SMART Learning Suite teacher guide

Engage your class through lesson delivery, formative assessment, collaborative workspaces, and game-based activities.

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  • Use this guide anytime, anywhere, on any device.

  • Try one page at a time with your class. Learn, try, and reflect!

  • Make existing content more interactive.

  • Share and reflect! Review a page a week with your teaching team.

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Display software

Exclusive to SMART Board interactive displays, SMART Ink software enables teachers to write over videos and websites, and into PDFs and Microsoft Office files, and save notes right in the file.

 

Online software

With SMART Learning Suite (SLS) Online you can create lessons, activities, and assessments anywhere, add interactive features to static lessons, and share to student devices.

 

Desktop software

SMART Notebook software for Windows and Mac comes with lesson-creation tools, subject-specific features, and endless ways to wow students of any grade level.

 

 

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SMART Ink

Steps

    1

    Pick up and write

    When you pick up one of the display’s pens, SMART Ink’s dynamic toolbar appears. Start writing, even on the desktop.

    2

    Customize your pen style

    Tap the dynamic toolbar and choose the pen. A window opens in which you to select a pen or highlighter, the ink color, and line thickness.

    3

    Use the Toolbox

    Tap the dynamic toolbar and choose the toolbox. Spotlight or magnify an area or use the Screen Shade to slowly reveal the screen in any application. Easily navigate to any website using the ink-to-text tool.

    4

    Capture and save

    In the toolbox, tap Capture to take a screen capture of any notes. Save it to your desktop or add it directly to SMART Notebook.

Instructional ideas

  • Open a piece of writing (for example, a poem), and use the toolbox’s Screen Shade tool to cover your screen. Lower the shade, one line at a time, and students can highlight figurative language examples, circle rhyming patterns, and so on.

  • On an image of a map, use the toolbox’s Spotlight tool to shine a light on certain areas. Use the magnifier to zoom in on other areas of the map.

  • Find an article online for students to read and annotate. Identify details that support the big idea of the article, highlight important vocabulary words, or identify inference evidence.

  • Search the internet for an image of a graphic organizer. Zoom in. As a class or in small groups, ask students to complete the graphic organizer.

  • Use the toolbox’s Capture tool to grab a screen capture of student work.

  • Teachers and students can make notes on Microsoft PowerPoint and Word documents–a perfect way to use lesson material you've already created!

 

Note 

SMART Ink is available only on SMART Board interactive displays with SMART software installed.

Learn more about using SMART Ink’s presentation tools in SMART Notebook

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SMART Ink Document Viewer

Steps

    1

    Open SMART Ink Document Viewer

    Open SMART Ink Document Viewer on your computer from the Start menu (Windows) or from Finder (Mac).

    2

    Open a PDF

    Tap the open icon and browse to and open the PDF you would like to use in your lesson. Tap Zoom In or Zoom Out to fill the screen.

    3

    Write with SMART Ink

    Pick up a pen and makes notes on the PDF. Tap SMART Ink’s dynamic toolbar and change the pen's style (type, color, and thickness) to focus attention on learning.

    4

    Save your work

    Save your work by tapping Save.

Instructional ideas

  • Students can use SMART Ink Document Viewer in centers and group collaboration to work on PDFs on the SMART Board.

  • Annotate over text and passages. Identify details, big ideas, facts and opinions, vocabulary, examples of figurative language, editing and revising, and so on.

  • Students can add ink and collaborate on a graphic organizer, such as a Venn diagram, Frayer Model, T-Chart, or time line.

  • Write or draw on PDF curriculum resources, such as worksheets, charts, and textbook materials.

  • Find an article and have students work in teams to create a piece of Blackout Poetry by leaving only some of the words visible.

  • Download a Google Doc or Google Slide as a PDF and open it in SMART Ink Document Viewer. Teachers and students can now write or draw over the PDF.

  • Create a divided workspace for students to work in rotations.

 

Note 

SMART Document Viewer is available only on SMART Board interactive displays with SMART software installed.

Learn more about SMART Ink Document Viewer

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Sign in to and set up SLS Online

Steps

    1

    Create an account

    Go to hello smart.com, scroll down, click Are you a teacher?, and then click SIGN IN.

    If this is your first time signing in, you’ll need to set up a SMART account first.

    2

    Sign in

    Select your school Google or Microsoft account and click Next.

    Enter your account email and password to sign in.

    3

    Customize your library

    Click Edit Class to personalize your SLS Online lesson library by adding a fun banner. You can also reset your Class ID and change your class name.

    4

    Begin building

    After you've signed in and customized your library, you're ready to import or create lessons.

Instructional ideas

  • In the lesson library, navigate to Edit Class. Watch video.

  • Rename your class

    You can change the name that appears at the top of the lesson library when students join your class in SLS Online.

    • Capture students' attention when studying a book by naming the class after an important character, such as the protagonist or antagonist.

    • To build relationships, name the class after a student when it’s a student’s birthday.

