SMART Board Essential Training
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Video: Writing on your SMART Board

The beauty of writing on a SMART Board is Here are some suggestions for writing on the SMART Board.

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1h 53m Appropriate for all Jan 30, 2014

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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
Education + Elearning
SMART Notebook
Steve Blatt

Writing on your SMART Board

The beauty of writing on a SMART Board is that you can save your notes for future use. Now you can't do that with a regular whiteboard. You can also move, edit, enlarge and further modify your notes, and you never run out of white board space. Additionally your SMART Notebook file can be exported and shared, via email or posted on a web page. The simplest way to write on a SMART Board is simply to pick up a pen and write. Here are some suggestions for writing on the SMART Board. Number one.

Hold your pen like this as opposed to like you would hold a, a regular pen. This way of holding the pen will give you greater control and better handwriting. Number two. Touch the board with only a single point of contact, and touch with intention. This will allow the board to sense and register your contact points. So I'm going to go ahead and demonstrate that. So I'm going to write, touch with intention. When you write, the software will group your objects together as a single object.

However, if you want your words recognized as separate objects, then you will need to separate each word with a large gap. Set down the pen between words, or switch pens. So if I want to have the switch, so, I say switch my pen color, I'm going to write the word, separate. Now, I'm switching to a blue pen, that's as if I set down this pen and picked up a blue pen and I'm going to write objects. What you'll notice here and I'm going to my selector tool, very useful tool, is that when I touch, touch with intent, that touch with is all one object.

But when I touch separate and objects, each of those are separate objects. Even though I wrote them on the same line, because I switched pens, they are separate objects. If I wanted to write diagonally, the trick is, write horizontally and then select the object and using the rotate handle, rotate the object so that its orientation is diagonal. So, for example, I'm going to go a head and take out that word, objects, and move it down a little bit. I'm going to move the touch with intention over a little bit too. Can't do this on your whiteboard.

I'm going to select the word objects, and I'm going to go ahead and just orient, rotate it a little bit. It's just fun, and it's easy. If you want your writing small, don't try to write really small. Instead, write large characters that you're comfortable with and then select your object and resize using the resize handle to be smaller writing. So again, I'm going to go to my pen tool in my, my tools panel there. I'm going to select a color, I'm going to select that color right there, and I'm going to write the word small.

Okay? Going back to my selector tool, I'm going to select that word ob, that, that object, the word small is my object that I'm referring to, and then this is my resize handle, and I can make that word very, very small. You can group and ungroup using gestures as well. This is a cool feature, but it can happen when you don't want it to. Let me show you how you do that. We talked about how the word separate and the word objects are separate objects. But if I select both objects, I'm going to go ahead a draw a box around both objects.

Now I've got both of my objects selected, I'm going to go ahead and grab them and wiggle them. When you wiggle, and I think I created that word wiggle for this, when you wiggle, the two objects become one object. Now if I do the exact same thing over again, wiggle those two objects It breaks them apart, so that now I can move them as separate objects. Now why would you want to group your objects? The answer is, I would group my objects, so that I can move those two objects together, and resize them together. Okay, oh interesting.

I actually grabbed the word small when I was grouping as well. Now, let's have some fun, and let's experiment with different pen types. When I'm in my selector tool, I'm going to go ahead and select the pen types right there in the tools panel, and the contextual panel opens up. And I can see that I've got this drop-down menu for all the different pen types. Now, the crayon is really fun. And the shape recognition is, is kind of fun. Although as a math teacher, I actually don't use it that often. Because I actually prefer the geometric shapes that are available in the tools panel.

But what I want to share with you today is first, the highlighter. The highlighter is a great educational tool because it really directs student attention. So, if I wanted students to be really aware of the word separate, I can highlight anything that's on my screen. Whether it's a word, or an object, or something that I brought in, I can highlight. Another example is, if I was doing a science lesson, and we were talking about what bones the human and the chicken skeleton share, my stu, I could call up students and have them come up and with the highlighter selected they could find something that both humans and chickens share.

Using my page sorter tab I'm going to go ahead and go back. And I want to show you one more, one more pen that I particularly like. Now, I love the magic pen, but I'm going to share that with you in another movie. Right now I just want to talk a little bit about the creative pen. The creative pen can just be silly and not valuable. If we just draw, you know, like this, which is fun and silly but I don't know if there's a lot of educational value in there. But, I really do like these stamps. And these stamps will be found under the creative pen. The stamps are great, so each touch of the screen gives me a flower, or each touch of the screen gives me a smiley face.

Now, you can use your creativity to think about how you can use these stamps. Some teachers use them to take attendance. Other teachers use them for kids to designate whether they are buying lunch, or whether they brought lunch. Other teachers use them to allow students to put a, maybe a star to show how well they're working together on a project or how far along they are in that project. And other teachers actually use the stamps to also do some kind of behavior management, so you get a star next to your name.

When you're writing with a pen, you can change pens by selecting a new tool in the tools panel. So for example, I'm in my tools panel. I'm going to select. And you can just keep selecting whichever tool you want. And you can switch colors. So I'm in pens. I can switch colors up here. But I want you to know that this pen, in my hand, does not actually have any ink in it. So, you don't have to use the pen to touch the screen. You can, you can write on the screen with your finger as long as you've selected one of the pen tools.

So, I am writing with my finger. Okay. Now that you know it's as easy as picking up a pen, or selecting one of the pens from the tools bar, you can now annotate up anything brought into your SMART Notebook file.

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