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Using "SMART" Interactive Boards on Campus

UW-W campus now has several locations (including classrooms, conference rooms, and collaboratories open to students) equipped with INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS. The objective of this page is to provide you with one, convenient access point to the information that will help you understand how you can use the interactive board in your room.

Here is a quick, step-by-step checklist:

1 > Verify that your room has a SMART brand interactive board. UW-W campus uses two brands of interactive boards: SMART boards and INTERWRITE boards. SMART boards can be easily recognized - they have several oversized colored (electronic) markers (similar to large, dry-erase markers) and an eraser at the bottom of the board in a tray with placeholders for each marker and eraser (see image above). INTERWRITE boards usually have just one, or two small styluses (similar to a slightly bigger ball-pen) attached to the board in a holder/charger attached to the side of the board.

This page offers information about SMART brand boards (see our separate page for information about INTERWRITE boards).

2 > Turn on the computer and projector in the room, and wait for Windows to launch. Then, turn on the SMART board (the ON button is usually located in the middle of the pen/eraser tray at the bottom of the SMART board. This will automatically start the SMART board software. NOTE that in order for the SMART board to work, the computer you are using must have the SMART software installed. All rooms equipped with a SMART board have the required software to run it. Faculty, staff, and students can also install the software on their own computers. Please contact the Technology Support Center (TSC/Helpdesk) for details.

3 > Before you start using the board, you may want to watch at least one the three 2-minute videos (developed by SMART, the board manufacturing company) that best matches what you need to do. To watch videos, click the links on top of this page.

4 > If you are going to use the SMART board often (for example, for a class project, or during the entire semester), you will probably want to use the special NOTEBOOK software that offers more interactivity (NOTEBOOK software is installed on the computer in all rooms that have SMART boards). SMART has a web page with several short videos on how to get started with NOTEBOOK software. You can also download and print several PDF GUIDES for SMART boards and software from SMART website.

5 > STUDENTS can work on projects that require the use of a SMART board (for example interactive lesson plans for College of Education students, presentations, brainstorming sessions) using five SMART boards available in Collaboratories at the Andersen General Access Lab. For more information on how to reserve one of the Collaboratories, please visit the Collaboratories web page.

This page last updated on August 04, 2010 (GJ).