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Mary Cavallero replied to Laurie Bartels's discussion RCDS Twitter-ers in the group Rye Country Day School Faculty
"I joined Twitter. I couldn't get my picture on - but perhaps this was due to "Too many tweets" which came up when I tried saving my profile. My twitter user name is: marycavallero"
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Mary Cavallero replied to Deborah's discussion SMART Boards in the group Math Teachers
"I realize that this post is two years old, so hopefully, by now you're gotten used to using the Smart Board. I suggest that you look at the Group: Smart Board Conference. There I posted notes from a session I gave on using Smart Boards. I hope…"
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Mary Cavallero replied to Dana Johansen's discussion My favorite SMART Board Websites in the group Smart Board Conference
"Hi Dana, Last year I also was a presenter at the Smart Board conference that Laurie Bartels organized. I found your information very valuable and I shared it with my group. Thanks, Mary Cavallero - high school math teacher at Rye Country Day School."
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Smart Board Conference

a place to share files and notes from the June 9 RCDS Smart Board conference, or from any other Smart Board conferences or workshops that may take place
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Rye Country Day School
Location (city, state):
Rye, NY 10580
Job title:
High school math teacher
I will be sharing what I've learned about using the Smartboard in a high school math class over the last few years.
I'd love to know what types of questions any of the participants might have before June 10.
Hope to hear from you if you'll be attending my session.

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At 3:02pm on June 9, 2009, Mary Cavallero said…
The beginning of this doc is what I found posted on the NING by Dana Johansen. I tried watching a few of the first videos and I found them to be excellent resources.
Next are the notes from today’s class – with some additional info from me as to where to find the graphing calculators. A BIG THANK YOU TO Cilla.

I'm so excited to join this SMART Board conference! These are a few of my favorite SMART Board Websites. They offer free tutorial videos, notebooks, downloads, blogs, and help services. The "Teaching with SMART Board" is my favorite. Scott and David, two teachers from Illinois, created teacher training videos that are free to watch and organized by topic. I always check their website to see what they're working on with the SMART Board. They always have terrific ideas and they go slowly through the steps.

My second favorite site is "Teachers Love SMART Boards!" This site has an incredible archive of free notebooks and ideas. It includes a blog where teachers can post their ideas and their notebook files. They have the best "challenges/ contests" where the site managers pose a problem, and teachers around the world post their solutions.

Teaching with SMART Board - Scott and David are the best!

Notebooks/ Blogs
Teachers Love SMART Boards!

Free Downloads- Math Manipulatives

Free Notebooks

Writing names on SmartBoard

To Save a File (as if to send the file to students)
o Go to the File menu & Export (& export the file as a PDF) = only way students w/o Smartboard files on their systems can access the file
o Otherwise go to Save As & use the school’s file system

To use MathType (or equivalent – Equation Editor)
At top of menu bar – open the camera by clicking on the icon at the top menu bar
Then open up the document and block out the section you want to save
Save the section to a new page

Click on a page set of information by touching the picture
There will be a textbox that you can adjust for a larger screen
Taking a picture of the material you want to scan
4 different choices of camera types
 1st involves text box – rectangle gets created, you can adjust size of rectangle to capture
 Last one lets you capture different kind of screen work
 Middle two are more to do with capturing entire page of NYTimes for instance)
 Save the solved problem
First, export it for the students – usually w/o the solutions (Save changes? No!)
Also, save to your own computer (typically Save As
Copying pages from a textbook
1. Download from a textbook cd
2. Scan in the pages (will save as PDF) – just the ones you are going to use in class
(Scanner can be plugged directly into laptop or maybe can be scanned and saved on network?)
3. Once scanned and opened, you can pull it up and adjust the size of the box needed
4. Or move the section by moving box w/ finger, pen from tray, or arrow tool at top & pen
5. Also allows for saving material so that students can access it later and you the teacher can move on to a new topic
Details of SmartBoard Tools
1. BTW 2 things from tray, just know which one is which
2. Setting of thickness of pens used can be adjusted w/ menu bar above –
3. Eraser will not erase a picture on the screen, only the written material that’s been added
**EXTRAS! Googling – YouTube – TeachersTube? – Essentials for Educators Gallery**
Essentials for Educators Gallery – free to download from SmartTech

