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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.)
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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!
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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.
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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.
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SMART Tip #8 - SMART Board Resources
  Use these sites for SMART Board activities and resources.
 

1.

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
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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.)
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SMART Tip #10 - Summer Storage
  As 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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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SMART Tip #16 - Bringing in the Real World, Part I - Virtual Field Trips
  We 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 . . . .
- http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=654970 - Elementary
- http://www.field-guides.com/vft/ - Intermediate and High
- http://www.vickiblackwell.com/vft.html - an extensive list of many, many others . . .

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SMART Tip #17 - Bringing in the Real World, Part II - Use of Images
  This 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!
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SMART Tip #18 - Bringing in the Real World, Part III - CyberHunts
  This 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
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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
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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.
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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.

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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.
   1. http://edcompass.smarttech.com/en/learning/activities/notebook.aspx
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.
  2. http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/SB/templates.htm
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.
  3. http://208.183.128.3/ce/ppt.htm
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!
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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.

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SMART Tip #24 - Inserting Premade Templates
 

To 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 originally inserted.
 
Want a new template? Go to Insert, Browse for Page Template, select a new template. Now when you click the template icon, the new template will be inserted on additional pages. Try it out – it’s very handy and a quick time saver!

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SMART Tip #25 - Using Line and Shape Tools for your own Template
 

The 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.
 
First, use the line and shape tools for making tables, grids, T-charts, Venn Diagrams, graphic organizers or your own shapes.
 
Here are a few ideas:
- use the rectangle for the outline of a table, then use the line tool for columns or rows
- if you have an organizer such as a Venn Diagram where multiple lines or circles are used, try copying and pasting for exact line shape/length rather than drawing each one
- don't forget the line thickness tool for making certain lines or shapes thicker to stand out in the organizer
(Open this file for only a few visual representation of these ideas and others. Right click the link, select Save Target As and then save the file.)

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SMART Tip #26 - Adding Color to your Template
 

Last 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!
 
A handy trick to know when using color is changing the "transparentness" of it. Select the shape with the color, go to Format, Transparency, then select a percentage of transparency. Now the color is a bit more subtle and overlapping portions will be able to be seen.
 
(Open this file for only a few visual representation of these ideas and others. Right click the link, select Save Target As and then save the file.)

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SMART Tip #27 - Grouping Objects on your Template
 

This 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.
 
Select the entire organizer by left clicking with your mouse and dragging from the top left to the bottom right of the organizer or go to Edit, Select All. Then click on Draw, Group to group the organizer into one object rather than separate lines. And just FYI – you will not be able to group any lines, objects or text that has been rotated using the green rotator dot. Now you can move the organizer anywhere it is needed on the Notebook page.
 
Want to undo the grouping to change the format? Click on the grouped organizer, go to Draw, Ungroup.
   
(Open this file for only a few visual representation of these ideas and others. Right click the link, select Save Target As and then save the file.)

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SMART Tip #28 - Making Backgrounds with your Template
 

In 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.
 
To do this, select the portions of the organizer you want in the background. (Or try this - hold down the control key on your keyboard, select all portions of the organizer by clicking on the outlines of the objects, then let go of the control key.) Go to Draw, Order, Make Background.
 
Want to edit something you put in the background? Go to Draw, Order, Retrieve Background to bring it all back to the foreground for editing.

   
 
(Open this file for only a few visual representation of these ideas and others. Right click the link, select Save Target As and then save the file.)

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SMART Tip #29 - Saving Options for your Templates
 

We 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.
 
So we are ready to open your template and save it as an actual template.  Again, a word of warning – saving a Notebook page as a template ONLY SAVES ONE (the first) PAGE!!  Ready?  Open your template, go to File, then Save Page As Template.  Using the drop down menu, navigate to where you want to save and click Save.
 
