One of the best ways of testing online resources to see if they will work well with SMART Board equipped classrooms is to put it through the "Wesley" test. Wesley is my four year old son and he loves to play on my office SMART Board.
He is learning to read and spell and I was looking for an activity that would pronounce a word and then challenge the user to spell it. It took me only a few minutes to find the Phonemic Processing With Word Building activity from the Room 108 Primary Kids Education Site.
This is a flash-based application that does a very good job letting early learners explore and play independently. The application uses audio to say a word and the students have to drag and drop the correct letters into the spaces provided. Each time they touch a letter it makes the letter sound. They can also touch the "Speak Again" button to hear the word repeated as often as they need. After a few tries, Wesley was on his own and he never looked back.
This site has five levels that will begin automatically or you can start independently on any level. The goal is to get 10 correct answers. If you do, you'll move to the next level. It's simple, but it's effective.
You'll find additional activities on the main Room 108 site that also work great on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. They even have a "SmartBoard" category.
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