Tech Tip is going to be a longer tip addressing the reinstalling
of programs that might be missing from your computer. I'll
address these below, so you might scan through the list
paying particular attention to those programs/issues that
are affecting you.
Networked Printers (printers that print
to a different room)
Yes, even you can install your own printer! If you are wanting
to hook to a networked printer (one that prints in another
room) go to http://iprint/ipp and scroll through the list
to find your desired printer. Just click the link - everything
is done for you! Go to http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/help/printers/index.htm
if you need more help with your printer.
Local printers (printers that are sitting
on your desk directly connected to your computer)
If you have purchased your own personal printer, we would
ask that you bring the disk with the drivers in and set
that printer up yourself. Our priority right now is to make
sure you can print to a networked printer.
backed up My Documents (as we asked you to do last
Just open your H Drive, right click your My Documents folder,
copy it, then go back to your My Documents and paste. BETTER
YET, just get in the habit of ALWAYS saving to your H Drive.
backed up Internet Favorites (as we asked you to
do last year)
Again, open your H Drive. You should have saved a Favorites
folder last year. Right click the Favorites folder, select
copy. Then open My Computer, Local Disk (C:), Documents
and Settings, your first initial last name folder then right
click and paste. Your favorites will now be under your Favorites
tool bar in your Internet browser.
And while we are discussing H Drives, remember NOT
to store downloaded music, videos or pictures to your H
Drive. We are starting to limit the amount of space you
have on your H Drive.
Cool Timer (great visual timer!) http://www.harmonyhollow.net/download.shtml
- scroll down to Cool Timer 2.2 and click the Harmony Hollow
link. Select Run, then Run again and agree to the terms
Composer (for those of you who have made a website using
- scroll down to version 4.79, click the link for Windows
and run the program. The only thing NOT to agree to is the
window that has three check boxes - it will register you
for unwanted newsletters and change your default Internet
Tip #4 – Three ways to Orientate your SMART Board
of the easiest things to keep your SMART Board in good working
condition is to reorientate it regularly. You know you will
need to reorientate when you are writing at one spot in
Notebook but the annotation is displaying an inch or two
away from your point. This tip will share three ways to
reorientate your board.
1. Push down the two buttons, the right click and keyboard
buttons, on the pen tray. You will find these to the right
of your styluses. (I have found that the trick is to push
the right click button, hold it down, then push the keyboard
button, release the keyboard button, then release the right
2. The second way is to click the SMART Board icon in the
system tool tray in the lower right hand corner by the time
and select Orient from the menu.
3. Finally, do you use the Start Center? It's the vertical
tool bar with the icons of SMART Board tools available.
The icon with the ellipsis (three dots) will also give you
the option of reorientation.
week I shared several ways to reorientate your SMART Board.
This week I want to continue with orientation issues. There
is a way to set your board to orientate to more than just
9 points. Orientating to more than the 9 points would be
a good thing to do for more precise orientation or if your
board doesn't stay orientated very well. Here are the steps
for changing that.
1. Open the SMART Board control panel. (Click the SMART
Board icon in the tool tray by the time, select control
2. Select SMART Board Settings.
3. Using the drop down menu, select Orientation/Alignment
4. Change the settings to Wide Standard or Fine Point precision.
5. Click OK and try reorientating your board.
tip is just a reminder about the care of your projector
bulbs. Projector bulbs are very expensive, so please keep
this tips in mind as you use your projector:
1. If you will not be using your projector for longer
than the next 20 minutes, TURN IT OFF! It saves
2. If your screen saver comes on, turn off your
projector. That's a pretty good sign you are not
using the SMART Board, therefore don't need the project
3. Try to keep your chalk use to a minimum.
The extra dust chalk produces is hard on the projector and
shortens bulb life.
tip is has a spreadsheet of all the content available in
the Notebook Gallery. In case you aren't familiar with the
Gallery, you should check it out! There is content for all
subject areas including handwriting paper, graph paper,
famous art (Mona Lisa, David, etc.), continent and other
maps, MLK Jr.'s speech, moon landings, Venn diagrams, and
activities for changes of states of matter structure of
organs and the rock cycle.
first thing to do is find the collection in the Gallery.
