Using SMART notebook to structure & organise lessons – “The Paperclip” (Attachments Tab)


Although you don’t have to be using notebook to make use of SMART notebook tools and the interactivity that an IWB can provide, as well as the ability to create interactive resources and integrate multimedia, notebook is also an excellent tool for structuring and organising lessons. The page view down the side enables you to easily flip between pages, revisiting ideas from earlier in the lesson, or even a previous lesson, helping students to link concepts.

Notebook v.10  also provides the function of ‘packaging’ together all resources relevant to a lesson in one area, regardless of resource type. The paperclip, is better known by SMART as the attachments tab! Within a lesson, you might use a video file, a sound clip, a website, a powerpoint, a word document as well as your notebook file. Rather than having to search for individual files across your computer, by using the paperclip you can save all the relevant files together to be accessed by just opening your notebook file!


  • keeps all resources needed in one place
  • helps maintain pace and fluidity of lesson
  • no frantic searching through folders whilst students try and tell you what you are doing wrong or are getting up to mischief!! (can help behaviour management in this way!)
  • keeps resources together for use in the future (no forgetting that fantastic resource you used last year and no having to look around for it either!)


attachmentstabThe Attachments tab is located to the left of the SMART notebook interface, underneath the Page Tab. Once you click on it, to add an attachment simply click on Insert at the bottom to start adding attachment or Hyperlinks.

You are given 3 options – 1. Insert copy of file    2. Insert hyperlink    3. Insert shortcut to file.  Unless you plan to always use the same computer the main options you will use are 1 and 2. Inserting a hyperlink is as simple as copying a web addresss into the box provided and clicking ok. With files (videos, powerpoints etc.), it is best to use the ‘Insert copy of file’ option – this actually copies the file from your computer and saves it as part of your notebook. (If you select ‘Insert shortcut’ this doesn’t actually insert the file, it creates a link to the location of the file on your computer – this means on a different computer it wont work!!!! So don’t forget creating a copy of the file is normally the best option!!).


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