Friday, January 29, 2010

SmartTech Useful Websites

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Smart Training Center features downloadable, complimentary quick reference guides and step-by-step practice activities for the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, SMART Notebook software and other SMART products, as well as video tutorials, and access to trainer led online training sessions: SMART Training Center

The Education Solutions website is an online community for educators using SMART products, featuring hundreds of free learning resources, including lesson activities, image collections, educational software and web resources. Educators can also exchange ideas, share exemplary teaching practices, and receive news and offers through a monthly newsletter: Educational Link

To download the most current versions of SMART software, please visit: Software Download Site

Use our product support page to find answers to frequently asked questions, download user’s guides and specifications, and access a wealth of information about the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and SMART Board software. Product Resources Site

SmartBoard Lamps: Source for ordering new projector lamps - Pureland Supply

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Science Links

1. Foss Web

2. Science and Literacy

3. Science Notebooks
On this website, the following pages are useful:
a. Go to Student Work Search Submissions---Excellent notebook examples
b. Go to Classroom Tools, introductory Lessons, Assessments, Templates
c. Go to Teacher Resources, Templates
d. Go to Frequently Asked Questions, Elementary

4. Google Science learning: This website has links to Google Earth, Google MARS, Google Flu trends, Google Earth Oceans and Google Sky. Google Tools and Science Education

5. Learning Science Org: Links to Science tools, online stopwatch, Links to several national Science websites: Learning Science

6. Science Net Links: Free teacher materials and interactive tools Science Net Links/

7. Labelling diagrams for various Science Units

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tech Tuesday Jan. 5th; Delicious, dashboard, wiki, speech on Word

Hi everybody,

Following are the topics that were presented.
Thank you to Diana A. for typing up notes.


- Smita

*Website that bookmarks bookmarks on the web.
* You can use your Yahoo! Login to login to delicious. Alternatively, you can create a login.
*You can make your bookmarks public.
* You can search for other public bookmarks for example if you want to search for a SmartBoard lesson, you could search here instead of Google.
* You can add Delicious to your browser toolbar

Wiki Ideas
* Wiki Walkthrough
*Shows ways that you can use wiki for different purposes.
* It gives you different free wiki websites that you can setup wikis

Instructional Technology, Wichita Public Schools
*Smartboard Lessons can be downloaded

You can use photobooth to capture a photo of something you want to show to your class (if you don't have a document camera). I took pictures of these rock salt crystals in the evaporating dish.
Bring up the photo in Finder.
Open the file (it will open the jpeg file in Preview).
Use the standard Notebook capture feature to capture the image into Notebook.
You can then use this in a lesson. So for instance we compared two different evaporating dishes of rock salt crystals - their similarities and differences, etc.

Mac Dashboard
*Push fn plus F12 or Click on icon on toolbar
* You can add/subtract as many widgets as available.
* You can get more widgets by clicking on the more widgets button or going to Dashboard Widgets downloads
*To disable widget, click the x symbol on the widget.
*The translation tool is a really useful widget. This can be used to translate from several languages to English and vice-versa. Very useful for ELD students to use.
* The concept is similar to the iPhone apps.

Microsoft Word
1. To get computer to speak something written:
*Type Sentence
*Highlight Sentence
Note: To use with ESL student who cannot read, cut and paste translation from dashboard into word and computer will speak in another language.

On 1/4/10 7:33 PM, "Smita Kolhatkar" wrote:

Hello everybody,

Following is the agenda:

1. Delicious

2. Wiki walkthrough

3. SmartBoard EDM website reminder; Tech tips and tricks reminder

4. Photobooth

5. Mac Dashboard

I will present the above.

6. If we have time Adriene will present use of HyperStudio

We will meet in my room (Rm. 13) as we will need the SmartBoard for all of the above.

