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Show n Tell in Algebra 1: IPad Showme App

In Ipad by rafranzdavis2 Comments

Today in Algebra 1, I had an opportunity to test out a few apps with my students. The one that we LOVE the most is the one that shows the most promise so far for sharing and creativity. ShowMeApp gives students the opportunity to do a little whiteboard screencasting on the IPAD and it’s pretty amazing. At first, I had issues with the app because there is no way to currently type out the initial equation…but we found a nifty workaround. To get your equation in a “text” format: 1. Our workbooks/textbooks are in a digital format, so we saved …




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SMARTboard QuickTip: Tag Team Teaching

In SmartBoard, Teaching Strategies by rafranzdavis0 Comments

Today I started a project with my students. Their task was to pair up and record a video showing how to solve a system of equations using any method. Students were required to choose one of their homework problems and write a script explaining how to solve. To make the video, one person did the writing, while the other did the talking. Below is the video that made this project come to life.




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SMARTboard QuickTip: Import Powerpoint into Notebook

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One of the most frequently asked questions that I get during beginner user training, is if you can use power point with smartboard. Of course you can. Notebook 10 has the capabilities of importing your powerpoints and converting your text, images and links into seperate interactive objects. SMARTnotebook WILL NOT retain your animation, so these will have to be redone using Notebook 10, if you choose to keep them. *Remember, constant blinking objects are distracting…but that’s another lesson for another day. The Good: You don’t have to recreate the wheel. Every lesson that you created can be “converted” to a …




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SMARTboard Tip: Transparent Background = Fun Geometry Activity

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I’m currently working on a presentation for my school’s first ever SMART User Conference. One of my sessions is all about how to use NOTEBOOK Math Tools in class…no paper required. One of the tricks that I’m going to share is how I use the transparent background with the protractor to help teach my students how to read it. Using Alien Angles, from the Math Playground, we have fun “rescuing aliens” and learning how to use a protractor. This activity is fun for the kids and they actually have loads of fun doing it. Trust me, you won’t have very …




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Guest Post: Animoto + ELA + Tupac = Powerful Self Reflection

In EdTech, Teaching Strategies by rafranzdavis1 Comment

The following post was contributed by Daphne Pesina, High School English Teacher: When I began my teaching career 14 years ago, I knew I could do two things: entertain my captive audience and teach kids what they needed to know to pass the state standardized test.  At the end of each year I survey the students to get some feedback on how I can improve as a teacher. I reflect on my performance and abilities as a teacher because I want to be relevant and connect with my students.  I find that my relevancy in lesson planning is directly related …




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My SMART Story

In Random, SmartBoard by rafranzdavis0 Comments

Exactly one month ago today, I found myself trying to figure out exactly what my “SMART” story was about. I was in the final leg of my SMART exemplary educator application and I was completely drawing a massive blank. The only thing that I could think of were the “technical” reasons that I love SMART and since then, even long after my application has been submitted, I sometimes still ask myself, “Rafranz, what exactly is YOUR SMART story”. Well, yesterday it hit me like a ton of bricks. The Back Story… Every year there seems to be one kid…one who …




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SMARTResponse QuickTip: Not Another Boring Test Review

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This week marks the final leg of state assessments in Texas. While I am not a believer in last minute cramming or teaching to the test, I think that having a quick refresher during the last class day before testing is great just to talk about testing strategies and to calm their nerves. I chose to redistribute benchmark exams that we did in February. Instead of me leading the standard “work each problem one after the other” format, I’ve decided to allow the students to share what they know. The way we do it, the kids actually have fun and …




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Free Interactive Geometry Textbook

In EdTech by rafranzdavis0 Comments

Math Open Reference is a free open source interactive textbook. I’ve been referring to it in class for years because it works marvelously with my smartboard. I like to think of it as my own collection of  Geometer’s Sketchpad type applets that can be used for every concept…without having to create it myself. In addition, every main applet can be used in “full screen” mode, which looks and feels great when projected. I also list Math Open Reference as a site of reference for my Geometry students needing homework help. There is no greater moment than being witness to my …




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SMARTnotebook Tips: Download & Insert Swf Games pt. 2

In EdTech, SmartBoard by rafranzdavis3 Comments

I’ve never even heard of Hooda Math games until I started reading the entries on Kathy Schrock’s awesome sharing method for her Lenovo Thinkcentre M90z giveaway. Quite a few of the games on Hooda Math  are pretty good and will be excellent on SMARTboard. However, I do not like to play or display games to children that include so many ads…especially ads that are more “adult” ads like pay day loans and other financial ads.