Enjoy a running list of the "bright Ideas" shared by our LITE Flames.
- Use it all the time and give absent kids a link to notes
- New math to show parents
- Math word wall
- Writing ideas
- Reading blogs
- Basic word lists
- Primary source analysis with sticky notes
- Special needs dyslexic student - taking notes
- Vocabulary tree words - sticky notes move around for prefix
and suffix development
- Sentence diagramming pencast and development (old school but
- Recordable sub plans for playing under doc camera
- History wall with historical characters talking
- Geography mapping
- Innovative ideas for sharing
- Design space and feedback
- English story telling
- Use it to record student speeches
- Capture visiting speakers in classes and share with the
- During a class trip create a blog and have the kids draw and
story tell in teams
- Capture a lesson to share with parents so they reinforce the
- Embed the files in the class schoology page
- Flip Classroom for Math
- Store lessons for homebound or absent students
- Recorded PD opportunities
- Recorded essay assessment
- Aide for ADHD students to go back and listen to lesson
- Give each group of students a pen and have them explain
their thinking...great assessment
- Flip your learning
- Write out your lesson first with your smartpen and post
- Communicate with parents! I demo new strategies with the pen
and post them on my blog
- Students who struggle with writing can do some wring with
- Helps my English language learners to listen to themselves
after they’ve finished. They often are motivated to re-record and improve their
- Math problem walk through as student
- Math problem walk through as teacher
- Post notes for class in bilingual inclusion setting
- For online classes answer quick student questions and post them
- For lecture classes get a volunteer student to take notes
- Using smartpens with regular ed courses with teacher
candidates. During methods courses use the smartpen during gallery walks
- I use my smartpen for note taking in my department meetings
- Brought my smartpen into my son's preschool for a station
during sensory learning week. Preschoolers loved using the pen to promote and
- In a science method course we used smartpen as part of an
interactive science experiment for our science fair
- Used for students that are absent
- Used for teachers that are absent at Professional Learning
Communities and also at staff meetings
- Used to provide additional modeling for our English language
- Used by students to create math tutorials for other students
- Used by teachers to record and review their lessons as part
of their own professional growth
- Right now use it at conferences and professional development
- Translation wall
- Alphabet in different languages
- Body parts and definitions
- Pencast to share with parents to show problem solutions for
- Using for assessment to capture thinking process and
- Share notes with Google docs and Evernote daily class scribe
- Creating pdfs of notes to share
- Take the PowerPoint from the teacher and print it on
Livescribe paper. Staple the sheets
together. Number the slides with a large
black marker in one corner. Use a green
marker to circle the record button on sheet one. Use a red marker to circle the stop button on
the last sheet. The student we are using
this with is visually impaired and cannot take notes in class. When the teacher begins he hits record and
then traces the number 1. When she moves
to the next slide he traces that number all the way to the end. When she finishes he hits stop. Now he can listen to the instruction around
each PowerPoint slide.
- Put Sound Stickers on notecards for a presentation
speech. Student practices and records
their voice and uses these to present as he cannot speak in front of others.
- Make review sheets in a science class studying plants to
increase the vocabulary of special education students.
- Create talking quizzes that a student can take without a
para-professional sitting next to them or having to leave the classroom to have
it read to them.
- Adding talking points
to a US News and World Report magazine so that a student can have the story read
to them, paragraph by paragraph.
- I would use it to review handwriting and letter
formation. I could watch the student’s
pencasts after they had completed the assignments
- Share team meeting notes with my team members and
- Monitor progress of students in other schools who are
working on handwriting, note taking etc.
- Peer tutor notes for students who cannot write. Peer takes notes and then both students have
the notes and audio.
- Daily Tracker. Print
the trackers on the Livescribe dot paper and then have teachers record notes
- I have handed the pen over to a more advanced student in the
room or to my para educator during class notes.
I then post them to my wiki site so the students can access them if they
need a review.
- I have several special needs students in my classroom and
when a test needs to be read to several students and I only have one para, I
use the dots and the pen to make a verbal command for each question.