For my example, I'll use graph paper. So I would click the
Gallery tab, expand Essentials for Educators by clicking
the plus sign to the left of the label, expand Mathematics,
expand General Resources and select Paper Backgrounds. Once
Paper Backgrounds is selected, you'll notice a drop down
arrow to the right of the label. Clicking the drop down
arrow will open a menu of options. Select the Add To My
Content option. It might take a minute, but this will copy
this entire Paper Background collection under your My Content.
Notice, too, that you can select an individual object in
the Gallery, such as backgrounds, clipart, etc, and using
the same drop down menu can send it straight to your My
Content as well.
When you are ready to use the content in your My Content,
just expand My Content and you will see everything you have
you tried recently to print in Notebook? With the updated
version we are using, you have more printing options than
before. When you go to File, Print, you have several options.
- prints just images of Notebook slides. Notice you
have four options in the dropdown menu under Thumbnail
Size. Small allows 6 slides per page, medium allows
4 slides, large allows 2 slides and full page is a single
slide per printed page.
- in a similar manner as printing handouts in PowerPoint,
this feature prints your slide with lines for notes
off to the right.
page - finally you can print a Notebook slide and it
will print in a full page! Many of you have asked about
this and it was finally updated!
Tip #10 – Online
Interactive Notebook Lessons
you know SMART Tech has Notebook lessons already developed
posted online? These are great lessons for adding interactivity
in student use of the SMART Board. These files are easy
to open and ready for you to use as they are. Or you can
download the file, make your changes specific to your curriculum,
and use with your class.
has a new Lesson Activity Toolkit. It's definitely worth
downloading and checking out! It is a program that downloads
right into Notebook that gives you lots of options for interactive
Notebook pages - word matching, category sorting, multiple
choice, word guess (hangman), and note reveal (for revealing
one step at a time). The best part of this new program is
there is a self checking feature for the kids to use.
Once you have it downloaded, access each option for activities
through the Gallery tab. There will be a Lesson Activity
Toolkit category under your Essentials for Educators. Expand
the Lesson Activity Toolkit, then expand Activities, choose
an activity (Category Sort, Key Word Match, etc.) and open
it in Notebook by dragging it into the working area of Notebook
(the white area). Then set up each activity by clicking
the Edit button and follow the directions for editing. When
you are done, click OK to get back to the interactive activity.
It's literally that simple! Your Notebook files can now
be very interactive, self-checking and engaging for your
students with very little work and time spent by you! :)
tip is to remind you of the capturing feature in Notebook.
Capturing to SMART Notebook allows you to take a document
and make it interactive. The easiest way to do this is to
first open Notebook. Then open your Word, Excel, PowerPoint
or even Internet page, go to File, Print, select SMART Notebook
Print Capture from the drop down menu next to the printer
name and then click OK. When you go back to Notebook, you'll
have the entire document or site captured.
you play your United Streaming videos, do you ever stop
the video to discuss content, the image, or wish you
could annotate over it? Next time try playing your video
clip with the SMART Video Player. Here's what to do.
the United Streaming clip. As always, please download
this to your computer's hard drive - that would be your
desktop or your My Documents, not your H Drive.
the SMART Video Player. It can be found by going to
Start, Programs, SMART Board Software, then SMART Video
the saved video clip. Go to File, Open, then navigate
to the location of the downloaded video. The video will
open and begin playing.
what's the advantage of this process of viewing videos?
can annotate on the video. Once you pick up a stylus,
the video will stop allowing you to make your annotations.
can be captured. After making the annotations, click
the capture icon (the camera) and the image from the
video with your annotations will go straight to Notebook.
Notebook files with the captured images can be saved.
This allows for an easy way to revisit the content without
showing the video clip again.
you have any students who are homebound, have been out
sick or parents wondering how to help their child with
work from your class? Would a recorded example of classwork
help? Notebook has a SMART Recorder that might help.
