SmartBoard Tutorials

Sorry for the dearth of posts. HS Midterms have crushed me.

Quick Post – The SmartBoard people have a channel on YouTube that contains many video tutorials covering just about anything that can be done with a SB.

SMARTClassrooms YouTube Channel

Sources for Smart Board Lessons

Here are three great, searchable sites for ready-made Smart Board lessons:

Teachers Love SmartBoards blog


Teq Educators Resource Center   (the folks who make the Smart Notebook software. Has stuff for Jewish Studies, too!)

SMART Exchange – the granddaddy of them all.


Nikud, the Easy-ish Way, Part Two

Gershom Tave, at Teq (the folks behind the software for the Smart Board) created a simplified Hebrew keyboard that replaces the numbers (in Hebrew mode) with the nekudot.

Clicking on SHIFT gives you all the letters ( that can take a דגש) with a דגש.

Click here for the file for your Windows keyboard.

Nikud, the Easy Way, Part One

Saw this on LookJED this morning. If you need to include a word with נקודות in a document, you can do the following:

Go to Morfix – type in the Hebrew word and click תרגום. The word will appear with proper nikud (you can ignore the translation)

And voila, the word appears in Hebrew with נקוד.

Close-up:Highlight, copy and paste!Morfix 3

Hebrew in Prezis

If any of you are interested in using Prezis (like the one Dr. Levisohn used in his introductory presentation) adding Hebrew can be daunting.

Here’s the “easy” way (you’ll see why I put easy in quotes soon enough)

Go to and search for Kuperman. You will find a Hebrew template. Save a copy to YOUR OWN account, and then click EDIT.

I have done the dirty work here of recoding the CSS to use the right fonts for Hebrew.


But, that’s not as tough as it sounds. Go to FLIP MY TEXT and paste in your text. Then by clicking a button, you can reverse the direction, copy it (CTRL+A, then CTRL+C) and then pasting it (CTRL+V) into Prezi.

Is it worth it? Only you can be the judge. Power Point does a good job for a lot of things, and handles Hebrew natively. Prezi has novelty on its side.

Smart Board Resources

The Teq website (they’re the people behind the Smart Board software) has a TON of resources for Smart Board lessons, including several sections for Jewish Studies, including parsha-related stuff for all of בראשית ושמות.

Teq Teacher Resources

Also check out Smart Excahnge, from the people behind the Smart Board hardware. Lots of game templates and complete lessons:

Smart Exchange

Although more of a mixed bag, the Legacy Heritage Site has many lessons submitted by Jewish day schools in all subject matters.


My last tips is – if you’re looking for a Smart Board lesson, just try Googling your subject matter + Smart Board. You will (sometimes) be astounded by what you can find.

Hebrew Handwriting Recognition and the Smart Boards!

Finally, the Smart Board can recognize your Hebrew handwriting and convert it into text!
It can also do a mix of Hebrew and English BUT it seems that if they are both on the same line, the computer gets confused 😦
Your software must be updated to Ver. 10.8 – (Click Help | About Smart Board | Technical Support to double check). If it is not, please speak to Gabi.

Here is a video (about 13 minutes long) explaining how to do it.

Hebrew Handwriting Recognition

Or you can pop me an e-mail and I’ll come by and show you. 🙂