- Each month one of our staff members attends the school board
meeting. We used to take notes and then
everyone else had to try to decipher the notes, but now we just send the
pen. We then have an audio record of the
- If I have a student in In-School Suspension, I send the pen
to the office with them with any instructions that I may have for them. I also show them how to record any questions
they may have on the assignment while they are doing it.
- When doing interviews for social studies class, students can
take notes, but also record the interviews to be more precise.
- I use Livescribe Pencasts embedded in PDFs to
annotate an eBook version of our textbook in my Distance Education courses.
- I use Livescribe Pencasts embedded PDFs to
deconstruct former students' papers for my online students.
- I use the Livescribe smartpen and pencasts in my
online Children's Literature and Fairy Tale courses. Since most of students are
current or future educators, they have seen the usefulness of such a tool and
have purchased smartpens for use in their own classes.
- In my composition class, I feature the
Livescribe smartpen as one of the best ways for students to separate the
writing and editing phases of their writing. Using the smartpen while writing a
draft eliminates the student's tendency to edit while they write (a common
practice while typing with word processors). When the students realize they can
transfer their draft via the third-party application, MyScript for Livescribe,
they find writing a draft by hand works more efficiently.
- As chair of the University Code Committee, I
used the Livescribe smartpen to not only take notes on lengthy documents, but
also capture all the audio from the meetings. At the end of the meeting, I send
the written notes as a PDF and send the audio file to the respective chairs of
the departments throughout the University.
- I have students record lectures on the Livescribe smartpen
which I then post to our school Moodle site for students that have missed class
or for those that want to hear the lecture again.
- I recorded lectures and posted them to the website to
experiment with a "flipped" classroom where students’
"homework" is to listen to the lecture and then we work problems
during class time where I can assist them.
- I made a learning center with vocabulary words on flashcards
with Sound Stickers recording information about the word.
- I use the Livescribe smartpen to take notes during science
team meetings so we can go back if there is ever a question about an action
that was decided upon.
- I used Sound Stickers to make a test for a student that
needed his tests read to him. He can use the headphones and take the test in
the room so that I can answer any questions he has. I used the Sound Stickers
on a plain answer sheet so that I can reuse for other tests.
- Keep a running audio record of cold reads or one minute
fluency reads to use to monitor progress and share reading skills with their
homeroom teacher or new reading group teacher.
- General sub plan pencasts - so each time a substitute comes
into my room they can hear about all the little things that are too numerous to
put into words.
- Interactive bulletin board pencasts - put up for parent
teacher conferences so the parent can hear the students report instead of just
look at it.
- Speech referrals - sample pencast given to our speech
pathologists to speed up the process of looking at speech errors .
- Guided independent center - pencast of an activity with my
own voice and directions how I want them for the kids to work on during center
- I have a student who has problems with fluency and
decoding. He never seems to understand
that he has made a mistake. I started recording him when he does his one minute
fluency checks. After he has read I let
him listen to himself and his scores have improved drastically.
- Inservice Meetings -- So much information is given and I
can't get it all written down so I record it and make anecdotal notes. It is much easier and I can avoid any
- If I were teaching primary kids you can do onset and rime
and work with word families. Students can identify if the onset and rime or if the
sounds they combine with word families are real words.
- I have an ELMO projector in my classroom and the students
are able to see the notes as I take them and I can play them back from my
computer for review groups of struggling students.
- Talking Word Wall for ESL students. Put dots next to the word wall and picture
cards. Students can tap on it with the
pen and hear the word read to them.
- Use the smartpen to give sound to the word wall so that the
children are able to click on any word that they have trouble remembering and
they will hear it pronounced. The
children love it when you let different children record the different words so
they all get to hear their voices.
- Use the smartpen to give audio to leveled readers so that
the children can listen to them to help them with their reading fluency. It helps to build confidence in lower
- Use the smartpen to have the children record facts about
animals. The children can make a poster
and then add the audio to allow others to click on their dots and hear what
they discovered about the different animals.
- Use the smartpen to record a lesson to show the steps in
solving a math problem. When the
children get stuck, they can click on the problem and have the lesson retaught
to them while the teacher is helping other students.
- Use the smartpen to record instructions for centers. When the children forget what to do, they can
click on the instructions to be reminded of what the teacher wanted them to do
and they do not have to go ask the teacher.
