A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows
May13

Plumbago – A Free Digital Notebook App for Windows

Plumbago is a free digital notebook from Microsoft which, although designed with tablets in mind, works really well on an interactive whiteboard. Plumbago will work on any device running Windows 8 upwards, so it’ll run on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard that’s connected to a Windows 8/10 computer. It’ll also work fine on Windows tablets. Like most notebook software, Plumbago offers a range of papers and inks, and...

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What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?
May03

What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?

SMART have just released version 16 of Smart Notebook.  On the whole, it’ll look the same as older versions, but there’s a few new features worth knowing about. Such as: Image search Tool You can now easily add images to a Notebook page, without having to leave the software. The new Bing-powered image search automatically filters for royalty-free images, allows you to toggle between clip art and images and has safe-search...

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The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools
Oct15

The Curious Case of the Vanishing SMARTboard Tools

If you’ve ever used a SMARTboard you’re probably already aware of the Floating Tools. This is an extra toolbar that sits on the side of the screen. It was always there, even if you were not connected to a SMARTboard, although you could hide/show it via the icon in the system tray. With version 11 of SMART Notebook, SMART brought in SMART Ink. This was a new way of capturing annotations on the board. Although it...

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Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook
Jun29

Making a Magic Paper Starter in Smart Notebook

If you’re looking for a quick idea for a lesson starter when using your Smartboard, then check out this Magic Paper technique. This activity always goes down well when I show it to teachers during my training sessions. It looks very clever, but is actually really simple to produce. It works with any situation where information comes in pairs – questions and answers, dates and events, words in two languages etc. With the words on...

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Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide
May29

Get the most from your SMARTboard : A Practical Guide

I’ve written a new book! I’ve taken all of the guides and ideas that I use on my SMARTboard training sessions, and put them together into one book. This book will give you many quick and easy practical ways to get the very best from your SMARTboard. Step-by-step tutorials walk you through the process of making fun and engaging resources. There are ideas for all age ranges and subject areas. You can become a whizz with your...

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New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice
Jan19

New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice

Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to...

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Smartmoves – Fun Pointers for your SMARTBoard
May09

Smartmoves – Fun Pointers for your SMARTBoard

Let me introduce you to Whimsy. He’s my new SmartBoard pointer from a company called SmartMoves. A SmartMove pointer is a cute, cartoon character on the end of a coloured stick. I wrote about them a few weeks ago, and have now got my hands on a SmartMove of my own to try out. Whimsy has been very popular at the training sessions I’ve taken him to. He works well on the Smartboard. I was worried that the end would feel too...

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Embed YouTube Videos into Smart Notebook with this new Widget
Jan30

Embed YouTube Videos into Smart Notebook with this new Widget

Brand new to the Smart Exchange is a little widget which will let you embed HTML into a Smart Notebook 11 page. This includes YouTube embed codes, but should also let you use other html codes as well. You can download the Embed Widget Here. From that page, download and save the file. In Smart Notebook 11, click on the Gallery tab,Right Click on My Content and a drop down menu should pop up, like this: Click on Add to My Content, find...

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Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer
Sep20

Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer

At this time of year I find myself running a lot of interactive whiteboard training sessions for schools and colleges on how to get started with their IWB and to get going with the basics. I always direct them back to this blog to check out the IWB Guides area on here, so I thought it would be useful to collate a lot of the basic ideas that I hand out. So if you are a newly qualified teacher soon to be embarking on their teaching...

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Smart Notebook App for the iPad Launched – A First Look
Aug31

Smart Notebook App for the iPad Launched – A First Look

The Smart Notebook app for the iPad has now been launched. This app is a light version of SMART Notebook learning software which you can use to create basic multimedia files and complete SMART Notebook lesson activities. Here’s a quick look at the new app, to give you an idea of what it can do. When you open the app you are faced with a much simpler version of the Smart Notebook screen. Simple tools at the bottom and pages along...

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Smart Notebook Gallery 2.0 : Beta now available
May23

Smart Notebook Gallery 2.0 : Beta now available

If you’ve downloaded the newest version of Smart Notebook (v 11) then you might have noticed a link in the regular gallery to the Smart Notebook Gallery 2.0. This wasn’t available at launch. But now it is! And you can download it here. SMART Notebook Gallery 2.0 beta features a new user interface and seamlessly integrates with SMART Exchange to provide access to thousands of gallery items. This beta allows you to search,...

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