Archive for August, 2017

Kapp IQ to SMART Notebook 17

August 30, 2017

Did you know??

You can now transfer drawings and notes from Kapp IQ to SMART Notebook 17!  When I heard about this, I wanted to try it so that students could polish their work and print it out if they wished.  However, I could not find instructions for the process… not saying they aren’t there.  I just couldn’t find them!  So, the other day, I spent some time experimenting and it is easy.  I have made illustrated instructions for you.   Granted they include 14 steps but after you do it a few times, it will make sense and you will be able to do it blindfolded…  well not quite blindfolded but the point is, it won’t take long.

One thing that you will need is the KAPP Add-on for SMART Notebook.  Get it here…  It will be added to the Add-Ons (puzzle piece) tab that includes Image Web Search, You Tube, SMART Blocks etc. in SMART Notebook 17.  If you don’t see it there, click on Add-Ons in the top menu and then click on Manage Add-ons…  Finally, click on SMART Kapp to ensure it is enabled and click Done.

Let me know if you have any questions about the installation or the process I described in the instruction pdf. Click here to see it.


Happy Learning!

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Hitachi’s Interactive Projectors

August 16, 2017

For an affordable interactive display, we love our Hitachi interactive projectors.  The images are crisp and the special pens powered by 2 AAA batteries are accurate and responsive.  I like the fact that this projector calibrates automatically and that software is included in the purchase.  Starboard software is fairly intuitive but if you wonder how to use it, there are lots of videos on Youtube.  One feature I love is that you can simply write a word in the interactive area of Starboard, click on the drop down menu and search for that word on internet.  There is no faster way of finding information!  The toolbox in the toolbar area contains a screen block, stopwatch, spotlight, some math tools and more!  You can write and quickly convert to text so that notes appear more professional.  Another feature of this projector is that it functions without a computer being attached.  Make notes and save these files so you can open them at a later date or save them to a usb and transfer them to a computer.  There are templates stored as well so when your computer is out for repair, use the Venn diagrams, the backgrounds for student writing and planning, do some brainstorming and much more.


Happy Learning!

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August 2, 2017

What a great name for a new product; SMART IQ.  Intelligent but simple to use, this is an appliance that can be purchased with many of the new SMART Boards.  Adding it means that you can access internet, load Notebook files, run SMART Lab activities, cast from a tablet or computer and use your SMART Board as a white board that allows you to save notes…  all WITHOUT a computer attached.  Think of these scenarios.  You planned a lesson but your computer has been sent in for service.  You can use SMART IQ!  A planning time teacher wants to use your SMART Board but you need to use your computer.  No problem!  You want your students to work on an AMP activity but you need to make computer notes about the small student group who are working with you.   Detach your computer from the SMART Board and using IQ access internet to start AMP.


Happy Learning!

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