Having SMART Boards in the classroom and knowing how to use them to provide quality instruction are two different things! If you have a SMART Board in your classroom, but have little training in using it, you may be wondering, “what on earth do I do with it?”
In this course, you will discover how to create outstanding presentations with SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology. You will explore the basics of using these tools and discover how to create your own SMART board lessons blending text, videos, and graphics. You will also go beyond the bells and whistles and look at specific ways to use SMART technology to broaden your content and make your lessons accessible to all students. Finally, you will get some simple trouble-shooting tips that will come in handy if your SMART board isn’t acting as smart as it should.
By the time you’re done with this course, you will be an expert at using your new high-tech tools to plan SMART board lessons that provide engaging, thought-provoking, and easy-to-update material for today’s media-savvy learners.
Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.
SMART Boards: More Than a Giant Whiteboard
This first lesson takes a close look at exactly what a SMART Board is. Often, teacher inherits a SMART Board in their classroom, but don’t know what to do with it. As far as they can tell, it’s not much more than a whiteboard. By the end of the lesson, you will know more the SMART Board’s interactivity potential and its myriad possibilities.
When you look at today’s learners, you have to look at the whole picture, including where they are with current technology. This lesson explores recent learning theories and how technology fits in with them. You will also learn the different about learning types, multiple intelligences, constructivism, and more.
The goal for this lesson is to download the SMART Notebook software and install it on your computer. Once you have done this, you will learn about the equipment needed to start. By the end of this lesson, you will be prepared to begin working with your SMART Board and the SMART Notebook software.
How to Insert Words and Objects Onto Your SMART Board
This lesson focuses on how to write on the SMART Board, starting with how to type on it. Then you will discover how to write using the collection of pens, how to make shapes, and how to use the eraser.
Capture Tools and Tables
This lesson focuses on ways to use documents you already have. There are many terrific tools to help you do just that. For instance, the SMART Notebook Table tool makes creating and manipulating tables easy. Learning how to use these tools will take you another step closer to SMART Board mastery.
This lesson focuses on the SMART Board Gallery. In the Gallery, you will find manipulatives, clip art, images, and more. You will also explore two valuable components of the Gallery: Gallery Essentials and My Content, these tools used to create highly visual and interactive lessons.
Lesson Activity Toolkit
This lesson digs into the Lesson Activity Toolkit. With a simple drag and type, you can introduce, review, or enrich learning. You will also learn about the Page Sorter, Attachments tab, and Activity Builder tab. The Page Sorter is instrumental in helping you see where you are in your SMART Notebook file.
Finding Classroom-Ready Lessons
Knowing how the SMART Notebook software works and what the various tools do is not the most important thing when using your SMART Board. In this lesson, you will learn how to find effective lessons—ones that are already created—to meet your curriculum requirements.
Creating Notebook Lessons
Even when we use the Gallery and the Lesson Activity Toolkit, sometimes we still come up short. So, this lesson focuses on making your own SMART notebook lessons. You will learn how to create reveal and drag-and-drop experiences and how to add preview, chunk, and scaffold learning to any lesson.
Animation, Videos, and Sound
Students learn in different ways. This lesson will teach you how to make your SMART Notebook lessons even more visual and interactive. You will also learn how to reach more learners by animating objects, adding your own images, and adding video and sound.
Recording Lessons and Making Your Own Videos
Since video has become a part of our daily experience, it only makes sense to use them in the classroom. SMART Notebook includes several multimedia functions to help make learning interactive. This lesson introduces SMART Notebook’s Page Recorder, the SMART Recorder, and the SMART Video Player.
Do you know what disrupts your SMART Board lessons the most? When something doesn’t work correctly. This lesson introduces troubleshooting tips for some of the most common technical problems teachers run into when working with their SMART Boards.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows 7 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
SMART Software Technical Requirements (Windows) (not included in enrollment):
- Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor or better
- 2 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM for 4K/UHD displays)
- Free hard disk space: 4.7 GB
- Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system
- Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.5.1 for SMART Notebook software and SMART Ink
- Microsoft Visual Studio® Tools 2010 for Office for SMART Ink
- Adobe® Flash® Player 23 ActiveX® control for SMART Notebook software
- DirectX® technology 10 or later for SMART Notebook software
- Internet Explorer® Internet browser 8 or later
- Internet access to download Gallery content and Language Packs
- Adobe Flash Player 23 Firefox® plug-in for SMART Notebook software
- DirectX 10 compatible graphics hardware for SMART Notebook software
- Windows 7 SP1 Platform Update KB2670838
- Windows Update KB3033929
Note: You will receive instructions in Lesson 3 to download the SMART software. If you will be using the 30-day free trial offer, please do not download it prior to Lesson 3.
Note: This course was written for the Windows Operating System. There is similar SMART software available for Mac O/S X. If you take this course and are using a Mac, please be advised there are noticeable differences between the Windows version and the Mac version.
When can I get started?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
How does it work?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
What if I need an extension?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.