A few weeks ago I posted a few handy tips for using the Notebook software on the IWB’s after giving a training session my school. Well last week I held another session, with a few more hints for my staff to use. Some of these are a bit more advanced that before, but should really improve how you use your SmartBoard in lessons.
Handwriting Recognition – Make quick labels or headings that can be seen by all. Write with the pen on the screen, then on the drop down menu choose ‘Text Recognise’. Your written text will then turn into typed writing. This makes it easy to move around, resize or rotate.
Shape recognition pen – Choose the shape pen and watch as Notebook turns your roughly drawn shapes into clean and clean shapes. Fantastic for adding boxes or circles to highlight quickly. Really useful and much easier that trying to add shapes in a hurry.
Cell Shade – Really quick little tip but one I use ALL the time. Often with a table I don’t want the pupils to see all the elements to begin with, or I want to hide the answers. With a cell that you want to hide from the pupils just right-click inside it, and click cell shade. This should grey out the cell until you click on it when you’re ready to show the pupils.
Adding links and Sounds – This is actually surprisingly easy on Notebook software. Select the element, click the drop down and click on ‘Add Link’. You then a few choices, hyperlink or sounds. You can link it to a webpage by pasting the URL in the box provided. To add a sound just point it at a sound file on your machine, it then plays that sound when clicked. Easy.
Locking items in place – This one is useful when allowing the pupils to come up and use the board. You don’t want them to wreck your hand work by deleting or changing what you have done too much, so lock the vital elements in place. Click to the items drop down menu, then you have some locking options. You can completely lock it, just allow it to be rotated or even moved in certain areas (but not deleted).
Dual Screen – My last little tip is something I only found recently. You can change your view from a single page to 2 slides. You can also pin one of these pages in place. This allows you to keep some info on-screen at all times, while flicking through others. Handy!
I know for a lot of people using a SmartBoard is like second nature, but for others it can be quite a daunting task to integrate it into your lessons. Please share this with other teachers!