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Watch this video to learn how to enhance your Smart interactive whiteboard using object animations, a feature of Notebook Version 10, the latest version of Smart board’s proprietary interactive whiteboard software.

If you missed some of the whizzy effects or builds that you can add to PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, such as fading objects in or out, spinning or flying objects across the screen, then you should upgrade to Notebook’s latest version.

These are just five simple ideas used in a Modern Languages context (Spanish), but they could easily be adapted to be used in any subject area. Although there are other bits and bobs you can do as regards object animation, this video focuses on:

  • Fading in
  • Fading out
  • Flipping
  • Flying
  • Spinning

Most of the inspiration for these ideas has come from James Hollis’s blog Teachers Love Smart Boards, a fantastic resource for all teachers who are learning to use interactive whiteboards, so ensure you bookmark it for future reference.

As ever, I hope you find this simple introduction to object animation in Notebook useful and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

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José Picardo

José is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School and a Fellow of the RSA and Naace. He is interested in improving education and the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. José has been curating Box of Tricks since 2007 and holds a MA in ICT and Education.

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  • http://mmeperkins.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/06/la-m%C3%A9t%C3%A9o.html Marie-France Perkins

    Another brilliant post Jose. Having just downloaded Notebook 10, I can’t wait to familiarise myself with these new features and create new stuff.

  • http://mmeperkins.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/06/la-m%C3%A9t%C3%A9o.html Marie-France Perkins

    Another brilliant post Jose. Having just downloaded Notebook 10, I can’t wait to familiarise myself with these new features and create new stuff.

  • Paula C

    very nicely done…. I am going to share with my teachers… we teach English to students from Kindergarten up through high school… but these are also good for other subjects!

    Thank you.

  • Paula C

    very nicely done…. I am going to share with my teachers… we teach English to students from Kindergarten up through high school… but these are also good for other subjects!

    Thank you.

  • Anne McCormack

    I have been thinking about how to create a spinning wheel. Great post! Awesome ideas!

  • Anne McCormack

    I have been thinking about how to create a spinning wheel. Great post! Awesome ideas!

  • http://stephanieweltz.wikispaces.com/ Stephanie Weltz

    Is there a place where you are storing all of these whiteboard activities? I have a promethean board, and teach Spanish, and was wondering if there was anything I could borrow. :) I love this site!

    • Guest

      Dear Stephanie,

      Thanks for your kind comment. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I am away from school for the next 3 weeks or so for our Easter break, so I have no access to my files until I return.
      In the meantime, however, you can download a template from from this other post which contains a tutorial with some ideas for activities already in it.

      Please bear in mind the files were created using Smartboard’s Notebook software.

  • http://stephanieweltz.wikispaces.com Stephanie Weltz

    Is there a place where you are storing all of these whiteboard activities? I have a promethean board, and teach Spanish, and was wondering if there was anything I could borrow. :) I love this site!

    • http://www.boxoftricks.net José Picardo

      Dear Stephanie,

      Thanks for your kind comment. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I am away from school for the next 3 weeks or so for our Easter break, so I have no access to my files until I return.
      In the meantime, however, you can download a template from from this other post which contains a tutorial with some ideas for activities already in it.

      Please bear in mind the files were created using Smartboard’s Notebook software.

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  • http://teachyourchildtoread.net/ Lynne

    Great tips. I get to teach using an interactive whiteboard daily in my school and the usages are amazing. Hopefully more and more things will be possible on them.

  • http://teachyourchildtoread.net Lynne

    Great tips. I get to teach using an interactive whiteboard daily in my school and the usages are amazing. Hopefully more and more things will be possible on them.

  • dawn homatas

    HI, How do I get the spinner to stop at different colors? It keeps stopping at the same section each time.

  • dawn homatas

    HI, How do I get the spinner to stop at different colors? It keeps stopping at the same section each time.

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