Lesson 3.3: Other
Note to the Learner:
As the closing lesson, it's fitting to have the one topic covered that most teachers were in need of: ways to make their already set routines even easier. These interactive boards in the classroom are to make the job of the teacher easier, not tedious and more difficult.
Why does this matter?
Walking into a classroom and seeing an interactive whiteboard, such as SMART Board, is pretty common these days. There are too many capabilities of the SMART Board that teachers are unaware of. For example, every school has a different process when it comes to placing a lunch order, going over their calendar with days of the week, the month, the year, etc., and even attendance. This lesson will cover those "other" items that aren't covered in the elementary curriculum.
To create an interactive calendar
1) To import a calendar that you can fill out with your class and notate every day in order to keep track of events, go to "Format" then "Page" and finally "Set Background Fill."
2) This page should look familiar, from Lesson 3.2 with importing lined paper. This time, look below and click on the arrow that reads "Interactive and Multimedia."
3) Scroll down until you see "Calendar generator" and drag it into the middle of your blank page.
4) Adjust month/size of calendar accordingly.
To create an interactive lunch order form
1) Locate the "Lines" button on your toolbar at the top-middle of your SMART Notebook screen.
2) You are going to need to make columns with headings at the top. Depending on your school, create as many columns as needed depending on how many lunch choices there are. The sample to the right contains 7 choices.
3) Use the "Text" tool to add the names of student at the bottom, as well as the titles for each lunch choice.
4) Pictures can also be added for visual learners to make reading the chart and placing an order more accessible.
To create an interactive attendance form
1) Follow the same steps for creating an interactive lunch form, except make only two columns. They can read "Present" and "Absent" or "At School" and "At Home." Use the best wording to suit your own class!