Interactive Activities with IntelliTools Classroom Suite v4

Activities for this Course: In addition to watching the videos, course requirements include answering 3 Essential Questions, designing or modifying an activity, and completing a lesson plan that incorporates the strategies learned.


Description: This workshop provides step-by-step guidance in using IntelliTools Classroom Suite v4. If you are taking the class, you should already have the program or have asked for a TrackIt for the installation. The videos are included in the Assistive Technology Collection on the Atomic Learning website. Be sure to poke around that site and take a look at the other videos available for other software like Inspiration, Smart Notebook, and SOLO. As stated on the IntelliTools® Web site, "Classroom Suite 4 is a unique intervention tool that combines direct instruction with a flexible tool environment to help students in grades Pre K through 5 achieve mastery in reading, writing, and math." These tutorials were created using a Mac, however, the program operates the same on both Mac and PC platforms.

Essential Question 1: How does this information apply to my student(s)?
Essential Question 2: What are the steps I will take to implement the idea(s) from this training?
Essential Question 3: What resources are necessary to make this plan a success (other teachers, classrooms, materials, etc)?

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First, you will need to e-mail kthomas@msd38.org or dwagner@msd38.org for the Atomic Learning log-in for our school district. Then you will be able to view the following files from the Atomic Learning Assistive Technology Collection. You will need to watch all of these videos in order to learn how to get started with the program:
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Viewing the videos about User Properties and Preferences are optional. These may provide helpful once you are more familiar with the program. However, it is important that you watch the videos about templates. Once you have watched these videos you will be ready to try out the software.
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Now you are ready to try out some of the activities created or downloaded by other teachers/therapists in our district. There are many of these files on the school server. To bring them into your program on your laptop or onto a student's computer, you will need to use the "Import" feature, found in the video called "Importing files" from the group below. Watch that video first. Afterward, you will also want to watch the video on "Using Activity Exchange" so that you can find even more activities from a huge community of IntelliTools users on-line. When you have learned how to edit your own activities, you may also want to learn how to export files so they can be shared with other teachers/therapists and to get credit for this class.
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Finally, look around at the various other videos that can help you to edit activities, such as moving toolbars and buttons. If you are using your activities on the SmartBoard, you may need to know how to move toolbars to the bottom of the screen and how to hide certain buttons you don't want the students to activate.

Don't forget to write your answers to the Essential Questions in the Discussions tab of this WIKI (look at the top of this page). Be sure to include your name and position in your post:
Essential Question 1: How does this information apply to my student(s)?
Essential Question 2: What are the steps I will take to implement the idea(s) from this training?
Essential Question 3: What resources are necessary to make this plan a success (other teachers, classrooms, materials, etc)?

Your final assignment for this workshop is to design/modify an activity, export it to the district server, and e-mail the lesson plan for this activity to dwagner@msd38.org