Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning ePortfolio

Appendix A: Learning Objects

Turn on

Plug in the cables

  1. Ensure the kettle lead is plugged into the back of the SMART Board trolley.
  2. Ensure the other end of the kettle lead and the laptop charging cable are plugged into a wall socket and ensure both sockets are switched on.
  3. Plug the internet cable into a data-socket (alternatively you can use a WiFi connection for the laptop)
  4. If the SMART Board screen is not turning on check the power switch located on the base of the screen. A flashing red light on the side of the screen indicates the screen is ready.
  5. Ensure the VGA cable (blue), power cable, internet cable (if not using WiFi) and SMART Board USB cable are plugged into the laptop

Start up the laptop

  1. Turn the laptop on
  2. The laptop screen should be displayed on the SMART Board and after Windows has finished booting it should respond to screen touches.

Left click

Single click

  • To click on items on the screen tap them.

Double click

  • To double click items on the screen double tap them

Recalibrate touch

When the height of the SMART Board has been adjusted or when changing users it may be necessary to re-train the SMART Board to accurately respond to touches. This is only needed if you notice that the mouse cursor or ink lines are not responding as expected.

Launch the re-training application

Click on:

  1. Start (the Windows Start Menu may be a green button labeled "Start" or a blue circle with the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen)
  2. All Programs
  3. SMART Technologies
  4. SMART Tools
  5. Product Drivers Orient

Re-train the SMART Board

  1. Touch the SMART Board pen down near the target displayed at the top-left of the screen
  2. Drag the pen without lifting it until the tip of the pen is in the centre of the target
  3. Lift the pen off the SMART Board without moving it along the surface
  4. Repeat for the other targets that appear on the screen
  5. After the final target the application will automatically exit
  6. If you do not have access to a SMART Board pen you can use your finger but this will be less accurate
  7. It does not matter where you touch down the pen when training, only where you lift the pen up again
  8. If you make a mistake you can use the keyboard left arrow key to go back to the previous target

Right Click

  1. Press and hold where you would like the right-click
  2. A white circle will be drawn around your finger
  3. When the circle has joined up lift your finger off the screen and the right-click will be activated

Reveal sidebar

  • To hide the "Ink" sidebar click on the double left arrows
  • To reveal the sidebar click the double right arrows
  • To move the sidebar position drag the grip rectangle up or down
  • To change which side of the screen the sidebar is locked to drag the grip rectangle across the screen

Highlight on the screen

  1. Select the highlighter icon on the "Ink" sidebar
  2. Use the board pen as you would a highlighter pen to annotate whatever you are displaying

Annotate screen

  1. Select the pen icon on the "Ink"> sidebar
  2. Use the board pen as you would a normal pen to annotate whatever you are displaying

Erase annotations

  1. Select the eraser icon on the "Ink" sidebar
  2. Use the board pen as you would a normal eraser
  3. To erase large areas first use the eraser to draw a circle around the area to erase and then tap in the middle of the circle

Interactivity

There are many ways in which a SMART Board can be used to interact with students. As well as allowing students to annotate the screen, objects such as images and text can be moved about the screen to create interactive activities such as the sorting activity demonstrated.

This type of interactivity can help engage students with the subject matter and make them co-contributors in the learning process.

Formative assessment

SMART Boards can help with formative assessment by giving you a flexible canvas to manage the unpredictable needs of this type of activity. As well as allowing students to annotate the screen to assess them they can also make lists, sort objects and represent ideas using a mixture of annotations, images and text.

Launch Notebook

To launch the SMART Notebook software (similar to PowerPoint but designed for SMART Boards) double-tap the SMART Notebook icon on the desktop.

Import PowerPoint slides

There are two ways to import your existing PowerPoint slides into SMART Notebook.

