|SMART Tip #1 – Cleaning your SMART Board||SMART Tip #2 – Viewing the toolbar|
|SMART Tip #3 - Inserting documents into SMART Notebook||SMART Tip #4 - SMART Notebook Print Capture|
|SMART Tip #5 - Filling shapes with color||SMART Tip #6 - Line tool ideas|
|SMART Tip #7 - Grouping lines, shapes and objects together||SMART Tip #8 - SMART Board Resources|
|SMART Tip #9 - Changing object transparency||SMART Tip #10 - Summer storage|
|SMART Tip #11 - Notebook ideas||SMART Tip #12 - Printing options in Notebook|
|SMART Tip #13 - Downloadable Resources||SMART Tip #14 - Precise orienting ideas|
|SMART Tip #15 - Eliminating the "Squeaky Finger" effect!||SMART Tip #16 - Bringing in the Real World, part I - Virtual Field Trips|
|SMART Tip #17 - Bringing in the Real World, part II - Images||SMART Tip #18 - Bringing in the Real World, part III - CyberHunts|
|SMART Tip #19 - Interactive Websites||SMART Tip #20 - A call for your input!|
|SMART Tip #21 - Features on your remote||SMART Tip #22 - Additional Downloadable Resources|
|SMART Tip #23 - Full screen view and screen shade||SMART Tip #24 - Inserting templates|
|SMART Tip #25 - Line and shape tools for templates||SMART Tip #26 - Adding color to your template|
|SMART Tip #27 - Grouping objects on your template||SMART Tip #28 - Making backgrounds with your template|
|SMART Tip #29 - Saving your template||SMART Tip #30 - Making folders to organize documents|
|SMART Tip #31 - Emailing attachments||SMART Tip #32 - Making hyperlinks in Notebook|
|SMART Tip #33 - Spotlight Tool||SMART Tip #34 - New Notebook software 9.0|
|SMART Tip #35 - Speaker noise||SMART Tip #36 - Inactive markers|
|SMART Tip #37 - Basic Capturing||SMART Tip #38 - Capturing .pdf Files|
|SMART Tip #39 - Changing Stylus Colors||SMART Tip #40 - Changing a stylus to a highlighter|
|SMART Tip #41 - Using the Floating Tool Bar||SMART Tip #42 - Preparing your board for the summer|
|SMART Tip #1 – Cleaning your SMART Board|
|If your board is not too dirty, use water on a soft rag and wipe down your board. For dirtier boards, spray ammonia free window cleaner or Expo Dry Erase cleanser onto a soft rag and wipe the SMART Board down.|
|SMART Tip #2 – Viewing the Toolbar|
|For a toolbar that has fewer icons and is placed on the side of Notebook leaving more working room for you, open Notebook, go to "view" then click "simple toolbar". To undo this view, go to "view" then uncheck "simple toolbar" by clicking it again. You will notice you can also go to a slide sorter view or the full screen view from here as well.|
|SMART Tip #3 - Inserting Documents into SMART Notebook|
|You can copy a Microsoft Word document and paste it into Smart Notebook for editing by either typing or writing over the copied portion of the document. Or try out the highlighter for emphasizing key points! The highlighter is an icon on the Toolbar. If you are using the Simple Toolbar (SMART Tip #2), go to “Draw” then select “Highlighter”.|
|SMART Tip #4 - SMART Notebook Print Capture|
|Open your document in Word. Format all text and size of the font in the document. When you are ready to capture the document, in Word go to "File" then "Print". In the print window that pops up, at the end of the box with the name of your printer is a drop down arrow. Click the arrow and select "SMART Notebook Print Capture" then "OK". Finally, click on the open Notebook file at the bottom of your screen to interactively use the Word document in Notebook. (See http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/SB/Capture.pdf for additional help.)|