Have you developed a file that has several pages?  That’s great – just don’t select Save Page As Template!  Rather, save it as a regular Notebook file by selecting Save or Save As, then navigate to the desired saved location and click save. You will save the entire file.

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SMART Tip #30 - Making Folders to Organize Documents
 

So 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!)
 
Open your H Drive or My Documents, go to File, then New, and select Folder. A new folder will be made and you will notice “New Folder” is highlighted in blue. With it still highlighted, give this folder a name – one to remember your Notebook templates, Word documents, class notes – whatever you intend to put in the folder.
 
Now that your folder is made, click and drag desired documents into the folder. Or try this – hold down the “ctrl” key on your keyboard, select all documents for the folder, lift up ctrl key, then drag and drop files into the folder.

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SMART Tip #31 - Emailing Attachments
 

Have 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:
 
Open Groupwise, start a new email like normal. Include who you are sending it to, a subject and anything you would like to say in the body of the email. Then to attach your document, click Attach (with the paperclip). This will open another window where you will need to navigate to the location where you saved the document. Select the document and click OK. The document will be attached on your email. You should be able to see the attachments in the lower area of your email window.
 
Want more help with Groupwise issues? Go to http://www.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/help.htm and click Groupwise email.

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SMART Tip #32 - Making Hyperlinks in Notebook
 

Link any text or image on a Notebook page to a webpage to create a shortcut to relevant web content within a lesson activity.
 
Here's how to create a hyperlink that shows the web page URL. Type or copy and paste the URL onto the Notebook page then click on the Notebook page outside the text box. The text will become an active hyperlink.
 
To access the linked webpage, simply touch the arrow that appears on the bottom left-hand corner of the object.

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SMART Tip #33 - Using the Spotlight Tool
 

Here is a tip for focusing student's attention on your lesson material.
 
1. Click the SMART Board icon in the system tray and select Floating Tools.
2. Click the Spotlight button on the floating tool tray for the spotlight to appear. Move the spotlight to any place on the screen by clicking outside the spotlight and dragging it to your desired location.
 
Try this - click the Menu button to change the transparency and shape of the spotlight. Now you can use a square for focusing on paragraphs or the frame to surround certain images or information.
 
When you are ready to exit out of the spotlight tool, click on the Menu and select Exit.

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SMART Tip #34 - New SMART Board Software
 

SMART Tip #34 - New SMART Board software 9.0
 
This week's SMART Tip is to alert you to the newest version of Notebook. SMART Notebook has been updated to a version 9.0. There are several new and improved features:

interactive Flash programs (timers, rolling dice, interactive thermometer, reaction of metals with acid, only to name a few)
side sorter to view pages, clipart, templates and collections (making it much easier to find the templates and collections!)
screen shade that moves left and right, up and down
movable menu bar (move it to the bottom for easier access)
spell check!
"creative" pen styles (for adding fun or flair to your lesson!)
lines pivot around the end point
cloning feature (for cloning objects, shapes, or entire pages)
among many other features!
Ready to try this out? Here's what you need to do:
1. Open My Computer
2. Open Vol2 on Center 3
3. Open Teacher Resources folder
4. Double click SMRBrdSoftware901.exe file
The program will install itself automatically - saving all your previously made files!
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SMART Tip #35 - Speaker Noise
 

Is 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.
- Your speaker remote is the small almost square remote that says "Califone" with only 3 buttons on it.
- Email Colleen if you do not have a speaker remote.
 
Is the speaker humming a persistent problem in your room? Again, Email Colleen - we'll come out and see what else can be done.

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SMART Tip #36 - Inactive Markers
 

Have you ever had the markers not respond when you try writing with them? Here are a few ideas for that problem.
 
First try . . .
Open the Control Panel, click the Log button, then click the SMART Board Diagnostics button. At the top of this screen, open the Service menu and select Stop. Open the Service menu again and this time select Start. Then close out of all the windows and try your SMART Board again.
 
