Unit 1 - SMART Board Hardware and Components

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Unit Objectives:

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At the end of this unit students will be able to complete the following tasks:

  • Identify the physical components necessary for running a SMART Board
  • Identify the purposes of SMART Board components

The Problem:

Today's classrooms are embedded with technology that is being under utilized. The SMART board is one component that has the ability to create a rich learning environment for students of all ages. The environment created all depends on how the teacher utilizes the SMART board and implements the technology into their teaching. The first aspect of incorporating SMART board technology into the classroom is knowing the components, their function, and how to use them as a cohesive unit.

What You Need to Know:

The days of "chalk and talk" are over. Now we must be more interactive and engaging when it comes to the delivery of knowledge. The tools utilized and listed below will help you to understand how to do that using SMART board technology.

What you see below is a basic outline of the components necessary for a SMART board system to operate. Basic components include a SMART board, a computer, and a projector. The SMART board is basic to every system. While it comes in different sizes, it is at its most basic a white board that can function as a white board, and when connected to a computer with SMART board software, can turn into a multimedia tool for engagement. The computer must be able to support and run the software provided with the SMART board. The projector can sometimes be attached to the board or be independent of the board and rest on a cart or desk.

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A more in depth look at the SMART board and its components can include the following elements:

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  • Audio System: Speakers that are utilized through the computer
  • Connection Panel:Connects your computer through USB and VGA video cables to the SMART board
  • Control Module:Provides you with three buttons, right click, keyboard, and settings
  • Eraser:Functions as an eraser for writing done with a stylus.
  • Stylus:Colored pens that can digitally write on the SMART board

Getting to Know Your Smart Board

This short video will help you get visually acquainted with the SMART board and the components of the system. Click on the link to view the YouTube video entitled: Get to know your SMART board - SMART tutorials for teachers - the virtual school


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In the next section you will be taking a short quiz to test your knowledge of SMART board components and their functions so pay attention!

Quiz Time

Click the link to take the quiz to see how much you know. Match the word to the definition or statement to the answer. There is a ten minute timer so watch the clock and do your best.

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Can You Name These SMART Board Components?

On to Unit 2

Once you have finished familiarizing yourself with Unit 1 and the SMART board components, click the link below and move on to overview of SMART board software.

Unit 2: SMART Board and SMART Board Compatible Software

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