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How to Use a Smart Board

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

The Smartboard is a great tool for pedagogy of all sorts. This lesson will help you learn the ins and outs of Smartboard use so that you can make the most of it in the classroom.

What a Smartboard Is

In our increasingly technologically oriented society, Smartboards can be found in many classrooms and offices. At its core, a Smartboard is an electronic whiteboard, often used to replace regular whiteboards and providing an opportunity to connect teacher work with the computer. A Smartboard allows for interactive technology, or technology that works hand in hand with the people who are using it, in many cases for teaching and learning. Despite the fact that Smartboards are more and more common in schools, though, they can be tricky to get started with. In this lesson, you can follow fictional teacher Ms. Marker as she gets used to teaching with a smartboard.

The Nitty Gritty

Ms. Marker acquired a Smartboard in her 5th grade classroom last year, and for the first few months she had to get used to the basics of working with it. Ms. Marker offers the following advice for novice Smartboard users:

    • Make sure your computer is turned on. You can get your computer in synch with your Smartboard by pressing the keyboard and right mouse button simultaneously. When you see an icon in the upper left corner of your screen, touch it with your finger or a Smartboard pen. Continue until the icon stops appearing.
    • Work the Smartboard with your fingers. Touching the screen once is like clicking on the left mouse button. Touching and holding the screen is like clicking a right mouse button. You can move objects on the screen by touching and dragging them along using a finger.
    • Use Smartboard pens to write on the screen just like a regular whiteboard. You can do this even when the computer is projecting something else onto the screen. After you replace the pens, erase with th board eraser, or clear all writing at once by tapping the board and selecting 'Clear ink.'
    • Ms. Marker learned the hard way to always save her work frequently, just as you would with any computer. You can do this by tapping on the board and then selecting 'Save ink.' You can create files to save your notes.
    • Ms. Marker suggests cleaning the Smartboard at least once a week with alcohol free wipes.

Familiarize yourself with the basics of the Smartboard before you put it to use with your class.
the basics

Getting More Creative

Ms. Marker thinks that once you have mastered the basics of how the Smartboard works, you can get more creative and interesting with how you use it in the classroom. She suggests that you dedicate some of your professional development time to experimenting with the board. Ms. Marker recommends the following uses, among others:

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