Attendance - Smartboard


How can teachers engage their students in learning the SMART/Interactive interface while learning and/or completing a valuable activity?


  • Smart/Interactive White Board
  • Smart/Interactive Software


Students will learn how to: 

  • use the Smart/Interactive tools
  • write on the Smart/Interactive board
  • correct their mistakes (erase)

Students may also learn how to: 

  • re-size objects
  • move objects
  • recognize handwriting
  • use multiple pens at the same time


Teachers should know how to: 

  • turn on their Smart/Interactive boards
  • launch the suite of software tools
  • troubleshoot the board and software
  • follow the included tutorials
  • use the pens to write on the board
  • use the pointer and alternate pens


  • Object size, scale, orientation, and layering
  • Grouping and Ungrouping
  • Locking and Unlocking  
  • Cloning  
  • Image Transparency
Click to download the Notebook file

Click to download the Notebook file

Activity #1

  1. Launch SMART's Notebook software
  2. Download and Open the 'Attendence-Smartboard.notebook'  file (above)
  3. Try using the Smart/Interactive pens and on screen tools to write your own name. Use a variety of colours, line thicknesses, transparencies, etc...
  4. Make note of any problems, or quirks, that occurred during your test. These [and more] will happen again when you introduce the activity to your students.  Understand how to avoid or fix them before they happen.
  5. Try the activity with a few of your peers and see what problems they have.  Same rationale as above.
  6. Try the activity in class and reflect upon what worked and what did not work as well. Why did this happen? Could it be avoided? 

Activity #2

  1. Launch SMART's Notebook software
  2. Open the 'Attendence-Smartboard.notebook'  file (above)
  3. Delete the leaves/foliage from the tree leaving the empty branches
  4. Using the only the 'Draw' and 'Format' toolbars (at the top of the screen) create your own foliage for the tree
  5. What did you learn and/or discover? How could you demonstrate these tools to your students? 


Remember: Learning new skills can be challenging for both you and your students. Don't give up or get too frustrated if your well-planned activity doesn't work the first time. You need to reflect and keep at it.