BLOSSOM LEARNING â€œONLINE APPLIED SMART BOARD COURSEâ€? DESIGNED TO UNLEASH THE FULL POWER OF THE SMART BOARD IN EVERY K-12 CLASSROOM
Breakthrough eight-chapter â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? promises to create a movement that revolutionizes the way training is delivered to K-12 school districts.
â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? is available now for immediate purchase for the revolutionary low price of US $69.95.
TORONTO, CANADA, January 26, 2010 â€” Asserting that the time had come to create a movement that fundamentally changes the way technology training is delivered to K-12 school districts throughout North America, Blossom Learning today previewed its eight chapter â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? now available for purchase for only US $69.95 at www.blossomlearning.com. In doing so, the online training solutions provider comprised of former teachers and AV presentation professionals asserted that the average teacher would now be able to become highly proficient using the SMART Board creatively in their daily lesson plans in a matter of weeks.
â€œOur goal is huge but achievable,â€? declared David Weatherhead, Sales & Marketing Manager at Blossom Learning. â€œWe are going to work with teachers and administrators to creative a new movement in technology training, one that changes the way training is delivered to K-12 school districts everywhere, one that redefines the price-performance value of training, and one that ultimately makes technology training a practical reality for every teacher and school district, regardless of their location.â€?
The worldâ€™s first teacher-designed, 100% online training course created and priced to bring the SMART Board fully to life in every K-12 classroom is designed and created by former educators and AV presentation professionals who are dedicated to transforming the way technology is integrated in the classroom. â€œTeachers need to be able to fully apply the capabilities of the SMART Board, creatively, in their daily lesson plans and they need to be able to do this quickly and affordably,â€? explained Weatherhead. â€œIt took a group of former teachers to address this need, which they have done with the development of this compelling, step-by-step, eight chapter course that helps new users to the SMART Board quickly harness the full capabilities of the board.â€?
The â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? is designed to be a complete and affordable training solution that comes with built-in LMS administrative facilities that allow school districts to facilitate purchases, allocate courses to teachers, and track individual teacher progress toward completion. The course is priced low enough to allow individual teachers to purchase it on their own as well as administrators to purchase it for their entire school district. And, because it does feature built-in LMS facilities, administrators can measure the productivity of their investment teacher by teacher.
The online course is available immediately in English. French will be added in March 2010 and Spanish will be added in June 2010. German and Portuguese will follow in August 2010. The course also includes PDF-formatted homework practice sessions, as well as end-of-chapter reviews and quizzes that must be completed before proceeding to the next section.
Here, in brief, is an overview of what is included in each of the eight chapters:
Chapter One â€“ Overview
âˆ‘ What is a SMART Board?
âˆ‘ Why did your school buy it?
âˆ‘ Reasons for using a SMART Board
âˆ‘ What can it do for me?
âˆ‘ Uses in Classroom
âˆ‘ How to use the SMART Board effectively in the classroom.
âˆ‘ Connecting the SMART Board
âˆ‘ What are all those cables and components that are associated with the SMART Board?
âˆ‘ Accessing SMART Tools
âˆ‘ Learn how to get your SMART Board to function properly!
âˆ‘ Floating Toolbar
âˆ‘ Probably the most useful tool available to you?
Chapter Two â€“ Using Electronic Media
âˆ‘ Onscreen Keyboard
âˆ‘ Never have to refer to your computers keyboard in the middle of a lesson!
âˆ‘ Right Mouse Click
âˆ‘ Use your finger as a mouse and find
âˆ‘ Orientating the SMART Board
âˆ‘ Make sure your touches are accurate!
âˆ‘ Interacting with files and the web
âˆ‘ Use the same files and websites, but control them from the SMAR Board!
âˆ‘ Writing on the SMART Board
âˆ‘ Endless whiteboard space to write your notes!
âˆ‘ Ink Layer
âˆ‘ Imagine a large acetate over your computer screen!
âˆ‘ Ink Aware
âˆ‘ Embed your handwriting right into Microsoft Word or Excel.
Chapter Three â€“ Using SMART Notebook Software (Part 1)
âˆ‘ Launching SMART Notebook Software
âˆ‘ Create lessons through SMART Notebook Software.
âˆ‘ SMART Notebook Interface
âˆ‘ Understand the basics to SMART Notebook software!
âˆ‘ Language Settings
âˆ‘ Over 30 language settings!
âˆ‘ File Management Tools
âˆ‘ Save, Save As, or export your interactive lessons!
Chapter Four â€“ Using SMART Notebook Software (Part 2)
âˆ‘ Drawing Tools
âˆ‘ Use the shape tool in math!
âˆ‘ Display Features
âˆ‘ Create shared reading exercises on the fly.
âˆ‘ Screen Capture Feature
âˆ‘ Save your work or your students work!
âˆ‘ Creating Tables
âˆ‘ Automatically insert images and text to create sorting activities!
âˆ‘ Page Sorter Tab
âˆ‘ Organize and rename your lesson pages to create a better lesson flow!
Chapter Five â€“ Using Objects
âˆ‘ Understanding Objects
âˆ‘ Why canâ€™t I delete objects with the eraser?
