Lesson Activity Toolkit Tip of the week – 1. Using the Random Group, Random Name & Spinner! (all subjects!)

Some great little tools from the SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit (2.0) to use in your lessons – suitable for all curriculum areas! To find them simply click on the gallery tab in SMART notebook, select Lesson Activity Toolkit and then in the search box type what you are looking for i.e. “Random Word Chooser”; “Random Group Chooser” or “Spinner”. Let me know if you have any problems. Please also let me knows of any particular ways these have been useful in the classroom so we can share the ideas with others.


A great little tool – simply type in a set of words and click select, the tool will flick through the words and randomly select one:

Ideas for use:
I’m sure you can all think of lots of uses for this little tool, but a few ideas to get you started……. let me know of any other ways you think of and we can share them on here.

  • AFL tool for identifying students during questioning – input class set names and randomly select a student for answering a question
  • Key word terminology – Revision activity – input a set of key terms related to a particular area – randomly select one and ask students to define the key term.
  • Maths starter – you can type in numbers (thus equations or sums) and not just words – could get computer to select 5 at random as a little starter?
  • MFL – key words in the target language for a particular topic area – randomly selected and students have to give the translation.

Random Word Chooser


A great little tool for any activity in any subject involving group work and for which you want to randomly mix students.

(i) Simply insert the names of the students in your class and select the number of groups you want to split them into


(ii) Click generate…. and hey presto…!

Group Generator


A simple spinning tool – you can add text or simply have colour coded segments. To edit click on the arrows on the right of the spinner and you will get the selection box below. To type a word into each segment, make sure you keep clicking on the relevant segment or it will simply save over the one you have just named.


Ideas for use:
Again I’m sure you can come up with lots of ideas for use – just drop me an email so I can add to the list!

1. Name selector (again add names and then set the spinner) – would work ok for smaller groups like VI form
2. Revision – topic areas on spinner – ‘hot-seating’ – students have to select a topic area and then answer a question from it
3. Revision – simillar to above but student selects a key term / case study using topic and then has to tell the rest of the class as much as they know about it, or describe the key term etc.
4. Again numbers can be inputed as well as text – enabling maths equation style questions.


Topic areas / Revision use:


Name selector:

Spinner 2

IWB – Science Training – July 2009


The following resources will provide support to back up what was presented in the training session, including the presentation notebook from which you can copy, paste and edit examples as you want.

Getting Started with SMART Notebook – The Basics

Download – Unlocking the Potential of your IWB – SCIENCE (presentation notebook – .nbk file).

10 Tips, Tricks and Activities for use on the IWB (Blog Post)

IWB related Posts on ICT Across the Curriculum – IWB Support

This is a great little video clip giving 5 tips and tricks for using the IWB – some of which you were shown in the training – but might have forgotten!

Other Resources to support the use of the IWB in Science:

Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Science (Kent ICT)

ThinkBank Science – Science IWB

Year 7 Science Quizzes

KS3 Science – Interactive Whiteboard Resources

KScience – Flash Animations

6 Interactive Whiteboard Strategies in Science

Secondary Science – Whiteboard Resources (Birmingham City Council)

Lesson Activity Toolkit Version 2.0! The Update is here!

Those of you with an IWB who have found the templates, quizzes etc. in the Lesson Activity Toolkit (1.0) useful will be glad to hear that the new 2.0 version has now been released by SMART (thanks to Whiteboard blog for the heads up on this). You can download an introduction to the 2.0 toolkit here which gives an overview of the type of content. As well as all the favourites from 1.0 there are some new tools and templates in this version and I will aim to highlight some of these over the next few weeks.

To update your version of the toolkit, either in your classroom or on your home PC, simply download and follow these simple instructions: Instructions-for-updating-lesson-activity-toolkit-1 . Any problems please let me know. venndiagram1

Learning Activity Toolkit Version 2.0

A new updated version of the Lesson Activity Toolkit (version 2.0) is going to be released by SMART in April 2009. Considering the fantastic resources already available in the existing version, I am looking forward to seeing what new resources will be offered by version 2.0. A sneak preview can be downloaded from here but you need to register with SMART Exchange which is well worth it anyway as it is a valuable source of free resources and support for use of SMARTboards.

I will post on the blog when the full version of Learning Activity Toolkit 2.0 becomes available.

For the mathematicians amongst you SMART is also releasing a SMART notebook Math – you can sign up to try out the Beta version when it is released here.

Using the SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit

Having discussed the SMART Lesson Activity toolkit in today’s session you can find out more about it in this post written earlier in the week with examples of what can be done.

To download the Learning Activity Toolkit at home, please follow the instructions in the other post.Remember you will need the SMART notebook software on your computer at home before you download the Activity Toolkit and this can be downloaded from the internet (for the product key see me)

If your computer at school doesn’t have it on, the network team have made it available for easy download with simple instructions for installation available here.