SMART Board Workshop

What a day!! I just go back from a workshop called Advanced Smart Board. I don’t know if the ‘advanced’ part meant that we were supposed to already have been familiar with Smart Notebook but I went anyway! Good thing... I learned a lot!

After hours of practicing my new found skills on Smart Notebook, I have found some pros and cons for this program that I’d like to share with you.

SMART Notebook
  • WAY more pre-made activities where you can simply pop in your information 
  • Lots of graphics and shapes available 
  • You can move tabs and graphics wherever you want on the screen. With Power Point, the objects that move have pre-determined animations (they move only in the direction and order that they were programmed to). 

Power Point
  • WAY more options for animations 

It seems like a file created with SMART Notebook can easily be changed and saved by mistake by a student. As you are using the game and moving objects around, you will lose the original file if you save it when closing the game. There must be a way around this but I haven’t figured it out yet! **If you have any idea how I could make sure a student would not accidentally change my file, I’d love to hear from you**

Overall, SMART Notebook is as user friendly as Power Point. The big advantage, for me, is that the moveable objects are controlled by the students and not by the creator of the game. The big disadvantage is that the animations are not as fun as in Power Point.

By the way, if you want to create something in Smart Notebook and share it with a teacher friend who only uses Power Point (some people use it with a projector if they do not have a Smart board), you can save a Notebook file is a .ppt!

I have another FREEBIE for you today!
Today, I worked on a little game for contractions. It goes really well with my Go Fish for Contractions game. You can download the SMART Notebook file here and the Power Point file here.

I’d really like to have some feedback from you. Which program do you use to create your smart board lessons?

Part 2 of this workshop is next week and I’ll be working on more of these very soon so be sure to follow me here and on Facebook!

Bye-bye, Butterflies!

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  1. I have two folders on my desktop. One is called "Notebook Teacher" and other "Notebook Student". I keep a copy of the original file in the teacher folder and only let students use the duplicated file in the student file. I also back up all of my orginals to my flash drive just in case. I love notebook and use it for almost everything now. =)

    Second Grade Silliness 

    1. Great idea! Thanks so much for the suggestion! I am creating my 2 folders TONIGHT ;)

  2. I cannot wait to try this out! Thank you so much for sharing!

    I would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance!

    Heather's Heart


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