|SMART Tip #5 - Filling Shapes with Color|
|When you make a shape using the shape tools and then fill it with color, the shape is much easier for you and your students to manipulate on your SMART Board! Now you very easily can tap and drag anywhere inside the shape to move it. And, if you don't want the shape to be colored, try filling it with white!|
|SMART Tip #6 - Line Tool Ideas|
|Use the line tool for making tables, grids, T-charts, separating shapes, or even your own custom made shapes. Don't forget you can set the line thickness for very thick or very thin lines. You can also change the color of the lines to draw attention to a particular side of a shape, portion of the table, a category of a Venn Diagram, etc.|
|SMART Tip #7 - Grouping Lines, Shapes and Objects Together|
|Grouping is used when you want to combine lines or shapes into one object. Select the shapes you want to combine, such as your custom made shapes (the shapes you make with the line tool) or even the two/three/four circles for Venn Diagrams. Go to "Draw" "Group" to group all the shapes/lines into one object.|
|SMART Tip #8 - SMART Board Resources|
|Use these sites for SMART Board activities and resources.|
|http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech - click on the SMART Board tab for SMART Board resources|
|2.||http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/centerschooldistrict - click on the SMART Board folder for interactive websites to use with your SMART Board|
|3.||http://www.smarttech.com/support/software/814.asp - download the SMART Notebook, version 8.1.2, onto any PC for working at home or a computer other than your workstation.|
|4.||http://www.smarttech.com/support/software/sb_win.asp - download the SMART Notebook, version 9.0, onto any PC for working at home or a computer other than your workstation. (This is the newest version of Notebook!)|
|5.||http://edcompass.smarttech.com/en/learning/activities/notebook.aspx - download premade SMART Board lessons ready for interactive use.|
|6.||http://www.smarttech.com/trainingcenter/windows/additionaltools.asp - download premade templates for your SMART Board (basic T-charts; 2, 3, and 4 circled Venn Diagrams)|
|7.||http://www.smarttech.com/support/software/si_win.asp - the download for SMART Ideas|
|8.||http://edcompass.smarttech.com/en/learning/softResources/software.aspx - the download for Finale|
|9.||http://edcompass.smarttech.com/en/learning/softResources/software.aspx - the download for Speller|
|SMART Tip #9 - Changing Object Transparency|
|Changing the transparency of shapes or objects will allow what is underneath to be seen. Select the object to be formatted, go to "Format", "Transparency", then select a transparency setting. This is a great idea for Venn Diagrams, your shapes, grids, or other tables. (You can not change the transparency of words.)|
|SMART Tip #10 - Summer Storage|
you start to wrap up this school year, please be sure to store away
your SMART Board "utensils" as well! This would include
placing the projector remote, speaker remote, styli and eraser in
the gray zippered bag with the SMART Board User's Manual. Please
call the Technology Department if you have any questions about this!
And - just a reminder, you can clean the SMART Board with Expo Dry Erase cleanser sprayed on a soft cloth or ammonia free Windex.