- "Flipped” the classroom - Livescribe lecture notes/audio
assigned as homework.
- Project criteria for students include using my Livescribe smartpen
to make notes with audio over the assigned topic; then uploaded to share with
- My Livescribe notes ask questions that the students must
- Student's print class lecture notes and bring them to class
for highlighting and this becomes the test review.
- Absent students go directly to Livescribe notes; if printer
does not work then students must hand copy the notes.
- Our staff is working on building a library of standardized
test prep pencasts. These pencasts,
created by Math and LA teachers, will be used by homeroom teachers during the
weeks leading up to standardized testing.
- I will use the smartpen in the science center to help the
students label parts of the body and parts of the tree.
- Smartpen Student Pilot Group. 5 6th grade students with
varying processing deficits use the smartpen in content classes to assist
overcoming deficits to access grade level curriculum.
- Faculty meetings are recorded using a smartpen and emailed
to all that are in attendance and those that are not. Faculty does not have to
worry about taking notes and can pay attention to what is being said or
participate in the discussion. It has also cut down on the "Can you repeat
- At a time when too many children are left behind, the
Livescribe Echo smartpen has come to the rescue. For example, in our school district, we have
one child who has been riddled with infections, colds, and most recently
pneumonia. Many teachers have been
struggling to keep up with keeping him up to date and not allowing him to fall
behind. For example in math class, we
have been able to educate him from the comfort and care of his own home. We can track progress and how many times he
has viewed the material so when he returns he isn't overwhelmed with all the
work he has to make up. This is just one
example of how Livescribe has helped absent students not get left behind.
- Have students record "Brief Constructed Response
Items" rather than trying to write out paragraphs of math
- Child development students will be journaling their
week-long experience with the RealityWorks infant simulators. This journaling
activity will be the basis of the essay that is required upon completion of the
week simulation period.
- I've used the Livescribe smartpen to create assessment
review pencasts. Students access the
notes (along with review games) from our wikispaces to prepare for
assessments. Parents are thrilled with
- I will use the smartpen in literacy by turning books into
- Smartpen use by student with visual motor integration
deficit, records lessons in class to assist with content retention and
- All class notes are written using a smartpen and embedded in
our class website. Students review the notes at home at their own speed
(Flipped Classroom Model)
- When it comes to book reports, I have heard all kinds of
complaints and groans from children.
This is especially true when it comes to children who have reading, sensory,
and processing disabilities. I have
leveraged the Livescribe desktop software and smartpen to create fun,
interactive book reports that help increase comprehension for students with
different abilities and limitations. For example, I utilized an inflatable die
with different questions on it. The
student gets to roll the die and then answer the question orally while I scribe
the student’s answer using the smartpen.
According to one student’s mother, “It is a very innovative tool that
can be used to make him want to write and be conscious of his pronunciation of
words which directly correlates with his speech. To me it incorporates his interest in
Language Arts and Speech which is Ian’s biggest challenge.” I have also expanded the interactive Echo book
report to quizzes and tests to provide parents with a unique perspective into
how their child learns, thinks, and performs on tests.
- Use sound stickers in a book to have older students practice
reading fluency and expression to give to younger students to "read"
- Students have created "posters" using Livescribe
smartpens illustrating several camera techniques such as head-room, look-room,
- Our state teachers of the year, from 24 counties in MD, are
sharing ideas about how they use Livescribe smartpens in their classrooms. We've created an Edmodo website to
- I will use the smartpen for the students to draw pictures of
organisms that they have been learning about and talk about some of the needs
and characteristics of the organism. This can be a pre or post assessment tool.
- Smartpen use by student with visual and auditory processing
deficits to assist with note-taking and content retention. He records all his
lessons at school and listens at home to prep for quizzes and tests
- Tests are given with smartpens to capture students work as
it happens. This allows the teacher to pinpoint where students are making
- Livescribe technology has the ability to go from the bus to
the special arts classroom. Sometimes the best teaching can be accompanied
through fun activities in the weirdest of situations. In a recent creation, I had a very talented
art student draw his own mind’s creation and a Yoshi and Super Mario for me. In the special arts classroom students will
be able to create virtual comics that speak to the reader or record melodic
music during a beautiful portrait.
