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Creating Accessible Presentations in SMART Notebook
October 30, 2019

Last month, we discussed ways to make your SMART board more accessible for students in your classroom. That post focused on ways to make it possible for your students to have physical access to the board. But having physical access to the board is not the only factor in accessibility. You also have to be […] Read More

AR and VR in the Classroom
October 17, 2019

According to ISTE’s “8 Hot Edtech Trends,” augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR) are two of the hottest trends in edtech. But how do you know if AR or VR are right for your classroom? AR or VR in the classroom? First you need to determine which technology would best support your lesson. […] Read More

Halloween STEAM Activities: No Screens Required
October 16, 2019

Leaves are changing and there is a slight chill in the air. Halloween is just around the corner. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween STEAM activities for the classroom. These activities will engage students in important science concepts — and make them a little more fun, too. After all, who doesn’t want to […] Read More

Top Curriculums to Implement STEAM/STEM Now
October 15, 2019

STEAM/STEM can be a tricky thing to begin teaching in your classroom when you’re not sure where to start. There are so many directions you can go based on the standards you choose to follow, the framework you choose to bind together your class, the subject you wish to focus on, or even the technology […] Read More

Gamifying Assessment with Bloxels
October 8, 2019

Meet Bloxels Bloxels is a platform for creating and building video games. It allows students to build a story from the ground up using pixel art. They can create their own characters, settings, and narrative in a fun and exciting way. But Bloxels isn’t just all fun and games — teachers can also use it […] Read More

Demystifying Edtech Jargon
October 2, 2019

Education is a field with a unique affinity for jargon. In any given day, a teacher fosters classroom community with IEPs in mind while practicing effective pedagogy. That sentence alone would sound like gibberish to someone outside of education. The steadily increasing infusion of educational technology into schools has necessitated new terms to describe the […] Read More

Create, Customize, and Share Lessons with Workbench Education
September 27, 2019

Working with Workbench Education Teachers looking to implement technology into their teaching can often be overwhelmed by the prospect. How can we ensure that we are effectively teaching content while providing students with the next generation technology and coding skills that will equip them to flourish in the future? Thankfully, Workbench is here to make […] Read More

Different Modes in Google Chrome for the Classroom
September 26, 2019

Modes in Google Chrome The Google Chrome web browser offers different modes for users who are surfing the web. In a 1:1 school setting, this is not an issue as each student should be logging in with their individual account. However, if there are not enough devices for 1:1, there will likely be shared computers […] Read More

Making Your SMART Board More Accessible
September 6, 2019

SMART Boards are a wonderful resource to make your classroom more interactive. You can be creative with your visuals and have students come up to the board to increase engagement in your lessons. When you have disabled students in your class, however, you have to take their abilities into consideration when planning out your interactive […] Read More

3 Behaviors to Guide Good Digital Citizenship
August 28, 2019

Do you own a smartphone, use social media or, simply use the internet? Then you are already part of one of the biggest communities in the world: the digital world. Between blogging, social media, online shopping, vlogging, and research, there are millions of people that interact with the digital world on a daily basis. Here […] Read More

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Integrating Technology
August 27, 2019

Integrating technology into your classroom can be a bit like walking a tightrope. Introducing too much new tech too fast can be overwhelming and frustrating for both teachers and students. On the other hand, without being challenged, students won’t be pushed to grow and expand their comfort zones. How do we find a good middle […] Read More

Coding with the Grasshopper App from Google
August 14, 2019

The new Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiatives can be a scary thing for those that are new to coding. Thankfully, Google has come to the rescue with a wonderful (and FREE!) app called Grasshopper. Why we love Grasshopper Reason #1: Did we mention this app is FREE? Download through Google Play and Apple app […] Read More

Scientific Discovery with Science Journal by Google
August 5, 2019

Take full advantage of the sophisticated sensors found in mobile devices — paired with the free app Science Journal by Google — and take scientific investigation outside the classroom. Between the portability of mobile devices, and the ease of use of this app, students will gain a sense of freedom to explore the world around […] Read More

