Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Activity Builder Rocks!

Mr. Smart Trainer games are getting a little bit of a face-lift with the addition of the Activity Builder feature built into the new SMART Notebook 11 software update.  I've been exploring the software to see some cool new things and Activity Builder is at the top of my list.  It's a cool tool to use and cuts down on a lot of the workload of a normal activity that uses multiple pages and links.  The first one I would like to share with you is a Star Wars activity.  You pick a topic, such as "Prime Numbers," and then edit the "Example" and "Non-Example" objects to be either prime or composite numbers.  The student will drag each item to either Luke Skywalker if it is an example or to Darth Vader if it isn't.  Should they drag and drop the answer in the wrong place, the answer will pop back to where it was, indicating the answer was incorrect.  Try this out with a number of different topics and/or subjects.  Being able to identify non-examples is just as important as identifying true examples.  Click here to download the Star Wars Activity.

Is there anything bigger than The Hunger Games right now?  I don't think so.  This Activity Builder game is a little more complicated than the Star Wars game in that it can take up to 8 different categories.  This means that your students will need to be able to disseminate which items belong in which category.  The example shown is for Parts of Speech.  The first page of the Activity is a template to manipulate for whichever content area you are teaching.  This works just as the Star Wars game works in that you drag and drop the word or object to the place where it belongs and it will either disappear if it's correct or it will bounce back if incorrect.  Feel free to download The Hunger Games Activity here.

Please let me know what you think of these activities as they are the first two I have created.  Also, please note that these activities will only work if you have the newest update of the SMART Notebook software, which is Notebook 11.


Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Hi! I already downloaded Star wars and made own training!That was great idea:) Would you please check the link to the Hunger Games to Dropbox. I think, it´s not working! Minna

  2. Minna- Please give it another try. Let me know if it's still down.

  3. Hi! Now it works! Great job John! Have a nice weekend! M