Archive for the ‘SMART Notebook’ Category

Widgets for your Notebook Files on the SMART Exchange

February 8, 2017

Have you checked out the Widgets on the SMART Exchange site?

Go to exchange.smarttech.com (Note:  A shortcut can be found in Notebook.)   Scroll down the column at the left on the search page.  You will see 3D content, manipulatives, Gallery collections etc.  Click on Widgets.  Now to the right you will see all the widgets that are available.

Many teachers like the piano for the music curriculum, the math tool for practising coordinates or the six thinking hats. I like the trash can.  When you download it, you are asked if you want to open or save it.  I open it and soon a new Notebook file will open with the trash at the top left.  Now if there is something on the page that you or the students don’t want, you can drag it into the trash.  I save the page in My Content so that it is handy for other files that I build.

Questions?  Please contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

 

Happy Learning!

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Writing Math Functions in Notebook

December 7, 2016

We have some happy math teachers in our school!  In the past it was not possible to write math functions with powers and symbols unless math tools were installed in Notebook.  Now teachers can click on the Add ons (puzzle piece) in the top toolbar and activate Insert Equation icon which is an Epsilon and pen icon.  A new windows opens on the page and you can handwrite the equation.  Once you are finished, click the check mark to place the typed equation on the Notebook page.  Note that at this time, this does not allow you to solve the equation.  SMART is constantly evolving and maybe we will see this in the future?

 

If you have any questions about this SMART Math, do not hesitate to contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

Happy Learning!

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More Student Involvement in Notebook 16.1

November 9, 2016

We are so happy with the changes that SMART has made to Notebook.  It is far more interactive and so much less teacher centred than it used to be.  At first we didn’t notice that there was something new in the SMART Lab activities.  However, finally we saw that we were able to share these activities with students via their internet enabled devices.  The teacher makes the activities and then starts them the same way that they do with Shout it Out.  The students can then work on the activities as individuals or with a partner.

For more information about this, see pages 130 and 131 in the SMART Notebook 16.1 user’s guide.  Find it at http://tinyurl.com/mynb16-1.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

Happy Learning!

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Hallowe’en Fun for Primary Students

October 27, 2016

We are having a lot of fun on our SMART Board this week as the board has been one of our activity centres in kindergarten.  The students are painting Hallowe’en pictures on a black background… very spooky!  When each student has made a picture, our educational assistant, Katie, is going to have them use the Notebook sound recorder to capture their voices reading the sentences.   She will embed the sound so that when the students touch the sentence, they will hear the reading.  For the next two weeks, we will listen to each student’s recording and then have the students read the sentences by themselves.  This is a great choral reading activity.

halloween

To do this activity, create a black background in Notebook on the number of pages required for each child to have one. The students use the paintbrush tool to create a Hallowe’en “painting”.  Use the Chiller font in orange to type their story.   Note: Do not print this out as the black background consumes a lot of printer ink and you will not be able to hear the voices!

 

If you have any questions about this activity, do not hesitate to contact me at pd@advanced-education.com

 

Happy Learning!

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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.

 

Happy Learning!

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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

 

Happy Learning!

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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.

 

Happy Learning!

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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.

 

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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