortener Bitly

Short and Sweet: URL Shorteners Made Easy

We all like to share the great things we find on the web. But, sometimes a website’s address or URL is so long and complicated that it’s not easily remembered or shared. That’s where URL shorteners come in.

Why do we shorten URL’s?

We shorten URL’s basically because we like to share what we’ve found … Read more

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SMART Extreme Collaboration

Creating Activities That Maximize the Use of Extreme Collaboration

In a previous blog post, we described how to set up the Extreme Collaboration add-on to use with your SMART Notebook lessons. Here are some thoughts about the types of activities that can make the best use of this tool.

Open ended responses

This type of response to a question can help you to:… Read more

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Curriculet

5 Steps for Using the New Curriculet App in Edmodo

Teachers who use Edmodo are familiar with the app store that allows you to integrate a number of great resources into the work your students are doing in groups. This week, Curriculet announced that they’ve also joined the Edmodo App store providing teachers with the tools to build interactive content and assign it to the … Read more

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SMART Extreme Collaboration

3 Easy Steps to Extreme Collaboration

As we design learning experiences for our students, one of our most important goals is to make sure that students are actively engaged in the learning.  Extreme Collaboration is an add-on to any version of SMART Notebook 11 that promotes active engagement during your lessons. There have been some changes recently that allow you … Read more

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SMART Notebook

Instructional Videos Made Easy with SMART Recorder

As educators, we’ve been using videos for years in our instruction, but mainly, those videos have been produced by someone else.  In recent years, creating videos has become a passion for many educators who want to embed the use of self-produced rich media into their instructional practices.  We see evidence of this in the flipped … Read more

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SMART Notebook

5 Ways to Get Feedback Using the SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit

As learners, we like to know when we’re on the right track and where we need to focus in order to improve our skills and understandings. As teachers, we help students learn by providing feedback. The more quickly students receive feedback when performing any task, the better chance that feedback can influence future learning or … Read more

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Splashtop

Splashtop: Mirror a Computer to a Mobile Device

In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed choices for mirroring your iPad to a screen. Teachers may also be interested in another way to use the iPad: mirroring the desktop of your computer to your iPad.  Being able to control your computer from anywhere in the room provides you with the opportunity to manage your … Read more

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