Mr P's SMART Board

One teacher's record of the implementation of a SMART Board Interactive whiteboard into a primary school classroom. For links see the Simply Science FURL. For science education try Simply Science site. For ICT check out My Other Blog. For one with the lot then go to my Suprglu archive.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Oh For A Keyboard

Today we had a fit of the frustrations and found out about one of the limitations of the onboard keyboard. We were looking in particular at nets of solids and had "successfully" (?), used the Smart Notebook for drawing a number of freehand examples. I then decided to switch to Word and show the children how to use Autoshapes to create custom made nets. Of course moving the autoshapes around just using the arrow buttons is not all that accurate and I wanted to show the children how to use Ctrl with the arrow keys. Using this combination allows you to move shapes a pixel at a time, (a much more satisfactory way of positioning shapes). Alas, try as we might, the on board floating keyboard just doesn't have the functionality to enable the use of Ctrl and the arrow keys. Alas it was back to teaching from the laptop keyboard at the back of the room. Not nearly as satisfactory I noticed.

As we had a couple of free minutes at the end of the day we had a play with "Wishball", a learning object from the Learning Federation All Government schools in my home state of Victoria should have copies of these learning objects in their schools. Most if not all are eminently suited to use on an IWB.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mistry said...

Hi, I too am in love with my smartboard and have enjoyed reading about your adventures.
Thank you for sharing some of yourideas.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Jezza said...

Hi John

The SMART Board floating keyboard does allow you to use the ctrl, fn and shift keys.

As the he board can only recognise one point of contact at a time, you cannot hold down the ctrl key whilst trying to hold another key at the same time.

But, when you touch the ctrl, fn or shift keys, those keys stay depressed. You can then select the other key you wish to use.

Give this a try, the only thing I'm not 100% sure on is wether you can depress the ctrl key and then press the arrow keys repetedly or if you need to depress the ctrl key after each touch of an arrow key.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any problems.

Cheers,
Jeremy Radovcic

10:34 PM  

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