Another idea . . .
Open the Control Panel, click the Connect button, then click Detect SMART Hardware. When it is done, click OK.
 
Or you can always . . .
Restart your computer!

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SMART Tip #37 - Capturing, part I, Basic Capturing
 

This 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.

The benefit to capturing is Notebook's interactivity. Once a document is captured into Notebook, you can use the stylus to annotate. In Notebook, you don't have to worrying about the one wrong tap that deletes your annotations, as you do in Word or on the Internet.

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SMART Tip #38 - Capturing, part II, Capturing a .pdf File
 

This 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 Internet view.)
 
As I explain this, it might be helpful to go to http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/persuasion.pdf which is a graphic organizer .pdf file of a persuasion map. You can use it as an example.
 
Once the .pdf file is open, look for the camera icon with a dotted line box around it. You'll find this shortcut icon under the website address. This is the capturing tool. Click it once, then:
1. outline the portion of the page you want captured,
2. open Notebook,
3. paste your captured image on Notebook,
4. finally, you're ready to annotate!
 
Want to try this out with other .pdf files?
- http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/index.html - graphic organizers
- http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divimprove/assess/PD/released.htm - released MAP items
- http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divimprove/assess/PD/cr1edition/index.htm - constructed response item
- http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divimprove/assess/PD/1edition/index1.htm - performance based response items

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SMART Tip #39 - Changing Stylus Colors
 

Want 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.
 
For version 8.0 (the original version of Notebook)
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Select the Pen Tray tab
3. Select the stylus color in the left hand display column you want to change
4. Using the drop down arrow of the displayed color, select the color you want your stylus to be. (Note you can also change the pen width here.)
 
Do you want to save the new color? Under User Profiles, use the drop down arrow and select Save As. Your first initial last name will be the profile. Click OK. Now each time you log on to your computer, the new stylus colors will be saved.
 
For version 9.0 (the newer version of Notebook)
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Select the Pen Tray Settings button
3. Select the stylus color you want to change
4. Using the color palette that opens, select your new color. (Note you can also change the pen width and format the line here as well.)

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SMART Tip #40 - Changing a Stylus to a Highlighter
 

This 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 document.
 
For version 8.0 (the original version of Notebook)
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Select the Pen Tray
3. Select the stylus color that will become the highlighter in the left hand column
4. Using the drop down arrow of the color menu, select the desired color for the highlighter
5. Change the width by deleting the 3 (or current width setting) and type in 15
6. Check the Highlighter box
7. Click OK
 
For version 9.0 (the new version of Notebook)
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Select the Pen Tray Settings button
3. Select the stylus color that will become the highlighter
4. Using the window that opens, select your new color, line thickness and degree of transparency
5. Click OK to get out of both windows

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SMART Tip #41 - Using the Floating Tool Bar
 

The 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.
 
To activate the Floating Tool Bar, open your SMART Board short cuts. Do this by clicking the SMART Board icon found in the tool tray in the lower right hand corner of your screen. From the menu, select Floating Tools. Now you will have a small tool menu that is always visible regardless of the program you are running.
 
The benefit to using the Floating Tool Bar is the constant access to SMART Board tools even when you are in a program other than Notebook. (For example, by selecting the highlighter on the Floating Tool Bar, you will be able to highlight when showing something on the Internet or in any other document.) Be sure to try out the spotlight!

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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 . .

1. Store all four styluses, the eraser and your three remotes in your grey storage bag. Lock it up, if possible.
2. Unplug the power cord from the back of your projector . (Please don't worry about unplugging your speaker - it is very high and might be dangerous for you to climb up to unplug it.)
3. If you would like to clean the SMART Board screen, use water on a soft rag and wipe down. For dirtier boards, spray ammonia free window cleaner or Expo Dry Erase cleanser onto a soft rag and wipe the SMART Board down.
4. And a non-SMART Board tip - it would be a good idea to back everything on your computer up to your H drive or even burn it to a disk!
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