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When I was student teaching there was a SMART Board and while I loved using it I rarely used the Notebook application.  Most times I created a slide show and drew on that.  However,  I used it with graphic organizers and saved a few slides for some of the projects that I worked on.  I had even gotten the software for my laptop so I could work while home.  I just started really cracking down on my portfolio ( I have an abbreviated version to pass out) and need access to some of those slides.  What am I to do now that I no longer have that laptop and do not have access to a SMART Board?

There is hope…sort of.  After shouting at my computer and dodging sketchy web programs, I came across SMART Notebook Express.  This web-based software allows you to open, edit, and share the material you created using the Notebook program.    You don’t need to download anything and there is no cost.  It has many of the same features such as pen, new page, text, and screen shade.  I was so happy to see my files!  Unfortunately, my glee died when I saw that I could not print the slides, through the program or a screen shot.  All I wanted was to print a page for my portfolio.  I was so close T_T

What lovely problems have you had with file format and accessibility?

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I had the funniest comment in my sub plans today.  The classroom had a SmartBoard and it’s in the middle of the front board.  Actually, I should say it was in the middle of the only board and there was a small white board for assignments and announcements.  Basically, there was no writing space.  In the plans the teacher wrote a note, “There is a SmartBoard at the front of the class.  This is not to be used as a whiteboard!”  There was also a sign on the floor in front of the board.  I laughed and then was horrified at the thought of someone actually writing on those expensive pieces of equipment.  But then I thought, I am used to these tools because we had seminars in college and my classroom had one while I was student teaching.  But I can remember when my high school first got one…for the entire school and we were all amazed at them.  Not all teachers may be familiar with the technology but I would think you would know not to write on them.  But again seeing how little space there was to write I could see how they may mistake it for space.

What interesting directions have you gotten in plans?

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