    • Introduce a unit of study by naming the class after a related person, place, or topic. Students can try to guess what they will be studying.

  • Add a class banner

    You can also add and change the class banner (the background that appears behind the name).

    • Change the class banner according to the unit of study.

    • Build relationships by using a student's artwork as the banner.

Learn more about teacher sign-in

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Get your students signed in

Steps

    1

    Open SLS Online

    Go to hellosmart.com, scroll down, click Are you a teacher?, and then click SIGN IN.

    If this is your first time signing in, you’ll need to set up a SMART account first.

    2

    Have students sign in or join as guests

    Students can connect to your class by signing in with their Google or Microsoft student accounts, or they can join as guests. Then they type their names.

    3

    Students enter the class ID

    Students enter the class ID, or, if they've connected to the class before, select the class’s name.

    4

    Students join the lesson or wait in the lobby

    If your lesson is running, it appears automatically on student devices. If you haven’t started the lesson, students are taken to the class lobby until you start the lesson.

Instructional ideas

Sign In: There are number of instructional uses when students sign in to SLS Online with their Google or Microsoft account ID.

  • Signing in fills in students' names automatically instead of allowing the student to type any name (great for accountability on assessments).
  • Signing in enables you to share a link to the lesson so students access it after class.
  • When students are signed in, you can assign them to a collaborative Workspace during the class, and they can continue working on group projects virtually.

Join as a Guest: Students can join as guests by using only the teacher code.

  • Ideal for younger students who don't have a Microsoft or Google account
  • Requires only the class ID (great for quick access to content and activities)
  • Ideal for multiple students sharing a device

Group Work: SLS Online is useful even for students who don't have a device. Be creative!

  • Use one device per table, small group, or center rotation (groups can join using a team name)
  • Have partners share a device
  • Bring Your Own Device models

Learn more about student sign-in

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Create a game based activity

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in, and then click the Add Activities button.

    2

    Choose Game Based Activities

    Click Game Based Activities.

    3

    Choose a template and start creating

    To see a preview of how an activity works, click the magnifying glass beside it. Select the activity you want and follow the steps to build it.

    4

    Name the activity and start playing

    Add a title to your activity and click Finish Editing. Start the activity by clicking it in your lesson library.

Instructional ideas

Engage your class using SMART activities to get students interacting with your lesson content.

  • Spark curiosity or introduce vocabulary using the Fill In the Blanks activity, which works great with a quote, poem, or definition. Students organize the words and reflect on possible meanings. Discuss.

  • Practice and review: use Match ‘Em Up for vocabulary or math practice, or try Game Show for a fun review.

  • Use formative assessments to check for understanding. Monster Quiz gives instant feedback. The class can review and dispel misconceptions at the end.

    See Game-based Learning with SMART Activities for more ideas.

Enhance your lessons by using SMART Interactive activities to build deeper understanding of concepts and demonstrate applied higher-order thinking skills.

  • Reinforce learning with Super Sort. Have students sort examples and non-examples of concepts.

  • Rank Order is a great tool for students to defend their thinking by ranking concepts from most to least important or most influential to least. Select Do not check to create open-ended answer possibilities.

Extend learning by creating a pretest followed by two or three levels of activities and an extension task. Student will complete activities on student pacing based on their needs in or outside of class. Add an extension choice board.

  • Give students choice in assignments. Flip Out: Give students a variety of learning experiences and let them choose which they would like to do. Label Reveal: Give differentiated tasks for parts of an image.

Learn more about creating and delivering activities

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Create a formative assessment

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in, and then select the Add Activities > Response to start creating a whole class formative assessment.

    2

    Add questions and save

    Choose from a variety of question types and use images and text.

    TIP: Use the menu on the right to add or edit questions.

    3

    Finish editing and start the assessment

    When you’re done, click Next. Add a title and click Finish Editing. Start the quiz by clicking it in your lesson library.

    4

    Save quiz results in an Excel file

    After the quiz is over, export the results to Microsoft Excel by clicking Review Results > Export Data.

Instructional ideas

Engage your students with formative assessments. Use the Response assessment to get instant data and meet with students to give them personal and immediate feedback.

  • Create a poll or a survey to set the stage for a great Socratic Dialogue or debate with students. Use polls and surveys to get to know your students and build relationships.

Enhance your lesson by using data from the Response assessment to drive instruction (review, skip ahead, grouping, and so on).

  • Create a two-question pre-test. Use the short answer question type so students cannot guess. Look at the data. Did students miss both? Need intervention. Did they get both right? Ready for a challenge. One right, one wrong? Ready for instruction.

  • With the click of a button, you can export the student data from assessment as an Excel spreadsheet..

    TIP: When students connect to the activity, have them enter their last names or sign in with Microsoft or Google so the spreadsheet matches your gradebook.

Extend learning by having students go to differentiated tasks based on the results of a Response assessment.

  • Teachers can also give a pre-test that allows students to test out of material they’ve mastered and work on a project or a leveled-up assignment.

