Sunday, August 7, 2011

Music Files in the SMART Exchange

If you have a SMARTboard, have you explored the SMART Exchange? It's a collection of SMARTboard files that have been created by other teachers. You do need to create an account to explore the site, but the account is free. The files in the the SMART Exchange have been created by people all over the place. You will find that some of the files are good. Some are not. Some files I simply don't understand because there is no explanation with them. I look at it and think, "What on earth are you supposed to do with this?" But there are some real gems in there too. Often I can find something that I mostly like. With a few quite adaptions I can change it into something I really like. When I first got my SMARTboard, there were hardly any music-related files in the SMART Exchange. Not there are quite a lot. There are also quite a few general templates that can be adapted to work in music.

This morning I was looking in the SMART Exchange for one thing and found something completely different. I think that's how I find nearly everything...accidentally. Anyway, I happened to find a file called Neat SMARTboard Tips and Tricks for the Music Classroom. There were lots of things in the file I already knew, but there were a couple of things that triggered some new ideas for me. Some things are a little confusing because we don't have the option to see the actual presentation though. One of the things mentioned in the file is The Eraser Bomb. Anyone know what that is? I'm going to have to do a little more research on that one.

This post is really just an overview of what the SMART Exchange is. Someday I will make another post of some of the files I've found in the Exchange that I really like, but that will have to wait until another time.

Have fun exploring the SMART Exchange. If you find files you really like, feel free to post the link in the comments of this blog post.


  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing. This year will be my first with a smart board and I'm so excited to learn how to use it! Thanks for sharing this resource!


  2. You're welcome, Cara. Thanks for reading. Do you have your board already? Even if you don't, you can download the software for free and start looking for files and figuring out how the software works. There is a 30 day free trial and then when you get your product key from your school you can enter it to have access after the 30 days. Check out for more info. Enjoy your new board!