Here's what to do:
the SMART Recorder. This can be found by going to Start,
Programs, SMART Board Software, SMART Recorder or launching
it from the Start Center tool bar.
small recording window will launch. Click the record
button (red dot).
you are recording, everything will be recorded - opening
documents, annotations, navigations, etc. So now is
the time to illustrate what you want recorded.
you have completed the series of events to be recorded,
click the stop button (blue square).
your recording to either you desktop or My Documents.
By default it will save as the date, so be sure to rename
saving the recording, you might want to burn it to a
CD so you can send it home with your students.
would you want to do something like this? What about showing
steps in a process, mathematical equations, finding key
words or context clues, or anything else that could be illustrated.
you been using your United Streaming account? http://www.unitedstreaming.com
United Streaming is online educational video streaming to
which the district subscribes. Videos are set up in segments,
so after you have found a suitable video through searching,
you can determine which segments to view in your classroom
- a great time saver especially when you don't have a full
30 minutes to an hour to view a video! Video segments can
be as short as 2 minutes and as long as the entire video if
you choose to play the whole thing.
When viewing United Streaming videos, it's probably best just
to stream the video. This can be done by clicking the play
button once you have searched and found a video. If you are
downloading to save for a later date, remember to always download
videos to your My Documents - not your H Drive.
Haven't been using United Streaming? Or didn't know we had
access to this? Email
Colleen to set up an account. The videos can truly enhance
your classroom curriculum.
Already using United Streaming? Consider doing this - use
the controls in media player to pause the video on your SMART
Board, have students summarize segments, answer essential
or comprehension questions, or give students a guideline of
what to listen/watch for during the video. In addition, most
videos have a Related Materials tab with graphic organizers,
handout and discussion ideas. One last tip - leave
the lights on when viewing the video. This will
help the classroom atmosphere maintain an educational feel
rather than an entertainment feel with the lights off.
you know you can organize your United Streaming videos into
a My Content category? This organization feature is part of
United Streaming, so there is no need to download videos (unless
you are wanting it for annotations). The other benefit to
this feature is you can access it from any computer attached
to the Internet.
Here's how to put videos into My Content:
1. Log into United Streaming as yourself.
2. Search for your video.
3. Select a video from your search results. You'll notice
you have the option of the full video or video segments.
4. If you want to add the entire video to
your My Content, with the full video tab selected, click the
Add button. The window that opens will prompt you to add it
to a folder. You can either create a new folder at this point
or add the video to an existing folder.
5. Once your folder is created or selected, click Add.
6. If you want to add a segment of the video
to your My Content, click the Video Segment tab and check
the box of the video segments to add. Click the Add button.
The window that opens will prompt you to add it to a folder.
You can either create a new folder at this point or add the
video to an existing folder.
To access your My Content, click the link in the banner at
the top of the page that says My Content. This will take you
to a screen where you can see all your folders and organized
Streaming offers an entire library devoted to images. These
can be great for illustrating cultures, dress, historical
eras, cross sections, and other features our students may
not see regularly. An image placed on the SMART Board can
be annotated, labeled or even studied in enhancing curriculum
how to search for images in United Streaming
in to United Streaming as yourself.
search for an image, type the image description in the
Search box then use the drop down menu to select "image"
in the Within box. Keep in mind your image description
will be return results even from within the image description
so be as descriptive as possible. ("Pioneers"
will return westward travelers as well as leaders in
science. However, "emigrants" will return
mostly westward travelers.)
a search has been conducted, a page with your image
choices will appear. Select your desired image.
you have two choices of how to use the image - download
it or save it to your My Content.
to download, click the size you want to use - small,
medium or large. Select Save and navigate to the location
to where you will save. This will be the only way you
will be able to use the images in a document.
save to your United Streaming My Content, click the
Add button. You will be prompted to save to an existing
folder or make a new folder. Click the Add button after
selecting or making a folder. To access your My Content,
click the link in the banner at the top of the page
that says My Content. This will take you to a screen
where you can see all your folders and organized videos
from last week and images from this week.