  • Add differentiated game-based activities and a choice board using Flip Out or Label Reveal for extension tasks. Students will complete certain tasks based on assessment results.

Learn more about creating and delivering assessments

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Add a new page

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in, and then click the Add Activities button.

    2

    Choose New Page

    Click New Page.

    3

    Add text

     

    Click inside the ... fields to add your own text.

    4

    Use the page to present or convert it an activity

    Leave the page as it is if you only want students to read it, or if you want them to be able to write or draw on it, convert it to a Handout or Workspace activity.

Instructional ideas

Engage your students with a catchy title page and image to set the stage for your lesson.

  • Use rhyming words or a joke to grab student attention.

  • Connect your lesson’s title to a popular song lyric.

Enhance your lesson with a thought -provoking question or quote and have students respond in a Handout or Workspace.

  • Assign groups of students to respond from different perspectives in different pen colors (for example, past and present day perspectives).

  • Find powerful quotes and have students respond with connecting ideas, questions, and real-world parallels.​

Extend learning by stating objectives and converting a page to a Worspace or Handout where students can share what they know prior to coming to class.

  • Have students upload a picture to create a metaphor and explain their thinking.

  • Have students perform home interviews and record other’s knowledge on the topic.

Learn more about new pages

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Import a file and add interactivity

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in, and then click Add Activities.

    2

    Choose your file

    Click Import resource and choose a SMART Notebook, PDF, or PowerPoint file to import.

    TIP: To import a Google file, convert it to a PDF or connect to Google Drive to download Google files directly.

    3

    Make it interactive

    Add new SMART activities and assessments to the file.

    Convert existing static pages to Handout or Workspace activities.

    4

    Get ready to share

    When you’re done, click Finish Editing in the upper left-hand corner. Your interactive lesson is ready to share with students.

Instructional ideas

Engage your students by importing existing lessons and resources and adding interactive activities.

  • Add an interactive activity or an assessment to the file you imported.

  • Find a copy of a historical document or speech. Upload it and add an assessment. Ask students to summarize the document using the short-answer question type. Add more questions based on the document.

Enhance your lesson by converting static pages to interactive handouts or collaborative workspaces that students work on individually or in small groups.

  • Import a file that contains an image connected to your lesson and turn it into a Workspace. Have students share things they notice, questions they have, and predictions. Add a Shout It Out! activity at the end and ask students to share their thoughts or conclusions.

  • Import a file with a perplexing math problem and turn it into a Workspace. Have student groups work to solve the problem in different ways and present their solutions.

Extend learning beyond teacher-led instruction.

  • Have students present their work from a file they’ve created and add Shout it Out! and Workspace activities at appropriate points to build in audience participation.

Learn more about converting static pages

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Insert an ad-free YouTube video

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in.

    2

    Create a new file

    Click Add activities to open the options for adding a new file to your lesson library.

    3

    Start with a YouTube video

    Select YouTube as the content type to insert an ad-free video.

    4

    Choose a video from YouTube

    Search for and select the video you want from YouTube.

    The video appears on your lesson page.

Instructional ideas

Engage students by adding scholarly and culturally responsive YouTube videos and scaffold varied student experiences in the classroom.

  • Insert a video that will encourage curiosity. Pause it at a point that will cause students to wonder. Allow students to ask questions and make predictions.

  • Add a video to encourage empathy and understanding about different backgrounds and perspectives.

Enhance your lesson by adding related SMART activities alongside the YouTube video.

  • Add a blank page for students to share connections after watching the video.

  • Add a Shout it Out! activity where students can identify connections to the video’s main idea.

  • Add a KWLQ Chart from the ready-made activities. Have students share what they know and wonder about a topic before watching. After the video, have students add what they have learned and the questions they still have.

Extend learning by making the whole lesson available outside of class to reinforce concepts for a Flipped Classroom.

  • Add a YouTube video about an upcoming lesson topic beside a blank page you’ve converted to a Handout. Students can record questions about the video in the Handout. Use their questions to start the next class.

  • Create a Flip Out activity with a series of questions or problems. Have students respond to or solve two or threes of the questions or problems after watching the YouTube video.

NOTE: If YouTube is blocked on student devices, students won’t be able to watch videos.

Learn more about adding YouTube videos

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Add a ready-made activity

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SLS Online

    Go to suite.smarttech.com and sign in, and then click the Add Activities button.

    2

    Choose a task

    Under Ready-made activities, choose between templates that help students activate prior knowledge or question and reflect.

    3

    Choose a template

    Browse the templates and pick one that helps meet your teaching objectives and enhances your lesson.

    4

    Customize and save

    Edit the page text if you want to modify it and then click Finish Editing in the upper left-hand corner. Your activity is ready to share with students.

Instructional ideas

Engage your class using ready-made activities to help students demonstrate their understanding and frame their thinking.

  • Insert a KWLQ Chart for students to collectively share things they know, wonder about, and have learned alongside questions they still have.

