Posts Tagged SMART

Gaming with Extreme Collaboration

When first introduced to Extreme Collaboration (XC), I was immediately hooked.  XC is currently in its beta format; however, it appears fully functional and ready for classroom use.  Immediately, I created cheat sheets and tutorial videos (click here) on how to use this simple and powerful tool.  XC is an Add-On for SMART Notebook that allows all students to immediately participate in the current activity.  Students are able to use a web enabled device to actively participate in the lesson.  They can use a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computing device to send text directly into a SMART Board lesson.

After learning and using XC, the next idea was to see how XC could be used beyond simply sending a text answer into SMART Notebook.  Since XC is generally used in collaboration with students and almost all students like games, is there a way to make XC into a game?  The answer is “Yes!”  Many different ideas came to mind.  A simple “fastest fingers” contest to see who could answer and text the answer in the quickest was the first idea.  Fastest fingers would leave each student competing against the others.

Other ideas include teaming students together.  Using teams would eliminate the one-to-one device requirement.  Utilizing XC’s List by category and Stack by category, answers from each team would appear under their respective team name.  Students could compete in teams to see who can answer the question(s) the fastest.  The teams could have a list of questions to answer and see which team can answer all questions the fastest.  A variation of this would be to see which team can name all elements of the learned topic the fastest.

Add a line across the Notebook page, make it a finish line.  Have the students answering questions until a team reaches the line.  The team that reaches the line first, wins the competition (provide all the answers are correct).  If students pulling answers from the other teams is a concern, turn off the projector.  Another option would be to use the SMART Notebook screen shade.  Turn on the screen shade; adjust it to a desired height to make it the finish line.  As soon as the students have answered enough questions, they will start appearing below the screen shade.

Here are a few ideas for core content areas:


  1. Nouns vs. verbs in a paragraph:  which team can name 10 first
  2. Characters in a story:  who can name the most or name all of them the fastest

Math –

  1. Solve  a problem:  who can do it the fastest
  2. Quick math:  who can solve a group of the problems the fastest

Social Studies –

  1. WII Powers:  who can name the most Allied or Axis powers the fastest/first
  2. Presidents:  name as many presidents as possible in XX seconds
  3. States/Capitals:  name as many as possible in XX seconds

Science –

  1. Chemical equation:  who can solve in the fastest
  2. Physics:  solve the problem the fastest or series of problems
  3. Different Types of Fungus:  name as many types of fungus as possible in XX seconds

The possibilities are virtually endless.  Looking for design templates, click here to download a template from the SMART Exchange.

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SMART Response connector for Eduphoria!

The SMART Response connector for eduphoria! is an assessment tool that allows you to use the SMART Response clicker system with the eduphoria! aware assessment program.

Learn how-to get the most out of your SMART Response and eduphoria! aware. Videos 1-3 will take you through the entire process of completing an assessment with the SMART Response connector for eduphoria!

Part 1 – Downloading and installing (3:59)

Part 2 – Creating the assessment within eduphoria! (2:31)

Part 3 – Downloading the SOS and administering the assessment (6:35)

Part 4 – Uploading results at a later time and connector log files (4:40)

Additional Resources:

  1. Click here to download SMART Response connector for eduphoria!
  2. Click here for a SMART Response connector for eduphoria cheat sheet
  3. SMART Notebook File – Using SMART Response connector for eduphoria!
  4. Additional SMART resources on iCafe

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Student Response System Showdown

The thought of getting 100% student participation throughout your lessons probably seems unrealistic, and at times even impossible. After all, you have that group of students that dominate classroom discussions, while others are too shy to speak up. Don’t forget about the ones who think they know the right answer, but the risk of getting it wrong outweighs their desire to participate. With student response systems, EVERY child has a voice and the opportunity to participate in a nonthreatening environment. It also doesn’t hurt that in addition to the empowerment that the students feel, the teacher is gaining valuable assessment data through quality, engaging lessons. Plain and simple, it is a win-win situation.

How can I use a response system in my class?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a student response system.  Many get stuck in the mindset that response systems can only be used for test reviews, which could not be further from the truth.  In fact, that would be an incredible waste of a system.

Visit Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching for a list of activities and examples.

Which response system do I choose?

Of course you would ask this, after all it is the golden question.  It truly depends on your individual situation.  Do you currently have a SMART or Promethean board?  If so, I would strongly consider going with the response system that correlates with your board.    Are you a data king or queen?  To those of you that answered yes, I would suggest a CPS system, as they have the most comprehensive reporting options.  Do you by chance teach at the secondary level?  If this is the case, I would encourage you to choose either the Promethean Activexpressions or SMART Response XEs, as these have texting capabilities.

Check out the comparison chart below to help you arrive at a decision.
Student Response Systems Chart

Click here to download a pdf version of this document.

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