Are you still switching between the pen, mouse, and eraser on your SMART Board by picking up and putting down the pen and eraser on the pen tray? There’s a better way! One of the nicer features of the SMART Board is often overlooked, mainly because teachers don’t know it’s there. It’s called Touch Recognition. Touch Recognition allows you to write, erase, and navigate more naturally on the board.
Here is a YouTube video by SMART that demonstrates how Touch Recognition works:
With the newer multi-touch SMART Boards, the Touch Recognition feature is turned on by default. The older 600 series SMART Boards (the ones with the four pens) have it turned off by default. This video will show you how to turn it on so you can start using Touch Recognition in your classroom:
Touch Recognition is not possible on all 600 series boards*. If the feature is not available, all you have to do is upgrade your controller. Contact your reseller to get information on how to get a new updated controller for your 600 series SMART Board so you can start using the Touch Recognition feature as soon as possible!
*Note: Touch Recognition does not work with the really old 500 series boards (the ones with the black board and the round eraser).