If you have a SmartBoard in your school, you should be able to download the SmartNotebook software to all your school computers. This software offers some really neat opportunities for students to create a variety of products. It is a very versatile tool for integrating technology in the classroom.
As I mentioned in a prior post, our first graders created their own Gingerbread Man stories with it. In another post,
I discussed how they created new endings to a comic book. This year,
they will take that a step further to create comic strips. When the
SmartNotebook file is printed out in handout form (and it can be printed
horizontally), it looks just like a comic strip.
Since the SmartNotebook file can be exported as a JPEGs, students can use the tool bar to help explain math problems, language arts concepts and science theories, export the page and post them to their blog. below is a great math challenge file for first grade. We talked about all the different tools that students can use in SmartNotebook to help them solve the problems, then gave each student their own copy of the file to work on independently.
First Grade >