Scaffold, Instruct, and Pace with Dual Page

dual page iconIn Smart Notebook, the Dual Page button is a tool worth a second look.  The “Dual Page” button is one of the two “tv screen” buttons included in the top toolbar.  You can recognize it by the two pages displayed in the screen.  Clicking on this button allows you to see two Notebook pages side by side.  This post will give a few practical ways some teachers have found Dual Page helpful, including instructions and screenshots.

Many teachers have been using this tool to scaffold concepts, create a “persistent page” for instructions that students can use as they work examples, and to help students keep pace with notes as the teacher gives them during class.   Let’s look at each one of these examples.  If you’d like to skip to one in particular, just click the links above.

1.  Scaffolding

Let’s say we start a lesson talking about some general information.  It could be a primary source document, a map, a set of sentences, anything that prompts kids to think through an abundance of information.   We mark up the information with questions and connections to prior knowledge.


We’d like to move on to make some inferences, but have run out of room.  In order to keep our questions and connections displayed, we click the Dual Page Icon dual page icon

Now we’re able to see both our annotated general info as well as the inferences we begin making based on our connections and we’ve gained some room to put some answers to our questions.

scaffold_1This process can go on for as many slides as you like, using the information on the previous slide as reference for work on the next.

2.  Let Your Instructions Persist

But sometimes we want more than just to look at the slide previous.  We’d like one slide to exist as reference as we work through a list of examples.  It might be a set of questions used to guide interpreting a text, or a set of directions that will help students work through a set of problems.  In order to do activate this option, we must “pin” one page to the left side of the screen.  Every other page in the presentation will then scroll through the right side.

In order to do this, you’ll have to click the Dual Page Icon ( dual page icon ) and put the page you’d like to pin on the left side of the screen, as in this PEMDAS example.



Click on the slide so its border becomes red, as is shown above.

Now you’ll need to pin this reference page.  To do so, select the “View” option on the menu bar, then “Zoom”, then “Pin Page”.


This will “pin” the left page, and two push-pin icons will display.


Now, when you click on either of the arrows to go to another page, the “pinned” page will always remain on the left until you “unpin” it, using the same method as above.

3.  Keep Pace with Your Students

This last tip is really a modified version of number 1, and probably the most practical.  Have a student who is having trouble keeping up with your notes?  Try activating Dual Page mode and continuing onto a second slide, but leaving the first slide up for that student to reference.

These certainly aren’t the only ways to use Dual Page mode, but they’ve worked well for the teachers I’ve talked with.

Have another way you use the tool?  Please share it!  Drop a quick description into the comments below!

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