Monday, July 30, 2012

PD - Thoughts on SMART Board Training

I don't know about you, but we're back-to-work in Nixa, MO. As much as I love summer, and I LOVE summer, I also love returning to school. I had the opportunity to spend the day with about a dozen educators, and we talked technology.  

If you have a SMART Board in your classroom, the best advice I can give is to Google Smart Exchange and set up an account -- it's FREE. Once your account is set up, look around and download pre-made lessons you'd like to use on your computer. Once you download and save the files on your computer, you can modify them and make them your own -- be sure to give credit to the original authors if you share your modified files with others. 

I linked some of my favorite SMART lessons created by others on my Pinterest page. There's a link to the right of my blog that says, "Follow Me on Pinterest." If you click the link, you can look at the files I linked even if you don't have a Pinterest account. Click on the SMART Exchange board once you're there.

If you teach in a school that has a SMART Board, you can download the software on your home computer for FREE -- just ask your school for the product key -- you might be able to find the product key code on your board. If you're not at a school with a SMART Board, you can download the software for a free, 30-day trial. Practice makes progress, so the best way to get more proficient with the software is to practice. 

Sharing a smile:  Today, my colleague and friend, Heather Pearce, showed me a QUICK way to create the backgrounds I've been making in my SMART Notebook files. Who knew the image-fill button would create the backgrounds I've previously spent hours cloning and grouping??? That tip alone has made my life so much easier so the time spent in PD today will save me hours in the long run. 


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