thanks and see you all at 3:00 tomorrow,

- Smita


1. This website has a ton of free online puzzles of various types.

Brain Bashers

2. Create online jigsaw puzzles

3. Crossword puzzles on various themes and events through the year: Crosswords

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Math Links

1. Several Math activities and games:

Math Playground

2. Math Manipulatives

3. Illuminations

4. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

5. NCTM Web Links

6. Online Games

7. You Tube Mathademics

SmartBoard Links

1. The link for the Hays Wiki where you will find several useful SmartBoard lessons and websites: Hays SmartBoard Wiki

2. SmartBoard TypePad

3. Teaching with the SmartBoard

4. Smart Technologies

5. SmartBoards and Everyday Math

6. Goodrich Elementary

7. Harvey's

8. SmartBoard Wiki Spaces

9. Primary and Secondary Lessons

10. Longwood Central School District

11. Smart Exchange

12. Rockingham County Public Schools - super site for several SmartBoard Maintenance and lesson tips

13. TechSmart - you need a free login but it has several resources including some great game templates

14. A SmartBoard Blog: Useful site for tips. The Whiteboard Blog

15. A Delicious bookmark with various lessons and activities for the SmartBoard. Delicious Bookmarks

16. SmartBoard Tips

Links from Nixon website

Go to

Nixon Website

There are a bunch of useful links by grade level.


- Smita

City of Palo Alto websites

City Of Palo Alto Kids Book Lists

They also have a great list of websites on a myraid of subjects.

Kids Websites

Homework help

Homework Help

Tech Tuesday links 2008 - Math and Science

Links for the October Tech Tuesday

From Ann

Smilebox for Teachers

Math Wire for Teachers
– standards-based math activities

Aunty Math – I am planning to send this link home to parents for enrichment.

Science Notebooks - On this site you will find examples of student work from science notebooks - many from common used commercially developed science instructional materials, information to support the use of science notebooks, and strategies to use notebooks to integrate reading, writing, mathematics, and science.

Scholastic Teacher Book Wizard – click on Teacher Book Wizard Tour

Wiki Walkthrough

Wiki walk through
Smita Kolhatkar
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 12:06 PM

I know you don’t want to see this today but I will forget. Came across this website – extremely useful abcs of wikis.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Wiki WalkThrough


- Smita

A few tips - working with students

Tried methods using technology in the classroom:
1. I like to use brainpop when introducing a topic. This works great in writing, like with the main idea or showing not telling. I think it puts it in perspective for them to understand. And who doesn't like Toby!

2. To log on to laptops, it takes a while for them to connect to the server. Students HAVE TO BE PATIENT while waiting for it to load. Also, clicking several times won't speed up the process.

3. When I introduce a new program, I show them the basics then I challenge them to teach me something new. For example, if we are doing a hyperstudio or powerpoint (although this year I will teach them keynote), I give them a simple project. Then I tell them that they have to explore the program and find "something cool" (i.e. - adding transition, inserting graphics, fonts, sounds, etc). I spend some time at the end in class with the smart board showing off these cool tricks. That way they don't get too excited when they figure something out and have to show the rest of the pod what they just did.

4. Shutting down laptops: Please ensure that the children have first logged out, then shutdown the machines using the Apple - shutdown and not the power down button. They *must* wait for the screen to turn black before closing the laptop.

5. Before using the laptops the children *must* wash their hands.

6. Using Brainpop as an introduction to a topic in upper grades: I have them first view the video; they then bring out their notebooks and write notes the second time that they view the video. They raise their hands if they want me to pause the video while finish taking down a particular set of notes (so as not to disturb the class).

Teaching in the information age

Very thought provoking in the information age for a teacher
Smita Kolhatkar
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 5:18 AM


Teaching in the Information Age


- Smita

Tech and Learning online magazine

Tech and Learning magazine for free online
Smita Kolhatkar
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 2:17 PM
Hi everybody,

The magazine Tech and Learning contains some useful information and links. If you are interested, the online magazine edition is available for free. Following is the link to register free and get your subscription:
Tech and Learning Online Magazine


- Smita

Apple keyboard shortcuts

Apple keyboard shortcuts
Smita Kolhatkar
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 3:00 PM

One of the tips I got at today's training. Enjoy!