|SMART Tip #11 - Notebook Ideas|
|This week's SMART Tips consists of ideas for interactive ideas for SMART Board use. I have developed a Notebook file with a few ideas. To download this file, RIGHT CLICK this link, select SAVE TARGET AS, and navigate to the location to save the file, click save, and when prompted, open the file. (This will only work if SMART Notebook is loaded on your computer. Go to SMART Tech to download SMART Notebook.)|
|SMART Tip #12 - Printing Options in Notebook|
|You have several printing options ranging from one to six Notebook slides per page when printing. Open Notebook, go to "file", then "print" to open the Print Window. About three-fourths of the way down the Print Window, you have an option of what to print. If you click the drop down arrow next to the "Print what" line, you can identify if you want to print one, two, four, or six Notebook slides per page. This is great for catching up absent students with the prior day's class notes from Notebook.|
|SMART Tip #13 - Downloadable Resources|
|Here are some online resources for your SMART Board. These are all SMART Board downloads - so all you need to do is download them and they are ready to use!|
|1.||http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/SB/templates.htm These are all templates Center teachers have made! (Downloading instructions are on the webpage.)|
|2.||http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/SB/collections.htm These are all collections Center teachers have made! (Downloading instructions are on the webpage.)|
|3.||http://www.ict.oxon-lea.gov.uk/whiteboards.html SMART Board activities from the UK . . .|
|4.||http://smarteducation.canterbury.ac.uk/classroom-resources/smart-nb/ An extensive site divided into Early Years, Primary, and Secondary categories.|
|Downloading note: When you download any of the above resources, you will need to follow these steps:|
|1.||After you have found a file to download, right click on the download link.|
|2.||Select "Save Target As..."|
|3.||Navigate to the location you want the download to be saved (I might suggest a folder on your H drive.)|
|4.||Click "Save". In the download window, you will be able to see the progress of the download.|
|5.||Finally click "Open" from the download window. Notebook will automatically launch and open your downloaded Notebook file.|
|SMART Tip #14 - Precise Orienting Ideas|
|Are you having difficulties keeping your SMART Board orientated? Here are a few tips for a more precise orientation:|
|1.||Be very careful that you are touching right in the middle of the red +. The more precisely you touch in the yellow area, the better.|
|2.||Use a stylus instead of your finger.|
|3.||And here's a great idea - orient to 20 points rather than 9. To do this, open your SMART Board control panel, select the Advanced button, then change the orienting precision to 20 points.|
|SMART Tip #15 - Eliminating the "Squeaky Finger" Effect|
|Are you having difficulties dragging objects on the SMART Board without your or your students' fingers squeaking? Try this:|
|1.||Remove a stylus from the stylus tray and replace it with an Expo marker, highlighter or even an eraser. (However, do not use these items on the SMART Board!!)|
|2.||Now, when you're ready to move objects on the SMART Board, use the stylus rather than your finger. You will be able to easily move objects on the SMART Board without that annoying finger squeak! (The important thing here is that all four of your stylus holders have an object in them, otherwise the stylus will make a mark when trying to move an object.)|
|SMART Tip #16 - Bringing in the Real World, Part I - Virtual Field Trips|
know that field trips motivate and educate our students, but they
can be time-consuming and difficult to organize. So the next best
thing might be a Virtual Field Trip! Virtual Field Trips are developed
to make the best use of the web in the classroom allowing you to take
your students places you otherwise couldn't go. Internet sites have
been found and organized for efficient use of researching and discovering
information with your students. Best of all, they are free!!
There are many Virtual
Field Trips out there that have been developed around your curricular
objectives. Try some of these out in your classroom . . . .
|SMART Tip #17 - Bringing in the Real World, Part II - Use of Images|
SMART Tip will review finding images for building background knowledge,
vocabulary development, exposure to the arts, traveling back in history
- the list could be endless! Use a search engines for images like
http://www.google.com. Click on
"Images" to start your image search.
Once you've found an image, right click on it. You have two options:
|1.||Select "Copy", go back to Notebook, then paste the image into Notebook.|
|2.||Selecting "Save Picture As" will save the picture for your future use - not only for the SMART Board, but for PowerPoints, Publisher brochures, and other classroom publications. When this option is selected, you will need to navigate where you want your picture saved. (The default is to your My Pictures folder in your My Documents folder, a great place for all your pictures. You can always save to your H drive as well.) Finally to insert this saved picture, open Notebook, go to Insert, Clipart (yes, clipart!). Using the drop-down menu, navigate to your saved images, select the image to be inserted, then click Open.|
|You'll find you are enriching your curriculum and exposing your students to the virtual places and experiences just by collecting and saving pictures off the Internet!|
|SMART Tip #18 - Bringing in the Real World, Part III - CyberHunts|
week we will look at the use of CyberHunts and the Internet. A CyberHunt
is a activity for students as they progress through a series of questions
and websites on a particular subject. It can be an introductory activity
to engage or motivate students about an upcoming unit or it could
play a role of a culminating activity where student knowledge is expanded
through additional applications or analysis of discovered information.
