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September 2011, Volume 3, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

Library Card Sign Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

Indian Education Summit Pre-Conference
Sept. 25

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 28

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 5-7

SD Festival of Books
Oct. 7-9

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 16-22

Teen Read Week
Oct. 16-22

AASL National Conference
Oct. 27-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Back to learning for all ages

What is Library Development Reading?


Creating SMART Board Lessons: Yes, You Can!

Reviewed by Mary G. Johnson, School Library Coordinator

Book cover: Creating SMART Board Lessons: Yes, You Can! Your long-awaited SMART Board has finally been installed in your classroom or library this year. Are you anxious to begin using it but don’t really know where to start? Creating SMART Board Lessons: Yes, You Can! by Marcia Jeans [New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2011. (978-0-545-22134-4)] might just be the book for you!

According to research, “85 percent of school districts in the United States use interactive whiteboards. More than half of those whiteboards are SMART Boards” (Greaves & Hayes, 2008). Jeans has created a simple-to-follow instruction guide for everything from setting up your SMART Board to creating lessons with which to use it. This book is divided into three sections: SMART Notebook Basics, Beyond the Basics, and Create Your Own Lessons. An interactive DVD with practice screens, demonstrations, and lesson ideas is provided with the book.

Professional resources for sharing information with other educators, as well as websites for SMART Board users, bring it all together in the appendix. Not surprisingly, in today’s technological world, SMART also has a YouTube channel for how-to’s, new products, and sample lessons. Educators make up the audience for the SMART social network and blog.

This, along with many others, is one resource you will find in the South Dakota State Library!

Greaves, T. W., & Hayes, J. (2008). America’s Digital Schools 2008. Shelton, CT: MDR.


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