Either way, the beauty of art will be in the eyes and ears of the
- "So often students want to tell me so much (non-school
related) information in the mornings. A
journal to the teacher could be set up in the back of the room, so the students
could ""tell"" me the information, and I could continue
with the morning routine. The same could
be used for conflict resolution. Students
can use the journal to tell their side of the story."
- Video production students have used Livescribe smartpens to
develop and share their original scripts with one another by posting these
documents in our Moodle classroom.
- I'm working on using the Livescribe to record data gathered
from science investigations. Students
who were absent during the lab can review, graph, and analyze data using the
- I will use the smartpen on poem and nursery rhyme charts so
that the students can hear it being read and follow the text with a pointer.
- Smartpen use by student with Executive Functioning Disorder
and anxiety. The 3 ring notebook and smartpen use help him remain organized
with his materials and the smartpen note taking helps reduce his anxiety with
- After students take a math test, the teacher posts the test
along with his work to the test, using a Smartpen, so students can watch how
the problems were worked out.
- Who would’ve thought that a surf instructor would post notes
to his students who attend Sam Hammer’s Billabong Camp? I would often compliment my surf instruction
with virtual lessons that campers could check out and study before or after
coming to camp. In terms of stretches,
board definitions, technique, and advice the Echo Smartpen brought the World
Wide Web to Brown Ave., Lavallette. A
place where pro-surfers, like Billabong’s Sam Hammer, can inspire and teach
children anywhere in the world.
- Non-School Idea - Have kids answer the same questions every
year on their birthday (such as "what do you want to be when you grow up?”
etc.). Record their answers to see the
change in answers, voice, and handwriting each year!
- Video production students have used Livescribe smartpens to
storyboard and record preproduction notes to share with their classmates
through the class Moodle site.
- Another idea I've thought of, but not yet tried, is to
record lessons that my substitutes can use in my absence.
- I will use it to take notes at meetings and conferences and
then be able to share the notes and new ideas with fellow team-mates.
- Student with ADHD uses a smartpen for note taking in primary
content classes. Because the student has to pay attention to when to record and
stop recording, he attentiveness in class has greatly improved.
- Students use the smartpen to record Math Journals that they
can post when they work on group projects
- Soldiers who receive a letter while abroad are grateful for
the respectful letters they receive while in combat. It’s those written that help drive soldiers
to help protect our country and freedoms.
One student recently wrote a letter to a soldier with the Livescribe pen
and is currently awaiting a reply.
Except now the letters have voices and the soldier will be able to hear
the thoughts and feelings that are attached with the letter. It’s this emotion and sound that will help
our students honor the soldiers that protect this amazing country.
- Non-School Idea - Use sound stickers on my grandmother's
recipe cards. Have my dad record the
directions including all of the "extras" that my grandmother did, but
she did not write down.
- Video Production ll students have created an auditory word
wall using newly learned video vocabulary for Video Production l students.
will record animal sounds and/or names in English or Spanish on sound
stickers that will be on bingo cards, flash cards, memory game cards,
etc. Then other students will be able to match not only have the
pictures and words as clues, but also the animal sound.
- Use the smartpens with students to prepare them for their end-of-year state tests.
Reading Program - Students check their accuracy using Livescribe
smartpens; can be used for guided and independent practice. Great
- Interview teachers on how they got started in their career and post those on the web.
a 'The Learning Garden' themed bulletin board (or use any theme you
would like as long as you can include small 'objects' with the students'
names on them) I placed water drops with a Sound Sticker and the
student's name. When the student taps the sticker, they receive a
personal greeting from me and one part of a puzzle activity that
combined as a class will be our first community building activity of the
- Journal writing
- I markup PowerPoint
Presentations using the Stylus and record audio. The marked up
presentation can be saved and the audio file played separately. The
presenter only needs to manually advance the slide show and they appear
as though they are one file! Works great!
- "Vocabulary Practice.
