December 8

Great Video Sites

With projectors and/or SMARTBoards it is easy to bring video into your classroom. Here are a few great sources I have found. If you have found any others please post them to share with us.

You Tube (of course)  – Here is a link to my favorite video…

Another favorite:

Teacher Tube – They are amassing quite a collection of SMARTBoard instruction videos…

Teacher TV – Great educational videos, and professional development videos…

This one is about a student’s life in India:

At our Last PD day we watched a video about Assessment for Learning:

To insert Video files into SMARTBoard’s Notebook Software:

It is nice to insert videos directly into SMARTBoard so they are ready when you need them and because by doing this there are no distractions such as advertisements and links to other videos.

  1. Download a video – Many You Tube videos will allow you to do this but not all. It depends on how the poster set up the video.
  2. Within SMARTBoard go to: File –> insert Flash Video –> navigate to where you have the video stored on your hard drive (by default they usually go into your “my video” or “video” file).



April 19



Check out this fantastic free site where kids can write stories, draw a picture, or make a movie. Kids can collaborate with others on their projects, and provide each other with feedback. It will be so fun to play with the drawing function on the SmartBoard as the kids illustrate their own stories. It is a great way to introduce the read-write web to students. 

If you are concerned about using a social site with your children or students please check out my thoughts (and hopefully the comments of others … someday) about why we need to provide children with opportunities to post to the internet in my entry entitled Using the Read-Write web with Children.

April 5


ZoomIt is a program that provides users with three tools. It runs in the background and is quickly activated by hotkeys. It allows you to quickly zoom in on any are of your screen within any program, to mark the screen using your mouse or touch pad (especially useful during presentations using any program), and to turn your computer screen into a countdown timer. Read more and download this freeware at:

April 5

Phun Physics

Check out Phun Physics. Some of my students have been working on building interresting 2d objects and watching how they interact. They especially enjoy the water effects. One of them was experimenting with creating shapes that would float and that would sink. Very fun when used with the SmartBoard. Download at

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