Drew, Dorothy, and I are working on turning StoryTown into a Smartboard project! We have been using screen hunter to capture the lessons from to create interactive and engaging lessons for our students. We are also working on getting our lessons uploaded on the High Quality Teacher Resource Center. While we know not everyone in the district has a SmartBoard in their room, we believe we have created the lesson so that they can be projected onto a whiteboard and controlled by the teacher, via the computer. We find the lessons we do to be highly engaging to our students. I have the high readers in my room, Dorothy has the low readers in her room, and Drew has a mixture of abilities in his classroom; we find that each of the lesson we create work for all levels of students, with very little modification. The student know they have to be engaged if they want to come up and create something on the Smartboard.
This project extremely time consuming, but next year we can add to it! AND it's worth it! I highly recommend you all consider creating Smartboard Storytown lessons for your grade level! Let me know if you want to see a lesson, or if you teach kindergarten, I'd be happy to email them to you!
Have a great day!