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									   Elmo and SMARTBoard:
Making the Most of Wireless Technologies
          in Library Instruction

         Lynn Lampert, MLIS
  sCIL Open House, UCLA Jan 5, 2001
Elmo Projector –http://www.elmo-corp.com/

   Use of Elmo allows instructors to use a
    myriad of material as graphics. Pictures
    can be used directly from books without
    alteration. Any print material can be
    delivered, and these images can be saved
    as slides in a computer for a later use.
   One caution, be aware of size and variety
    of print.
The Elmo is the
handiest piece of
instructional
technology since the
overhead projector, but
also the most
commonly misused.
    Some guidelines for using the Elmo are:

   Avoid white or dark background. Prepare materials in
    landscape not portrait format.
   Do not use ballpoint pens or standard pencils.
   Use a felt tip colored pen to produce large and bold print
    handwritten materials.
   Use your favorite word processing program to prepare
    overheads.
   BOLD 24 point size is best. Use sans serif type face.
    All materials should be uniform in size and format to
    avoid continuous camera zooming and focusing.
   Do not laminate, produces reflection from overhead
    lighting.
SMARTBoard – It is really Smart?
   The SMARTBoard is an
    interactive whiteboard
    that improves the way
    you meet, teach, train
    and present. It combines
    the look and feel of a
    regular whiteboard with
    the power of a computer
    so you can save and print
    notes, collaborate on
    electronic documents,
    share information and run
    multimedia materials.
How does the SMARTBoard work?

   It uses resistive                Because the SMART
    technology, which means           Board is based on
    there is a small air gap
                                      resistive technology, it
    between two sheets of
    resistive material inside         does not require a special
    the Board. When you               stylus or pen to perform
    press on the Board with           mouse or pen functions
    your finger or an ordinary        at the Board, only
    dry-erase marker, a               pressure on the Board's
    contact point is registered       surface.
    and its coordinates
    correspond to the same
    area on the computer
    screen.
How does the SMARTBoard help?

   Frees you from the podium
   Allows for class interactivity
   Allows for ease of application change
   You can write on the SMARTBoard
   It is great for explaining progressive clicks
    on database web interfaces – a strong tool
    for instructors need to meet visual
    learners.
         What can you do with it?

   Write, draw, or type        Create and edit using
    over any Windows             annotation shapes
    application with a           and objects
    Magnetic pen                Import documents
                                 from many electronic
   Use your finger, or a        sources
    pointer, to “click” on
                                Export (save, print, or
    web links, or open           e-mail) any SMART
    and close documents          Board-created
    - Your finger is the         document
    mouse!
SMARTBoard pens
   Although these “pens” don’t have ink, they will
    write on the board for you using magnetic
    sensors. You can set the width and colors of the
    pens to your preference. One feature I like is
    setting one of the pens to be a “highlighter.” This
    is perfect for when you want to highlight a word
    on a document or web page.

   The SMARTBoard can also be used with
    Expo/erasable pens in non-interactive mode,
    functioning as a normal whiteboard.
      Other Advantages of SMARTBoard

   Opening and closing documents while standing by the
    screen saves time - you do not have to be constantly at
    your keyboard. Clicking on links with your finger or a
    pointer makes demonstration more clear - you don’t “tell”
    the students what you are clicking on; you “show,” and
    they see the link and will easily follow along with you.

    Your computer keyboard remains fully functional and
    can still be used with the SMARTBoard. Most
    instructors tend to go back and forth between standing
    by the board to do touch demonstration, and standing by
    the keyboard.
How much is this SMARTBoard
   The specifications will determine price,
    including size of the board, whether you
    want a rear or front-projection board, and
    whether you want it to be mobile (on
    wheels) or permanently mounted. The
    current price range appears to be from
    $1,400 to $10,500, depending upon
    various options.
 What other Instruction Librarians Have to Say

Librarians using a SMARTBoard suggested three main factors
to consider in making the purchasing decision in the LIRT June
1999 Newsletter:
  1.The design of the room where it will be used. Visibility in
long, narrow labs is not as good as in smaller facilities.
 2.Whether it will be used for demonstration-only, or in a
networked laboratory. It seems to be a more cost-effective
purchase for hands-on electronic classrooms.
 3.Who will be using it? Will faculty outside of the Library
have access? Who will train instructors?
Overall Thoughts About SMARTBoard

   The ability to “show” rather than “tell” is
    the best part of this technology.

   You will have more time to teach by
    cutting down on endless trips back and
    forth to the podium or keyboard.
Common Problems

Orienting the Board - Sometimes your magic Vanna
White touch goes astray if the board is off target. You
then need to set the targets just like you would on a
PalmPilot stylus driven device.

Watch out for professors trying to use “regular”
markers on the board (not a good thing!) and also
knocking the projector out of alignment.

								
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