Adding to Your Technology Toolbox

Tools to make everyday more engaging

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At our last session, I shared a variety of classroom tools to help you with communication, collaboration, and more. Today, we are going to add a few more tools to your technology toolbox. Remember, your only challenge is to find one that you'd like to try.

Making the Most of My Smart Board

Activity Builder

The Activity Builder is not really new. It was introduced with the Notebook 11 that is currently installed on all computers in the districts. This add-on allows you to create simple or not so simple interactive sorting activities. The Activity Builder can be found on the "Add-Ons" Tab (Puzzle Piece Tab). Once selected the 4 steps for creating activities appear in the task pane.

Helpful Tip: Lay out your page complete with "containers" and objects/text to be sorted prior to building the activity in the widget.

How to Build an Activity

  1. Select the object you want to be the activity object, and then click Edit. Diagonal lines appear on the activity object.
  2. In the Objects tab, drag objects to the appropriate areas to accept or reject them.
  3. In the Settings tab, set how objects behave when accepted or rejected.
  4. Click Done

You can now interact with the activity.

SMART Blocks

This feature was just released. It is targeted for elementary math.

SMART Notebook - Xtreme Collaboration

Xtreme Collaboration (XC) is an add-on that is available with our SMART Notebook 14 license. Using this widget, allows students to answer questions and post responses directly to your notebook file.

Apps & Web 2. 0 Tools

Plickers - Classroom Assessment with 1 iPad

Create assessments online that the whole class can take at one time and the only technology you need is your iPad. Students simply hold up a card displaying their answer and you scan it with your iPad for instant results.

Online Books

Letting the students be the authors is always a popular activity for both students and teachers. allows the user to create a simple book with text and pictures. The final products can shared and viewed online via a web link.

Let's Play Jeopardy or something real close to it!


I've used this one before, but I like it so much, I think it's worth talking about again.