by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
January 1, 2009
Way back in 2001, I attended an educational conference in Buffalo, New York. It was there that I first saw a presentation of a Smartboard. My jaw dropped when I saw all the classroom possibilities. However, the price was beyond what my District would spend and I promptly forgot all about the Smartboard technology.
Fast forward to 2008 and the technology is being used in many districts around the world. I’m patiently waiting for my district’s technicians to connect my recently installed Smartboard to a computer and projector.
As I’m getting ready to use my Smartboard, I scoured the Internet searching for a Smartboard expert. I came across David Sladkey.
I asked David to tell me what a teacher new to Smartboard technology would need to know. Here’s his advice:
Let’s Get Connected
Hooking up Smartboard
Connect the power to the SMARTBoard (if needed)
Connect the USB from the SMARTBoard to the computer
Get the Data projector set up
Make sure the Data Projector’s image is just within the borders of the SMARTBoard frame
Make sure the Data Projector cable is plugged into the back of your computer
Use the Smartboard like a Whiteboard
Turn on your computer and turn on the Data Projector
Go to the Smartboard Notebook Software and open it.
Orient the board
On the Smartboard click on the two buttons that are on the pen tray at the same time
Click the spots consecutively until they are all gone (Usually nine spots)
Write/Erase on the Board
Pick up a pen and write as if you were using a whiteboard
Use the eraser as you would on a whiteboard
Become familiar with the Smartboard Toolbar
Right click anywhere on the toolbar to know the names of all the toolbar option.
Become especially familiar with the new page button, as well as the undo and redo buttons.
Try a Pre-Made Lesson Structure
Get a pre-made lesson shell at the Lesson Activity Toolkit
In Smartboard, find the tabs on the left or right of the screen.Find the Gallery Tab and click on it (picture frame).Now click on the plus sign for the Lesson Activity Toolkit.Now click on the plus sign for Activities.Now click on examples.Lastly click on “notebook files and pages”.Drag one out and take look at it.
There are a lot of excellent examples, so spend some time looking at some of the things you can do with a smartboard.
Fill it in with your own material
Once you have chosen one you like, fill it in with your own material.Click on edit and then change it as you please.
Once you have edited this make sure you save your file as you would a Word Document.
Use the Activity to get your students to the board
Show the slide to your students.Have the students talk with each other about what they might do if they were called.
Pick a student at random to come to the board and answer the question.Have them give reasoning for why they did what they did.Continue this with other random students until the slide is solved.
As always, if a student does not know what to do, they can ask another student to help walk them through the answer.
Make your own Lesson Structure
Search for some premade lessons
Google “Smartboard Lessons Math” or any subject area you want
Download a variety of lessons.
Google “Smartboard Lesson Podcast” or “Teaching with Smartboard” to get some lesson ideas
Google “Teachers Love Smartboards”to subscribe to this blog and get a great Smartboard resource
Remember to look for lessons that will get the students up to the board.Not just fancy things that the teacher can do.
Modify a lesson to fit your needs
Find a lesson that looks interesting to you and modify it.
Once you have seen a number of lessons, it will better prepare you to make a lesson on your own.
Change your written lesson plans to Smartboard Shell Lessons
Plan out your lesson slide by slide for your classes
Make your whole lesson from beginning to end using the slides on your SMARTBOARD
Print Capture any handout given in class.
Put in reminders and directions.
Put in any interactive lesson slides.
Save lessons each day as a record of your class
“SAVE AS” at the end of any lesson. This way you can save it as a different name and have a record of what you did in class that day.
Keeping a record of all that you do is a great way to keep absent students up to date by sending them a PDF of the lesson.
Since you have a record of what you are doing in class you can go back and look again at some material from a previous day.
I’d like to thank David for taking the time out of his busy schedule to share some of his tips for the Smartboard.
If you have any favorite Smartboard sites, just send them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and check back next month to see if I post them here or on my website at: www.TheBusyEducator.com
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com