SMART Interactivity with Powerpoint: Mirrored vs. Extended Display

This article originally appeared on the The Chariot Group Blog.  Click here for the original URL.

One issue I have seen several teachers request help with recently has to do with using Power Point on the SMART board.

What is happening on the newer version of Power Point (mostly on PowerPoint 2011 for Mac) is that when you start your slide show and your laptop is plugged into a projector, it changes your display setting from mirrored to extended. It does this so that you can have your laptop in front of you and see your notes and other information while your audience sees your presentation slides on your projector. This is a very cool setting.

The problem occurs when teachers want to use the SMART board’s interactive functionality to draw over the slide. They pick up a pen and write, but the ink shows up on the computer screen instead of on the board. What is happening here? SMART is still writing over the primary screen, not on the secondary screen that was changed by PowerPoint. There are two options to fixing this:

1.  If you like having your laptop show your presentation notes and other information, you need to re-orient the screen once you start your presentation. When the orientation screen first comes up it will be on your computer, not on the board. To change this, hit the space bar or one of the buttons on your SMART board. Once you complete this orientation, you can use your SMART board just like you used to. However, once you are done with your presentation you may need to orient the screen again once you are back to mirroring displays.

2. If you want to go back to just mirroring your displays even during your PowerPoint presentations, all you need to do is change the setting back to mirroring. To do that, click on the Slide Show ribbon, then change the Settings for Two Displays to Mirror Show. You can see this in the screenshot below:

This should help you be more successful at using PowerPoint with your SMART board. You will also want to be aware of the new Smart Ink and how it works with PowerPoint: Stay tuned in to this blog for an upcoming post on the topic. In the meantime, please share any other issues you may be having using PowerPoint with your SMART board, or request a how-to guide on another topic, in the comments below!


Bob Jackman

Bob Jackman is a native of Utah. He graduated with a BA in Music Performance with a teaching certificate from Southern Utah University. Bob taught at Fort Herriman Middle School for four years teaching instrumental music. During that time he earned a Masters of Music from the University of Utah. He spent two years providing Microsoft operating system technical support and 7 years providing technology support for teachers to help them more efficiently use technology to help students learn. This was done while he was in college and while teaching in Herriman. Bob loves technology and education and is excited to put the two together and help teachers use technology to improve student learning. Bob Jackman is the Education Consultant Supervisor at The Chariot Group, Inc.


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