One of the lesser used tools in SMART Notebook 10 is the Magic Pen tool. This tool, while it looks like the regular pen tool, it has different functionality and capabilities when used inside of SMART Notebook.
- Temporary ink – The first way the Magic Pen tool can be used is as temporary ink. In the video below you can see an example, but essentially, whatever you write will fade away in about 5 seconds or so. This is a great way to temporarily annotate or draw attention to a specific piece of content.
- Spotlight – With the Magic Pen tool selected, if you draw a circle or oval, the spotlight is activated allowing you to draw attention to a specific area of the screen while darkening the outside. Clicking and dragging outside of the spotlight will let you move the spotlight around to focus on a different area of the screen. Putting your cursor on the inside of the spotlight, you’ll get a double sided arrow which, if you click and drag it, will allow you to resize the spotlight.
- Zoom – The last way to use the Magic Pen tool is to draw a square or rectangle on your SMART Notebook slide. This will activate the zoom feature and let you show more detail of the picture or zoom in on a specific area of text. Just as with the Spotlight, you can move the zoomed box around by clicking and dragging outside of the box and you can zoom in and out by clicking and dragging on the inside of the box.
Each of these three features can be used in the course of your classroom in a variety of ways. In the video below, you can see each of these techniques in action.