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Setting Up & Connecting a SmartBoard Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 Eudora High School.

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1 Setting Up & Connecting a SmartBoard Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 Eudora High School

2 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School What is a SmartBoard? A SmartBoard is an interactive whiteboard that, when paired with a projector, can provide a technology- rich learning experience for you and your students. It uses a single point of contact much like when you click the button on your mouse. –With a SmartBoard, it is not necessary to drag from point to point. –Just touch where you want to click.

3 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School About the SmartBoard It is also possible to “write” on the SmartBoard in multiple line colors, thicknesses, and even patterns. Our building has access to two SmartBoards for checkout. Contact Becky White, Aaron Evans, or Ron Long to check their availability.Becky WhiteAaron Evans Ron Long They prefer at least 24 hours notice when you would like to have the board set up in your room.

4 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Equipment Overview This answers the “What will they bring to my room?” question. –SmartBoard –Applicable power & USB cord(s) –Projector (if needed)

5 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Getting to know your SmartBoard Some of the basic features of the SmartBoard are:  Wheels/brakes and “Feet” Wheels/brakes and “Feet”  Status Indicator Light Status Indicator Light  USB port, power source, and/or Bluetooth connection USB port, power source, and/or Bluetooth connection  Height adjustment spring pins Height adjustment spring pins  Pen Tray Pen Tray  Interactive Whiteboard Surface Interactive Whiteboard Surface

6 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Wheels/brakes and “Feet” The wheels & brakes are for transporting and parking the SmartBoard. –Be sure to lock the wheels when setting up. The “feet” help to minimize the front-to- back wiggling you might encounter.

7 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Status Indicator Light Red light=The board has power, but is not “talking to” your computer. Green light=There is a connection with your computer. Blinking green light=A connection error has occurred. No light=No power. Doesn’t take a smart board for that one.

8 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School USB port, power source, and/or Bluetooth connection Depending on which SmartBoard was checked out to you, this may look different. These are the ways your computer “talks to” the SmartBoard, or makes a connection. WithWith or Without Bluetooth?

9 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Blueteeth or NOT Blueteeth. That is the question… With Bluetooth Insert the gray USB adapter into your computer. Provide power to the SmartBoard by using the AC adapter cord. Pros: Less cord management to deal with. Cons: Some “clicks” rarely go unnoticed or react slowly. With Bluetooth Insert the gray USB adapter into your computer. Provide power to the SmartBoard by using the AC adapter cord. Pros: Less cord management to deal with. Cons: Some “clicks” rarely go unnoticed or react slowly. Without Bluetooth Insert the bigger end of the USB cord into your computer and connect the smaller end to the SmartBoard. Pros: Allows placement of Board almost anywhere. Cons: Can drain the battery on your laptop rather quickly. Without Bluetooth Insert the bigger end of the USB cord into your computer and connect the smaller end to the SmartBoard. Pros: Allows placement of Board almost anywhere. Cons: Can drain the battery on your laptop rather quickly.

10 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Height adjustment spring pins When moving the SmartBoard, be SURE these pins are at level 2 (to avoid banging on any doorways). Level 8 is closest to the height of your classroom’s whiteboard. Adjusting these pins is discussed later.

11 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Pen Tray The Pen Tray includes two command buttons, 4 styli, and one eraser that interact with the SmartBoard. The command buttons bring up a keyboard or allow a right click. The color of the pen may not always match up with the tray it is in. –If a pen goes missing, use a Post-It notepad (or a $50 bill to gain students’ attention).

12 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Interactive Whiteboard Surface This surface is, simply put, a 3-foot by 4-foot mouse pad. Uses a single point of contact. Recognizes single- and double-clicks, click-and-drags, and right-clicks (by pushing button on Pen Tray).

13 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Setting up the SmartBoard 1.Position the board in your room where you would like it to be viewed. Keep in mind any high traffic areas and access to electricity (cords for projector and/or SmartBoard). Get a partner to help raise the Board to the desired height. 2.Connect projector and SmartBoard to your computer (Mac users need a white adapter). Double check what is on your screen before turning on the projector. (F7 ignores projector) This avoids comments like “Ay! Mista’ D, why it say I got a F in yo’ class fo’?” or “Gee, I didn’t know Mr. Luke had a tattoo there!” Also a good time to make sure your desktop background is classroom-appropriate… Adjust the height and focus of the projector so that it covers the majority of the SmartBoard surface.

14 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Setting up the SmartBoard, cont. 3.Select the program or file you want students to view choose the appropriate INPUT on the projector. –NOTE: The aspect ratio (widescreen or regular screen, like on TVs) may be different, so not all of the window may be visible to the students. This is especially true for internet pages. TRY THIS: Press  + or  - to increase and decrease the text size to fit the viewing window.

15 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School Setting up the SmartBoard, cont. 4.Orient the board by pressing both buttons on the Pen Tray simultaneously. –Your computer simply recognizes this as if you are plugging in a mouse. 5.Tap the bull's-eye of each target when they appear. –This aligns what you see with what the board executes. 6.You are now ready to use the SmartBoard with your computer! The more accurate your taps, the more accurate the computer’s “clicks.”

16 Feb. 18, 2008 Inservice Eudora High School So, it’s on…woo-hoo. Now what? –If you’re tired of me, go to and search on that site specifically for “SmartBoard.” You will now see some of the capabilities of the SmartBoard Interactive Whiteboard using existing documents in Word, PowerPoint, and on the Internet.


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