How to Use a SMART Board

A SMART board is an interactive whiteboard with data-capturing and touch-screen features. It has a lot of flexibility in various applications, such as teaching and school presentations.

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SMART board

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Write notes using your finger or stylus, not a dry erase marker, which can damage the SMART board. Your data can then be saved to a file and distributed by printout, CD or email.

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Instruct students on how to use computer software applications. Teachers can use an attached PC to demonstrate program features on the SMART board while students interact with the software.

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To stimulate creative writing, play an adventure-style video game such as Elder Scrolls or Myst and have participants describe areas of the game in writing.

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Create a podcast presentation by attaching a video camera to the SMART board, and improve public speaking skills by reviewing recorded clips on the screen.

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To help people with limited motor skills, have individuals use their fingers to interact with text, images and objects on-screen, which does not need complex dexterity.

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Teach geography by utilizing the SMART board's built-in map capability and use a stylus or finger to zoom in on specific regions.

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Improve a student's grammar skills by using the board's highlighter tool to point out the adjectives, nouns and verbs in a piece of writing. Use a SMART keyboard with the board for text-to-speech and handwriting recognition. Save and print out the exercises for student reference and study.

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Demonstrate the Internet and have students improve their research skills by interacting with the board. Navigate to interactive websites to educate students in foreign languages, arts and science.

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Educate students about story writing or history by using comic book software to create your own story and display it for interactive discussion, or have students design a comic book with their own images and dialogue.

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Solve mathematical equations on the SMART board. Demonstrate each step and involve the students in the process of solving the problems.

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Use Microsoft Paint on the board to demonstrate art and drawing methods.