I've been using the Notebook software for several years now, and have become somewhat of a go-to person on my staff for newer users. There are so many ways to make your lessons engaging and interactive for your students! I recommend reading through this post with a blank SMART Notebook file open on your computer so you can try each of the tips as you read.
You will even find coins and notes for several major worldwide currencies in the picture gallery. SO helpful for lesson creation!
Since my goal is to make my lessons interactive and engaging, I tend to use more of the Interactive and Multimedia items rather than simple images (or I make them interactive using this software - more on that to come!).
I'll share more about some of the pen options in another post! These do some pretty cool things that are better described with video, so perhaps I'll share a Periscope video when I'm back in my classroom! :)
This is the feature I use when creating my attendance files for my students. (More on this in tip #6!) Try animating your image using a couple of different animations.
(Note that if you have something disappear or fly out of view you should be able to reset it by clicking forward to a new page then back again. To change the animation you will have to right-click on the image because simply clicking it will start the animation again!)
After you change the text you will need to GROUP the text box and image together. Do this by highlighting both with your cursor (click and drag across the screen), right click, then select Group. When this is done, simply "hide" your answer off the side of the page, leaving only the pull tab visible!
Once you're comfortable with the Group/Ungroup feature you can do this with ANY combination of text and images, easily creating your own fun and creative tabs!
Once you've figured this out, you can combine layering with animation to make your lessons POP! Let's use the example above with the addition problem. Once the image is layered over the text, I click the image, open the Properties menu and animate the owl to Fade Out when clicked.
When I create my SMART Board attendance files for my students I use the Fade In selection. The image is layered over the text, but is invisible so the name can be seen. When the student touches his or her name they are really touching the invisible image triggering the animation to fade in!
When I'm using the animations I'm always sure to Lock my objects and text in place on the page. This prevents them from moving around when touched. Just be sure that if you're intending for something to slide you shouldn't lock it! (Been there, done that! lol)
SMART Exchange and examine how it has been put together.
What are you waiting for? Go, go, GO! Don't hesitate to leave me a message or send me an email if you have any questions!
Note to TpT Sellers: Be aware that there are restrictions on the use of the Gallery objects and files in your paid products. Also, most clip artists do not allow their images to be used in a SMART Board file unless they can be secured. Be sure to play by the rules to respect their TOU!
SMART Exchange earlier in this post - it is a free site full of files that have been shared by teachers just like you and me. They tend to be very basic - no frills or pretty pictures here.
If you want something really great try Teachers Pay Teachers! There are so many awesome resources there!
Check out this Pinterest board FULL of super SMART Board resources, tips and ideas!
Want more great tips like these to use in your classroom?