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2 - Sympodium and SMART Board Basics

To begin use of a Sympodium:

1.  Check the Status of the Interactive Console

The console’s power indicator is located in the row of display buttons, to the left of the power button. It glows blue when the unit is receiving both power and a video signal. If it glows orange, ensure that the computer is active and that the video cable is correctly connected to the console and to your computer. The console’s status indicator is to the left of the power indicator. It turns blue when you touch the tethered pen to the screen. If it doesn’t, ensure that the USB cable is correctly connected to the console and to the computer and that the SMART Board tools are running on the computer. 


2.  Explore the Pen-Tool Buttons

You can write or draw over any application with the pen using the pen tools. Press a pen-tool button to write with black, blue or red digital ink, to erase digital ink, or to return the pen to mouse mode.                                                                           

Returns pen to mouse mode.


Selects color of digital ink

3.  Explore the Function Tools

The function buttons provide quick access to frequently used features of SMART Board software. Press a function button to launch the On-Screen Keyboard, open an application that helps you organize, save and share notes, use a palette of drawing tools, take a screen capture or make your next touch on the screen a right-click.

Launches On-Screen Keyboard



                                                                                          Launches Capture toolbar

4.  Creating and Saving Notes with Floating Tools

Step One:  Press one of the console’s pen-tool buttons.

Step Two:  Use the pen to draw or write on the screen just as you would on paper. When you select a pen tool, the default Floating Tools toolbar appears, allowing you to capture your notes into Notebook software.


5.  Creating and Saving Notes with Notebook Software

Step One:  Open Notebook Software

Step Two:  Press the Camera button camera on the Notebook toolbar to launch the Capture toolbar.


6.  Creating and Saving Notes with Aware Tools

If you’re using Microsoft® Word or Excel software, you’ll see the Aware Tools, either as a floating toolbar or as a part of the application’s toolbar. 


Press to insert your writing into the document or spreadsheet as text.

To begin use of a SMART Interactive Whiteboard:

1.  Ensure the interactive whiteboard, projector and computer connection

Turn on the projector, then the computer. The interactive whiteboard draws power from the computer Ready and will be activated automatically. You’ll know the whiteboard has power when the Ready Light on the right side of the SMART Pen Tray turns red. 

Log on, if required, using the computer keyboard. When the Ready Light on the pen tray turns green, the computer and interactive whiteboard have established communication. The whiteboard is now touch sensitive and you can open any application available on the attached computer.

2.  Orient the SMART Interactive Whiteboard

Press and hold both pen tray buttons until the orientation interface appears or press the SMART Board icon in the Microsoft® Windows® Notification Area, located in the bottom right of the screen. 

Select Orient from SMART Board Tools. Begin orientation at the upper left corner. Press your finger or pen squarely in the center of each red cross in the order indicated by the white, diamond-shaped background. 

3.  Controlling Projected Applications

Use your finger the same way you would use the mouse to control applications on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard.  For tasks that require a double-click, press the whiteboard twice in rapid succession. For tasks that require a right-click, press the Right Mouse button on the pen tray. Your next press will be recognized as a right-click. You can also press and hold the area of the screen you would like the interactive whiteboard to recognize as a right-click.  

4.  Writing and Erasing Annotations

Pick up a pen from the pen tray to write on the interactive whiteboard. You can write over the desktop or any open application. When writing, press firmly and consistently on the whiteboard and avoid resting your hand on the surface. The cursor will reappear when you return the pen to the pen tray and you’ll regain touch control. If you return the pen to the pen tray without capturing the annotation, your annotation will disappear the next time you touch the screen. How to save annotations is covered on the next page.

Pick up the eraser from the pen tray. Move the eraser in a smooth motion over your annotations to erase them. The interactive whiteboard only recognizes the last tool removed from the pen tray. For example, if you already have a pen in your hand when you pick up the eraser, the whiteboard will assume you want to erase.

5.  Saving Your Annotations

You can save the annotations that you have written on the interactive whiteboard for future reference.

Step One:  Pick up a pen from the pen tray and the Floating Tools toolbar will appear. You can now save annotations to a Notebook™ file.


NOTE: If the Floating Tools toolbar does not appear when picking up a pen, the application you are working in may be Ink Aware. If the application is Ink Aware, these buttons will be available in the toolbar:  


Step Two:  To save a selected area of your notes, press the camera icon on the toolbar. Then press and drag your finger to outline the area you want captured. The camera button in Ink Aware applications will capture the entire screen.

Step Three:  A copy of Notebook software will open automatically.

notebook software

NOTE: If you want to save your notes select File > Save before closing the Notebook file