I posted a pencast and linked it to my class website. This pencast had
the unit vocabulary words. I wrote the words and spoke the
definitions. They were able study at home using the pencast like flash
- Also worked with the Spanish teacher who is creating a
pencast of Unit vocabulary words that she will post and have the
students practice at home. Fabulous way to see and hear the words."
short lessons using the smartpen and embed them into a Google website
for students to do outside of class. This helps with the "flipped"
- Make cards with a written definition of a
vocabulary word. Use a Sound Sticker to say the word. The student
has to identify the word and then press the sound sticker to see if it
- Use sticky notes to make a review wall in science
class. Students and teachers make a large bulletin board sized diagram
of an atom, a biological system, or any other system using an old school
transparency and overhead projector. Students use the smartpens to
label the parts and functions of the system. Students who are done
working use a smartpen and headphones to review and test themselves
quietly at the review wall.
- I have used my smartpen to help
students understand how to write a paragraph. We use a "hand paragraph"
model to get students to understand the structure of a 5-sentence
paragraph. We draw a hand and they tell me their sentences as they draw
lines on the fingers. This separates the tasks of creating sentences
from actually writing them, which allows students to focus more on
grammar, spelling and punctuation while dictating to themselves.
mathcasts that can be viewed on a classroom webpage to help students
AND parents with math algorithms and solving homework problems.
- Use the smartpen to assist students in tracking their own goals and objectives.
will use my 3 subject Livescribe notebook to keep anecdotal notes on my
students. Then when I connect my smartpen to my computer I can
organize the notes by child, proof read them, and compile them all
together to send home to the parents. I really want to send home more
positive communication about students, and I think this will help me
achieve that goal.
- Use the smartpens with ESL students.
process - students complete the writing process using Livescribe
smartpen...students are 'walked' through the process; students can
clarify their writing by recording thoughts and questions.
- Storyboard a new online workshop and record the audio for the workshop at the same time.
'worksheets'/templates in a sheet protector. Add a Sound Sticker with
directions explaining to the student what they are to do using dry erase
markers so the activity can be reused by other students.
- Math facts and reinforcement
have our ESL Teacher use the smartpen and the Sound Stickers to help
our K-5 students learn to identify objects and also to help with
pronunciation of words for those with limited English skills.
a class lesson using a pencast on the class website. It showed the
progression of learning about transversals and angles. The pencast
allowed me to walk the student through the steps. It is much easier for
me to demonstrate than to write directions step by step.
student homework problems by sending them a pencast, rather than typing
out the solution for them (students at the college level generally
email me questions, rather than come to my office hours).
- Make a pencast for a student who was absent and may need some explanation. Email as a PDF.
use the smartpen to draw their own diagrams. They save the image only
and then insert those images right into their tests. Teachers don't
have to settle for images they find online. They create diagram images
that are exactly what they want and because the images they are their
own they are copyright friendly.
- The smartpen can be used to
provide vocabulary review. I can use clip art taped/glued to the dot
paper to illustrate vocabulary and record the words on a shape/dot/star
next to the picture. Students can quiz themselves. It would be a
self-correcting exercise, giving immediate feedback.
spoken test or quiz questions for students with special needs. Students
can use earbuds to listen without disturbing others in class.
the smartpen to allow students to listen to teacher generated test so
that they aren't so embarrassed by asking the teacher to read them the
- I will use Sound Stickers to audio activate as many
books in my library as possible. My students are all economically
disadvantaged and there are many studies that show they start school
with a vocabulary deficiency compared to students of middle and upper
class families. Therefore I need a way to pour MORE words into their
brains than I can physically speak in a day! I plan to expose them to
these words through my Livescribe library! **My students are also ELLs
(English Language Learners). They need lots of exposure to
well-pronounced English words.
- Use the smartpens in small group settings or learning centers.
stations - students use Livescribe smartpens to guide them through the
directions; students can use the Livescribe smartpens to record their
thoughts and questions.
- Capture a brainstorming session so that you can go back and review what was said to understand the context of the notes taken.
a Sound Sticker to each page of a picture book. Each page has a
different student recording the text. Besides being a wonderful tool to
assess fluency, the book can be shared with a class in a younger grade.
- Peer tutoring and reinforcement
students to take their notes while using the text book on sticky notes!
