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This past week, I put together a quick list of resources that are handy with Smart Notebook. Here’s the list:

Smartexchange: SMART Notebook resources

http://exchange.smarttech.com/#tab=0

Topmarks: This site has a bunch of different interactive activities sorted by subject.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=160

Smart Notebook Games

http://ms.ardsleyschools.org/resources/smartboard-game-templates

Quizlet

http://quizlet.com/

Flash Jeopardy

http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/

Random Name Generator

http://exchange.smarttech.com/details.html?id=919c3094-f10c-4f5a-8384-f764234a9b2d

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This last week, I posted a poem for my students to read outside of class that went along with an assignment. The next morning when I arrived at school, there was a gaggle of anxious freshmen standing at my door (gaggle is the only word I could think of to describe them). While working in the school computer lab, they were unable to access the poem I had posted. I told them they must be doing something wrong because I added the poem to the blog at the school with my school computer. It works on the same system as those in the lab.

However, when I went into the the lab and looked at what was happening, the site was definitely blocked. I went to my computer and it was not. The school filter was obviously blocking the site for students and not for teachers.

I would like to say that this was the first time this has happened to me. Sure, I could cuss the web filter and maybe even cry and scream, but in the end, this will do me no good. I didn’t check to see if the site was unblocked. I just assumed that it was.

If you haven’t picked it up yet, here’s some advice for teachers using blogs: check to make sure that links on sites work under a student log in. It will save you, and especially the students, a bunch of headache in the future.

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