"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail hrallis@d.umn.edu.

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Smartboard Basics

Notes by Helen Mongan-Rallis, Based on training by Mae Pearson. Last updated: April 29, 2008

  1. What do you need?
    1. Download the software to your computer from smarttech.com
    2. Board, projector, computer.
    3. Speakers are nice, as is a wireless microphone with "stick" mic that they can pass around to students.
    4. Document camera.
    5. If you are short, you will need a pointer to reach the buttons on the top of the screen (although you can move the toolbar down to the bottom. Disadvantage of moving it down is that this can confuse the students when they come up to use the board). You can also use a wireless slate to write on the board (but can use only one input device at a time).
    6. Laser pointer.
  2. Tools: Markers (blue, green, red, black) and eraser. The last item that you pick up is the tool that you have. You can tell which tool is operational by the light by the slot from which the tools come.
  3. You need to have one point of contact with the board. You can write with anything soft on the board -- not necessarily the Smartboard pens. e.g. you can use a tennis ball, soft toys, your finger. The color that shows up is whatever the color marker slot that is lit up. The key is to activate the slot. You can also use the creative tool (in which can you don't need to activate the slot).
  4. When you are using the board, talk about what you are doing as you do it.
  5. Using the slate:
    1. needs to be charged each time (make sure that you don't let the battery charge run down totally, because then this destroys the battery. If you are not going to be using the slate for a while, charge the battery fully and then remove the battery).
    2. When you write on the slate, it shows up on the Smartboard, not on the slate. You can use the slate so that students don't have to get up and come to the board.
  6. Teacher tutorials: Under the gallery --> select Online resources --> SMART resources --> Training --> two-minute tutorials
  7. Attachments: In the gallery there is a tab for attachments.
    1. Timer tool: this shows up as a counter on the screen, so students can see how much time is left.
  8. Notebook software:
    1. You begin with blank page. YOu add pages to this. There is a gallery that comes with a wide variety of items (5000+), some clip art, some interactive. e.g. geography --> maps. To insert an item from the gallery, you click on the gallery tab --> then select the object --> then drag it over with your finger and drop it onto the note page. e.g. map of USA, then drag maps of individual states. Students can then drag the states and place them in the correct place on the USA map.
    2. Everything on the screen is an object, so it can be moved, rotated, deleted.
    3. When you are on the Internet, you can take notes on top of the the page. You can then capture the picture (the web page plus your written notes on top of the page) and put it into your notebook.
    4. Review tool: like a jeopardy screen
    5. Random: roll the dice and then it tells you which question to open.
    6. Losing notes:if you touch the screen by mistake, all the notes you have taken disappear. You can restore this by (a) clicking on the "click here to restore text" box that shows up (b) get the floating tool bar ("nerd pack") and select the "undo" button. You can customize your nerd pack.
    7. When you pick up a pen, you get a transparency layer. You know this because you have a white border around the outside of whatever is shown on the screen. If you have a transparency that you want to save, capture the notes to your note pad.
    8. Ink Aware: If students turn in their work electronically, you can open it in the Smartboard, write on their work using the board --> save it --> then email it back to the students. smarttech.com -- download Ink Aware.
    9. Page sorter:
      1. Good idea to have different background colors for pages depending on your lesson objective. Thus, all activities related to the first objective can be on one color; when you move to the next objective, change background color.
      2. In page sorter, you can show the pages on the right side, or hide them.
    10. Window shade: this covers any section of the screen (as we used to do with a piece of paper over the overhead). To do this use the "..." button on the nerd pack.
    11. Gallery: has shapes.
    12. Calculator
    13. Ruler (to measure)
    14. Graph paper
    15. Click for answers
    16. Infinite clone tool: e.g. use for students counting out, identifying patterns.

How to fix the Mac sticky note popping up whenever you are using the SMART Board (guidelines from Terrie Shannon)

  1. http://www2.smarttech.com/kbdoc/77614
  2. You just need to go into the System Preferences menu, and click on the INK icon. It is different on different versions of Mac OS, but you need to NOT have it say: "Allow me to write anywhere" . In some versions, it will have a drop down menu that lets you check: Allow me to write "ONLY IN THE INKPAD" (as opposed to allow me to write ANYWHERE

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