They can even record their thought or questions in case they forget
them later. The sticky notes then become a searchable way to find things
in the text that they need help with, especially if they record the
page and paragraph in the hardbound text!
- I created a lesson and
posted it to pencast. Instead of repeating the same lesson 6 times
that day, I played the pencast. Students were attentive and fascinated.
an interactive test key or worksheet solution by embedding the original
text (of the test or the worksheet) into the pencast PDF as a
watermark! This way students can see the original questions and hear
and see the solutions worked out.
- Share pencasts of the student solving a math problem and explain their thinking and share at parent conferences.
teacher makes a spelling pretest station in a K-5 classroom. Sticky
notes read the spelling word. Students try to spell it and then check
their work by clicking on the sticky note with the answer on it (the
word spelled out by the teacher).
- A cloze activity or outline
skeleton that follows a lecture can be written with the smartpen while
it is on but not recording. Students can listen to the lecture recorded
on the smartpen and listen for key vocabulary that they would then add
to the pencast. The teacher could review the pencast later to see where
the students need additional help.
- Have students record their
own solutions to math problems so that teachers can hear them "think
aloud" while they work through the problem step by step.
- Use the
smartpen to generated questions. I work in an urban school so students
are not always able to come to coach class. So I could use the pencast
to answer questions and sent a response to the students email address!
That way they don't have to use YouTube or some other website to get an
answer to a problem that is specifically from the textbook.
Center ideas: During centers I have students write each other letters
and then put them in a make shift mailbox in our classroom. At the end
of the day I get to play Mailman and deliver the mail before they go
home. I could create a piece of construction paper and put each
student’s name and pictures on it by the mail center. Then students
could record audio stickers with compliments and leave them on that
students "Compliment Catcher" page. It would be a great social
studies/community building project and I know they would love to hear
the compliments their peers want to leave for them.
- Use the smartpens to create pencasts.
reading strategies - using a Livescribe smartpen, students will develop
reading skills while recording their thoughts while reading.
- Save time by taking field notes that can then be easily changed to text.
a Sound Sticker to each page of a WORDLESS picture book. On the first
page, the first student records the 'text'. Subsequent students must
listen to the previous pages before recording the 'text' for their
page. Again, can be shared out with a class in a younger grade.
- Studying for test /individualized testing
the audio of any staff meeting and then draft the text later. When
making a pencast the correct audio can be associated with whatever text
you desire. Therefore the text does not have to match the audio but can
be an outline or guide to the audio that can be jumped back and forth
- Worked with the Spanish teacher to label the objects in her
room so students can walk around the room and test themselves on the
proper word and pronunciation of the objects.
- Have one student
each day take notes for the class using the Livescribe smartpen and then
upload the notes to the class website calendar so ALL students can
benefit from the animated/with sound notes, especially if they missed
class that day.
- Sometimes, teachers and/or parents have a
difficult time understanding the different ways to solve a problem -
other than the traditional algorithm. Make pencast showing -
multiplication - partial products, etc... and post them on your wiki
or web page as a resource.
- A Spanish teacher uses a notebook
page to deliver a practical exam. The teacher writes the number one and
then speaks the question on the exam page. Each student has their own
Livescribe page printed from a printer. The student goes out into the
hall and writes the words "answer number 1", then speaks his response.
Oral exams no longer have to occur with the teacher outside of the
classroom as the students take turns with the Livescribe sitting outside
and taking the exam alone. The teacher can grade each test later.
students or students who have difficulty remembering stories they have
told before can use the smartpen to illustrate stories that have a
beginning, middle and end. The teacher draws a storyboard on the paper,
and the student illustrates the story while telling it. Any details are
drawn in as well, providing the student afterward with a pencast they
can use to write a well-developed story.
- Create a talking globe
or map with recorded Sound Stickers. Students hear the correct
pronunciation of the state or country, and any other info the teacher
wishes to record.
- I could have the students write out their
answers and use it to take their progress or use it to substantiate the
need for more or less intervention.
