Although the SmartBoard seems like a big fancy piece of equipment, it really isn't. Essentially, all it does is turn your monitor into a big touch screen. You can use it with any software that you would normally use on your computer with a keyboard or mouse. You can use the Smart Notebook software with it, or you can use it with any interactive website. Using interactive websites can save you some time, in that you don't need to set up lessons on your own.
This involves two steps; connecting your computer to the SmartBoard and connecting your computer to the LCD projector and assumes you already have the SmartBoard software already installed.
1. Plug the USB cable from the SmartBoard into a USB slot on your computer. If your computer is on, you should see a solid green light in the bottom right corner of the SmartBoard.
There can be a variety of issues getting the image from your computer screen projected onto the SmartBoard. Check these things in order:
That's it! You should have your SmartBoard connected and working properly!
Smart Notebook is a piece of software designed to work with the SmartBoard. At a basic level, it is a big whiteboard. There are a lot of cool functions built in, but in terms of an effective use of time, it may be preferable to use an interactive website. If you want to develop lessons for your classroom SmartBoard you can actually download Smart Notebook and install it on your home computer. You will need the Serial Number of your SmartBoard to complete the product registration.
If you are using a Mac, you should download the SmartNotebook patches (available here) to improve the functionality.
To add images, and activities to your Smart Notebook file, use the gallery function and search for the topic you would like to find. Notice that in your results section, there is an Interactive and Multimedia section. This is where you can find many of the active and engaging tools that are included with the Smart Notebook software (rolling dice, timers, calculators, etc.). The Lesson Activity Toolkit has a lot of interactive activities that can be customized for your students. Check out the included examples to get started.
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