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Use and Care
Use only the stylus markers provided with the board. (Do not use the board as a dry erase board.)
To wash the board, use ammonia-free Windex or Expo Dry Erase Cleaner.
Pick up one tool only at a time from the tray.
Be sure to match the pen colors with the corresponding cradle color in the tray.
You can write on the SMARTBoard with your finger. Just pick up a pen from the tray, hold it in your opposite hand and begin to write with your finger.
Similarly, you can erase with your hand what you've written. Pick up the eraser, place it in your opposite hand, then use your hand to erase anything you've written.
With younger children who have trouble dragging items, some teachers have provided students with a small mallet (with a soft end such as one used with a xylophone) and found it to work successfully. It also helps with the shadow problem, allowing the students to better see what they're doing. Also, they can better reach the top area of boards with the extended length.
Alternatively, Q-Tips work well to assist dragging!
Another technique that works well with younger children who have trouble dragging is to use the two-finger method. Put one finger on the object you want to move. Keep that finger on the object and touch the whiteboard with the other hand in the location you want to move the object. Then, remove the finger that was originally touching the object. You should see the object zoom to where the other finger is placed! (Left hand touch object, right hand touch destination, left hand let go, right hand let go.)
This palette provides you tools in which you can use to write over applications shown on your SMARTBoard.
To access the floating palette, locate the SMARTBoard icon at the right part of the menubar and pull it down to select the Floating Tools option.
You can use the SMARTBoard software to capture screens but it puts the results into the SMART Notebook software. Rather than using SMART Notebook, if you feel more comfortable using Appleworks, Word, Powerpoint, etc., you can accomplish capturing your screen with the built-in features of the Macintosh operating system.
Use Control + Command (Apple) + Shift + 4 then drag a rectangle around the area you want to capture. Go to your desired application and Edit - Paste to place the screen capture image in your document.