Road Tripping with My Maps from Google Maps
August 2, 2019

What is My Maps? Google’s My Maps is a great tool for teachers and learners alike. Teachers can use it as an interactive platform to present lesson materials. Learners can use My Maps to document what they have learned. It’s a very versatile tool as it allows you to easily create custom maps, share them, […] Read More

How to Collect Data Without Wasting a Single Piece of Paper!
July 30, 2019

The importance of collecting data in the classroom For teachers, collecting data can inform them on their effectiveness in delivering instruction and provide them information on students’ progress. One of the challenges with collecting data is the time it requires to prepare the content, deliver the content, and more importantly, grade the content. I remember […] Read More

How to Build a STE(A)M Curriculum
July 23, 2019

As schools begin to build programs and add initiatives for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), many teachers are flummoxed by the prospect of building this STEAM curriculum from the ground up. As great as it can be to have a blank slate, it can also be intimidating, because you have a blank slate. […] Read More

Virtual Tours and Augmented Reality with Google Arts and Culture
July 12, 2019

Through the arts we have a window into the values, perspectives, and capabilities of other people across time and space. Google Arts and Culture allows educators to bring works from around the world into their classrooms to enrich their pedagogy. The Google Arts and Culture website and app also utilize Google Maps and augmented reality […] Read More

How to Set Your SMART Board Handwriting Recognition for Spanish
July 10, 2019

Did you know your SMART Board can recognize Spanish? So you are a maestro o maestra de español and you are using your SMART Board’s text pen during class. What better way to help with the teaching process than by having your handwriting be recognized in Spanish text? Yes, SMART Notebook is able to recognize […] Read More

Vision Boards with Google Slides
July 8, 2019

Reimagining vision boards Whether you’re looking for a great summer activity or already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that also incorporates…. Google Apps! Google Apps, while wonderful for those serious project-based learning (PBL) activities, can also be used for more light-hearted projects. In […] Read More

Tips for Wrapping Up Your School Year with Google
July 1, 2019

July is here, and with it, summer vacation! But, before you kick back and relax, taking some time to wrap up this year’s affairs will help set you up for success in the next school year. Here are some great ways to wrap up your school year with Google. Organize your Google Drive Consider creating […] Read More

What’s Up With My SMART Board?
June 24, 2019

Your iQ module on your SMART board just got updated! It brings with it some cool new features — but because there have been changes, a little bit of confusion, too. Luckily, we’ve got a quick resource to sort out the changes for you, so you can use the latest and greatest features to your […] Read More

Coding, Programming, Block-Based, Text-Based… What Does it All Mean?
June 17, 2019

STEM = new terms, words, and concepts The world of computer programming and coding can be confusing — and often intimidating. As schools continue to incorporate STEM into their curriculum, there are many new words and concepts that are often used, and sometimes misused. Whether you are a teacher looking to add to your curriculum, […] Read More

Bloxels and Makey Makey: A Match Made in Heaven
June 7, 2019

Bloxels + Makey Makey Looking for a fun project to sky rocket student engagement while keeping the students tipped into STEM topics? Look no further than Bloxels and Makey Makey. One of the coolest new STEAM education products on the market, Bloxels allows students to color code with physical color blocks, game boards, character and […] Read More

Ideas to Help Create an ELL-Friendly Classroom
May 30, 2019

We live in a multicultural world with a variety of languages, and more than likely you have a student (or several) in your class whose first language isn’t English. The challenge for us educators then lies in creating an environment where ELL students are comfortable, can understand what is going on in the classroom, and […] Read More

Putting the “A” in STEAM at ISTE

Putting the “A” in STEAM: Process Art in Early Education “Putting the A in STEAM, Process Art in Early Education” will be held on Monday, June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at ISTE. The session room is 120BC. ISTE People’s Choice winner. In this interactive lecture participants will explore the how to incorporate technology […] Read More

