Creativity and Innovation– SMARTBoard

27 Mar

It was really great to go out of the classroom once in a while.  Maybe we can plan another for our big finish in April!


Thanks for those who have uploaded images and comments for the discussion topic one.  If you haven’t done so, we will have time to do that in class today.  The Taiwanese students are going to meet in class at our 5AM tomorrow.  Arthur mentioned that he will give them some time to talk about the images in class; therefore, please give your partners some time to reflect on your images before they meet with their teacher.  Thanks!

I noticed that there are some good questions to the images uploaded by your Taiwanese partners from you all.  That is great!  Please take some time to think about the three main guiding questions as well. You can answer the questions when your classmates are trying the SMARTBoard later.

    • What is the biggest surprise to you?
    • Do you agree with your partners? Why or why not?
    • Is there anything similar in your own culture? What is it?


OK…now we are going to officially introduce SMARTBoard.  How many of you have experiences in using SMARTBoard for presentations?  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 take turn to practice with the SMARTBoard for the level 1 and 2.  While you are waiting, you can work on your VoiceThread comments.

If you finish the VoiceThread comment and SMARTBoard practice level 1 and 2, you can download and install SMARTBoard Notebook software and try to explore more about level 4.

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.  Therefore, try to play with some of the activities.  Or, you can go to SMART Exchange to see more examples.

If you are absent from class today, you are expected to watch these 3 tutorials:

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

Other resources:

There are some fantastic online resources that you can use to engage your students.  This blog has an organized list of flash-based games and tools your students can use for various topics.

You can also read some of the debate about how “transformative” interactive whiteboards are.  Doug Johnson has a nice take on it. Look over his survey here (make sure to read the comments) and then his response to comments here.



1. Try to go back to your VoiceThread discussion group at least once after 12 PM on Wednesday.  Maybe your Taiwanese partners also give some comments during class or after work.  If they have questions, try to answer their questions.  Make the communication more interactive and vivid.  🙂

2. Find 1 or 2 examples of SMARTBoard activities designed for your subject and grade level and get ready to share them with the class.

3. If you have time, you can start readingchapter 4 and 6.  Here are the reading guides.  
Chapter 4 Reading Guide: Critical Thinking
and Chapter 6 Reading Guide: Problem Solving.


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