Adding the New Camera Capture to the Toolbar in Notebook

May 11, 2016

I could not believe the change in the screen capture toolbar!  It has been the same for the seven years I have been using the feature and I always loved it, but now it has more.

The screen capture toolbar is not found in the top toolbar any longer as it is included in SMART Ink.  However, SMART Ink is not visible when you are not connected to a SMART Board.  Because I use the camera tools when planning lessons, I added it to the toolbar.  To do this,

  1. Click on the configuration tool at the top right of Notebook.  It looks like a cogwheel.
  2. Click on the Actions Tab and scroll down.
  3. Drag the screen capture icon up to the toolbar.  Do not let go of the left mouse button until you have hovered over the toolbar.

Now you can use the camera any time.  As well, you can configure your toolbar so that it contains only the items you really want to use.  Watch for the blog about using the new screen capture toolbar.


Happy Learning!

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Math Shapes and Equations

April 27, 2016

Since Notebook 15.1, you have had the ability to divide circles, squares and rectangles and then compare eighths to quarters, halves to sixths etc. Students can see how big a pizza slice would be if the pie was divided it into enough for a slice for each member of the class.  Then they might decide that they should order five pies for their next party!

The equation editor, which is found when you click on the puzzle piece in the toolbar and click on the Epsilon icon, recognizes the handwriting of a math equation as text.


Happy Learning!

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April 13, 2016

It is great to see more math features popping up in Notebook!

Now, in the drop down menu of selected shapes, SMART has added the ability to show interior angles and side lengths and if you display the vertices, you can watch the angle and sides length values change as the nodes are dragged.

You might notice that the ruler found when you select the measurement tools icon, measures the side lengths with the same value as they are displayed.


Happy Learning!

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New Features of Notebook 15.2

March 30, 2016

In the next few blogs, I am going to talk about the new features of Notebook 15.2.

If you get this version of Notebook and you are wondering what is new, check out the tutorial that is included in every addition.  To access this tutorial, open Notebook, click on help in the top menu and then click on the SMART Notebook tutorial.  There are new activities in the Lesson Activity Builder, SMART Ink has added a stamping tool and Youtube content can be integrated into Notebook (LOVE this!).  There are changes to the capture tool as well, which I will describe in a future post.


Happy Learning!

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Shout it Out Inspiration

March 16, 2016

A few weeks ago, I was showing a teacher SMART Notebook’s Shout it Out.  He loved it and right away had the students posting their math problem solutions and explanations to the SMART board.

What he discovered was that some students waited to see what others posted before sending their answers.  To protect those students who were not as competent, he turned off the ability to display contributor names.  Then in a moment of inspiration, he used the screen shade to hide what appeared on the board until all the students had posted.  Once all had submitted their answers, he closed the screen shade and  revealed the answers.  Since I saw this, I have used this strategy many times.


Happy Learning!

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Shout it Out

March 2, 2016

Shout it Out is found in the Lesson Activity Builder, which you can access if you click the icon of the blue magic hat in the toolbar.

You can use it to allow students to share opinions, state preferences, add substantiating evidence etc.  New in 15.2, you can move student ideas from one category to another. What I like about Shout it Out, is that it can be used so easily on the fly and it is part of a suite that is already powerful.

If  you are not sure how to use it, see the tutorial found in Help in the top menu of Notebook.


Happy Learning!

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Add/Delete External Applications on Starboard Software

November 25, 2015

When using Hitachi’s Starboard software, you can quickly access other programs by linking them in the toolbox which is found in the floating menu.  Make sure your menu is open on your desktop.

  1. Click on the toolbox.
  2. At the bottom of the list that displays you will click on “Add/Delete External Applications”.
  3. Click on Add and navigate to and click on a program such as PowerPoint, Excel, Paint, Photoshop etc. that you want to be able to open quickly while in Starboard.
  4. Click on Close and the icon for that program will now appear on the menu for the toolbox.

Happy Learning!

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Starboard Software Gallery

November 11, 2015

We have been trying out the Hitachi Starboard software with our new Hitachi interactive projector.  One of the things we really like is the Gallery.  At first we were not impressed because there were few things stored there.  However, we clicked on the little globe with the magnifying glass and did a search for levers and we got pages and pages of images that we could insert on the page.

Starboard’s search engine is great and it has provided tens of thousands of images that we can use for education.  This means we no longer have to do a two-step process of locating and saving files from the net.  Love it!

Happy Learning!

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Shape Attributes using Starboard Software

October 21, 2015

I was telling you that we are beginning to learn how to use the Hitachi Interactive projector with Starboard software. We have been using shapes to help the students understand sides and vertices and commonalities and differences.

To do this we like the intelli-pen, the shapes and fill so we can set different colour attributes for our shapes. Find out how easy it is to draw and tailor shapes so you can increase student understanding of simple shapes by following this link to the Hitachi Interactive Projector video.

Happy Learning!

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Activity Card of the Month – October 2015

October 7, 2015

Card #17 – ABBABB Patterning

Children find reading easier if they understand patterns. Learn how you can make them on your SMART Board. I love the activity on this card of the month because I can make it in about one minute and I can create it for special occasions by giving it a spring, Christmas, Hanukah, Hallowe’en etc. theme.


Click here to download Activity Card #17 – Patterning


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


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