Enhance your lesson by adding ready-made Handouts so students can respond on individual devices. These activities can focus on activating prior knowledge or enabling students to question and reflect.

  • Insert the 3-2-1 Handout. Have students fill it out with text and images for use as an Exit Ticket.

Extend learning and differentiate by assessing which activity students need or letting them choose.

  • Select different Handout templates for students based on a formative assessment.
  • Let students choose: Add three ready-made activity handouts and have students choose one to complete.

    TIP: If you share a student access link, students can complete the Handout in or outside of class.

Learn more about ready-made activities

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Build and save a SMART Notebook lesson

Steps

    1

    Open SMART Notebook

    From your computer, open SMART Notebook.

    2

    Build your lesson

    Create a new lesson from scratch or import a PowerPoint (Windows only) or PDF file. The page sorter on the side shows you the different parts of your lesson.

    3

    Make it interactive

    Use tools such as the infinite cloner, the Gallery’s interactive tools, activities, and assessments to build engaging lessons. Click the icons below to learn about these tools.

    4

    Save your work

    Click Save to save your SMART Notebook file.

Instructional ideas

  • Create a three-page SMART Notebook file with a hook, learning experience, and a check for understanding:

    • Page 1: The hook–Spark curiosity and grab students’ attention.

    • Page 2: Learning Experience–Layer an engaging activity to help your students work with the subject matter.

    • Page 3: Check for understanding–Use activities or assessments.

  • Introduce your lesson, the hook, by adding a YouTube video or an activity like Fill in the Blanks to spark curiosity in your students.

  • Create a SMART Notebook file for use in centers or stations.

    • Use infinite cloner to build math stations, or create a variety of activities to reinforce learning.

    • Use the timer to help students know when to rotate to their next station.

  • Check for understanding: Use Shout It Out!, assessments, or writing on a blank Notebook page as students leave for an exit ticket or as they arrive for an entrance ticket.

  • Add a quote, a picture, a short poem, or line from a song to a blank page. Have students participate in a Chalk Talk.

Learn more about getting started with SMART Notebook files

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Share a SMART Notebook lesson

Steps

    1

    Save and share

    Click Save to save your work. Click File > Share. SMART Notebook provides two sharing options: Share with a SMART Board and Share using a link.

    2

    Share to a SMART Board

    If your classroom has a SMART Board with iQ, you can wirelessly share to the board and present. Click Share with a SMART Board, choose your board, and click Share Now.

    3

    Share with colleagues

    Click Share with a link to share your work with colleagues or to add a link to lesson plans.

    4

    Find the shared lesson in SLS Online

    Sign in to SLS Online and you’ll see your lesson there too. Now you can use SLS Online’s tools to deliver the lesson.

Instructional ideas

  • Share a SMART Notebook file with your colleagues. They can click the link to download the file and modify it to meet the varied needs of their students. This allows you and other teachers to work smarter by sharing work.

  • Use the Share feature to send a SMART Notebook file directly to a SMART Board interactive display with iQ. This is great for creating substitute plans, building centers, reviewing, or small group work.

  • Share with teachers at another campus. Students can work on the same material and participate in a shared Shout It Out! or Monster Quiz. Break down the classroom walls!

  • Sharing a file also adds it to your SMART Learning Suite Online account, allowing you to send the file to student devices.

  • Put links to Shared files directly into your lesson plan for easy access during class.

Learn more about sharing a lesson to a SMART Board with iQ

Learn more about sharing with a link

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Create a game-based activity

Steps

    1

    Start the activity wizard in SMART Notebook

    Click in the SMART Notebook toolbar to start the activity wizard. The activity wizard provides templates for building a variety of activities.

    2

    Build the activity

    Select an activity and follow the instructions to add lesson material. Some activities let you add images or choose fun themes.

    Note: If it’s your first time, you're prompted to make an account using Google or Microsoft.

    3

    Add game elements

    Make an activity more interesting and engaging for students: tap to add a timer, buzzer, or randomizer to activities.

    4

    Play

    Tap START to play games on the display, or tap to send them to student devices through hellosmart.com.

Instructional ideas

  • Use activities to grab students’ attention, spark curiosity, or introduce vocabulary for the lesson.

    • Fill In the Blanks works great as a hook. Choose a quote, poem, or definition that connects to the learning. Students organize the words and reflect on possible meanings. Discuss and share. For more activity ideas, visit https://goo.gl/V2Hqcx.

  • Activities are terrific as learning experiences, practice, and review:

    • Use Match ‘Em Up for vocabulary or math practice.

    • Try Game Show for a fun review.

    • Use Super Sort as a great way to reinforce learning.

  • Formative assessments and checking for understanding is vital for students and teachers to provide real time feedback. Monster Quiz is a great formative assessment. Students get instant feedback, and the class can review the lesson and dispel misconceptions at the end. It's also just plain fun!

Learn more about each activity and how to build them

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Create a formative assessment

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook on your computer and click the response 2 icon in the SMART Notebook toolbar.

