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SMART Boards Samantha, Liz

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SMART Boards



Samantha Johnston sjohnst4@asu.edu

Liz Sledge esledge1@asu.edu



TEL 313 Spring 2009



What is a SMART Board?


Technically speaking a SMART Board is actually a kind of an Interactive White Board or IWB. Most people are familiar with the term SMART Board because, it is the most commonly used IWB in the United States, however there are other manufacturers that make IWB's. A SMART Board is a device that, when used with a computer and video display, makes the surface of the display become touch sensitive, and allows it to be used to control the computer.


What are SMART Boards used for?


SMART Boards are used mainly in classrooms and in office's, specifically for meetings. Because it is an interactive white board, the person presenting, or teaching, can have their audience collaborate, draw and interact with the information on the screen. In the classroom it makes lessons more interesting and increases the retention of the lessons content. In the business world it can increase productivity by allowing collarotive work sessions to be shared and saved without any paper involved. Anything put on the board can be saved and easily accesed down the road, and copies can easily be emailed.


How do you use a SMART Board?


Once the SMART Board is installed the nest big question is how do you use it? The most basic use of a SMART Board is as an additional white board. But SMART Boards have much more potential. Since the SMART Board is connected to your computer, essentially your finger is the mouse, and any application you have on your computer will run on the SMART Board. You can easily write on any open page simply by picking up the pen from the tray, to save what you have written you can click the image capture button, and save it in the Notebook software. Both Microsoft Word and Excel software are Ink Aware software that will let you save what you have writte in digital ink into the application. In order to save anything onto the open page you must either hit the Insert Drawing or Insert Drawing as Text button to save it. The Notebook software is one of the most inportant pieces, as it is the most ineractive and comes built in with many different tools. You can open a page and tpe with your keyboard, the digital keyboard or write with the pen. You can also change anything written into text. You can also use the pre-made lesson structures from the Lesson Toolkit, or online. If you run into trouble you can always go to the Teachers Hub from the SMART technologies website, that will come with the SMART Board. It has links to tutorials for beginners and for enhancing your skills once you are comfortable with the SMART Board. The Teachers Hub also has links to Notebook lessons that have been uploaded by other teachers.



How many kinds of SMART Boards are there?


There are a variety of SMART Boards out there, and they differ in size, projection, cost and portability. The size of the screen can vary from around 48" to 94", and the size of the screen is usually the biggest factor in the price difference, which can range anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

They can be mounted on a wall or be on a frame with wheels.

SMART Boards can also be front or rear projection.

And rear projection SMART Boards can also be mounted in the wall.

And the newest form of front projection, keeps you from having to worry about mounting a projector in the ceiling, or putting it on desk:

There is also a way to turn a plasma or LCD screen into an interactive white board, by using an interactive display that goes over the screen, but works just like a SMART Board. It may not look very different but it is called an interactive display frame.


What can you use with SMART Boards?


When most people think of a SMART Board they envision a large board either mounted on a wall or on wheels, that is somehow connected to a computer and a projector. But that is just the basic hookup that you can do with one. There are many different kinds of technology that you can use in tandum with a SMART Board.


As you can see you can also connect a DVD player up to the SMART Board and play the movie there instead of having to show something on a small tv screen. If you have access to a document camera, you can easily use the SMART Board almost a high-tech version of an overhead projector, only you won't have to use transparencies. You could also use it to show small type in a book on a large screen.


How can you use SMART Boards in the classroom?


You can use a SMART Board in the classroom as a wa to stimulate the learners and keep them engaged. There are many tools that come with the SMART Notebook software that have lesson frames, and also subject specific lesson activities, and toolkits. You can easily create lessons with the Notebook software that are interactive and fun for the kids. You can also use it to teach them new subject matter or to review. In math you could put a simplification problem on the board and call kids up to simplify. If you are teaching a lesson on punctuation and capitaliztion, you could put a poorly capitalized and punctuated paragraph on the board and have the kids come up and correct it. You could make an interactive timeline, with pictures and links to appropriate websites, in a hitory class, updating it every time an important event is talke about in the text. You can do pretty much anything you put your mind to with a SMART Board, and as a major plus it keeps the students engaged.


Some Very Helpful Websites:


SMART education homepage


Teachers Hub


SMART Notebook lesson activities


SMART Resource Library




Websites With Ideas You Can Use:
























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