Product: Ignite! Stick—Made for SMART
Retail price: Elementary (4th or 5th grade) Stick, $249;
Middle School (6th, 7th, or 8th grade) Stick, $495.
By MaryAnn Karre
The Ignite! Stick—Made for SMART is a grade-level digitalcontent
solution, correlated to state standards and based
on subject matter, that provides custom lesson building,
assessments, and interactive materials for fourth through
eighth grades in math, science, and social studies.
Quality and Effectiveness: About 3,500 media pieces
provide brief digital lessons combining music, interactive
media, critical-thinking activities, and more across the three
core content areas. The audio clips, humorous interactive
presentations, videos, and quizzes can quickly and easily be
embedded in SMART Notebook lessons to stand alone or be
added to existing lessons.
Ease of Use: As simple to use as a USB drive, the Stick
requires no installation. Even teachers who are not comfortable
with technology will find it easy, even exciting. Lessons
can be searched by state standard, or via an index of key
terms, or by drilling down through units of study in each
subject area. Appropriate lesson materials display in related
groups and can be saved in the “saved lessons” area of the
search screen. Handy buttons provide access to a wholescreen
quiz, which can be administered with or without
SMART Response clickers; a timer; a glossary of terms;
teacher guides and printable tests in PDF format; and a fun
interactive money game.
Creative Use of Technology: A teacher can effortlessly
find something of interest to introduce or reinforce
a topic with, click the Notebook icon, and insert the Flash
video object in SMART Notebook. Without leaving the lesson,
she can use the questions to spark discussion or check
for understanding, and address problem areas in related
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The
Ignite! Stick—Made for SMART will boost the teaching
power of any lesson but is especially effective in classrooms
with SMART Boards and SMART Response systems.
Ignite! Is a great name for this compact and easy-to-use
tool, since it adds a spark to SMART Board lessons. The
Stick makes it simple to engage learners and check for
understanding seamlessly with SMART products.
¦ Objects for the SMART Board are easily
located by subject or state standard
and are a snap to embed in SMART
¦ The videos, music, graphics, and
entertaining presentations engage and
motivate hard-to-reach students, no
matter what their learning style.
¦ By embedding four or five relevant
questions in each Ignite! media piece,
teachers can assess learning as the
lesson progresses and add similar and
reinforcing lessons as needed.