Resources for Science Teachers

Think first - What is the unit, lesson, skill you want to teach? Don't start with the tool.

Smartboard Notebook Resources


Lesson Activity Toolkit - Pairs (Matching game sample)
Smart Exchange - Great place to find other teachers' lessons
Kevin Sullivan's Games - Shown at NJEA 2010 My Posterous Site - Links and information for using the Smartboard and Notebook software
My Diigo Sites tagged Smartboard
Delicious - All items tagged with Smartboard and Science

~Remember basic file management. When you find something save it in a place where it's easy for you to find again. For example: Create a folder called Smartboard Lessons, then another folder inside that one called Notebook Templates. Store all the games/resources made by others that you find there. When you find a need for one, open it up, edit it to fit your lesson, etc. and then re-save it in another folder based by the class/lesson. Your templates will always remain but now you have ready made games that work too!

Internet Searching and Information Literacy

You need to remember the Grammar of the web and how it works to search on various search engines. - Use the Advanced Search feature until you learn the nuances. MAKE sure you teach the kids too! Typically people only look at first 5 websites that come up in a search.

Make sure to check out our examples, quizzes, and materials here:

Glossary of Symbols/codes:

" " = Phrase
- = Eliminates
Site:edu = searches only university sites
Site:uk = searches only uk (Great Britain) sites
Root Database = site for finding country codes

Social Bookmarking

  1. Advantages
  2. Diigo or Delicious

Search Terms to add:

School or Schools
"Online Resources"
"Technology Resources"

~Don't forget to search by STATE as well. You can find great things like this School created Wiki for Texas with great resources for anyone!

Science Publishers' Resources:

McDougal Littel
McGraw Hill
Holt, Reinhart, & Winston
Houghton Mifflin EduPlace
List of many Publisher Online Resources
- Addison Wesley link does not work

Great Teacher Resources

Kathy Shrock's Guide for Rubrics- Most are teacher made
Skype a Teacher - Check out this great list of other teachers who will Skype with you - Check out the Directory and then the comments at the bottom.
Create-a-Graph - Easy way to make quick graphs without learning Excel
Careers Database
ITSI-SU Portal

Creating Interactive Documents

Find a pdf on the web - paste into Word
~Remember to view your activity from the back of the room
Change the font size, color, spacing, etc. and save to a base folder
~Open it up and use the Smartboard Pens and then re-save it in a folder you have created if that class
You can upload it immediately for absent students on their class page off your Teacher Page.
~Terrific for teaching note taking!

Floating Tools

Use the toolbar on ANYTHING! Screen shade, Spotlight, Writing tools, Screen Capture toolbar and more!

Google Docs and Maps

Google Docs: *You can use ANY email account now.

Google Maps: *You can use your .info email account now.
Useful for teaching geography, earthquakes, Temp comparisons in C and F. Can be used in any project that uses locations

Jing and Smart Recorder

Jing - TechSmith - only allows for five minutes, you can not edit
Smart Recorder - no limit but not the same quality as Jing

Digital Storytelling Presentation Tools

Glogster EDU
VoiceThread- Great Sample by a 5th grade class OR this one created by a student all about Global Warming

Pics you can use in projects

Pics 4 Learning Student safe as all the pictures are examined by a person before they are posted on site. The photos are not large so they are great for inserting into digital projects.
Flickr pics under a creative commons license

Other Web 2.0 Tools

RCampus - Create rubrics and search through hundreds already made. Easy to post to your website too.
Recipes4Success - Create your own Rubrics and then edit with standard suggestions
~Create these as a whole class with your kids on the Smartboard

Quizlet - Terrific for making quizzes and practicing vocabulary
Study Stack - Another Vocabulary tool
~Either could be created by a student for extra credit or you could just have it be a job for every unit

Polleverywhere - Terrific for gathering questions on an assignment or engaging students in a thoughtful discussion
ietherpad - Interactive, synchronous tool for collaboration
Wallwisher - Like an online bulletin board for ideas

Scribd - Posting PowerPoint and Word Documents. Makes smaller size file and can viewed even if they don't have the software program

Tikatok A site where students can make, publish and sell books. Note: You don't have to buy the book. Parents can buy them or the school can if they wish to have a copy.
KidBlog - You can set it so kids' comments are immediately up without your moderating their comments first. Just make it private.
Nice Net

Gizmos - Amazing interactive activities (Must have subscription or trial ends in 30 days.)
Tutorials for Math and Science - Kahn Academy
Wolframalpha - Will answer math problems and search for unique information. Both a search engine and a tool.

Teacher Pages

Remember to link everything up here! New websites, notes you write together, etc.
Keep your hierarchy simple and easy to navigate

Community & Funding

Donors Choose
Twitter - Build your PLN - Personal Learning Network
Blogs, Nings, and other things

Management - Classroom and Home

Raise up laptops on textbooks
Have them close laptops (at least part way) when you need to teach
Make sure you keep track of where they are on various online projects - check list of some sort
Turn off projectors when not in use - Bulbs are very expensive

Remind parents:
1. Only 50 minutes of homework a night
2. Children should be using computer in a family area; not their bedroom
3. Think about charging their laptops in your room at night or at least have a "Homework/laptop Drop Spot" where everything is kept
4. Review doing homework and avoiding/eliminating distractions

~Send home a flier reviewing these ideas and others to be signed showing they have read the document.

Publishing Kids' Work

Your .info accounts - Videos

Learning from others - Your PLN

Twitter -




Blogs, NING, and RSS feeds