Tip #18 – Quizzes
and Blackline Masters (United Streaming)
the tips for United Streaming continue, I wanted to point
out where you can find pre-developed quizzes and activities
for United Streaming Videos.
Some United Streaming videos have pre-developed quizzes
for certain videos. These can be found under the Related
Materials tab after selecting a video from the search results.
Notice that each has a link for a "printer friendly"
version of the quiz. However, there are not many quizzes.
So your other option is to look at the Blackline Masters.
Blackline Masters The Blackline Masters are also found under the
searched video's Related Materials tab. These blacklines
materials have various activities ranging from KWLs, pretest,
posttests and worksheets. These all open in .pdf files and
are easily printable.
first resource we will look at is PrimoPDF. This program
will convert your documents into a pdf file (portable document
format). You might find yourself using PrimoPDF when emailing
or electronically sharing documents. Converting the file
to a pdf is a good idea if the recipient of your document
doesn't have the program the document was developed in or
if you don't want the recipient to make any changes to the
To install this program on your computer:
1. go to http://tinyurl.com/37pr5w
2. Click the Download Now button
3. Click Run. It will take a few minutes to complete the
4. When the program has downloaded, click Run one more time.
This time agree to everything - click next, agree to the
terms, next and next again to complete the install.
When you are ready to make a pdf file:
1. open your document. This could be a Microsoft document,
Notebook or about any other document.
2. Go to File, Print and select PrimoPDF from the drop down
option of printers and click OK. (You won't actually print
this page, but capture it and ultimately save it.)
3. The window that opens, click the small box with the ellipsis
to navigate to the location to save the document. Name it
something relavent. Finally click Save. The document will
open as a preview in the pdf file.
you have problems with students typing website addresses
incorrectly? Is the address too long? While the best way
to share a website address would be through your classroom
website, TinyURL is a website that will convert a very long
URL into a "tiny url"! (A URL is a website's address.)
To use this feature, copy the web address you want to share,
go to http://tinyurl.com,
paste the address in the "Enter long URL to make tiny"
field, and click Make TinyURL. This will generate a URL
similar to http://.tinyurl.com/####. Now you're ready to
share the address through a shared folder, Word document
or even an email.
is education's answer to YouTube. Similar to YouTube, TeacherTube
has video submissions. However the video submissions are
by the educator community with the intent of sharing instructional
videos. Additionally, this site can provide professional
development around educator-type topics; be a place where
teachers can post videos designed for students to learn
a new concept; or be a place to post student developed products
for a demonstration of learned concepts. Check it out at
is an interactive site for discovering definitions to unknown
words. It's a great site to differentiate for your kids
who might need just a bit more help reading and understanding
websites. To use this site, very simply copy the web address
of the student research website into the Lingro website
field. Click the translation arrow and your webpage will
open in Lingro. Now all the words on the webpage become
clickable. When students come across an unknown word, they
just click it for a definition or translation. (Notice you
can determine if you want the translation to be in English,
Spanish or French.)
software is a text to speech program that converts any text
into spoken words. You need to download NaturalReader from
Click on the download icon to begin the download agreeing
to everything. Once downloaded, double click the icon on
the desktop. Once the program opens, click the Go to Miniboard
for a floating toolbar. With the floating tool bar open,
go to a website.
Now that it's downloaded, NaturalReader will read anything
that you highlight on a website - single words, a paragraph
or entire page.
This version of NaturalReader does have a "mechanical"
voice, but is free and will assist students by reading parts
or an entire website aloud.
Tip #25 – Equation
Editor, Symbol, Superscript and Subscript
Equation Editor, symbol and subscript and superscripts are
all features that can be enabled in Microsoft Word. With
these options available, foreign language accents, scientific
and mathematical notation insertion is very easy. At the
elementary level, this could be mathematical signs including
multiplication, division, less than, greater than or equal
to, powers, etc. Here
is the document that will help with installation.
following up last week's Tech Tip of using the Equation
Editor, inserting symbols and scripting options, this week's
tech tip relates most directly to foreign language teachers.
