SMART Boards

Using "SMART" Interactive Boards on Campus

UW-Whitewater campus has several locations, including classrooms, conference rooms, and collaboratories, equipped with a variety of SMART products. SMART interactive displays uses touch technology designed to enhance collaborative learning. See our step-by-step quick start guide for more information.

If you experience any technical issues, please contact the TSC Helpdesk at 262-472-HELP(4357) or via email at

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

1. Verify that your room has a SMART brand interactive board or display. UW-Whitewater classrooms primarily use two types of SMART interactive products: SMART Boards and SMART Displays. SMART Boards or Displays can be easily identified - SMART Boards are wall mounted with a projector, have a "pen tray", and are quite large. SMART Displays are touch screen monitors attached to the computer within the room. They are comparable in size to most classroom computer monitors. UW-W has also installed several new SMART Displays that are 70" LED displays. These work like all other SMART Displays, but are larger.

2Turn on the computer and projector in the room, and wait for Windows to launch. Verify that the SMART Board or Display is turned on. Look for the power light to turn green when the unit is on. NOTE that in order for the SMART board to work, the computer you are using must have the SMART software installed and running. All rooms equipped with a SMART Board or Display 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. Start using the board or display. When using a SMART Board, you'll be interacting directly with the primary display in the room. Instruction would be done away from the instructor's desk where the computer is located. Since the SMART Board can control everything on the computer through its touch interface, there is no need to go back and forth between the SMART Board and the instructor desk. When using a SMART Display, all instruction will be given from the instructor desk in the room. Any annotation made on the SMART Display will then be projected through the room's presentation system, similar to sharing any other content. When using a SMART Display, you can still use the mouse and keyboard if you wish, however this isn't necessary, since the computer can be controlled entirely with the touch input on the SMART Display.

4. SMART NOTEBOOK. If you are going to use a SMART Board or Display frequently, we suggest using SMART's NOTEBOOK software that offers more interactivity and functionality. SMART NOTEBOOK is comparable to Microsoft's Power Point presentation software, but is designed to work specifically with SMART Boards and Displays. 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 access the SMART board support center.

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 several SMART Boards and Displays 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.