    2

    Make your question set

    Create your question set using a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, true/false, multiple answer, and short answer. Add images and text to questions.

    3

    Start your assessment

    Click on the assessment page. Ask your students to go to hellosmart.com and enter the teacher code shown on the assessment. Click Start. Students use their device to answer questions.

    4

    Review and export results

    After all students have submitted their answers, tap End to start the review. Students get instant feedback on their devices. You can also export your students’ results by tapping Export Results in the bottom-right corner.

Instructional ideas

  • Use formative assessments give you instant data so you can then meet with students and give them personal and immediate feedback.

  • Create a two-question pre-test. Use the short answer question type, rather than multiple choice, so students can't just guess. Look at the data. Missed both? Needs intervention. Got them all right? Ready for a challenge. One right, one wrong? Ready for instruction.

  • Give a pre-test allowing students to test out of the current lesson and work on a passion project.

  • Build relationships using a poll or a survey. This can set the stage for a great Socratic Dialogues or debates with students.

  • Export student responses so you can use them as a summative assessment for a grade.

    Tip 

    Make sure students enter their last name so the spreadsheet matches your grade book.

Learn more about creating and delivering assessments in SMART Notebook

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Insert an ad-free YouTube video

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook on your computer, click the Add-ons tab in the sidebar, and select YouTube.

    2

    Search for videos

    Search YouTube to find the perfect video for your lesson. Preview videos by clicking the play button.

    3

    Find the right video

    When you find a video you like, click its title and select Add video.

    4

    Ad-free movie time

    The video is added to the Notebook page. You're ready to hit play and share the video, ad-free!

Instructional ideas

  • Find a YouTube video that will build wonder and curiosity among your students. For example, share a video that shows a microscopic view of cells. Turn off the sound and allow students to watch what's happening. Encourage students to share questions, thoughts, and predictions.

  • Use YouTube and Shout It Out! together: Start a Shout It Out! activity that students will use as a back channel as they watch the video. After the video is over, go back to the Shout It Out! to sort, discuss, and label student contributions.

  • Make a video available for students to watch if they're stuck on a lesson. There are great tutorials available on YouTube for a variety of subjects.

  • Find a video that brings the lesson together and watch it as a class to close the lesson. Have students create six-word summaries based on the lesson and video.

  • While the video plays, you and your students can annotate over the video itself or students can take notes on the side as they watch.

  • NOTE: If YouTube is blocked on student devices, students won’t be able to watch videos.

Learn more about inserting YouTube videos

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Use SMART Notebook’s pen tools

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook and tap the pen icon in the Notebook menu.

    Choose the Pen to see all available pen options. Pick a pen type and choose a color.

    2

    Use some fun pen examples

    Convert hand-drawn shapes into clean digital shapes.

    Draw a circle to shine a spotlight or a rectangle to magnify, or use disappearing ink.

    Convert handwritten text to typed text and edit it with a variety of editing features.

    3

    Save your favorite pen style

    Save a custom pen so your favorite pen is easily available. Select the pen tool and choose your settings. Open the Properties tab, select Line Style then Save Tool Properties.

    4

    Make it accessible for everyone

    Click the arrows in the top-right side of the toolbar to move it to the bottom.

Instructional ideas

  • Add or open a blank SMART Notebook page. Students can use the Creative pen to write their high frequency or vocabulary words in rainbow ink.

  • Use the Text pen to help students practice editing and revising. Write sentences with the text pen and have a student come to the display to edit the sentences.

  • Have students partner up and use the Magic pen. One student writes a vocabulary word using the Magic pen and their partner then writes the word or definition using the regular pen. Students can take turns.

  • Use the Shape pen to draw a quick Venn Diagram.

  • Encourage students to use the artistic style pens (Creative, Magic, or a custom pen style) for mind mapping, illustration, and creative responses.

  • Use the Magic pen to draw a circle over part of a map to spotlight that place, or draw a rectangle over a factor detail in an article to zoom in and focus attention.

Learn more about using SMART Notebook’s pen tools

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Use widgets to add interactivity

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook on your computer and then open the Gallery tab. The Gallery includes a wide variety of searchable content, such as hundreds charts, graph and handwriting paper, 3D shapes, and more.

    2

    Find interactive widgets

    Type Widgets in the search bar and click to search for the available interactive tools.

    3

    Select your tool

    Click and drag the tool you want to use into the SMART Notebook page.

    4

    Customize your tool

    Click to personalize the interactive tool.

Instructional ideas

  • Dice: The interactive dice are customizable: add words, letters, numbers, and even images.

    • Have questions on each face, roll the die to see which question the students will answer. This tool works well with Shout It Out!.

    • Add numbers to make a math game, 3 die on top of 3 die and students practice subtraction with regrouping for centers.

    • Add letters and have students roll the die to build and record the words they make.

  • Spinner: Add words and new sections to customize the spinner. Use to add choice to an assignment or station.

