To use the SMART Podium all you need to do is pick up the pen from the front of the SMART monitor and press one of the buttons with colored circles along the top of the monitor to select your pen color. Now simply touch the pen to the screen and you will be writing in whichever color you selected. That is all there is to it. To return the pen to acting like a mouse, press the button which looks like a cursor. To use the pen to erase, press the button with a rectangular eraser on it.