For those of you who like testing new software, or software additions, I have a great one for you to check out. SMART has released a beta version of the Notebook Software Gallery, which has a lot of great new features in it. My absolute favorite feature of the Notebook Gallery 2.0 is the ability to add in your own talking, animated Avatar to a Notebook Page using the Voki website. If you've never used Voki before, it's great! You select your character and background, and can record dialog or use their text to speech feature. After you create your Voki Avatar, copy the embed code and paste it into the Voki Avatar in Notebook (you can find the Avatar by searching the Gallery 2.0, simply drag and drop it onto a Notebook page). It's a lot of fun, and would be a really great add-on to a Notebook page. Students could work independently through a lesson, clicking on the Avatar for information or directions. If you are tech saavy and want to give it a try, download the Notebook Gallery 2.0 Beta here (make sure you have Notebook 11 installed). Then, go to the Voki website here. See my example below! If you have questions, add a comment after this blog entry.
Summer is upon us...which means it's a perfect time to learn more about the great technology you have in your classroom! Need to learn how to use that new iPad, or how to find great lessons for your SMART Board? Did you get inspired by attending ISTE 2012? Come learn with CCS San Diego this summer at one of my SMART Board, SMART Response, or iPad training courses. I will be teaching strategies to make the most of your technology, and to help get your students up and interacting during the next school year. Use the Sign Up button to the left to find out more information about the courses we are holding, or to sign up for a session. Hope to see you this summer!
Hello folks and welcome to the new SMARTer Classrooms Site! I am very excited about a new way to reach all of you and help you integrate technology into your classroom. I am building this website from the ground up, so any feedback you have to make it a better site is much appreciated! I look forward to sharing my ideas, tips, and stories with you.