YouTube and Notebook 16

October 19, 2016

There are some great videos on Youtube that I love to use in the classroom but it is a distraction for the students to sit and wait while I navigate to the videos.  Now using Youtube is so much easier!  There is a Youtube search in Notebook 16.  You will find this by clicking on the puzzle piece in the tabs area of Notebook.

  • Click on the red Youtube icon and then click on Search.
  • Type in any topic that might correlate with your present curriculum.
  • You can watch the chosen video at that moment or you can select the video and click on Add Video.

Each time you arrive at that page, the video loads from Youtube.  When I typed in Platypus, I got videos from a zoo, songs, informational videos and even one video that showed how to draw a platypus.  There were a few videos in the 300 found that were not animal related but they were easy to skip.  Try out the Youtube search.   Notebook just keeps on getting better!


Happy Learning!

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Screen Capturing Drop-Down Menus in Notebook

October 5, 2016

Sometimes I want to share my Notebook instructions with other teachers and with you!  This means that sometimes I have to screen capture drop-down menus on my PC.  Here is how to accomplish this.

  • Click on the drop-down menu of the item.
  • Hold the alt key and press the prt sc button. This captures the whole screen.
  • CTRL V to paste this image onto a Notebook page.
  • Use the camera screen capture tool or the Windows’ Snipping tool to capture the part of the image you want.


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A Fast Image Search in Notebook 16

September 21, 2016

There is a new add-on in SMART Notebook 16. It is now possible to search the net for graphics and then drag them onto a page.

This means I don’t have to leave Notebook and there is no need to copy and paste or save images.  Just click on the puzzle piece in the tabs and choose Image Web Search.  You can select pictures or clip art, type in the object you want to search and then click on the magnifying glass.

A search for ‘apple’ resulted in 28 clipart images and 20 pictures.  I dragged one of them onto the page and made it just the right size for my application.  At the bottom left of every picture you will see a small globe.  This is the link to the page where the image was found and it can demonstrate to students that we credit items we take from the web.  It is possible to remove that link and credit the picture somewhere else.

Click here to download the step-by-step instructions


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Our Tech Tubs2 Arrived!

September 7, 2016

My class received a modular tech tub2 that holds 24 iPads and has a usb syncing hub.  The four modules can unclip so that we can share the iPads with four classes or we can use the cart on wheels to roll all of them to another room.

Two students got busy putting the iPads into their slots and then plugging them in so that they would not lose charge over the summer.   The great thing is it only takes one electrical outlet to support the whole cart.

I am so happy that our iPads are protected and locked safely away.

I used Google to create this shortened url so you could watch a video about these tubs.  Go to


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A Cool Starboard Feature

June 8, 2016

Some of our classes use Starboard software because they have interactive Hitachi projectors.

I was playing around with handwriting on the board the other day and noticed that in the drop down menu of my word, there is the ability to do a search on internet.  Wow!  Handwrite a word and then search for that item on internet.  How easy is that!  Note that it only works when the computer is attached to the Hitachi interactive projector.


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Using the New in 15.2 Screen Capture Toolbar

May 25, 2016

You just have to look at the SMART’s new screen capture toolbar to know it is different.  The icons have changed!  I use the shape and area captures almost exclusively so in this blog, I will describe the area capture.

  1. Click on the screen capture toolbar in SMART Ink or the top menu (if you have added it to the toolbar).
  2. Click on the left icon which is the shape capture.  The screen will grey.
  3. Draw a rectangle around the area you want to capture.  When you let go of the mouse (using the computer) or lift your pen, your image will appear.
  4. Under the captured image are choices.  You can save on the desktop or do something else.  If you do send to the desktop, a Capture folder is created and your images will be saved with the file name that represents the date and time.
  5. The something else includes a) sending to SMART Notebook, b) choosing a save location or c) sending to the clipboard.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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