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Virtual Tours and Augmented Reality with Google Arts and Culture

Through the arts we have a window into the values, perspectives, and capabilities of other people across time and space. Google Arts and Culture allows educators to bring works from around the world into their classrooms to enrich their pedagogy. The Google Arts and Culture website and app also utilize Google Maps and augmented reality […]

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How to Set Your SMART Board Handwriting Recognition for Spanish

Did you know your SMART Board can recognize Spanish? So you are a maestro o maestra de español and you are using your SMART Board’s text pen during class. What better way to help with the teaching process than by having your handwriting be recognized in Spanish text? Yes, SMART Notebook is able to recognize […]

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Vision Boards with Google Slides

Reimagining vision boards Whether you’re looking for a great summer activity or already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that also incorporates…. Google Apps! Google Apps, while wonderful for those serious project-based learning (PBL) activities, can also be used for more light-hearted projects. In […]

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What’s Up With My SMART Board?

Your iQ module on your SMART board just got updated! It brings with it some cool new features — but because there have been changes, a little bit of confusion, too. Luckily, we’ve got a quick resource to sort out the changes for you, so you can use the latest and greatest features to your […]

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Coding, Programming, Block-Based, Text-Based… What Does it All Mean?

STEM = new terms, words, and concepts The world of computer programming and coding can be confusing — and often intimidating. As schools continue to incorporate STEM into their curriculum, there are many new words and concepts that are often used, and sometimes misused. Whether you are a teacher looking to add to your curriculum, […]

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Bloxels and Makey Makey: A Match Made in Heaven

Bloxels + Makey Makey Looking for a fun project to sky rocket student engagement while keeping the students tipped into STEM topics? Look no further than Bloxels and Makey Makey. One of the coolest new STEAM education products on the market, Bloxels allows students to color code with physical color blocks, game boards, character and […]

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Putting the “A” in STEAM at ISTE

Putting the “A” in STEAM: Process Art in Early Education “Putting the A in STEAM, Process Art in Early Education” will be held on Monday, June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at ISTE. The session room is 120BC. ISTE People’s Choice winner. In this interactive lecture participants will explore the how to incorporate technology […]

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Inspirational PD at the Liberty Science Center

On Thursday, May 16th, New York and New Jersey educators gathered at the Liberty Science Center for an exciting day of professional development delivered by SMART and Teq. “Create Inspiring Classroom Experiences with SMART” was attended by over 120 administrators and teachers focused on leveraging technology to improve instruction. Fabulous group of educators/leaders facilitated by […]

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Math-Infused 3D Printing at ISTE

Sometimes the “M” in STEM is treated as an afterthought. So how can we do a better job infusing mathematical concepts into STEM programs? You can join our ISTE 2019 session to learn two great techniques! Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad “Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad” will […]

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Using 3D Shapes in GeoGebra

What is GeoGebra GeoGebra is a fantastic application/program/tool that math teachers can use to create and demonstrate math concepts in an interactive 2D or 3D environment. As many of you know, SMART Notebook has an embedded widget so that teachers can put a GeoGebra window into their lesson pages. Students can then come up to […]

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Stressed with Exams? Building a Toolkit for Student Anxiety

It’s that time of year — the time when students are taking their elementary and middle school state tests, while high school students are looking to begin preparing for their Regents exams. For students (and their teachers!) it is an admittedly stressful time. It’s our job as teachers to help our students cope with the […]

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Pinterest… An Educational Resource?

In case you’re new to Pinterest Pinterest is a social media platform which people use to search, save, and learn different things through visuals and images. It can be anything from designs in fashions, wedding decor, events, architecture and furniture, recipes, to tips for good health. However, Pinterest can also be a valuable educational resource […]

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Best Practices for Introducing micro:bit to Your Students

Where do I start? If you have never used it before, micro:bit can be a bit intimidating (yet incredibly exciting!) for a teacher to introduce to their students. Microsoft’s Make Code software makes it a little less intimidating with its block-based coding format. If you’re familiar with Google Blockly or MIT’s Scratch, it’s a very […]

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All About Fluency Tutor for Google

Assessing reading fluency with Fluency Tutor Fluency Tutor is a fantastic solution to help the busy ELA, Language, and English teacher evaluate and assess his or her students’ ability to read aloud, deal with language and vocabulary, and practice timing and inflection. This website and Chrome extension help automate an essential, but time-consuming task for […]

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Top Ways to Enhance Your Lesson in SMART Learning Suite Online

When I talk to most teachers, they are familiar with SMART Notebook software. They know how to make shapes, how to use their SMART Ink over Word documents and websites, and most fun of all, they know how to make SMART lab activities. One of the biggest game-changers that teachers don’t know about yet is […]

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