Here is a document
that has the keyboard strokes for inserting letters
with accent marks. The great thing about these commands
is that they also work when typing in Notebook! Just be
sure to use the number pad on the right side of your keyboard
- these commands do not work with the row of numbers above
the keyboard letters.
you know what a blog is? A blog (short for "web log")
is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse
chronological order. Often blogs are online journals of
sorts where the author is responding, blogging, to just
about anything under the sun. Ask your students, I'm sure
they either have their own blog, or have responded to one
in the past.
There are several classroom applications for blogging. Setting
up your own blog gives your students a much more global
audience and heightens their awareness in writing. Literature
responses, summaries, or reflections in general. What about
a book study where students, teachers, administrators, parents,
authors, etc, are actively responding to scenarios, questions,
or just posting thoughts in general about a book the community
I would recommend using Class
Blogmeister. This particular site hosts your blogs and
is geared toward educators. This site if very safe - safe
in that you have the option of issuing a password to gain
access to your blog. In this sense, not just anyone can
get into your blog and read it. Safe also in that you read
and approve or delete all student comments before they get
posted to your blog.
Are you interested in setting a very safe blog for your
classroom? Email me back and I'll come to your building
and show anyone interested how to go about doing this. Or
try it out on your own at http://www.classblogmeister.com/.
A keyboard shortcut is when you use a series of keys to
preform a certain computer function. For example, ctrl+c
is the shortcut to copy text, ctrl+v is the shortcut to
paste, etc. The great thing about shortcuts is they can
preform a function far faster than finding the command in
a menu. While you won't use all of these features, there
might be a few in the list that are commands you find yourself
doing often such as logging off, minimizing all windows,
closing programs, and many others.
So in this time of the year where times seems to be of the
essence, hopefully this tip will help you save some time
you heard of wikis? Wikipedia defines a wiki as software
that allows users to collaboratively create, edit, link,
and organize the content of a website, usually for reference
material. Wikis are often used to create collaborative and
community driven websites. Wikipedia itself is one of the
better known wikis.
The Internet is constantly changing and improving - the
collaboration a wiki offers is one of the dramatic changes
that lead people to refer to this "new" Internet
as Web 2.0 or the Read/Write Web. The ability to collaborate
actively rather than reading static webpages is the power
behind Web 2.0 tools, and a wiki is one of those tools.
Blogs are another communication tool that adds power to
Once a wiki has been set up, users log into the wiki and
are able to edit the content. Did you notice the Article
(actual content), Discussion (where you log in to edit)
and History (tracks changes by user log in) tabs? This is
how the collaboration is completed. Think about this in
terms of adding additional information, summaries, chapter
reviews, scheduling and planning or even collaboratively
Interested in learning more? A Web 2.0 online class will
be offered this summer. More info later this week . . .
is a podcast? A podcast is a radio program produced with
a computer, microphone, and recording software, then uploaded
to a website a a program post for the world to access. Podcasts
work on any devide that accepts mp3 files (any mp3 players,
iPods, Nanos, etc.) and can connect to the Internet. Don't
have an mp3 device? Not to worry! You can listen to most
all of these without downloading the podcast.
What is the content found on a podcast? Essentially anything
and everything, from educational topics, to study guides,
even how to better use your SMART Board. Here are a few
that might be of interest:
been talking about the Web 2.0 tools in the previous weeks.
I wanted to point out a podcast site that is well worth
your time and directly applies to all teachers in Center.
Board Lesson Podcast has a purpose of offering free
podcasts that focuses on using SMART Boards in the classroom.
Each episode will feature a lesson, a podcast, and user
comments. The goal of this podcast to share lesson ideas
that use technology to engage students in learning with
a focus on SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards between educators.
Once at the site, you don't even need to download the podcasts
to an mp3 player. By clicking the play icon (the triangle
under the title of the podcast number) you can listen to
the podcast online.
These podcasts have some great classroom integration ideas!
Check them out!