  • Clock: Choose analog, digital, or both. Students can move the clock hands to practice telling time and to work on elapsed time problems.

  • Timer: Use the timer to help students know when to rotate between stations.

  • Pull tab: Use the interactive tab to hide directions, answers, or challenge questions.

Note 

These tools are not compatible with SLS Online. If you upload this lesson to SLS Online, these tools won’t be available.

Learn more about adding widgets

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Working with images

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook on your computer and click the Add-On tab.

    2

    Search for royalty-free images

    Choose Image Web Search and find a royalty-free image and drag it onto the SMART Notebook page.

    3

    Set transparency

    Get rid of the white rectangle around your image by selecting the image, clicking the down arrow in the top right corner, and selecting Set Image Transparency.

    4

    Crop the image

    To crop an image or zoom in on one part, select the image, then click the top-right arrow and select Mask.

Instructional ideas

  • Find images that go with a story the students are reading. In stations, students can use the images to retell the story.

  • Find an image that sparks curiosity and questions about an upcoming unit or topic. Have students come up and write or draw over the image. They can share what they’re thinking about, things they wonder, questions they have, and connections they’ve made.

  • Images can link to other pages in a SMART Notebook lesson or even to a website you would like your students to visit. Linking to another page within a lesson is a terrific way to differentiate stations or content for students.

  • Find images of possible characters, settings, and problems. Students can work in small groups to create a story based on the images.

  • Start a Shout It Out! activity, then show students an image of real-life examples of concepts. Have them record details, questions, and comments. Go back to the Shout It Out! activity and look for commonalities, differences, or interesting observations.

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Use the infinite cloner

Steps

    1

    Get started

    Open SMART Notebook on your computer. Using the Image Web Search from the Add-on tab, drag an image or shape from the Gallery tab, or paste an image from the clipboard into the SMART Notebook page.

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    Start the Infinite Cloner

    Select the image or shape you want to clone, click its down arrow in the top-right corner and select Infinite Cloner.

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    Clone infinitely

    Click and drag the original shape or image to create a clone, which you can then place anywhere on the page. Continue clicking and dragging the original shape or image to make multiple clones.

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    Stop cloning

    The original shape or image stays in clone mode until you turn the infinite cloner off by clicking the infinity symbol in the top-right corner and selecting Infinite Cloner again.

Instructional ideas

  • Creating manipulatives is a great way to support students and build in interactivity in stations, whole group, and small group. The Infinite Cloner works well for base ten blocks, five and ten frames, patterns, and more.

  • Add images of coins and bills. Set each to be infinitely cloned. Have students work in small collaborative groups to create various amounts of money or to solve word problems using coins and bills.

  • Add a hundreds chart from SMART Notebook’s Gallery tab. Create different color counters and set them to be infinitely cloned. Give students different logic problems or math problems using the counters and the hundreds chart.

  • Create a "making words" lesson by turning on the Infinite Cloner for cloning letters needed to make the mystery word.

  • Clone numbers and math signs, allowing students to build a variety of equations. Students can then write word problems to connect to the math equations.

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Direct the lesson or make it self-paced

Steps

    1

    Open your lesson in SLS Online

    Start a lesson by tapping the lesson thumbnail in your library.

    2

    Open the Class Panel

    Tap the Manage Class button in the top left corner of the screen to open the class panel.

    3

    Connect students

    Ensure students are connected to your class. See Get your students signed in.

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    Change the lesson pacing

    When teacher pacing is on, you are in control of lesson navigation. Tap Student to let students navigate the lesson independently on their own devices. Take back control of lesson navigation at any time by tapping Teacher.

Instructional ideas

Engage students using Teacher pacing to guide them through the lesson. Switch to Student pacing when it’s time to apply what they’ve learned.

  • After teaching a new concept, design part of your lesson to include a series of activities that students can play to test their knowledge of a concept you’ve just taught them. Turn on student pacing when you arrive at the activity pages and move around the classroom to assist individual students as they explore the activities at their own pace.

    TIP: If you start a Monster Quiz, Team Quiz, or Shout It Out!, all students will be brought in to the activity. All other activities can be played individually.

Enhance your lesson by leveling the activities you add so that students can select an activity that matches their level of understanding.

  • Have your activities follow the pattern of Review, Practice, and Extend. For example: Super Sort or Match ‘em Up for vocabulary review, A Handout activity for practice, and a choice board for extension.

Extend learning by adding spontaneous discussions and checks for understanding. Switch fluidly between Teacher and Student pacing to create flexible grouping and learning experiences.

  • During a discussion, switch between Student and Teacher pacing to direct attention.

  • Add instant Shout it Out! activities to document discussion points.

  • Create a Workspace where students can respond and draw conclusions at the end of the discussion.

Learn more about lesson pacing

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Add a blank page

Steps

    1

    Open your lesson in SLS Online

    Start a lesson by tapping the lesson thumbnail in your library.

