Teamboard Tutorial

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Teamboard Tutorial


    Teamboard Tutorial

    Version 2 ( ?) but the new Teamboard program is similar.

You need Teamboard (TB) installed on your computer and calibrated with an interactive

    whiteboard (IWB) to be able to use the IWBs. However, you do not have to use Teamboard

    Draw to create interactive lessons. You can use any program you like once you have it set up,

    as long as the functions in the program can be controlled by clicking/dragging with the

    mouse. To emulate a mouse click on the IWB, just tap it on a menu etc. To emulate dragging,

    just drag your finger across the surface of the board. A double click is a double tap. The

    virtual mouse will allow you to set the taps as right or left mouse button clicks. The virtual

    keyboard will let you type on the board.

This program is clumsy to use and time-consuming to work with, but it is basically pretty

    simple. It is more like Photoshop in its underlying organisation of tools and text than Word.

    Text is treated as an object, just like a shape.

    The benefits of this are that you can drag objects around on the work surface, annotate and

    save documents from Word and other programs, use it as an organising frame or jump point

    for other applications you want to use in a lesson. In this way it is like the home page of a web


    Advice : set up a project folder where you keep all your images, sounds, documents, movies

    and the teamboard workbook itself. This can save a lot of preparation time.

    Also, have a clear idea of what you want to do with it before you start. Practise what you want

    to do in class with it on your laptop before you go to class to make sure it all works. This will

    also help identify where the faults are should they occur (i.e. you haven’t plugged something

    in or you need to reboot your laptop…)


    Menus and tools Tasks

    The Draw screen and menus Initial set up, plugging in, calibration

    The Pen tool and Annotation Starting a new workbook

    The eraser (The quick start tutorial)

    The shape tool Text tool The ‘Move’ tools Links tool Clipboard copy, paste and shortcuts Reveal and hide - spotlight Black screen Grid Save Import, export Clipart Inserting, moving & deleting pages


    Initial setup

    1. Shut down your computer.

    2. Plug the Teamboard leads into the wall sockets and into the computer.

     Wall sockets

     Blue trapezoidal Serial Connector

    Connects data projector


    Computer Connects sound Makes Teamboard interactive Headphone jack

    3. Turn on the wall switch push ‘computer’.

    4. Turn on your computer.

    5. Open the Teamboard Dashboard.

Click on the Teamboard icon to bring up the dashboard.

If your computer screen is not mirrored on the whiteboard, try clicking Fn+F7 to bring up

    display options. Choose the one that says computer and projector.

You have to calibrate the teamboard display and your computer.

    Click on Calibrate then Whiteboard. Follow the prompts. It’s

    useful to have another person following the instructions on the

    teamboard while you fiddle with the computer. Work through

    the wizard until you have calibrated the Action Bar and


    You should only have to do this once and your computer

    should work reasonably well with the other IWBs in the school.

    Now, whatever you do on your computer with your mouse,

    can also be done with your fingers on the teamboard,

    whether or not the TB program is open.

    Creating a Teamboard Workbook

    Click on the TB icon.

    Click on Draw.

    Go and get a cup of coffee. It takes a while to load.


    The Draw Screen and menus

    Tools directory

    Pages /screens

    of the



     Camera for Annotate Undo button

     Pen colour Instances of the Pen tool : Pen tool Colour picker line, dotted line, highlighter

     Line thickness Divider - doesn’t do anything just separates the tool from its instances The program opens to the pen tool as its default.

    With this option selected you can use your finger or a stylus (empty whiteboard marker is

    good) to draw on the whiteboard. What you draw automatically becomes part of the

    workbook if you save it.

    You can also draw using the mouse. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse

    around the workspace. You can get rid of a mistake by clicking on the Undo arrow either on

    the Teamboard or on the computer.


    Using the Pen tool with ‘Annotate’.

    Minimise the TB screen. Open the document you want to annotate.

    Maximise the TB screen.

    Click on the camera icon or go to Tools - Annotation. You will end up with your document on the screen with the TB menu at the top.

    4 TB menu

    Click on the camera icon to take a snap shot of

    the document.

     Return to Teamboard

You will now get a screen that looks like this with a Teamboard Draw menu at the top.

Just use the pen tool to highlight things, click on the text tool (T) to type things onto it with

    your computer or click on the typewriter icon in the Text tool menu to bring an on-screen

    typewriter up and use that on the IWB.


    Now click on the Return to Teamboard icon to incorporate

    this annotated page into your teamboard workbook so that

    you can save it, continue to work on it etc.

    If you want to use it later you can export it through the TB menu File export page choose format jpg /pdf are both pretty handy. If you use the jpg option, it can be inserted

    into a Word document like clip art and be cropped, enlarged etc like any other image.

Note : One interesting feature can be found by clicking on the Folders icon. This will enable

    you to bring up new Word, Powerpoint and Excel documents or Easiteach if you have it.

    There are some tools attached to this to save, open files etc.

The Eraser

    Multi object eraser

    Click on this and drag mouse across objects

    Spot eraser Object eraser click

    on this, then an object

    Eraser Index

The shape tool

    colour picker for non-

    default colours

     shape/line linear shapes coloured shapes colour

     line In the new version you Teamboard also get arrows with this To use the shape tool : menu tool when you open it ? click on the shape you want,

    ? choose a colour,

    ? position the cursor in the workspace where you want the shape to be,

    ? hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the workspace.


