SmartBoard Inservice

“Get SMART with Your Students: SMARTboards in the k-4 Classroom”


             The technology committee at Old Trail School has recently made the decision to purchase SMART interactive whiteboards for all its elementary classrooms in the coming school year.  SMART will be sending representatives to the school to provide orientation and basic training for teachers in setting up and using the new equipment.  However, many teachers who have never had access to an interactive whiteboard before have expressed concerns about incorporating it effectively into their lessons, an area which will only be briefly covered in their initial training.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide hands-on experimentation with the SMART notebook software, ideas for inclusion into lessons, and further resources for lesson planning and classroom activities using the SMART boards. 

My goals for the program:

Ÿ         Participants will be able to identify, locate, and use some of the advanced features of the SMART notebook software, including the gallery.

Ÿ         Participants will be able to develop slides for use in an upcoming lesson.

Ÿ         Participants will increase their comfort level with the interactive notebook software.

Ÿ         Participants will be able to identify outside resources for SMART lesson plans and activities.

Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Conference Proposal

Primary Speaker Information 

            Name:                          Ryn Lewis

            Institution:                  Kent State University

            Business Address:       N/A

            Work Phone:               870-995-6350

            Fax #:                          N/A

            Email Address            : 

            Home Address:           731 S. Lincoln Street

                                                Kent, OH  44240

            Home Phone:              870-995-6350

Identify the Strand and Guidelines

     Formational information, Technology & Media Literacy

     Guideline 6: Technological Literacy Electronic Information Formats, Internet Searching, Usage of Electronic Resources & Multimedia Tools

     Ohio Research Study

o   A partner-leader in the provision of learning-oriented professional development targeted to whole-school success of learning goals.

     Intended Audience: k-4 elementary teachers desiring intermediate to advanced level resources and skill development in using the SMART interactive whiteboard and software.

     Audio-visual / room setup: The workshop must be held in a computer lab.  Participant computers should have at least the trial version of the SMART classroom suite, including the SMART interactive notebook software.  Computers should have a USB port for participant flash drives, and will ideally be Internet-connected.  Presenter will require a SMART interactive whiteboard and projector.  A computer with SMART notebook software or the equipment to hook the presenter’s computer to the SMART board and projector are also needed.  All computer stations should be able to view the SMART board easily.

o   **Participants should bring a jump drive or flash disk to save their work and lesson planning material for an upcoming class

     Program Information:

o   Program Title: “Get SMART with Your Students: SMARTboards in the k-4 Classroom”

o   Program Description: The program targets new SMARTboard and SMART software users who would like tips and techniques for getting more out of their software, and incorporating the unique features of SMART into their lessons.  If you have ever been curious about the SMART gallery or about making great notebook lessons, this is the class for you!

SMART Notebook Resources

 SMART Resources

 Ÿ         The SMART Exchange:

A wonderful world of resources and pre-made curriculum support and lessons are available here at the SMART Exchange.  Resources are arranged by subject and grade level and can also be searched by state standard correlation.  This is probably the number one resource for quality Smart lessons and should be your first stop if you want to browse or are looking for something specific.

Ÿ         SMART:

The SMART home page

Ÿ         SMART notebook software downloads:

The best way to install SMART software on a personal machine is with the CDs provided with the boards because it allows you to use a registered version of the software that has no time limit.  30-day limited trials and supplemental software resources are available at this link.


Web Resources for Tutorials and Lessons

Ÿ         Amphitheater Public Schools – White Board Resources:

This site contains several programs for teachers to utilize with the Board, such as a random student selector.  It also contains a large list of links to interactive whiteboard sites, some of which are listed here, and to several free clip art sites.

Ÿ         Interactive Internet Resources: Interactive Sites for SMART Board use:

This site is organized by subject and features links to a variety of interactive resources including observations, games, videos and simulations.  Some sites focus specifically on whiteboard tools, while others simply take advantage of SMART’s interactive features.

Ÿ         Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom:

This site contains links to tutorials and ideas for teachers learning to use the SMART board, as well as software links and links to interactive websites that work well with SMARTboards.

Ÿ         Lee’s Summit Technology Integration:

Under the “Pre-Made Notebook Activity Downloads” are many different notebooks that can be used in lessons.

Ÿ         London Grid for Learning:

This site contains zip files with notebook activities for several different subjects.  It also contains links to audio and clip art sites, and pdf files of basic SmartBoard help topics.

Ÿ         Scholastic’s Interactive Whiteboard Lessons:

This site, developed and maintained by Scholastic, contains a searchable database of prepared whiteboard lessons, teacher tutorials and resources, and tools and templates to assist teachers just starting to create SMART lessons. 

Ÿ         The Teacher’s Guide:   

Math, literacy and educational notebook files, mostly for use with primary students.


Resources Used in the Creation of this Project

McRae, Martha. Down on the Farm. SMART Notebook lesson.  Retrieved from

Schrock, Kathleen. 2011. “Teacher Helpers: Digital Gadgets.” Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators. Retrieved from

Clip Art Sites

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**Unless otherwise noted, all clip art used is from the SMARTboard notebook gallery.