Method 1

  • Drag your PowerPoint file onto the SMART Notebook icon on the desktop

Method 2

  1. Select the "File" menu
  2. Select "Import..."
  3. Locate your PowerPoint file in the open dialogue box
  4. Click "Open"
  5. Your PowerPoint document will open briefly in PowerPoint before opening in SMART Notebook.
  6. Slide transitions and object animations may be lost when importing a PowerPoint file

Drawing/Annotating

  1. Select the pens icon on the toolbar
  2. Use the board pen as you would a normal pen to annotate your SMART Notebook slide

Erasing

  1. Select the eraser icon in the toolbar
  2. Use the board pen as you would a normal eraser
  3. To erase large areas first use the eraser to draw a circle around the area to erase and then tap in the middle of the circle

Undo

  • To undo your last action click the anti-clockwise blue arrow in the toolbar
  • You can undo multiple actions by repeatedly pressing the button
  • To redo the last undone action click the clockwise blue arrow in the toolbar
  • You can redo multiple actions by repeatedly pressing the button

Adding a new slide

To add a new slide click the page icon in the toolbar that has a green + symbol

Reordering slides

To reorder slides click and drag the slide thumbnail

Grouping slides

  • To edit slide groups first click on the slide group heading ("Group 1" by default) then click "Edit Page Groups..."
  • To add a new group click "Add New Group"
  • To move slides between groups click and drag their thumbnails

Properties

  1. Select the object who's properties you want to change.
  2. Select the properties tab on the left side screen (4th icon down).
  3. You can change properties such as the object's fill, transparency and line style.

Shapes

You can easily draw many geometric shapes by using the "Shapes" tool

  1. Select the "Shapes" tool in the toolbar
  2. Select the shape you wish to draw in the tool settings bar to the right
  3. Press and drag on the screen to indicate the dimensions of the shape you want

Text

There are two ways to put text on a slide in SMART Notebook.

Method 1

  1. Select the "Text" tool in the toolbar
  2. Tap where you wish the text to start
  3. Use the computer keyboard to type your text

Method 2

  1. Select the "Pen" tool in the toolbar
  2. Hand-write your text
  3. Select the "Selection" tool in the toolbar
  4. Select the text
  5. Tap the down arrow in the top-right corner of the text outline
  6. Select "Recognise ..." for the correct interpretation of your writing
  7. The text is converted to typed text
  8. You can move and resize text at any time

Lines

You can easily draw different types of line by using the "Line" tool

  1. Select the "Line" tool in the toolbar
  2. Select the type of line you wish to draw in the tool settings bar to the right
  3. Press and drag on the screen to indicate the dimensions of the line you want

Saving a Notebook file

To save a SMART Notebook file click on the floppy disk icon in the toolbar.

To save the SMART Notebook file in a different format (for example to open it on a computer that does not have SMART Notebook installed):

  1. Click "File"
  2. Highlight "Export As"
  3. Select from one of the possible export formats
  4. Keep your original SMART Notebook file in case you wish to make changes to it in future

Attachments

  • To view files or hyperlinks attached to your SMART Notebook document click on the paperclip tab (the third tab down) in the tab bar on the left side of the screen
  • To open an attached file or hyperlink double click on the attachment in the list
  • To add a new attachment click on "Insert..." at the bottom-right of the attachment pane then select if you wish to attach a copy of a file, a hyperlink or a shortcut to a file
  • If you attach a copy of a file then it will be saved within your SMART Notebook document. If you move your SMART Notebook file to another computer the attached files will still be accessible but the size of your SMART Notebook file will increase and any changes to the original file will not be reflected in the attached file.
  • If you attach a shortcut to a file then it will not be saved within your SMART Notebook document. If you move your SMART Notebook file to another computer the attached files will not be accessible unless you move them together but the size of your SMART Notebook file will not increase and any changes to the original file will be reflected when you use the shortcut to access the file.

Use of images

To add a picture to your slide:

  1. Click "Insert" in the menu-bar
  2. Click "Picture..."
  3. Locate your image file in the dialogue box and then click "Open"
  4. You can move images by dragging them
  5. You can resize images by dragging the grey circle in the bottom-right corner of the image