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After receiving training on SMART technologies, I was overwhelmed with how I was going to use it this amazing piece of equipment in my classroom. Using the website: http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?m=01, has helped a great deal. Teachers share and allow you to download their lessons they have created using their SMART technologies. Not only is this is a huge time saver, but many are aligned right to State benchmarks.
I have learned how to use RSS feeds and create an iGoogle page. This is great because I can get relevant, current articles daily without having to search the internet for hours. I can even use this articles for, "Current Event" Friday activities. If you haven't tried this, I recommend it!
I teach a computer class. It is difficult to test whether or not students really learned how to use a program that I've been trying to teach them to use. So for an assessment, I take screen dumps of an application that we have been learning in class and paste them into a program like publisher. Then I add text boxes (with multiple choice options A, B, C and D) and arrows that point to different places on the screen.
I highlight all of those objects, and save that as one picture. Next I use that picture as the background in a powerpoint presentation. Finally, I use that slideshow as a visual aid for any question that needs one.
Here's a sample of one slide. This slide would go along with a question like, "If you want to resize a picture in publisher, where would you first click? A, B, C or D"