I.                   Basic Notebook Creation – Using the notebook software to create lesson material (demonstration and participation) (10 minutes)

a.       Adding and duplicating pages

b.      Adding text

c.       Page fill effects

d.      Adding gallery elements

e.       Resizing and rotating images

f.       Gallery search feature

g.      Animating objects

h.      Grouping objects together

In this section, participants will learn or review the basic components of a SMART notebook including how to create a notebook and how to add text and pictures, the two most common elements in a presentation.  Students will learn the nuances of the SMART software in handling basic tasks such as resizing and grouping objects through both demonstration and practice at their own computers.

II.                Interactive gallery features – (Demonstration and participation) (10 minutes)

a.       Locating interactives

b.      Navigation buttons

c.       Timers

d.      Dice, spinners, and other basic interactives

e.       Resizing interactives

f.       Simulations, demonstrations, and lesson activities, basic set up of advanced multimedia components

In this section, students will get to see some of the interactive features of SMART that go beyond clip art.  They will learn how to locate these resources in the gallery and manipulate them.  Participants will also have the chance to explore some of the advanced simulations and see how they might be usable in a classroom setting.

III.             Lesson Planning using SMART notebook software (40 minutes)

a.       Using SMART in the classroom (demonstration with examples) (10 – 15 minutes)

                                                       i.      Using the Screen Shade

                                                       ii.      Writing to text feature

                                                       iii.      Shape creation and modification

                                                       iv.      Movable cover-ups

                                                        v.      Arranging elements from front to back

                                                        vi.      Ideas for direct instruction

                                                        vii.      Ideas for interactive instruction or independent/small group work

b.      Participant practice time (15 - 20 minutes)

In this section, participants will see different types of notebook lessons and begin learning ways that SMART features can be incorporated into classroom instruction.  Demonstration and examples will include both examples of SMART elements used in direct instruction and activities involving student participation.  Participants will then have time to work with a standard and materials they brought to begin building a lesson in SMART for their own classrooms.

IV.             Other ways to use SMART (5 minutes)

                                                         i.      Independent or small group stations

                                                         ii.      Student assessment (SMART Sync)

                                                        iii.      Behavior

                                                        iv.      Away from SMART notebook – Other uses for the board

1.      Overhead projector (saving files for each class)

2.      DVD player

3.      Streaming Media

4.      Internet browser

5.      Internet interactives and multimedia sites (BrainPop)

6.      Web-based learning

7.      PowerPoints (games like Jeopardy; also with SMART versions)

V.                Some outside resources for SMART (5 minutes)

a.       Pathfinder

b.      Show SMART Exchange and premade lessons

These sections will focus on other uses for SMART and outside resources for premade notebook lessons.  Participants will have a chance to visit SMART exchange, the top site for user-contributed notebooks, and will view a well-created notebook for kindergarten on farm animals.

Program Details

            The initial workshop will take place in the Old Trail School computer lab.  If a SmartBoard is not already mounted in the room, one will be rolled in for the workshop.  All participants will have their own computer station with the SMART notebook software installed.  All participants are asked to bring a flash drive, or be prepared to save their files to a Google docs account.  All participants are also asked to bring material for a lesson they would like to develop on the SmartBoard for teaching in the next few weeks.  Attendees will be the faculty of OTS who teach kindergarten through fourth grade – the primary division.  The workshop will be advertised through the school newsletter and email, and will be part of a routine divisional faculty meeting.  The workshop will last for one hour, with the presenter remaining afterward to talk individually with faculty and answer questions.  The format of the presentation will be in SMART notebook.  Supplemental materials will include a bibliography of outside resources and a Quick-Reference guide to the features demonstrated and discussed in class, complete with screenshots to aid recall. 

SMART exchange is the best resource for librarians I found.  It is a website containing user-contributed SMART notebook lessons which can be downloaded, ranked, and reviewed.  Notebooks are available for every grade from preschool through high school and cover all major and some minor subject areas.  Also included are general notebook games that can be adapted for any subject, such as SMART Jeopardy.  The site is so large and well-known that few other resources can compete, and the exchange is the go-to place for librarians and educators wanting material for their classrooms swiftly.  It is also useful simply because many notebooks have been excellently created and offer creative or unique ways to use even the basic tools of SMART to engage and challenge students.  I have used the SMART software for many years, and still saw new ways of using the tools with which I am already familiar.

This program did not require a lot of outside research.  Due to the intended audience, I felt that helping them get the most out of their existing software would be the most beneficial as many have never worked with an interactive whiteboard before.  Though most are technologically savvy and should not have difficulty with SMART, the initial training usually only briefly covers the notebook software and gallery features, if at all.  Since the inservice is only scheduled for an hour, I was limited in what I could present and chose to stay with things I felt would be immediately useful.  As I am already very comfortable with SMART, my research involved tinkering with the newer version of the software and exploring its features more fully.  I would absolutely recommend a follow-up to this inservice that focuses on SMART Sync if they intend to purchase that package.  SMART Sync allows teachers to track and assess students through SMART and offers a host of other features to assist teachers in supporting their students’ progress; however, it was beyond the scope of this project and will also require a separate purchase from the school.

"Get SMART with Your Students: SMARTboards in the k-4 Classroom”

Participant Evaluation


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I feel my overall comfort level with using the SmartBoard and software has increased from this workshop.





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Karyn Lewis,
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