âˆ‘ Manipulating Objects
âˆ‘ Resize and move objects!
âˆ‘ Handwriting to text recognition
âˆ‘ Messy handwriting? Make your notes legible on the fly during class!
âˆ‘ Cloning Options
âˆ‘ Use this feature to recreate a plant cell!
âˆ‘ Locking Options
âˆ‘ Locking objects makes student interaction a no hassle task.
âˆ‘ Flipping Objects
âˆ‘ Create mirroring exercises!
âˆ‘ Order of Objects
âˆ‘ No need to worry about the order in which you bring in objects!
âˆ‘ Grouping Objects
âˆ‘ Create class notes that you can hide on the site of the screen.
âˆ‘ Object Properties
âˆ‘ Change the color and line style of any object
Chapter Six â€“ Using the Gallery
âˆ‘ Gallery Essentials
âˆ‘ Over 6000 pieces to help you create a more engaging lesson!
âˆ‘ Gallery Search Function
âˆ‘ Easily find that map of the world!
âˆ‘ My Content
âˆ‘ Create your own gallery!
âˆ‘ Attachments Tab
âˆ‘ Easily access that website or pdf file you constantly refer to in class!
âˆ‘ Downloading Lessons
âˆ‘ Donâ€™t re-invent the wheel!
Chapter Seven â€“ Adding Multimedia
âˆ‘ Hyperlinks to Objects
âˆ‘ Create engaging lessons by linking to external websites or files!
âˆ‘ Inserting External Images
âˆ‘ Insert your digital camera images as soon as you get back into the classroom!
âˆ‘ Adding Sounds to Objects
âˆ‘ Create quick daily physical activity to your class!
âˆ‘ Inserting Video
âˆ‘ Demonstrate valuable information using educational videos!
âˆ‘ Page Recording
âˆ‘ Record that championship winning sports play!
âˆ‘ SMART Recorder
âˆ‘ Record events outside of SMART Notebook software!
âˆ‘ SMART Video Player
âˆ‘ Play, pause, annotate and save your notes while watching a video!
Chapter Eight â€“ Making Lessons Interactive
âˆ‘ Download SMART created lesson
âˆ‘ Save time and increase student awareness!
âˆ‘ Lesson Activity Tool Kit
âˆ‘ Create a nice flow to your lessons by incorporating a consistent design!
âˆ‘ Lesson Pages
âˆ‘ Add consistency to your lessons!
âˆ‘ Lesson Activities
âˆ‘ Make your lessons fun by using interactive games and activities!
âˆ‘ Endless graphic templates to choose from!
âˆ‘ Interactive Tools
âˆ‘ Create a vocabulary lesson in the middle of math class!
âˆ‘ Sharing Lessons
âˆ‘ Be apart of the movement and share your lessons with others!
Get up and running with the SMART Board within minutes of starting the course:
According to Paul Weatherhead, Operations Manager, the course allows teachers to complete training on their schedule, which shouldnâ€™t take any more than two to three weeks. However, teachers will be able to get up and running with the SMART Board within minutes of starting the online course! By the time they are finished, teachers will have progressed sequentially from the Fundamentals level through the Intermediate and Advanced levels, and receive a personalized Certificate of Completion.
More importantly, according to Weatherhead, the availability of the affordably priced â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? will forever eliminate the â€˜trial and errorâ€™ approach to learning that has characterized the way some teachers have had to approach the SMART Board in their classroom. â€œLetâ€™s face facts. Teacherâ€™s might have had to wait to receive any training on their new board, now they can be up and running within minutes. Furthermore, with our course, teachers can return to the material over and over again until they become proficient!â€?
Paul Weatherhead asserted, â€œLet me be clear. We donâ€™t want to replace face-to-face training with our course, we want to help those districts and teachers who canâ€™t afford face-to-face training, or who are located in areas where it is not offered. We also see our online course as a powerful add-on to any current face-to-face training program.â€?
David Weatherhead believes that this course is, quite simply, the most complete, first of its kind online applied course for the SMART Board that helps unleash the full capabilities of this product for teachers everywhere. â€œThatâ€™s amazing in and of itself. The fact that it does so in a compelling and entertaining manner, hosted by a 21st Century avatar named Mrs. Blossom, and priced at only US $69.95 makes â€œThe Applied Online SMART Board Courseâ€? an overnight revolution in educational training, one that we believe will create a global movement for change.â€?
Blossom Learning will be demonstrating its â€œOnline Applied SMART Board Courseâ€? at FETC 2010 in Orlando, Florida from January 12-15, 2010 at Booth #621 in the Orange County Convention Center and then again at TCEA 2010 in Austin, Texas from February 8-12, 2010 at Booth #2671 in the Austin Convention Center.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Blossom Learning is an innovative online training solutions provider comprised of former educators and AV presentation professionals who share a commitment to bring technology to life in the classroom environment through applied online training courses that are comprehensive, compelling, and priced to revolutionize the way teachers learn. The privately held company was started in 2009 and is located at 110 Cumberland Street, Suite 330, Toronto, Ontario M5R 3V5 Canada. The main telephone number is 1-877-390-7560. For additional information about Blossom Learning, please visit www.blossomlearning.com.
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