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Monday Message: Get SMART this summer!

Getting a new SMART Board in your classroom this year? Need a refresher to help increase your effectiveness using the SMART Board and SMART Notebook? Interested in making your SMART Notebook lessons more interactive and engaging for students? If so, you might be interested in one of the professional development opportunities eMINTS is offering around the state of Missouri this summer.

eMINTS will offer 2 levels of professional development in Columbia, St. Louis, and Springfield. All trainings will be led by SMART certified specialists. At Level 1 training, you will increase your effectiveness with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software at a full-day professional development on-site session. At Level 2 training, you will learn how to design lesson activities in Notebook collaborative learning software by adding style and incorporating interactive content at a full-day professional development on-site session.

Check the eMINTS website for dates, locations, fees, and more. Sign up now to guarantee your spot in this high quality professional development. Seating is limited.

Between now and the SMART training dates you may want to browse these SMART resources and fill your virtual file cabinet with great activities that support your curriculum.

  • The SMART Exchange: Professionally created Notebook activities correlated to state standards, from SMART Technologies, teachers, and even publishers. Download and use these SMART Notebook files as is or edit them to fit your needs.
  • eMINTS eThemes: Your source for content-rich, kid-safe online resources.
    • Technology Flash Files – find flash files specifically for using with a Smart Notebook. Includes instructions for how to import flash files into the Notebook and how to retrieve flash files.
    • Teaching Tips: SMART Board Resources – resources for various subjects and grade levels. There are downloadable lessons, interactive websites, templates, interactive videos, and teaching ideas.
    • Math: SMART Board Activities – activities for geometry, number and operation concepts, functions and algebra, fractions, and statistics. Explore the many different applets.

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can read more at her blog Higgins Helpful Hints Blog.

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Monday Message: eMINTS/SMART Summer Training

Two levels of professional development on SMART Board and SMART Notebook led by SMART training specialists will be offered in summer 2011 at three locations across the state – Columbia, Springfield and St. Louis. Attend one day or both days. Find all the details and a link to online registration at the eMINTS website.

Level 1
Increase your effectiveness with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software at a full-day professional development on-site session.

Level 2
Learn how to design lesson activities in Notebook collaborative learning software by adding style and incorporating interactive content at a full-day professional development on-site session.

Again, for more information about what specifically is being offered, when and where trainings will be, and cost are available at our website and register here.

HD_Links: EduBlogs Teacher Challenge

Edublogs is tying to provide teachers the best in free professional development through a feature called “Teacher Challenge.” Here’s how Edublogs describes the program:

The Teacher Challenge is made up of free 30 day professional development challenges where participants are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as part of a global community.

The Challenge is open to anyone who wants to increase their skills – blogs will be used for reflecting your progress while learning and connecting with each other. We’ve observed success of any use of online technology is strongly related to the teacher’s abilities. The greater we support and increase a teacher’s skills, the better they are able to support their students use of web 2.0 technologies.

If you choose to take the challenge, you don’t have to have a blog on Edublogs. Of course, you could just take the challenge without blogging your experiences, but where’s the fun in that. So far, the 30-day challenges have covered the following:

#1 – Wallwisher
#2 – Self-grading Quizzes
#3 – Bitstrips for Schools
#4 – Classtools.net
#5 – Edmodo
#6 – DoInk
#7 – Kerpoof
#8 – Glogster
#9 – ToonDoo
#10 – Wordle
#11 – Skype
#12 – Animoto
#13 – VoiceThreads
#14 – PhotoFiltre
#15 – Livebinders
#16 – WeeBehave
#17 – DropBox
#18 – Jing
#19 – Audacity
#20 – LearnBoost
#21 – Wetoku

As you can see, Teacher Challenge has covered a wide range of free online tools about which you can learn. Plus, they intend to continue with more every thirty days or so. To keep up with the Edublogs Teacher Challenges, simply become a Facebook fan or follow them on Twitter. Of course, you could always subscribe to the Teacher Challenge blog.

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.