Creating shortcuts on your iPad ‘home screen’

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It is possible to create shortcuts on your iPad home screen, just like you would do on the desktop of a PC. This is particularly useful for sites that you will use frequently.

To create the shortcut simply navigate to the website that you want to create a direct link to. Then click on the ‘sharing’ button at the top – this will bring up a series of options – e.g. email, text etc.. select “Add to Home Screen” and a link will be created for you!


Interactive Maths (1) – SMART Notebook™Maths Tools

The forthcoming Teaching and Learning session is focused on the use of ICT in maths and as part of this I will be adding a number of “Interactive Maths” posts to provide follow up information looking at the use of the following interactive technologies and the Maths curriculum:

1. SMART Maths Tools
2. SMART Response kits
3. SMART Document cameras in maths
4. Interactive Games – Content Generator and Tarsia.


This video clip from Smart Training and Professional Development provides a useful overview of how the SMART Notebook™ Maths toolkit works.

The SMART Notebook™ Maths toolkit includes the following tools:


– Handwriting Recognition for mathematical symbols
– Equation solving
– Equation editing

Advanced shape Creation and Manipulation ToolsRegular – – –

– Polygon Tool
– Irregular Polygon Tool
– Advanced Shape Manipulation

– Dynamic Graphing
– Custom Graph Builder

Texas Instruments™ Emulators
(launch TI-Nspire™, TI-SmartView™ 84 and TI-SmartView 73 software in notebook (note the TI Emulator software has to brought separately).

This video clip provides a useful look at the maths toolkit in action to support secondary maths:
A 30 day trial of the SMART Notebook Maths toolkit can be downloaded here. If you decide to purchase the add on, a number of licenses are available from one-computer to multiple computers from a range of suppliers of educational software.
Remember, there are measurement tools, including a ruler, protractor and compass which are now a standard part of SMART Notebook™ 10 and don’t require SMART Notebook™ Maths Tools as a separte add on.

Training Session: Effective use of IWB (SMARTBoard)

A new term and straight back into a training session. Wednesday morning’s training session for staff from Hartford Student Support Centre is on “Making effective use of the Interactive Whiteboard” – the rationale behind the session is to introduce what Interactive Whiteboards actually are, the basics of how they work and a presentation of SMART notebook and its interactivity with the aim of showing the potential the IWB has for enhancing the teaching and learning experience. This will be followed by a chance for staff to actually try out the SMART boards and start creating simple interactive resources.

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The session is in 3 parts: (a full programme is here)

1. An Introduction to the SMART Board – “Unlocking the Potential”

2. Getting to know the Interactive Whiteboard – practical session based on staff actually using the SMART Boards

3. Adding Multimedia and finding out more about using the SMART Board.
The handout resources used in the session can be downloaded here:

Beginners Guide to Using Smart Notebook

Getting to know the IWB – Practical Tasks

Inserting Multimedia in your Notebook

Finding out more / Support

A copy of the notebook presentation used is available for staff of the Hartford Secondary Support Unit on Request.