Here are only a few of the many sites for CyberHunt resources:
|http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml - Elementary|
|http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/cyberhunt_kids.htm - Elementary, Middle|
|http://www.vickiblackwell.com/hunts.html - Elementary, Middle|
|http://www.techtrekers.com/scav.htm - primarily Elementary and Middle, some Secondary|
|http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/secedScavenger.html - Secondary|
|SMART Tip #19 - Interactive Websites|
|The SMART Tip for this week is a resource of interactive websites you can use for instruction, group projects, or individual activities within your classroom. These resources have been categorized by subject and level. They can be found at http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/resources/SBsites.htm|
|SMART Tip #20 - A call for your input!|
|Here is the opportunity for your voice to be heard! What kinds of SMART Tip resources would benefit you? What types of SMART Board topics would you like for me to address? What would be beneficial to have clarified in working with your SMART Board? Email me with your ideas and I’ll get them worked into the list of topics.|
|SMART Tip #21 - Features on your Remote|
Are you remembering to use the Freeze button? Put the document on your SMART Board then push the Freeze button on the remote. This will allow you to work on your computer while your students are looking at the "frozen" document on the SMART Board. (Your SMART Board is not interactive with this command.)
The Shutter button will black the screen out - it does NOT turn off the bulb! (Please don't use the shutter button and think it is saving bulb life. The only way to save bulb life is by turning off the projector!) The Shutter button would come in handy for redirecting your class, focusing attention or taking a short break from the presentation.
|SMART Tip #22 - Additional Downloadable Resources|
|This week's SMART Tip is another one in response to your input. There were several teachers who asked for additional premade resources.|
This is the direct link to a searchable database for premade Notebook classroom curriculum activities. Use the search features to find an activity. Once you have found an activity, there is a small screenshot of the activity or you can download it an try it out! To download, right click the download link, select "Save Target As" and save to a desired location.
Don't forget about the templates Center teachers have developed. Check back here often! More are always being added (especially with the Advanced Applications of the SMART Board class coming up!) Once again, to download, right click the link, select "Save Target As" and save to a location you want them.
This is a site full of premade PowerPoints for your classroom. The link above leads to the index page where you can choose your level or subject. You will need to download the PowerPoints. Once you select the link and download you will have the option to either open the file or save it. (You probably should save to your My Documents or H drive.) Since these are zipped files you will need to extract them. This is very easy - on the left hand column of the window, you will see a title "Folder Tasks" and under it is "Extract all files". Just click "Extract all files" and agree to everything by clicking "Next" to all options. Then open the PowerPoint and it is ready to use!
|SMART Tip #23 - Full Screen View and Screen Shade|
This tip again comes from a teacher who just recently remembered the full screen view and using the screen shade. So the SMART Tip for the week is just a reminder of those two tools. The full screen view can be found by going to View, Full Screen. The screen shade can be found by going to View, Screen Shade.
|SMART Tip #24 - Inserting Premade Templates|
begin this series of templates in SMART Notebook, I want to point
out where you can find the Notebook premade templates. Go to Insert,
Browse for Page Templates, and a folder will open with all the Notebook
templates. They are mostly the same as the templates in the Collection
files. The benefit to inserting a template in this manner is you
will notice the template icon (page with the red T ) is now active
on the top menu bar. Now all you need to do is click the template
icon to add a second, third, fourth, etc, page with the same template
|SMART Tip #25 - Using Line and Shape Tools for your own Template|
next five weeks of SMART Tips will be a series of tips on making
your own templates. We'll start out with the basic development of
a lesson organizer, discuss ways to visually enhance it, and finally
how and where to save it.
