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SMART Board Essential Training

with Steve Blatt

Video: Customizing your tools

I find it particularly useful to customize tools and It covers up things but you never know it's there.

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The SMART Board interactive whiteboard, through its touch-sensitive surface, gives you access to all the functions of your computer while presenting to your audience—making it great for teachers and other professionals who need to share different types of material. Join SMART Certified Trainer Steve Blatt as he shows how to use a SMART Board in conjunction with SMART Notebook software to design and organize dynamic presentations. Learn how to connect to your computer, manage objects, insert graphics, and dazzle your audience with reveals.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your hardware
  • Launching SMART Notebook
  • Creating and moving objects
  • Typing text
  • Recognizing handwriting
  • Layering, linking, and locking objects
  • Managing pages
  • Customizing toolbars
  • Adding animation and reveals
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SMART Notebook
Steve Blatt

Customizing your tools

I find it particularly useful to customize tools and have them according to my preferences on the Toolbar. This will help you use these tools in a seamless way. In front of your students. Take for example, the pens. I'm going to go ahead and select my pen tool in the tools panel. And you'll see that I've got a black pen, which I'll, which I'll use often, but underneath it I've got this magenta pen. I would much prefer that magenta pen To be a thick black pen. So how am I going to change it? Well I'm going to go over here to my properties tab, and you'll see that these properties are dependant upon what's selected.

So these are specific to pen types, and I'm going to make the properties of that pen. I'm going to switch it to a thick, black pen. Now the moment I hit Save Tool Properties, I will then have a permanent, well not so permanent, but I will have that black pen available whenever I launch SMART Notebook. I said not that permanent because, I can then change it whenever I see fit. So I'm going to go ahead and hit Save Tool Properties, and there's my thick black pen that I just created. Next, I'd like to go the line tools, and show you how I can create a, an arrow that I'll use very often.

Now you see this blue bar, looks like some kind of dumbbell. I don't see myself using that often, but wouldn't it be nice to have a big thick blue arrow that I can point at things. So to grab students attention. Well, I'm going to go ahead and make that. So, with the Line tool selected, I have different options than I had when I had the Pen tool selected. So now with the Line tool selected I like the blue, I'm going to go a little bit thicker maybe, and I'm going to give it an ending with an arrowhead. The minute I hit the save tool properties, we will have adjusted the tools.

And so, there I have it. Actually, there's one more modification that I think I'd like to make and that is, I don't like the way the arrow starts. So, I'm going to make one more change. I'm going to go here and I'm going to just have it start Without any, at all, save tool properties, and then go. I've got myself a nice arrow to use in the future. One more modification that I want to demonstrate is, something that I use. All the time. And so, and we'll, I'll be using it when we talk about reveals in a moment. So I'm going to go to my geometric shapes, and I'm going to choose one of my rectangles.

I'm going to choose that rectangle there. And I'm going to modify the properties of that particular rectangle. So again, we're going to the Properties tab. And, we're going to select, Solid Fill, and we're going to select White. So it's going to be a white rectangle, and then we're going to go to Line Style, and that's the line that goes around the rectangle, and we're also going to select White on that as well. Now, this is very strange because when I hit save tool property it's going to look like that rectangle just disappeared.

It's there, and we're going to use it in a moment. So, save tool properties, that's my white rectangle. And this is what I use it for. It covers up things but you never know it's there. It's very useful. These customizations, as I said, aren't permanent. Depending on what you are teaching, you might want a particular pen, or shape, at your disposal, and now you know how to modify and save that tool.

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