SMART Boards

What is it?

The SMART Board is a touch sensitive display that connects to a computer and/or digital projector to show computer images and applications, documents, and notes in digital ink. A user may use his or her finger, pen or mouse to navigate on the display, the same way as you would navigate using a computer mouse. With a SMART Board, you can write, draw, and annotate over any application or screen and save any notes made for later use. You may capture screenshots from the board and save them as printouts, or save a digital copy for editing or save directly into several software applications such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, ect.

Key features
  • Project from a computer onto an interactive touch screen.
  • Annotate Powerpoint presentations, websites, images, and save these notes for later use in other lectures.
  • Provides students an interactive space to collaborate on classwork or for more engaging instructor-led demonstrations of key topics and concepts.
  • Use to touch screen functionality to Interact with any application as you would with an ordinary computer.
Who Uses It?

SMART Boards are used by instructors to demonstrate or make interactive notes combining computer applications with hands on knowledge creating engaging media rich material. The SMART Boards effectively allow instructors to teach students using a variety of different resources, combining different learning objects to enhance the classroom learning environment using the display as a single focus point. The ability to annotate video, spreadsheets, computer applications, web pages, notes, pdfs, and more allow for a dynamic learning experience.

How Does It Work?

SMART Boards combine the benefits of projection technology with the interactiveness of a touch screen while simultaneously supporting all the basic interactions and uses you would expect from an ordinary computer. The primary software used in conjunction with SMART Boards is SMART Notebook, an application that provides a versatile workspace within which to make notes and annotations, import images and video, draw, create tables and graphs, and virtually any other function provided by an ordinary blackboard. When you interact with an application other than SMART Notebook, SMART Boards automatically create a transparent ‘ink layer’ that may then be saved as an image or imported into SMART Notebook.

Things to consider before using a SMART Board

  • Just as with most other instructional technology, the implementation of SMART Boards into your course might entail significant pedagogical changes.
  • Because SMART Boards ultimately rely on a computer, instructors ought to first be comfortable with using a computer for lecturing or leading discussions in class.

Resources at Wooster

  • SMART Boards are present in Taylor 210 and Scovel Hall. The Instructional Technology Department is presently examining increasing the presence of SMART Boards on campus.
  • The Instructional Technology Department provides training and instruction on the use and implementation of SMART Boards in classrooms.

The content on this page was derived from webpages maintained by the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology