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FAQ: SMART Board

Why is the cursor or the marker a few inches off when I touch the SMART Board?

This is usually caused by movement of the projector away from it's original location on the SMART Board.  This can be corrected by reorienting the SMART Board.  To learn how to reorient the SMART Board go to the knowledge base article on How to Reorient a SMART Board.

What rooms on campus have a SMART Board?

In A: 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 110 (computer lab), 112, 113, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, and 122.
In B: 202, 203, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, and 214.
In C: 301A, 301B, 303, 304, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310A, 310B, and 311.
In D: 403, 404, 405 and 407.
In E: 501, 502, 504 (classroom), and 504 (lab).
In F: T-103, T-104, T-112
In H: In the classroom
In M: 603, 605 and 606
In N: 701

Can I install SMART Board software on a computer that isn't connected to a SMART Board?

Yes, you can install the SMART Board software on any computer for free.  You can download the software from http://www.smarttech.com in the Downloads section of the website.  This is useful for creating and opening files in SMART Notebook.  However, some components aren't available unless a SMART Board is connected to the computer.

How do I turn a SMART Board off?

Most SMART Boards do not have an ON/OFF switch and the ones that do are actually a power switch for an attached projector.  SMART Boards do not need to be turned on or off, but projectors do.  SMART Boards are always on when connected to a computer.  This is important to remember because the board will still operate even if the projector is turned off.  The projector is simply there to allow you to see whats on the screen and project that onto the surface of the board. Its always important to remember to turn a projector off when it is not in use to conserve bulb life.

Can I use dry erase markers on a SMART Board?

We strongly encourage you to NOT use dry erase markers on SMART Boards.  The only things you should use to write on the board is your finger or the stylus that comes with the board. 

How does the SMART Board know which pen tray tool I'm using?

Optical sensors in the pen tray detect when a tool is absent from the tray and it sends this information to the computer.  If you pick up the green stylus, your next contact with the surface will be in green ink.  If you pick up the eraser, you'll erase the ink.  LED's on the tray indicate which tool is active.  If more than one tool is removed from the tray, the last tool selected will be active.  

If the styli are switched, for example, with the green stylus in the red tray and the red stylus in the green tray it will always write with whatever is missing from the tray.  So, if switched the green stylus will actually write red.  

Can I right-click on the SMART Board?

You can left click by simply pressing onto the board as you normally would.  But, you can right-click by pressing the right-click button on the pen tray and then press on the board.  Your next touch will be a right mouse click.

What makes a SMART Board interactive whiteboard touch sensitive?

The interactive whiteboard surface consists of two sheets of resistive material separated by a small air gap.  When you press on the interactive whiteboard with your finger or with a tool from the pen tray, you close the air gap and thus register a contact point.  This contact point's coordinates are sent to the computer.  

How firmly do I have to press to register contact on the SMART Board?

You don't have to press hard, but pressure on the SMART Board must be constant in order for writing to register.  It's similar to writing with chalk on a blackboard.  
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