- Smita

Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

Tech Tuesday Sept 11th 2009 - pdf, iCal, Wiki, Screen Capture

Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 3:41 PM
To: :

Thank you all for a great turnout on Tech Tuesday.
The synopsis of what was covered (in case you were not able to make it as some people have requested)

1. Converting a Word Document to a pdf file:
1. Multiple ways of doing it:
2. Go to File Print, click on the pdf link on the bottom left.
3. Go to File -> Save As -> save as a pdf file.
4. Why is this required? One because when you send docs out to parents you don’t want anyone modifying them and two because pdf’s are compatible across all platforms.
2. If you are using the new Office version, please save it as an older version of the document before sending it to everyone.
3. iCal: Ruta sent the master calendar. Use the import feature in your ical to import the calendar in a new calendar of your iCal setup.
4. 20 point orientation for the Smartboard: Go to the Welcome Center -> Smartboard Hardware setup-> Select the 20 point orientation instead of the default 9 point. If using an LCD, you must set it up with the 20 point to avoid frequent misalignment problems.
5. Wiki: Please add your links to the wiki as you find them.
6. Some useful links are in Gale’s original email.
7. Screen Capture on the smartboard: Use this to capture the screen from a document to a Notebook file – for example from the EDM pdf files. Other places you can use the capture: The grammar book, the MARS tasks, the foss website instructions in pdf.


- Smita

Games Links

1. Sheppard Software

2. National Geographic: This site has online games. National Geographic Online games

3. Interactive games: Thinkfinity

Google Earth

Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:08 PM
Hello everybody,

Here's a link which has loads of ocean information.
You do need to download the software.
Google Earth


- Smita

Compressing URLs

When sending a URL to people, if the web link is long - sometimes it can
wind around to several lines, you can shorten it by the following easy
1. Go to Tiny URL or IS GD or Bit LY
2. Type in the long link
3. The website will give you a really tiny URL
You are ready to use this tiny link.



- Smita

Oct 9th 2009 - SmartBoard Tips

Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 7:22 AM

Hi everybody,

Following are the notes:
1. I informed everyone on the tech update from last week's meeting. The attached powerpoint is the presentation.
2. Joe Young's presentation: The attached Word document contains my notes - it is just bullet points, some of which may be applicable, a lot of which may be what you already know. If anybody wants to add to the notes, please feel free to do so.

Cruncher training: I sent out an email yesterday regarding a district level hour long cruncher training if anyone is interested.

The next Tech Tuesday will be on November 3rd. We will follow the agenda that Gale had sent out earlier this week. If someone has a pressing need for a topic other than what's on the following list, please let me know.


- Smita

Smartboard presentation notes:

Using Garageband for multiple purposes – reader’s theater , DRA, etc.

The three buttons below the eraser:
Left most – keyboard.
Middle – like the right mouse click.
? button – Help

Calibrating the Board – the point where you let go matters, not so much where you point at.
If by chance you use an expo on the SmartBoard, use the regular whiteboard cleaner.

Closing/clearing ink layer from another application – if you close you have five seconds to undo.

Ink layer can be used with videos – play, pause, use the ink layer.
It can be used over any application.

The notebook toolbar can be moved to the bottom.
The dock can be moved to the left/right so that it doesn’t come in the way.

Dual page display – use for an activity where you need to show items side by side. While moving things from one side to another, remember to tap on the window for active display before moving the state.

Pinning a page during dual page display – you can pin a page to keep it static while moving through the second page on display.

You can lock a window/items in place – for example the capture window.

If you have multiple objects on display, you can layer those objects – select the object and have it be the next layer or all the way to the back.

You can link an image with a URL – put the image; select Insert -> Link; enter the link you want to navigate to.

Alternative to document camera – use Photo Booth to take a picture of the document and transfer it to the nothebook (flip it in the Preview window first).

Use the different interactive tools from the gallery – grids, coins, coordinate grids.

Use the table icon to create a table. Use the mouse on the computer to play with the heights/widths of the cells.

Getting lessons from

You can contact Smarttech with your suggestions.

Use iChat for online buddies? Could use Skype as well.

Kid by Kid Update

Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:55 PM
Smita Kolhatkar; haysstaff
UpdatedStudentProfileTempl~1.xls‎ (37 KB‎)[Open as Web Page]
Hello everybody,

Thank you to everybody who attended as well as everyone for their feedback on the spreadsheet.

Today's update:
1. We went through Cruncher, showed how to input DRA data, how to download to excel spreadsheets and view different testing data.
2. The Kid-by-Kid spreadsheet. Apologies for the multiple messages - like I said earlier, this was a working document and all suggestions are welcome.
So with all the changes, Version 3 is the current one. I am attaching it with this email as well.


- Smita

Hays Tech Blog

The idea of this blog is to share the following:
1. Tech Tuesday meeting minutes and discussions.
2. Tech tips and tricks (looking for everyone to contribute)
3. Useful links and websites.