Inspirational PD at the Liberty Science Center
May 22, 2019

On Thursday, May 16th, New York and New Jersey educators gathered at the Liberty Science Center for an exciting day of professional development delivered by SMART and Teq. “Create Inspiring Classroom Experiences with SMART” was attended by over 120 administrators and teachers focused on leveraging technology to improve instruction. Fabulous group of educators/leaders facilitated by […] Read More

Exploring EdTech Partnerships at ISTE 2019
May 20, 2019

Are EdTech certifications or partnerships worthwhile for teachers and schools? What are the benefits? What is most effective for PD for creating a vibrant PLN? We’ll explore some of the most effective ways schools and companies have partnered to bring the best for both with a panel at the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. ISTE […] Read More

Math-Infused 3D Printing at ISTE
May 17, 2019

Sometimes the “M” in STEM is treated as an afterthought. So how can we do a better job infusing mathematical concepts into STEM programs? You can join our ISTE 2019 session to learn two great techniques! Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad “Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad” will […] Read More

Using 3D Shapes in GeoGebra
April 17, 2019

What is GeoGebra GeoGebra is a fantastic application/program/tool that math teachers can use to create and demonstrate math concepts in an interactive 2D or 3D environment. As many of you know, SMART Notebook has an embedded widget so that teachers can put a GeoGebra window into their lesson pages. Students can then come up to […] Read More

Stressed with Exams? Building a Toolkit for Student Anxiety
April 10, 2019

It’s that time of year — the time when students are taking their elementary and middle school state tests, while high school students are looking to begin preparing for their Regents exams. For students (and their teachers!) it is an admittedly stressful time. It’s our job as teachers to help our students cope with the […] Read More

Pinterest… An Educational Resource?
April 2, 2019

In case you’re new to Pinterest Pinterest is a social media platform which people use to search, save, and learn different things through visuals and images. It can be anything from designs in fashions, wedding decor, events, architecture and furniture, recipes, to tips for good health. However, Pinterest can also be a valuable educational resource […] Read More

Best Practices for Introducing micro:bit to Your Students
March 25, 2019

Where do I start? If you have never used it before, micro:bit can be a bit intimidating (yet incredibly exciting!) for a teacher to introduce to their students. Microsoft’s Make Code software makes it a little less intimidating with its block-based coding format. If you’re familiar with Google Blockly or MIT’s Scratch, it’s a very […] Read More

All About Fluency Tutor for Google
March 15, 2019

Assessing reading fluency with Fluency Tutor Fluency Tutor is a fantastic solution to help the busy ELA, Language, and English teacher evaluate and assess his or her students’ ability to read aloud, deal with language and vocabulary, and practice timing and inflection. This website and Chrome extension help automate an essential, but time-consuming task for […] Read More

Top Ways to Enhance Your Lesson in SMART Learning Suite Online
February 20, 2019

When I talk to most teachers, they are familiar with SMART Notebook software. They know how to make shapes, how to use their SMART Ink over Word documents and websites, and most fun of all, they know how to make SMART lab activities. One of the biggest game-changers that teachers don’t know about yet is […] Read More

2 Ways to Incorporate Forms into Your Google Classroom
February 13, 2019

Google Forms and Google Classroom are fantastic tools for educators – read the blog below to learn two great ways to help them better integrate with each other in your classroom. How to import pre-existing Google Forms (and grades!) into Google Classroom If you’ve used Forms in the past, you’ve most likely found out the […] Read More

Top 7 Tools in the SMART Notebook Toolbar
February 4, 2019

The SMART Notebook Toolbar Inside each SMART Notebook lesson file is a top toolbar full of tools that teachers can employ. This toolbar can be customized, making our favorite tools easily accessible, and putting away the ones we don’t use regularly. This blog lists our 7 favorite tools (and a bonus!) – but first, here’s […] Read More