Interacting with your SMART Board

Helpful Tips and Tricks to Make Your Lessons Interactive

From the Basics to Beyond

Remember the SMART Board is an INTERACTIVE Whiteboard and you should not be the only one to use it. Start slow and do what you are comfortable with. As you and your students start using it more, challenge yourself to try some of the new things we've shown you during training.


  • For those new to the technology start slow and use it and the software as a whiteboard, but don't forget just as you would let students come up and write on your regular whiteboard, they can write on the SMART Board too with digital ink.
  • As you become more comfortable with the basic tools search the SMART Exchange for already created interactive lessons.
  • Don't forget the Lesson Activity Toolkit located on the Gallery tab (picture frame) to find interactive, self-checking activities that you can add your own content to.
  • Finally, take some time to start adding your own interactivity with simple things like moving objects to reveal information, object animation, and more. Plus use the Activity Builder to create quick simple sorting activities.

The notebooks I've used for training are in Safari Montage. Please feel free to reference those files and even copy activities you liked. Click here to access the Playlists.

You're Not Alone!

Our support of the SMART Boards does not end after training. If you have any questions - no matter how trivial - please contact us. We will be happy to assist you via email, phone, or even set up a time to meet face-to-face. Additionally, we will soon be offering online training as well as offering some courses during the summer.

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