SMART Boards in the Elementary Music Classroom

27 Feb

I recently presented at the TI:ME National Conference (concurrent with Ohio’s OMEA state music educator’s conference) in Cincinnati, Ohio on using a SMART Board in elementary general music. The session provided an overview of the SMART Notebook collaborative learning software that runs on SMART Boards. You can view my presentation in 5 parts below (I apologize for the very quiet audio). In addition, the Notebook file I used in the presentation and some of my other SMART Board files can be downloaded here.

Part 1: How the SMART Board works, layout of the Notebook software, using the Sidebar (page sorter, gallery, links, properties tabs), using the toolbar’s familiar buttons, the insert table tool.


Part 2: Some toolbar buttons unique to Notebook, manipulating and animating objects.


Part 3: Screen capture tool, cloning and infinite cloner, attaching links and files to objects, using Flash games from the gallery.


Part 4: More on Flash games, erase to reveal.


Part 5: Scan in old favorites (worksheets, transparencies, book pages, etc.) to use in a more interactive way, grouping pages in Notebook, customizing the gallery.


SMART Notebook and the other SMART software can be downloaded for free from SMART Technologies. You get a 30-day free trial, then you must enter a product key (which can be found on the back of a SMART Board) to continue to use the software. If you have a SMART Board in your school, you can enter that product key so that you can create and edit your lessons at home. SMART also has an amazing compilation of pre-created lessons using their SMART suite of software. Here is a search for “music” resources from the SMART Exchange.

If you are new to using an interactive whiteboard (IWB), there are lots of great resources on the web with suggestions and pre-created lesson files. Katie Wardrobe’s Midnight Music site has a great list of ideas for integrating an IWB into your music curriculum. The Mustech Wiki also has a slew of downloads for SMART Board (the Peter and the Wolf lesson is my personal favorite), Promethean, and even PowerPoint. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, these downloads are a great resource to use to create IWB lessons tailored to your teaching needs. And of course, never underestimate the power of a good Google search.

SMART Notebook collaborative learning software

3 Responses to “SMART Boards in the Elementary Music Classroom”

  1. stella Villalba February 27, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Yay Kelly! Welcome to the world of blogs! This is so awesome Kelly. Look at you! Videos and all on your first post. It is so great to share what we do know with others. It is one way to grow. :) Keep it up girl!

    • Kelly Schenbeck Riley April 3, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      Thank you, Stella! Yours was one of the education blogs that inspired me to finally jump on the blog bandwagon.

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