Category Archives: Interactive White Board

Think Link

Think Link is a Beta site brought to us by David Riley, creator of one of my favorite teacher resources of all time, Triptico.  If you have not read my review about Triptico, you can click here – or just go directly to his site to download this magnificent educator toolbox.

Think Link is a neat way to integrate technology into the activity that I wrote about yesterday – Hexagonal Learning.  On the Think Link site, you can create your own board of hexagons, add notes to each one, and manipulate them.  You can save your boards to be used whenever you like on that computer.  This is an alternative to cutting out a lot of hexagons to distribute to your students.  Think Link could be used for your students to generate hexagon words as a class about a particular topic.  The board could be saved, and then different student groups could create their own relationships with the words to show their understanding of the topic.

I highly recommend trying a Think Link activity with your students this year.

Triptico (Reblog)

For the summer, I have decided to use my Tuesday and Thursday posts to reblog some of my favorite posts that some of my readers may have missed the first time around.

Triptico is one of the most user-friendly teacher tools I’ve come across in a long time.  Designed by a teacher named David Riley to use with interactive whiteboards, this is free software that you download to your computer. Don’t despair if you don’t have an IWB, however.  If you can project your computer to a screen in the classroom, the activities (over 20, and the teacher plans to add more) can still be utilized.  Included in the package are random name generators, timers, text and photo spinners, word magnets with graphic organizers, and several games.  One intriguing game is “What’s in the Box?”, and eerily reminds me of the game show “Deal or No Deal”.  The interface is very simple, and the download takes less than a minute. I guarantee you will capture your students’attention – or your money back!

Drawminos

Drawminos is a website that allows you to choose from some “Favorites”, allowing you to drop a ball, and to see the shape created by the toppled dominoes.  The part that I think will engage many students, though, is the “Create” part, in which you can design your own shape to be revealed once the ball is rolled.  It takes some planning and patience to arrange the dominoes how you would like in order to achieve your final design.  Once done, though, you can save your design online, and receive a URL for its specific location.  This could be a great way to introduce a topic, or to have students integrate their learning, their creativity, and their understanding of Physics!

Draw a Stickman, Episode 2

Draw a Stickman” has been one of the most popular posts on this blog.  Now, there is an Episode 2!  You can play it on the web, or you can play it on an iDevice (and get an alternative ending) for free.  Although I found out about the new episode through e-mail, I thought that  Kelly Tenkely’s summary of both of the Stickman episodes and the ways you can integrate them in your classroom was an excellent post.  So, I will direct you to her for a wealth of ideas!

Flags by Colours

I was really intrigued by the Flags by Colours infographic in a presentation given by Kathy Schrock on “Using Infographics as a Creative Assessment” at T.C.E.A. last week.  Although her presentation was about having students create infographics, this particular example struck me as one that could be useful in the classroom.  For starters, you could ask the kids to try to predict which one represents their own country (conveniently forgetting to tell them that the flags are in alphabetical order).  If they pick the wrong one(s), you could help them to determine why, which might bring in some math and fractions.  You could also compare the similar flags of countries, have the students try to figure out which color is used the most (the answer is at the bottom) and speculate why, design what the infographic might look like for another flag – like one of a state or region, or try to design a flag based on its infographic, and then reveal the true flag.  I’m sure you can think of even more ideas!

Valentine Sudoku

Valentine’s Activities for the SmartBoard, created by SmartBoard Smarty, can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers.  My GT 2nd graders were completely engaged by the Sudoku activity.  Do not be alarmed by the title of the site.  There are many great resources here that are absolutely free.  You do have to register for an account (which is also free) in order to download them, but I have found many quality materials here that make registering well worth my time.  This particular one is in SmartBoard format, but there are also Powerpoints, Word Documents, and PDF files.  While you are visiting Teachers Pay Teachers, you might want to think about starting your own “store” on their site.  Their biggest seller, Deanna Jump, has made over $500,000 by selling her self-designed materials here!