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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.
When your SMART Notebooks become robust, its extremely helpful to have links that facilitate moving and jumping from page to another in a non-linear, non-sequential manner. With links, you can jump to an answer key, jump to more practice, jump to a hint or suggestion, jump to remedial instructions, jump to an extension activity. Or jump to an online resource. Rather than getting caught up trying to find that one page in this great big presentation file, just set it up so you can jump there if necessary.
I'd first like to demonstrate how to jump to a web page. So I'm going to use this icon right here. This globe. And with the Selector tool selected, I'm just going to tap on that object. And I'm going to go to the drop down menu. And go to Link. So, my first choice up here, in the left top, left hand corner is Web Page. I've already copied the URL for a web page, I'm just going to use Google for now, so I'm going to go use the right-click button on my pen tray. I'm going to click into that box and select Paste.
Now before I close this dialog, I want to make a decision about whether I'll use a corner icon, or an object. If it's self-evident that the object is in fact a link. Then you can select the object as the link. For example, if the linked object has the words click here for answer key, then it's pretty clear that it's a link. Otherwise, you can select a corner icon that makes it clear that the object is a linked object. For this globe, I think I'm going to go ahead and go with the corner icon, because it's not 100%.
Clearer that this is a link, so I'm going to go ahead hit OK. And, I'm going to click off it and you can see what it looks like. To follow this link, I'm just going to go ahead and click, not on the object, but I'm going to click on the corner icon that was attached to this object. And that will launch my browser, there we go. And there's the Google page that it takes me to. Now this will take you to any educational page, any url that you past in there. So I just wanted to be aware. Now after I've followed a link, I'm now in my Internet Explorer in this case and I need to go to my Task Bar and jump back to my Notebook.
So I'm going to go here. And now I'm back on the page that I started out with, and I'm ready to show you another example of linking. Next, we're going to link to a page within this presentation file. This is actually a really really long presentation file, and somewhere in there way toward the end, I include an answer key because I wasn't sure in my lesson whether I have time to show the answer key. Turns out I do. So I want to make sure that I have that linked, and I'll jump to that. So I'm going to go ahead and select my object. Now, notice, the object can be typed text, it can be written text, it can be any object on your screen.
Drawer up-down menu, go to Link. And this time, I'm going to select Page in this File. And you can see that I've got all of these pages in my file. And. The first group of those pages are named. And it's important to name the files, but when I get down to, down to here somewhere, I don't see my Answer Key. And I want to make sure that, where is my Answer Key? I want to make sure that I name, oh there it is, I think that's my Answer Key. But it's so much better if I had named it so I could find it quicker and easier.
So I'm going to show you real quickly. How to go ahead and name your Answer Key. I cancelled out of that dialog. I have not done the linking yet because I want to go to my Page Sorter tab, and I'm going to scroll down to where I find that Answer Key. And we're doing this so we wouldn't have to do this during the teaching moment. You know, you're in the middle of your presentation, and your administrator is watching you, you don't want to have to find that page. And search and hunt and peck for it. You want to just quickly link to it. So there's the page that I wanted to link to with the default naming.
I'm going to go ahead and change that default naming. The default naming is the date that it was created. I'm just going to double-click on the name. Launch my keyboard from my pen tray. And I'm going to type the word answers. Okay, and close my keyboard. It's named. And it retracted, which what is exactly I want. I've gotta a page sorter tab and scroll back to where I started. Alright, we're back and we're ready to link the Answer Key. Drop down menu. Link, this time page is in the file, and this time I've got the answers named and it's so easy to link to that page.
I think it's clear that I'm linking. So I'm going to select Object this time and I'm going to hit OK. What this has done is, now you can't see that that's a linked object, but I think it's evident, and when I click there, I jump to my Answer Key. Now, once we've jumped there, we probably are going to want to jump back from where we started from, and so yes, we do have to include a link that'll jump us back. I've already included a link. And we're going to go ahead and jump right back to the page we started with. And we're ready to demonstrate the next example of linking.
In this example, I want to link to a document that's sitting on my computer. So I select my object. Drop Down Menu > Link. And this time I'm going to Files on this Computer. Browse down, and in your documents library you can choose a file that you want to open up. And I've got this helpful hints file that I'm going to use. And I am selecting, I'm going to select corner icon for this one as well. because I think it's pretty, it'll help to show that this is.
And I'm going to go ahead and go Yes on that. I had already linked it so it was just reminding me that that was already there. And great, so when I, when I followed that link, it is going to open up Word and I will need to jump back into Notebook when I'm done with the Word document. Last but not least, I want to demonstrate how you would link to. Go ahead and drop down menu. So I marquis selected that, it didn't matter. I'm going to show you I can select it like this, or I can marquee select it like that, it doesn't matter, either way works.
But I'm going to go ahead and drop down menu, go to Link, and this time we're going to link to an attachment. Now I've got all these files that are attached to my presentation file. And I want to link to a video file, because that icon that we were just talking about, says video. So I'm going to go ahead and go where the video that I've already attached. And I do, I do not need a corner icon, it's clear, OK. So when you follow this link, it will launch the default application for playing your video files. I'm want to demonstrate this, so I'm going to go ahead and click on the Video file.
And you can see that the video player opened up, and it immediately started playing this video. This is not a streamed video. This is a video that I attached, and so therefore I can play it quickly and easily. Now, we are not actually in SMART Notebook anymore, because the video file Is actually open. I just have it not on full size. And so when we're done playing the video we can go ahead and close the video and we're right back where we started from. If you want to put this learning into practice, there's a challenge on linking waiting for you in the exercise files.
Now, I gotta be honest, while I don't take the time to create links in all of my files, I find it a great tool whenever I know that I'm going to want to jump to a resource on my computer, or jump to a specific internet website. By pre-loading your links, your teaching will be very intentional and you won't lose any time switching from one topic to another.
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