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Using the Capture tool


SMART Board Essential Training

with Steve Blatt

Video: Using the Capture tool

For me, the capture tool is something that I use daily in my lesson planning. With the ability to capture off any digital source, you really do

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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

Using the Capture tool

For me, the capture tool is something that I use daily in my lesson planning. If your curriculum offers digital materials or online resources, then you can pick and choose what you intend to use and place those things into your Smart Notebook file. I like to capture pictures, examples, graphics, explanations, answer keys. Whatever I think is going to be effective for that particular day. When I select the Capture Tool on the Actions Toolbar, the Capture Tool floats above all my computer windows, allowing me to capture from any window.

So, here's the capture tool, it's the camera. And there it is, that's the capture tool as it floats above various windows. Now for me, for my curriculum, I'm going to go ahead and capture from a PDF file. So, I've opened up the PDF file, and this is actually the student textbook. And so the first thing that I'm going to want to capture, is just the title. Okay? So I'm going to go ahead and use the first of the 4 capture tools. And this area capture that I'm going to use, this is the one that I almost use exclusively, because it's just so quick and simple.

I'm just going to select it, and now my next touch needs to be a solid, consistent touch to the board where I draw a rectangle. So I'm going to go ahead and hold my finger against the board, draw the rectangle, and then release. When I release, we are initiating the taking of a picture. That picture is then plunked down right into Smart Notebook. It's that easy. Ain't that incredible? So then using my, my Selector Tool, I can then move that picture around, and I can resize that picture, and I can start to add other graphics to this page, or, I can deselect that button, pardon me, to this page would mean that I'm going to deselect this button, and future captures would go right onto this page, or I can capture onto another page.

I'm going to go ahead and capture onto a new page this time, and I'm going to demonstrate how you would capture using the, the window capture. Now the window capture is going to capture whatever is open in that particular window of your computer. So in this case, it'll be capturing this entire window that we see. So I'm going to go ahead and select the second of the capture tools. It's saying this is the window that we are capturing. I'm going to go ahead and touch on the screen, and that's yes, I'm ready to capture that window, and it just took a picture of that window, and it placed that window onto a new page.

The previous page, and I'm using my navigation arrows, is back here, and now here is the new page that we just captured a picture. Isn't that amazing? So then for my third demonstration, I'm going to go ahead and capture onto a new window again. Only this time, I'm going back to my PDF, and I'll go ahead and scroll down just for a little variety. Let's see if we can find something interesting to capture. Uuh, sounds good. This is another page. It's got example 2. It's got some vocabulary. Only this time we're going to demonstrate capturing the entire, entire screen.

So this capture will not just include the window, but it'll in, include the bar that's at the top. I'm going to go ahead and select that capture. It's verifying that this is the display window that we are capturing, or the dis, display screen. And I'm going to go ahead and hit Okay. And again, this is taking a picture, and placing that picture onto a new page. And so we have the full picture of the screen that we just captured. Last but not least, we have, we're going back to our PDF file again, only this time, I'm going to draw a picture around some-, draw a free hand draw area capture.

And that means that I can draw with my finger, and it does not have to be in a rectangular form. So, I'm going to go ahead and select our freehand draw, and I'm going to draw around this little box here, over to this graphic, and back. When I connect, and release, it takes a picture of the area that I freehand drew, and I, in order to see that we're going to go back to our Smart Notebook, and this is the freehand draw area, that I just captured. With the ability to capture off any digital source, you really do have unlimited access to information, to share in your smart notebook files.

Not only do images liven up a page, but they also can give students helpful cues and relevant information. Go to your resource files for a challenge utilizing some of the topics, discussed in this chapter so far.

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