Tips and Tricks:Now that you have an interactive whiteboard, any worksheet or presentation that you’ve created on Word or PowerPoint can become an engaging, interactive activity for the students. All you have to do is open up the document/presentation and look for the “Review” tools located towards the end of the ribbon.Once you select “Review,” look for the icon on the far-right that says “Start Inking.” Select this icon and you will be given a new toolbar with several options. You will have access to a highlighter, pen, marker, and eraser..Why use these “inking” tools over the SMART pens or Easy Interactive Toolbar?The inking tools in Word/PowerPoint allow your annotations and notes to be embedded on the document, meaning when you re-save the document, all of the digital ink saves with it and you can go back and edit, or even erase your notes. With the other toolbars or SMART pens, the changes you make save as image or .pdf files and you won’t be able to edit any of the changes you’ve made. The inking tools in Microsoft Office also lets you scroll throughout a document without the digital ink following you as you scroll.If you’re like most teachers, you like to take attendance at the beginning of class. However, you may also want to assign something for your students to complete as they settle down in their seats. There is a way to do both. If you hit the Windows Key and the letter P on your keyboard (at the same time), you will be given this menu:Select the option “Extend.” By doing this you have extended your computer screen to include the projected screen, instead of just duplicating the image. Once you select “Extend” you’re projected screen will appear blank.Now any window that you drag off your computer screen to the right will appear on your projected screen. Bring up your Word, PowerPoint, YouTube video, etc., drag it off to the right, and you will still have access to your computer screen and no one will be able to see you taking attendance or checking email. Note: If you have an interactive board, the extended screen will no longer be interactive until you change the mode back to “Duplicate.” If you share a room with another teacher, please remember to set the projected image back to “Duplicate” before leaving the classroom.
Last Modified on April 10, 2015