Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday Websites Intermediate

Comparison Estimator (has some area questions)

Wednesday's Websites Intermediate

Saloon Snap

This is a fun website to practice fraction, decimal and percent equivalences. If the two are a match tap the bell on the smartboard. SNAP!

Wednesday's Websites Primary

Happy New Year. My new year's resolution is to write more often. Check out these great math websites to use on the smartboard.

Number Bond Machine (Adding two numbers to 5, 10, 100)

(This website can be found on the side bar and also can be found on CSD EDM site, addition and subtraction facts page, middle column.) This is a great number sense website. You will need to use a keyboard to make this work on the smartboard.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Trade First Subtraction


The smartboard is just the right tool for this lesson. Watch as Dominic and Dominique show how to use UNGROUPING to trade the tens into ones.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Frames and Arrows


Hi there,

Two wonderful students, Savannah and John, helped me make these two videos last week. (One above and one below. The video below is easier to hear.) As you can tell they love recording their thinking. The video illustrates how to teach a frames and arrows lesson on the smartboard. We use an infinite cloning arrow to see the pattern on a numberline. So far we have made two files like this (Grade 2 Lesson 2.10 and Grade 3 Lesson 1.12).

As you will see in the video students pull down the arrows (that have been proportioned to a numberline) to see the pattern. Next they "frame" the numbers on the numberline. Next, they make the rest of the numbers disappear leaving the same pattern as the original question. The last step is to write the answers in the problem.

In the past this was a difficult concept to teach. The smartboard helps alot!

Enjoy! Linda


Friday, September 12, 2008

Necap Practice, Feedback, Scaffolding


The new school year has begun so it is time to start blogging again!

The video below shows how you can use the smartboard for NECAP (state testing) practice.
If you are in the CSD, you can find Melissa's file in the K-8 smartboard, language arts folder.

Melissa uses the magic magnifier feature to give student's feedback. This allows students to use this file independently or for teachers to use it whole group.

The second feature on this file is how it is differentiated. A reminder of the correct grammar rule (that is off the page) comes on screen when some of the incorrect answers are moved into the sentence.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Smartboard Research

I am taking a course for my Masters from Plymouth State. The course is on integrating technology into the classroom. Many of the readings are studies on what methods are effective to use in teaching our children. I was led to a site: and I got to reading some studies that different schools have done in this area. Back in 2001 in Wichita, KS, a school introduced the Smartboard as a way to increase student achievement. The article that I read, focused on first grade learners, can be found at:

It has been encouraging to see our district go in the direction of embracing this web 2.0 generation. While many who are educating grew up with very different or minimal technology, we need to remember our learners and I think that in using the Smartboard effectively, we are speaking the right language.