|SMART Tip #26 - Adding Color to your Template|
week's SMART Tip gave suggestions for making the structure of a
template with line and shape tools. Now that you have the basic
structure of the organizer made, you have the option of adding color
to a portion or your entire organizer. Here how to do this - select
the shape or portion of the organizer to be filled with color, go
to Format, Fill Color. Don't forget about the rotation feature for
rotating labels and text!
|SMART Tip #27 - Grouping Objects on your Template|
week’s SMART Tip continues from the last two weeks of making
your own SMART Board templates. So after you have used the line
tools for graphic organizers, Venn Diagrams, or other tables, and
filled them with color, they will be easiest to manage if you group
all the parts together.
|SMART Tip #28 - Making Backgrounds with your Template|
continuing your template development . . . now that your template
has been developed, colored and grouped, you have one last option
in further developing it. You can put portions (or the entire template)
in the background. This will allow the template to stay stationary
and prevent the accidental movement of it as you or your students
manipulate shapes or objects on top of it.
|SMART Tip #29 - Saving Options for your Templates|
finally are to the step of saving your template. This is a
very easy process, but before we save your template, I want to explain
saving as a template. Saving a Notebook file as an actual
template only saves ONE (the first) page. The
reason for this assumes you have a graphic organizer that you will
repeatly be using without modifying – an actual template.
|SMART Tip #30 - Making Folders to Organize Documents|
we’ve made and saved templates. Now where do you put them?
How do you organize all your files? (This is great tip for organizing
your H Drive or My Documents!)
|SMART Tip #31 - Emailing Attachments|
you made a Notebook file or other document you would like to share
with others in your grade level, team or department? Why not email
the document as an attachment. Here are the steps:
|SMART Tip #32 - Making Hyperlinks in Notebook|
any text or image on a Notebook page to a webpage to create a shortcut
to relevant web content within a lesson activity.
|SMART Tip #33 - Using the Spotlight Tool|
is a tip for focusing student's attention on your lesson material.
|SMART Tip #34 - New SMART Board Software|
Tip #34 - New SMART Board software 9.0
|SMART Tip #35 - Speaker Noise|
you speaker still making noise? Does it hum even when you are not
using it? The best solution we have found is to use your speaker
remote and mute the speaker.
|SMART Tip #36 - Inactive Markers|
you ever had the markers not respond when you try writing with them?
Here are a few ideas for that problem.
|SMART Tip #37 - Capturing, part I, Basic Capturing|
is the most basic way to capture. Start out by opening Notebook.
Then open your desired document or the Internet. Go to File then
Print. In the Print window, click the drop down arrow at the end
of the printer name line. Select SMART Notebook Print Capture then
OK. Now you should be able to toggle back to Notebook and use the
document or Internet page interactively with Notebook. Use these
same steps for capturing almost any document - Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Internet pages, pdf files, etc.
|SMART Tip #38 - Capturing, part II, Capturing a .pdf File|
week's SMART Tip explains how to capture a .pdf file. Remember,
the benefit of capturing into Notebook is an interactive page where
annotations won't be lost. (What is a .pdf file? These files
will have a ".pdf" at the end of a website address instead
of a ".com". When you click a link with a ".pdf",
Adobe Reader will launch, a separate program other than the normal
|SMART Tip #39 - Changing Stylus Colors|
to try something a bit different for the end of the school year?
Here is a SMART Tip for changing the colors of your styluses.
|SMART Tip #40 - Changing a Stylus to a Highlighter|
week's SMART Tip explains how to change a stylus to a highlighter.
The benefit to changing a stylus to a highlighter is being able
to highlight regardless of the projected program. Now highlighting
can take place when viewing the Internet, an image, or any other
|SMART Tip #41 - Using the Floating Tool Bar|
past two weeks we've discussed changing your stylus into a different
color or highlighter. This week's SMART Tip will explain how to
use the Floating Tool Bar.
|SMART Tip #42 - Preparing your SMART Board for the Summer!|
Just a few things to remember as you are preparing for summer and checking out of your room . .
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