    2

    Add a blank page

    Click the + button to insert a blank page in your lesson.

    3

    Convert pages on the fly

    You can convert blank pages to a Handout or Workspace activity or leave them as-is for teacher modeling.

    4

    Use the blank page to illustrate a point

    You can write and draw on a blank page to quickly illustrate concepts for your students.

Instructional ideas

Engage students by adding a blank page to a lesson and using it to model a concept, brainstorm, or gather ideas.

  • Add a blank page and have a team of students come up to model a concept for their peers.

  • Add a blank page for collaborative brainstorming and to organize concepts.

Enhance your lesson by turning a blank page into a Handout or Workspace and having students create a digital poster to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.

  • Turn a blank page into a Handout activity to give students a space to showcase their understanding of a lesson by working out problems, brainstorming, or creating a mind map or sketch note.

  • Add a quote or questions to a blank page and then convert the page to a Workspace activity. Pull the whole class into the space and start a digital discussion board.

Extend learning by converting a blank page to a Handout or Workspace where students can continue to apply their knowledge.

  • Have students use a Flip Out choice board to demonstrate understanding, connect learning to real-world situations, or practice problem solving.

  • Have students use this space outside of class to ask peers for help with homework and assignments.

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Add an Instant Shout It Out! activity

Steps

    1

    Open your lesson in SLS Online

    Start a lesson by tapping the lesson in your library. Then tap the + button in the command bar on the left.

    2

    Add Shout It Out!

    Choose Shout It Out! to add a page where you can quickly check for understanding, create an exit ticket, or brainstorm on the fly.

    3

    Connect students

    Click the student icon in the top left corner to display the class ID and directions for joining the class. Students join the activity on their devices.

    4

    View responses

    After students join, select the arrow in the top left corner to hide the directions and see responses.

Instructional ideas

Engage students with a space where they can instantly contribute text, connections, and questions to the lesson. This will help capture teachable moments and check for student understanding.

  • Have students use Shout It Out! to share vocabulary connected to the lesson.

  • Have students use Shout It Out! to provide examples connected to a lesson’s main idea. For example, they can share the first line of the book they’re reading when you’re discussing story starters.

Enhance your lesson by having students contribute images to a Shout it Out! to share metaphors that explain their thinking. Tap an image to enlarge it, and have students categorize responses.

  • Have students share one word summaries or connections and sort them into meaningful categories.

  • Have students use images to capture the main idea or to share how different perspectives see a scenario.

Extend learning by using a Shout it Out! activity to turn a controversial or confusing part of the lesson into an authentic student-led discussion, structuring debate while giving every student a voice.

  • Have students share key ideas, quotes, or questions for classroom discussion.

  • Have students capture main ideas of discussion in real time for collaborative note taking.

Learn more about running a Shout it Out! activity

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Make a page a Handout activity

Steps

    1

    Open your lesson in SLS Online

     

    Open your lesson in Editing mode and go to the page you want to convert to Handout.

    2

    Convert the page

    Click Convert to Activity at the bottom of the page.

    3

    Convert to a Handout

    Click Make this page an individual Handout activity.

    4

    Preview the Handout

    Preview your Handout to make sure it meets your needs, then click X to close the preview.

Instructional ideas

Engage students by sending existing pages to individual devices so they can to write, draw, and interact with the lesson.

  • Encourage students to learn actively by keeping attention focused on the page you’ve converted. Have students use the pen tool to highlight important information, circle key words, draw arrows to connect similar information, and write notes in margins.

Enhance your lesson using Student pacing and handouts so students can refer to other pages as they create on the Handout page, demonstrating their understanding.

  • Create a SMART Notebook file with infinite cloners and a pull tab with hidden directions to reveal an extension activity. Send this file to SLS Online. Students can use infinite cloner to model their learning.

  • Put an image on a page and convert the page to a Handout. Have students create a word gallery or graffiti board of ideas that spark a dialog. Discuss and share.

Extend learning by having students respond to open-ended Handout tasks where they can demonstrate understanding outside of class with ongoing feedback loops from the teacher.

  • Convert multiple pages to a Handout to create a learning menu of tiered assignments. Add links to videos, activities, reading passages, and more for even greater engagement.

Learn more about delivering Handout activities

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Create a collaborative Workspace activity

Steps

    1

    Open your lesson in SLS Online

    Open your lesson in Editing mode and go to the page you want to convert to a Handout activity.

    2

    Convert the page

    Click Convert to Activity at the bottom of the page.

    3

    Convert to a Workspace

    Select Make this page a collaborative Workspace activity.

    4

    Preview the Workspace

    Preview your Workspace activity to make sure it meets your needs, then click X to close the preview.

Instructional ideas

Engage students by adding a shared space for groups to collaborate and demonstrate understanding.

  • Upload a file with a graphic organizer, such as a Venn Diagram. Convert that page to a Workspace and allow students to work in teams to complete it.

  • Convert a blank page to a Workspace so students can collaborate to create a mind map or Sketchnote of their learning.

