My previous ‘Mystery’ puzzle tool, Mystery Piano has caught the interest of quite a number of teachers who began using it in the classroom. Therefore, I have continued to create a new puzzle creator tool, Mystery Mines.
Mystery Mines allows you to use pixel-art as a clue for your Breakout EDU challenges. You can also embed a hidden message that will appear when students complete the puzzle.
We have created an animated video to introduce Smoothboard Air.
Our vision is for educators and students around the world to benefit from the real-time collaboration platform which Smoothboard Air provides.
Thanks for watching!
Here is the transcript for the video:
The rise of mobile technologies like smartphones, netbooks and tablets are increasingly challenging not just conventional teaching methods but the attention span of both students and teachers.
More students are bringing their own mobile devices to class. And the numbers are just going to keep growing.
But mobile technology should not be another hurdle to keep students engaged in class. It should be an effective tool in encouraging participation and active learning among students
How do you do that?
All you need is Smoothboard Air, a good teacher, a computer with wireless access, and a class of students with their mobile devices.
Begin by installing Smoothboard Air into your computer. It takes just 20 seconds to install.
Smoothboard Air will provide an IP address immediately.
Connect students’ mobile devices to the WIFI network.
Students just need to enter the IP address into their mobile devices and WALLA! They are now sharing your screen.
Now, you can write annotations on your own presentation and students can save them at the end of the lesson.
You can organize mini contests and quizzes. And students can participate instantly from their own mobile devices.
More than 100,000 educators have downloaded and tried the first version of Smoothboard.
And now, we have Smoothboard Air which will bring learning to a new level.
You don’t have to fight the rising trend of mobile devices in classrooms.
With the help of my friend, I have made a short video showing how to connect several different mobile devices to the computer running Smoothboard Air. The video also contains a quick run through of the features of the Smoothboard Air software.
The devices in the video are: 2x iPads, 1x Macbook, 1x Galaxy Tab 10.1, 1x Galaxy Nexus, and 1x iPod Touch.
I have just released the Smoothboard Air with Duo software which allows annotations directly from a tablet such as an iPad or Android Tablet.
The new software is based on Smoothboard 2 and now supports 2 simultaneous IR Pen inputs. The new Split Screen mode allows two users to interact at the screen together with independent Floating Toolbars.
With the use of a tablet, you are now able to draw or write on any application directly on the computer. Smoothboard Air with Duo allows text input too which is great for mind-mapping.
Also, the software has a new Flip Chart feature for multi-page drawing.
Smoothboard Air with Duo allows you to control your computer’s cursor and keyboard from the tablet.
You are also able to scroll through documents and website quickly with the Scroll Area as shown below. Tapping on the area will trigger the Up and Down keys on the computer. In a slideshow, this will enable you to change slides quickly.
Smoothboard Air with Duo supports collaboration with two or more tablets. The tablets can be connected to the Smoothboard Air with Duo server by just scanning the QR code. No installation is required on the mobile devices as the web browser is used. This feature allows new participants in a meeting room or classroom to connect instantly as long as the devices are within the same network.
A powerful new feature in Smoothboard Air with Duo is that the annotations made during a PowerPoint slideshow is now attached to each slide. When you switch slides, the annotations for each respective page will appear accordingly. The annotations can be saved into the slides of the PowerPoint file at the end of the slideshow.