SmartBoard Session


One group tried the Google hangout yesterday.  I want to invite Evan to share a little bit of his experience in having this kind of face-to-face communication with his partner.

Today is the last day to collect the gift you want to give to your Taiwanese partner.  Please make sure that you have the card and the gift ready and mark it clearly.

The discussion questions for this week are:

  1. Guess what types of food and dishes your team members from the other country eat often? [For example: I believe it is Italian food, pizza, because it’s popular in Taiwan (Pizza Hut) and delicious. The internet and movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle also informed my answer.]
  2. What are your favorite types of food and dishes? Describe the major ingredient in those dishes.
  3. Guess what your team members like to do with their spare time?
  4. What do you like to do with your spare time?

Any other question?


Based on the suggestions from Dr. Rieber in our program, there are four levels of using SMARTBoard.

Level 1: Using your finger as the mouse.
Open your PPTs, your Web sites, whatever, then walk over to the SMART Board and simply interact with them there.

Level 2: Using the Ink Layer to annotate or mark up the screen.
Pick up a pen to activate the Ink Layer. Think of it as a thin sheet of transparent film that has magically appeared and is covering the screen. Saving annotated or marked up pages is a good first use of the Notebook software.

LEVEL 3. Using SMART’s Notebook software to capture one or multiple pages of traditional whiteboard notes.
Imagine using a traditional whiteboard and wishing you could save the notes you or your group just took. And, just as one board fills up, imagine immediately having another whiteboard wheeled into the room for you to use. The SMART Notebook software gives you this ability.

LEVEL 4. Using SMART’s Notebook software to create presentations, lessons, and activities.
The SMART Notebook software is really a powerful authoring tool. Think of it as PowerPoint, but where individual objects can be manipulated while the presentation is running. Create activities and interactive multimedia by inserting text, graphics, photos, and video on as many slides (or pages) as you wish. Use the Notebook Gallery to access clip art and interactive ‘widgets’ (e.g. timers, games, and animated activities).

Now, let’s play with two examples.

Ben’s Gudie to U.S Government for Kids


There are some activities sample in the Notebook software.  It is easier to edit these activities on your personal computer than on the real SMARTBoard.  It’s also easier to start making your teaching materials by using the templates in the Notebook software.  Therefore, try to play with some of the activities.  Or, you can go to SMART Exchange to see more examples and download some templates.

Here are some tutorial videos about using features in Smart Notebook.


  1. A 2-minute tutorial on using the Gallery in Notebook.
  2. 2-minute tutorial on Page Sorter in Notebook.
  3. A 2-minute tutorial on object animation in Notebook.

Or you can watch these tutorials made by the Smart company.


  • Think about a problem that needs to be solved in your life.


  • Think about the benefits and defects of SmartBoard.


  • Play with Smart Notebook.  (If you haven’t downloaded it yet, please go to this web page and download it.)
  • Watch the tutorials.  We will have a competition (I am thinking about Jeopardy) on Friday.
  • Work on your weekly discussion in VoiceThread.




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