This week’s technology topic was recording with the SmartBoard.
Watch this video tutorial for a great demonstration on how to do this:
Why would you want to record?
***Record primary students writing at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to monitor progress on writing technique.
***Have students create “How To” videos to share with the class, or the world!
***Record your lessons to share with absent students, or upload to your webpage, blog, wiki, etc. so that students can review certain objectives.
Here is another great handout with lots of SmartBoard tips and ideas – http://godigi.wikispaces.com/file/view/enhancing_smart_board_handout1.pdf
You can always find my most up-to-date list of SmartBoard website resources here – http://delicious.com/jlzurawski/smartboard
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. RSS has made our lives easier because instead of wasting time to search for news, the news can just come to us! Do you often frequent the same blog or webpage? Many of those sites have an option to subscribe to their RSS feed. By subscribing, you will receive the new blog posts, or news, directly to your email or RSS aggregator. (Ex: Pageflakes, Google Reader, Netvibes, etc.)
Here is a video explanation of RSS –
I personally use my Outlook account to manage my RSS Feeds. When someone I follow has posted something new, it will alert me within my email. If you are on a website, and see the little orange icon (as pictured above), click on it to subscribe. After clicking on the RSS icon, you will likely see something similar to the picture below.
If you’ve set up an RSS aggregator, click on the name of your aggregator to subscribe. If you’d like your RSS feed to go directly into your email, click on “View Feed XML.” On the top of the next page, click on “Subscribe to this Feed.” A small window should pop up on your screen, and you will need to hit “Subscribe” to finish the process. Go ahead…check your Outlook page! (You should see the title of the blog under your RSS Feeds.)
If you are not currently reading any blogs, I would encourage you to check out this site – http://movingforward.wikispaces.com/Education+Blogs+by+Discipline. There are LOTS of different teachers and classrooms blogging around the world! Who will you follow?
Did You Know? One of the “buzzwords” in education right now is “PLN.” A PLN refers to your personal/professional learning network. Learn more about building your PLN here – http://jswanski.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/developing-your-pln
Do you use OR have your heard your students talking about iPods or iTunes??? The term podcasting comes from joining the words iPod and broadcasting. A podcast is a broadcast of media, usually audio, that anyone can create. Podcasts are downloaded, usually onto a Portable media device, like an iPod so they can be played back at a later date.
Check out the Coulee Kids from Longfellow Middle School in LaCrosse, WI! They have been creating podcasts since 2005 and make them available on iTunes for everyone in the world to download! Even if you don’t want to create your own, download a FREE version of iTunes to your computer at home and check out all of the FREE podcasts that are available! (10% of all podcasts are educational! Look HERE for another resource!) If you’re not sure how you’d use podcasting in your classroom, just ask! You don’t have to share your podcasts with the world to be successful. Don’t let that intimidate you!
Watch this video to see a quick overview of what a podcast is:
You will want to use Audacity to create your podcasts. Audacity is a FREE download off of the Internet. If you would like Audacity on your school computer, please put in a helpdesk request. Watch this video for a quick overview of the program:
Here are some podcasting integration ideas – http://www.slideshare.net/bburkett/podcasting-basic-information
If you need help, or ideas, about what to create a podcast about, please ask!
Today’s Tech Tip was about how to take attendance and lunch count with the SmartBoard. I am providing a Smart Notebook file for you that was created by Peggy Loritz and Wendee Draves. (See NOTE at bottom) Illustration #1 is a sample of what they are using in their classrooms every morning. You can see that they have added their student names in and the daily lunch choices. Illustration #2 is a blank example for you to tweak if you would like.
To tweak Illustration #2 for your needs, you will need to –
- Double click on the date and the hot lunch choices to change them.
Click on the black area and begin typing a student name.
- Once it is typed and formatted the way you want, click on the drop down arrow to clone it. Cloning the name will create two names so that you can lay the names right on top of either. This will allow students to mark their lunch choice for two days if you wish.
- Once you have cloned the names, click the drop down arrow again and click “Locking”, and then “Allow Move.” This will allow students to move their names into the appropriate area without having the ability to resize, etc.
- To create another page for a new day, all you have to do is clone the page. Click on the drop down arrow on the page you want to clone and click, “Clone Page.”
As you can imagine, you can set up this page any way that you would like. Some teachers put a daily prompt or message on the page, etc. If you need help customizing a notebook page, let me know. I am more than willing to show you how to do this!
Did you know? Sometimes our SmartBoard’s need realignment!!! If you are touching the board in a certain spot, but it is not working correctly, you may want to try realigning the board! There are several ways to orient the board. Here is one easy way to do it – On the SmartBoard tray, hold both buttons (right click/keyboard) down at the same time until the Orient screen comes up. Use a SmartBoard pen to touch all nine points on the board. That should do it!
Note: I cannot attach the SmartBoard file to this blog post. If you would like a copy, please email me at jswanson at wdpsd dot com with SMARTBOARD FILE in the subject line.