    The text tool


    text tool keyboard Text formatting options text colour

    Note : the text tool operates like the one in Photoshop. When you type, you are creating an

    object, similar in nature to a shape or line. This means that when you want to move

    something around the whole text object is moved, not individual words.

To use the text tool on your desktop :

    ? click on it

    ? choose your font

    ? choose font size, weight, colour etc.

    ? position the cursor in the workspace where you want the text and type

    To use the text tool on the IWB

    ? tap on it (either on computer or IWB)

    ? tap on keyboard icon

    ? tap on the various formatting icons to alter format

    ? position the cursor in the workspace by tapping where you want it to go

    ? tap on the keys on the virtual keyboard


    If you try to use the Undo arrow to undo what has been written using the virtual keyboard,

    you could actually undo the typing you put down using your computer keyboard. To get rid of

    what has been typed using the virtual keyboard, use the eraser button or use the Text Edit

    function (see below).

Editing text

    If you want to change the piece

    of text in any way, make sure

    the Text tool is selected and

    click on the block of text you

    want to change.

    This editing window will


    You can change the words and

    format here. When you have

    finished click OK.

    If the text doesn’t fit into the

    space you want it to on the workspace, try using the enter key on your keyboard to shorten the lines of text.

    Remove text created using the virtual keyboard Click on the block of text.

    In the text edit window that appears, drag the mouse (or your finger) across the text you want

    to remove to highlight or select it and press Enter. Click OK.



The move tools

    There are quite a few functions attached to this tool and it is very important for using the

    IWB interactively in class.


     Move tool multi-object Resize, rotate &

    selection move



Object selection

    To use, click on icon.

    Use your finger or hold down your left mouse button to drag a square around the outside of

    the object. Once you have selected two objects or more, they seem to become grouped. If you

    want to then move one of these objects without the others, do a right mouse button click and

    select Ungroup.

    Notice that

    when the

    objects are

    grouped, the

    hand icon


    jumps to the

    resize hand.

Note also that you can place one object in front of, or behind another by clicking on the right

    mouse button when you have the object selected. The right mouse button is only useful when

    the hand icon is selected.



    The links tool

    This is one of the more useful tools in this program because you can use it to :

    ? reveal or hide information by clicking/tapping an object

    ? go to another page in the TB workbook

    ? open another program, file, sound, video etc. whilst still maintaining the TB screen.

    To use it, click on the icon, then click on the

    object or text that you want to work with.

    Click on

    the folder

    to browse



    for the file

    or program.

    This Links box comes up. Sometimes it doesn’t appear in the

    workspace, but in the systems tray (where your clock and

    internet connected icons are) at the bottom of your screen. It

    might be called Drawsrv. Click on this to open it.

    Locate your file, or a program or program shortcut. Click on

    it and its name will appear in the slot. Make sure there is a

    tick in the little box on the left for this option.

    Removing or changing the link is simple. Just click on

    the links icon again to bring up the dialogue box, uncheck the

    little box which will disable it, or remove the name of the link

    by clicking on it and using the backspace on your computer. If

    you want to change it, simply reopen the browse icon and select a different file or program.

    Note that you can also put a link to a website here and if your computer is connected to the

    internet it will open.



    Clipboard copy and paste and shortcuts

    This function allows you to copy objects (including text) onto the same page or from one page

    of the workbook to another. To practise this you will need to insert a new page in the

    workbook. Go to Edit Insert page.

    Click on the clipboard icon.

    Click once on either the multi-copy

    icon or the object copy icon.

    Click on the object(s) you want to copy.

    Go to the page in the workbook you

    want to paste this into.

    Click on the paste icon. It will insert

    the object into the same location on the

    new page.

    The shortcuts are noted on the Edit Clipboard multi-copy paste

    menu. Sometimes these work,

    sometimes they don’t. It seems to object copy

    depend on what you already have on

    the computer’s clipboard. The icons

    work consistently.

To paste the object onto the same page, follow the same procedure except for going to the

    new page.

    The object will paste down on top of the previous one. The tools bar automatically returns to

    the move tools so you can move your pasted object away from its original.


The spotlight - reveal and hide


    This function allows you to black out the screen and

    move a spotlight over information. Reveal /Hide Click on the screen to bring up the spotlight. To get out

    of it again, double click/double tap on the screen. Drag

    the spotlight around the screen by placing the cursor

    on it and holding down the left mouse button.

    The TB workspace goes automatically to Full Screen behind the

    blackout so you don’t have access to the TB tools menu while it

    is operating.

Black screen Reveal/Hide


Click on the icon to bring up the black screen whilst maintaining access to TB tools.

    Click on the ‘handles’ and drag to reveal/hide sections of the screen.

    To get rid of it, click on the Reveal/Hide icon again.



    Apart from drawing graphs, the grid is useful for aligning objects when setting up a workbook

    page. You can turn it off again when not needed.

    This option is available throught the

    View menu. Open View and click on

    Grid to open or close it. It is open when

    there is a dot against it in the menu.

    To set the spacing in the grid, go to

    Tools Options and click on the Grid


    Choose your spacing and colour.

    Click on Apply, then OK.



    The shortcut for Save is CTRL+S.

    You can also have an automatic save

    option through the Tools Options


    Select the Autosave tab, set the interval.

    Click Apply then OK.

    Note : TB files can be pretty big ! This

    can make it slow to save if your

    computer doesn’t have much available


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