What is an Interative Whiteboard (SmartBoard)?

An interactive whiteboard is like a giant touch screen for your computer.  Instead of using your mouse and keyboard to control your computer, you are going to use the SmartBoard in a much more tactile way for group learning and collaboration.  You can use your finger as a mouse by simply touching an object with your finger to select it or you can use the onboard tools that come with the SmartBoard to annotate.

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1:  Take a look at the two resources provided below.  These will help you begin to understand your new technology and some of the possibilities in the classroom.

 Smart Educator Resources
Educator resources provided by Smart Technologies that include activities, programs and training to help you get the  most from your SMART products.
 Notebook 10 Software Training Videos
 Smart Notebook 10 software video tutorials that cover a Getting Started Series including:
  • Activating Your SmartBoard
  • Finding What You Need
  • The Ink Layer
  • Managing Pages
  • The Properties Tab
  • The Lesson Activity Toolkit
  • New Tools in SMART Notebook 10
After completing the Getting Starting Video Series, make sure to take a look at the SmartBoard Basics Video Series next.

Step 2:  Pick a couple of your favorite educational websites and project them on your SmartBoard.  Practice navigating through them to find the curricular content you would want to use in class.  Have your students do the same.  Don't forget to write on your SmartBoard too!  Using your finger or a stylus from the pen tray add your own comments, diagrams or symbols.  This is a great first step for you and your students to practice on the SmartBoard.

Step 3:  Time to access the Notebook 10 software.  The Notebook software is a powerful tool to help you make classroom presentations engaging and interactive.  You will have over 30 tools on the toolbar and many pull-down and object menus at your fingertips to utilize in your classroom lessons.

Step 4:  Collaborate with other SmartBoard users in your building and across the district.  Share your experiences, ask your colleagues questions and possibly collaborate on interactive content.  Listed below are the SmartBoard users in SAS:
  • Harvest:  Sally Gall (5587), Katie Larzelere (5585), Diane Tew (5577), Jodi McMaster (5553), Linda McCormick (5573), Tricia Dana (5551), Cindy Larsen (5559)
  • Pleasant Ridge:  Carrie Houghton (3022), Sherry Soenen (3027), Coleen Walker (3005), Pam Wickman (8944), Greg Williams (  )
  • Woodland Meadows:  Mary Jo Cox (  )
  • Heritage:  The entire 4th Grade.
Step 5:  Forward any great lessons you create, find on the web or any other pertinent files/documentation/websites to Heather to post for all SmartBoard users.

What Are Some Simple Classroom Uses?

Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Replace your pull down maps with updated maps from the internet.  Then you can annotate over them.
  2. Have students demonstrate math problems.
  3. Let students have fun and learn to make change by moving coins around with their fingers.
  4. Explore our community by using Google Earth.
  5. Create excitement in science with a simulated dissection.
  6. Build student confidence by practicing telling time.
  7. Post a schedule of the week's assignments.
  8. Start every morning off with a dose of daily oral language.
  9. Use word guess to drill students on the week's spelling words or special vocabulary from the content areas.
  10. Lead your class in a creative brainstorming exercise.
  11. Scan student work then use the stylus to add and make changes.
  12. Access virtual museums and online collections to make history come alive.
  13. Teach student math through using virtual manipulatives.
  14. Import worksheets that students can write on to support a learning concept.
  15. You get the idea, now you can take it from here . . .
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