SMART Notebook tip from a teacher: Using Activity Builder
By Kristin Straumann
One of my favorite things to do with SMART Notebook 11 collaborative learning software is have the students use Activity Builder to create their own interactive activity to create review activities, such as sorting, matching, or classification activities to help all students better understand the material.
I will usually have them do this after they’ve watched a video lecture and have completed in class activities regarding the chemistry topic at hand. Using Activity Builder lets them receive instant feedback as to whether their answer is correct or not. If they answer correctly, the object accepts their answer, while if they are wrong, the target object rejects their choice, and the student knows to choose differently.
Once all students have completed the exercise, they place their files in a class Dropbox where I can compile them and create a master review file that the entire class can access and use for review!!
This can then be done in the classroom on our SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard, on the netbooks, in the computer lab or at home.
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About the Author
Kristin Straumann is a SMART Exemplary Educator from ACGC Public Schools, in central Minnesota. For the past six years she has been a high school classroom science instructor, and in the new school year, will add District Technology Integration Specialist to her classroom duties. Kristin has presented on SMART products and integration into science content classes at several local conferences, including MnSTA, TIES, SWSC SMART Users Conference, and numerous other local events. Straumann continues to be a SMART advocate by incorporating technology into her classroom and sharing her passion for SMART with the hope of inspiring educators.