Monday, November 1, 2010

Bright Hub Interactive Whiteboard Games

Many thanks to Galesburg Ag Teacher Corrine Smith for this link!



Bright Hub is an "all-around answers" site, inviting experts from all areas to submit answers to readers' questions from areas including Technology, Science, Health, Parenting and Education.  (The downside is that the site is heavilly ad-supported, and articles may include professional writers or self-proclaimed free-lance "experts" who self-publish through the site.  Both types of writers are paid for their published works.)



The Interactive Whiteboard Games, written by Jonathan Wylie and edited/published by Elizabeth Wistrom of Bright Hub, include Power Point and SMART Notebook versions of:
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (SMART Notebook or Power Point)
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (SMART Notebook or Power Point)
  • Deal or No Deal (SMART Notebook only)
  • Jeopardy (Power Point, SMART Notebook, and SMART Senteo/Response Clicker Game)
  • Classroom Feud (Like Family Feud, only in SMART Notebook)

Critique:

These are all fine game templates that would be very helpful in a classroom for kids of most any age, especially grades 3 and above.  However, some of the Power Point versions (Jeopardy, etc.) use "invisible" hyperlink boxes that could be a bit difficult for novice users to use appropriately.  The SMART Notebook files are slick looking and have some nice interactive features.  It is unfortunate that only one of the games (Jeopardy) includes directions for editing, and only 2 of the games that I previewed had game play directions/rules for the kids.  Most of the teplate files downloaded quickly.  In the files I previewed there were very few problems with the files as written - most of the hyperlinks take the user to the appropriate slides in the file and what-not.  (I did not have time to look at every slide in every file, I'm afraid.)  I can see how these might be easy to mess up for the novice or reluctant user, but those who are familiar with Power Point and SMART Notebook (especially the hyperlinking feature) wil  greatly enjoy these files, though!

District #205 teachers: If you would like to use these and have any questions, please let me know.  I'll be happy to help you with hyperlinking in either Notebook or Power Point!



Thanks again, Corrine, for helping out our colleagues!

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