Teaching Smarter With SMART Boards

Learn the unique and varied teaching applications of SMART technology. This course will help you master the use of SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology to create powerful, interactive lessons.
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Course code: 4sb

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 troubleshooting 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.

What you will learn

  • Learn to download and use SMART Notebook software on your computer
  • Learn about the many writing tools available for a SMART Board and how to use them
  • Discover ways to use SMART Ink and Capture to make use of documents you already have
  • Discover the SMART Board Gallery where you will be able to create highly visual, interactive lessons that engage and involve your students
  • Learn about the Lesson Activity Toolkit and how it can help you in your classroom
  • Discover multimedia functions in your SMART Notebook
  • Learn tips in troubleshooting that will get you back on track quickly and easily

How you will benefit

  • Become familiar with and utilize the SMART Board in your classroom
  • Create interactive and engaging lessons your students will love
  • Find resources for already put together lessons to meet your curriculum requirements and make your teaching life much easier

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

This first lesson takes a close look at exactly what a SMART Board is. Many teachers inherit a SMART Board in their classroom, but then 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.

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.

This lesson focuses on ways to use documents that 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.

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.

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.

Even when you're using the Gallery and the Lesson Activity Toolkit, you can still sometimes 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.

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.

Since videos have become a part of most people's 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.

Lori Elliott, EdD, began her high-tech journey when her son brought home an iPod. Soon after, this veteran educator started wondering, "What if I could use technology as a way to reach my students and help them share ideas with each other?" With nearly 20 years of classroom teaching experience and a Doctor of Education degree, Lori has a passion for bringing the best of today's educational technology to the classroom. She's also the author of several books, including Teach Like a Techie, Accidental Techie to the Rescue, and Teach Like a Techie With Apps. With her secrets, you'll soon be able to speak the language of your digital native students.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • 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 8 or newer.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
  • 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
  • DirectX 10 compatible graphics hardware for SMART Notebook software
  • Windows 8 or newer (Platform Update KB2670838)
  • Windows Update KB3033929

Note: You will receive instructions on how to download the SMART software. If you will be using the 30-day free trial offer, please do not download it prior to when you are told to.

Note: This course was written for the Windows Operating System. There is similar SMART software available for macOS. 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.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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.

Instructor-Led: Once a course 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 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 within the allotted access period.

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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) 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.