- "Morning Message! I got an
idea from a scholastic instructor magazine to use an old ""Guess Who""
came and replace the cartoon pictures with my students' pictures. Then
play the game to learn more about each one of them in my class. I would
like to also add a Sound Sticker to the picture where the student gives
clues about who they are. These clues could be language arts geared
like: ""My name starts with the letter 'G' which makes the /g/ sound,"";
""My name has 5 letters, and the last one is 'E',""; ""Who am I?"";
""Giselle!"" OR it there could be Math geared clues like: ""I am older
than 5 but younger than 7. How old am I?""; ""I have 1 orange cat and 1
white cat. How many cats do I have? TWO!"" "
- Students use
smartpens of record their thinking process when explaining, solving,
answering questions. Also have students use the smartpens to review or
- Test taking and study skills - reasoning and
brain processing analysis- students use Livescribe smartpens to record
their thoughts and confusion during study sessions and test taking
- Create a scavenger hunt that students need to find sounds and record them as well as take notes on their properties.
Word Work Learning Center - Using Sound Stickers (can you tell I'm
CRAZY about the Sound Stickers? Absolutely LOVE them!), 10 stickers per
page so that I can level and differentiate the activity for students I
record the word, use it in a sentence, then repeat the word. Students
write the words on a separate sheet of paper. There is a separate sheet
so they can self-check once they are done. (This is also a great
activity for students who might have been absent when a teacher gives a
- "Reinforcements of facts for students who need oral, kinesthetic and tactile. Allows students to self-pace and check."
have my students make up whole-page flash cards, the paper contains the
question, the linked audio contains the spoken answer. The student can
practice with the flash cards and tap on anything they have trouble
- Students will be recording their own pencasts about
the topics in class. This will require them to be able to verbally
summarize the math lesson for that day. We will post it to the class
website. They are very excited about recording and hearing their
friends voices recorded.
- For a student who requires a reader for
their test (we have a testing center for that), take the typed test and
then record each question onto a Sound Sticker. While the student is
taking the test, a paid reader will not be needed; the student can hit
the dot on the page to re-read the question to them as many times as
they need the question to be read.
- Share student pencasts with
the whole class on different ways to solve a problem - then have the
students identify which CCSFMP were demonstrated: - #1. Make
sense of problems and persevere in solving them, #2 Reason
abstractly and quantitatively, #3 Construct viable arguments, #4
Model with mathematics, #5 Use appropriate tools strategically, #6
Attend to precision, #7 Look for and make use of structure, #8 Look
for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. This will allow
students to develop an understanding of the SFMP and how they are
- The teacher records lab instructions while
embedding instructional information in a pencast. Those instructions
are uploaded to Livescribe. Students pull up a link to the day’s lab.
They listen to lab procedures and teacher explanations. Students can
pause and play from a netbook computer at their lab station as they
work. If they get confused they rewind the pencast. Students record
their data from lab experiment to share with the class in the class
Livescribe lab notebook.
- One teacher told me she never has time
between classes to remember disciplinary issues or commendations. She
could use the smartpen to track events during her classes. As she writes
the date and student's name, she could record the information she needs
to access later and then return to the audio file to formally record
- Teacher provides written and audio feedback on a student's written work or test. Helpful for students AND their parents.
- It's a great way to track the things that you leave out of a lesson.
pencasts to demonstrate math skills to students. Assess students skills
by having them create their own pencasts as they solve equations,
determine the least common multiple of a set of non-zero whole numbers,
etc. It's a great way to get them to "talk" through mathematical
- Have students draw and tell stories. Have upper
elementary/middle school students create stories with an element of
surprise. As students share their stories verbally, they draw items
mentioned throughout the story. By the end of the story, the items come
together to divulge the picture of a central character in the story. A
great resource for this is Draw-And-Tell by Richard Thompson.
- Create an online resource notebook for students to refer to as they work through algebra concepts.
- Create a cartoon character to feature on your class website. Have the character "share" homework plans and weekly announcements.
students create $2 summaries of the day's lesson using sticky notes or
stickers and index cards. Each word is worth 5 cents. Students write
their summary of the lesson on an index card or sticky note while
recording their narrative. Post on the door or in another area of the
classroom for others to review. (Be sure to leave a pen nearby!)