1. Gale Discovering Collection - overview essays,
critical analyses, biographies, primary sources,
creative works and multimedia in history, literature, biography,
science and social studies
2. Learning Express Library - designed
to help people improve testing skills including
practice test from SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, etc.
3. NewsBank - provides full text of news features,
special interest stories, editorials, etc, from Missouri
publications including KC Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
4. Annenberg Media - provides access to
PD materials including video, live streaming and other materials.
5. NetSmartz Workshop - an interactive Internet
safety resource for parents, child and educators
that teaches how to stay safe on the Internet.
6. Missouri Resources - including Finding
Missouri: Our History and Heritage and Virtually Missouri
- a digital colleciton from Missouri libraries, archives,
historical societies and museums.
7. Other Online Resources - including ERIC
Database, National Library of Medicine Databases and Electronic
Resources, Scientific Living, Tree of Life (collaborative
effort of biologists around the world), two virtual field
trips "Inside the Artists Studio" and "Lewis
and Clark, eThemes, and the Internet Public Library.
this summer include: Differentiating Instruction, offered online Blogs, Podcasts, and Wikis, Oh My! and
other Web 2.0 tools, offered online Web Design for a Classroom Website, face
to face class Classroom Applications of the SMART Board,
face to face class Inquiry Instruction, face to face class "Excel"-ing with Excel, face
to face class SMART Board Basics, face to face class
you have any questions about any of these courses, please
feel free to let me know! All courses are subject to cancellation
due to lack of participants.
Version 10 of SMART Notebook is out! There have been several
great enhancements to this newest version of Notebook. Some
of these include an easy way to insert a table, dual page
display, shape recognition tools, object animation (similar
to PowerPoint animation features), a magic pen that allows
disappearing ink, magnifier and spotlight tool, and an active
Are you interested in trying this out? You will need to
download two files to your computer and register it when
the downloads complete. You can download it by going to
your My Computer, Vol2 on Center3, Teachers' Resources folder,
then double click SMART_Notebook_Setup_10. Once that has
installed, install the driver by double clicking SMART_Board_Driver_Setup_10
in the same folder. Let everything install.
Tip #35 - What kind of a Notebook user are you?
What kind of a Notebook user are you? Take a look at this
spectrum of Notebook
use. Are you still using the board as a way to display
videos? or a whiteboard? or even technically advanced overhead
projector? Want to improve your skills? Then now is the
time time to register for the Notebook courses this summer!
Both courses will focus on the new version of Notebook 10.
of the SMART Board class will focus on Notebook templates,
the galleries and new this year, an interactive tool kit.
Applications of the SMART Board goes beyond just Notebook
use and gets into the visual-ness the SMART Board offers
- graphic organizers, advanced PowerPoint use, and some
video as well.
you are preparing to check out of your rooms, here's a small
technology checklist . . .
should be saving all documents to your H Drive. If you aren't,
you will need to back up all your documents and Internet
favorites to your H Drive. Please do not
save images, videos or other personal documents to the H Drive.
These can be burned or saved to a flash drive. Computers
will be reimaged this summer. Failing to back up to your H
Drive will result in lost documents and Internet favorites.
Please contact the technology department if you have any questions
up #1, you will need to reinstall all professional,
or othwise, programs to your computer. Keep in mind
the technology department does not support personal
printers or scanners. You will need to reinstall
programs and hook that back up yourself.
DO NOT move any technology between rooms! Computers
and printers are associated with classrooms, not teachers.
your speaker and projector remotes and the
SMART Board styluses and eraser. Place them
in your grey bag. Of course, if your room is being used for
summer school, keep these supplies out.
unplug the power cable from your projector.
you would like to clean your SMART Board, you may do so with
water on a soft cloth. The pen tray can be wiped
down with water on a soft cloth as well. If it's really dirty,
you may use Expo Dry Erase Cleanser sprayed onto a soft cloth
and wipe the board down that way. Either way, be sure to log
off so the wiping doesn't scramble your desktop icons.
will remain the same after reimaging of your computer - you
will not loose saved or sent items.