SMARTBoard: How to share your SMART Notebook presentations with your students (as a PDF file)

April 27, 2010

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:

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Quick overview: A step-by-step video tutorial on how to export your classroom SMART Notebook presentation as a PDF file. This allows your students to open your presentation on their home computers, even if they don’t have the SMART Notebook software installed.

How does it work? By default, a SMART Notebook presentation is saved as a “.notebook” file. This type of file requires that you have the SMART Notebook software installed on your computer in order to re-open it. If you do not have the SMART Notebook software on your computer, it simply will not open. That being said, most of our students do not have the SMART Notebook software installed on their home computers and will be unable to open your presentation if you decide to share it with them. In order to share your SMART Notebook presentations with ALL your students, you need to export it as a PDF file.

How can this be used in the classroom: This technique is most useful when you use your SMARTBoard as a virtual blackboard by writing with the pens during your class. For example, a record of everything you write on the SMARTBoard could be given to your students as a PDF file at the end of class. The students can then review your handwritten notes on their own computer screens or print it on paper when studying for a quiz or exam. Here is an example of what an exported PDF file looks like from a Notebook presentation. (Thanks to Chantal Bellon, Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, CQSB, for suggesting this ICT tip)

Video Tutorial: To see an on-line video of how to save and export your SMART Notebook presentation as a PDF file, please click the large play button below:

Advanced ICT Tip: Want to get really fancy? You can even embed additional attachments to your PDF file, such as a supplementary Word or Excel file. Open this example and click on the small paper clip icon next to the words “first derivative test” on the second page. You’ll notice there is a Word document attached that you can open up. If you’d like to know how to do this, please contact me.


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