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SMART Response session in Study Island

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:09 AM by Jason Baxter   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

To have a SMART Response™ session in Study Island, perform the following steps: 

1. Make sure SMART Response is installed, the receiver is connected, and the receiver is ready for sessions. You can verify that the receiver is ready to start a session by ensuring that the receiver's indicator light is green. 

2. Log into Study Island. 

3. Select the appropriate grade from the programs area in the left column on the screen. 

4. Select the appropriate subject. 

5. Select the topic(s) you wish to test. 

6. Click 'Start Studying'. 

7. In the Session Type drop down, select ‘Classroom Response Systems’. 

8. Choose 'SMART Response™'. 

9. Select the number of questions. 

10. Click 'Next'. 

11. Select the appropriate class. 

12. Assign the clicker IDs to the appropriate students. If you do not know the ID numbers of your clickers, you may leave this blank and use the tool on the next screen to detect the clicker IDs. 

13. Click 'Next'. It will take a while for the application to load. The application must download several files the first time the application runs which could take up to 5 minutes with a slower connection. Subsequent sessions will load in 30 seconds or less. 

14. Select the appropriate mode: Teacher Led or Student Paced. 

15. Click 'Start Voting'. 

16. The students may now begin submitting answers. Use the available buttons to navigate the test and display answers and results. You may stop/restart the polling during the session. 

Easy Online Quizzes for Chromebooks

posted Nov 8, 2016, 12:16 PM by Jason Baxter   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 12:17 PM ]

Free Online Textbooks

posted Feb 26, 2016, 9:33 AM by Jason Baxter

CK-12 is an awesome resource. Teachers can cut, combine, edit to create their own textbook and distribute to students. Most of these textbooks include youtube videos, worksheets, and quizzes. The state of Utah has already created several textbooks for their schools using CK-12 which are listed below under the Open Education Group and free to use as well.

CK-12 Foundation
This pioneer in the field of OER has a simple student interface. Go to the home page, pick a topic, and choose a "FlexBook" from what's listed. English has three offerings (one a teacher's edition), history has two, math has five (all for middle school), and earth science has five. This is one of the few resources that actually allows reviewing. For example, CK-12 Earth Science Concepts for High School gets 11 thumbs up, no thumbs down, and two reviews, both positive. FlexBooks can be downloaded in three forms: PDF (for most computing devices), mobi (for Kindle), and ePub (for iPad and Android devices).

Users have to sign in for access to the textbooks but you can use your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account for that. Once you've provided that, you'll receive a confirmation email that will guide you back to the site for your downloads. The earth sciences textbook referenced above, for example, written by science writer Dana Desonie, runs 1,208 pages in PDF format.


California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
The current compilation of open educational resources (OERs) on CLRN stands at 6,063. If you're teaching high school-level math, science, history or social science, what you want to pay attention to is the free textbooks link, of which there are 30. The site counts up standards met for many of the textbooks; but since they're being compared to California education standards, that metric may or may not be of use to you, depending on what state you're teaching in.

As an example, Light and Matter is an introductory 1,016-page textbook on physics published by Benjamin Crowell, a faculty member at Fullerton College in Southern California. The PDF is a whopping 80Mb, full of graphics and color images. He makes an instructor's guide available for the text on his Web site.

The site also includes an ample number of non-textbook OER resources for grades K-12 that meet Common Core standards. You can filter results by subject, grade level, and type of resource.

Open Education Group
This research group at Brigham Young University has compiled six freely downloadable science texts for grades 7 through 12, all available as PDF files:

Compared to the competition, these textbooks are modestly sized; Biology runs 142 pages and 27Mb currently. Because they were initially developed as part of a larger research project on the use of OER, there's been academic scrutiny of the Utah classes where they've been used. Results — once they're made public — could be impressive. As the researchers state, "We're still analyzing last year's outcomes data, but here's a preview: students using open textbooks outperformed their peers using traditional textbook on state standardized tests."

Project Gutenberg

If you're a teacher in the humanities, you might notice a dearth of offerings in that category from the resources already listed. Not to worry. This "first producer of free e-books" probably offers any classic you might need for your students. They come in multiple versions — ePub with or without images, HTML, Kindle, plain text, and some we've never heard of.

Plus, don't miss out on the "Similar Books" feature at the bottom of the "Bibrec" view, which provides links to files that readers of your title also downloaded — just like Amazon. Downloading William Strunk's The Elements of Style will lead you right to Joseph Devlin's How to Speak and Write Correctly, which will take you to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and onto Pride and Prejudice and — well, you get the idea.

K-5 Interactive Websites

posted Oct 20, 2015, 7:24 AM by Jason Baxter

This site lists many interactive websites in all subject areas for k-5.

Interactive Science Websites

posted Oct 20, 2015, 7:24 AM by Jason Baxter

Here is a good list of interactive science websites for various grades.

SAS Curriculum Pathways - Free Interactive Resources

posted Feb 26, 2015, 7:43 AM by Jason Baxter


Available to educators and students at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish for use in traditional, virtual, and home schools. Our approach is innovative, but our goals are traditional. We target content that is difficult to convey with conventional methods—topics where doing and seeing provide information and encourage insights in ways that textbooks cannot. Built in accordance with how students learn, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides engaging content linked to state and common core standards. Our learner-centered approach targets higher-order thinking skills, requiring students to apply, evaluate, or synthesize information to produce measurable outcomes. Resources incorporate formative and summative assessments and can be differentiated to meet varied curricular, instructional, and technology needs.
  • English Language Arts - Audio and visuals enhance reading comprehension; award-winning Writing Reviser helps students improve their own work.
  • Mathematics - Students visualize concepts while practicing fundamental skills.
  • Science- With virtual labs, dangerous, expensive, time-consuming experiments are no longer off-limits.
  • Social Studies - Case-study approach encourages critical thinking.
  • Spanish - Students enhance reading, listening, and writing skills.
  • View a printable list of all resources, organized by subject and category.
Sign Up - If you use these links to sign up then you'll automatically be put in the correct school. No need for another account, simply login with your google account.


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Smart Ink issues

posted Sep 24, 2014, 11:43 AM by Jason Baxter   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

We have seen an issue a couple of times now where Smart Ink(this is what allows you to write on top of documents and websites on the smartboard) will stop working. I've contacted Smart about this and they seem to know about the issue and the only fix they have at the moment is to turn Smart Ink off then back on. This is simple to do if this ever happens. Just note if for some reason you cannot write on your smartboard and the light on the board is “green”, look for the Smart Ink toolbar at the top of the page.  If it’s not there then follow these simple steps.


Click on the Start Menu and go to your list of programs and find “Smart Ink Settings”



Within Settings Click the “Turn Off Smart Ink” button, then Click it again to turn it back On. That’s it.


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