Shade Function – allows you to cover aspects of the page so that you can reveal solutions as you go

Calculator function: Our school bought TI-SmartView (emulator software) for each math teacher.
1. TI-84 Plus: pushing the buttons directly on the screen – calculator can be saved on desktop, purchased for each laptop
2. Can take content of screen of calculator and w/ finger, move from screen to blank page
3. Great way to save steps & demonstrate graph functions

Graphing – Graphing calculator available as an extra
1. Able to do 3-D
2. Pictoral displays of trig functions – polar graphs, sin waves, etc. w/ and w/o calculator
3. y = mx + b Great way to show how slope changes when x values changes…when y values change
Note from Mary- I just noticed today that SmartBoard has a 3 D grapher in its tool kit. I haven’t had time to investigate it, but it might work easier with the SmartBoard.

Gallery - use to find graph paper, polar paper, unit circle, interactive lessons on graphing lines, parabolas etc.
Also look at SmartBoard’s lesson plans & the two minute tutorials. Play with this stuff at home and see what might work for you.
SmartBook 10 Version – download it for free and then activate permanently
Gallery at right will offer subtopics
Tools can be dragged over from column and then manipulate/spin etc.
By using the dot attached to the text box
Toolbar at the top of Version 10
Magic Pen – pick up pen, select magic pen icon
Spotlight feature – Version 9
Magic Pen – provides an instant link to spotlight
The Magic Pen (with *) will allow written work to disappear after 10 seconds
Camera feature will allow active camera to broadcast dissection onto screen
Button at base provides keyboard –
- Can use that to type instructions
When highlighted coordinate graph, for instance, as a text box
- Press on the box at the upper right box at the top of the text box
- You can drag something also from main screen into “My Content” folder on right

Shape recognition tool – Version 10 (instant), Version 9 = click on shape
Shape recognition
Handwriting recognition – turns handwriting into text
Interactive protractors, compasses & Lessson Activity Toolkit 2.0
(Also in “Essentials for Educators’ Gallery)
Allows you to create based on previously set up pictures – accessing tools from right column
Measuring angles – On “interactive” on right column
Drag protractor over: design angle – click on right top corner of textbox – lock the angle as drawn – move protractor over to angle – circle on protractor will draw a line up
With right arrow – will make copy of angle and use it to estimate angle
Using compass – bisecting line segment (Sometimes using laptop vs. board
Type in “graph” – changing x and y values…
Click on Interactive … then multimedia
“Ning” – Helpful to go back to basics…(Like Facebook but for educators)

Notebook Program: Available for free for students based on license provided by SmartBoard
Saving these kinds of interactive – “Save As” the students can extract and then use notes, tools, interactive, etc.
Helpful for absent, traveling, sports absences – students can access material

Some of the features – vs. extending page…use split page option based on menu buttons and allows two
Equations being visible at same time

Similar to PowerPoint – drag one slide to preferred location
Blue arrows also allowing for scrolling between pages
Can rename groups in right column as needed – default is the date setting
From a Word Document or Excel – select text and paste it in – does NOT allow writing to be saved
CAN take a picture of it, though, and put it into a file as a pdf
CAN save it w/ camera icon – can even change setting so that when pen is replaced, auto-saved
Going from Word to Ctr C and Ctr V – will do beautifully for documents with words only & can manipulate!
Can use Screen Capture best for importing actual images when using equations and graphs
Excel Graphs
1. Ex: data project – finding best-fit equation
2. Insert – choose plot – choose layout…trendline options…display r sqr etc.

Keeping My Content, My Gallery, all available with templates of graphs pre-made & ready

Geometers Sketch Pad
Conics Sketchpad ( – very helpful w/ AP curriculum
Ex: Why does the sum(string) = 2a?
Can send students the link – often loaded onto students’ laptop by school
And they can manipulate the equations etc. on their own
- (love the headlights lesson)
Lower School:

Google on the SmartBoard “Interactive math”, “Math games”, “Gamequarium”, “CoolMath .com” “Applets” – can find sites and keep the contents in a folder that you access as needed
Ex: Multiplication chart

Opens up interactive and visual presentations…
Asymptotes manipulations available for instance…

YouTube – IBM Tv – Smarter Math: Equations for a smarter planet!


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