Enhance your lesson by having students create in-depth presentations.

  • Have teams of students work with different parts of a novel or article. Each team reads a section and creates a page that covers the important information.

  • Add a Workspace where students work in teams to create a digital poster of their learning. Include a small rubric at the bottom to give feedback throughout the process.

Extend learning by having students work collaboratively to respond to open-ended tasks. Students can demonstrate understanding using images and text in workspaces inside and outside of class with ongoing feedback from the teacher.

  • Add a homework help page to your lesson and convert it to a Workspace. Have students use this space outside of class to ask peers for help with homework and assignments.

  • Use a Workspace as a place for students to create tweets for historical figures or characters.

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Share a link to your lesson with students

Steps

    1

    Find the lesson editing options in SLS Online

    Click the ellipses on the lesson file you want to share to reveal the Edit, Share link, and Delete options.

    2

    Choose Share link

    Select Share link to open a menu with sharing options.

    3

    Generate a link for students

    Click Get student access to link to create a link that your students use to access and complete the lesson outside of class.

    4

    Copy the link to share

    Click Copy to add the link to your clipboard. You can now share the link with your students.

Instructional ideas

Engage your students by sharing review material, notes, and SMART activities for students to refer to at their own pace.

  • Create and share activities for students to use to practice and review after class.

  • Import a file with information students can refer to for homework or to review before a test.

Enhance your lesson and make it self-paced and differentiated by adding activities and handouts for students to continue to reference and work through outside of class.

  • Add manipulatives (made with the infinite cloner in SMART Notebook) to your lesson so students can practice skills at home (especially good for tactile students).

  • Add choice boards in Flip-Out and Label Reveal so students can respond to reading or reflect on their learning.

Extend learning by sharing student centered projects connected to real world application in a flipped classroom setting so students can work independently and collaboratively.

  • Make digital notes available outside of class.

  • Use a blank collaborative Workspace as a homework help desk where students help each other with questions on homework.

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Share a link to your lesson with teachers

Steps

    1

    Open the lesson editing options in SLS Online

    On the lesson file you want to share, click the ellipses to reveal the Edit, Share link, and Delete options.

    2

    Choose Share link

    Choose Share link to open a menu with sharing options.

    3

    Generate a link for teachers

    Click Get teacher share to link. This option creates a link that teachers use to save a copy of your lesson to their SLS Online lesson libraries.

    4

    Copy the link to share

    Click Copy to add the link to your clipboard. You can now share the link with your colleagues.

Instructional ideas

Engage your colleagues by sharing lessons with them using a teacher share link.

  • Import a file and add a few activities, then share with your team.

  • Create a lesson aligned to your Scope and Sequence and share it with a teacher at another school in your district.

Enhance your teaching by organizing lessons by standards. You can refer to the collection and adapt lessons as needed.

  • Create lessons connected to regional standards and upload to SMART Exchange, tagging your school district.

  • Add lessons you’ve created or shared to SLS Online to a shared lesson plan, spreadsheet, or folder that colleagues can access.

Extend learning beyond your classroom. Share an SLS Online lesson on social media. Align it with high-impact teaching practices and relevant educational conversations.

  • Create a resource or lesson aligned to an educational topic you feel passionate about and share it on social media using #SMARTchampion.

  • Based on professional reading that you have done, build a tool or lesson in SLS Online and share it on social media using #SMARTchampion.

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Share your lesson on SMART Exchange

Steps

    1

    Sign in to SMART Exchange

     

     

     

    Go to exchange.smarttech.com and sign in with your SMART account.

    2

    Download free lessons and resources

    Browse resources and click them for a preview. When you find one you like, click it and select Save to SLS Online.

    The resource loads and appears in your lesson library.

    3

    Upload a resource to share

    Click Share a resource in the top right corner of the screen. Drag the resource file onto the screen or click Browse to file and select the file you want.

    4

    Describe your resource

    Provide a description for your resource, tag it with relevant keywords, and identify the grade level, subject, resource type, and region. Click Share when you’re done.

Instructional ideas

Engage your community by sharing resources on SMART Exchange.

  • Sign in to SMART Exchange and share an activity or assessment you’ve created.

  • Design a Graphic Organizer or Visual Thinking Map and share it on SMART Exchange.

Enhance your district’s lesson repository.

  • Create a three-part lesson that has a hook, a learning experience, and a check for understanding aligned to Common Core or state standards. Share the file on SMART Exchange and tag your school district to make the lesson searchable for your colleagues.

Extend learning beyond your classroom. Share a lesson on SMART Exchange and then post about it on social media. Align your lesson with high-impact teaching practices and relevant educational conversations.

  • Post a lesson that focuses on Cultural Responsiveness, Social Emotional Learning or Growth Mindset. Share the SMART Exchange link on social media using #SMARTchampion.

  • Create a lesson aligned to a best practice that your district is focused on. Post it on SMART Exchange and share the link on social media using #SMARTchampion.

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