The Smart Notebook app for the iPad has now been launched. This app is a light version of SMART Notebook learning software which you can use to create basic multimedia files and complete SMART Notebook lesson activities.
Here’s a quick look at the new app, to give you an idea of what it can do.
When you open the app you are faced with a much simpler version of the Smart Notebook screen. Simple tools at the bottom and pages along the left side.
The basic tools such as pens, eraser, text are still there. You can add images from your camera roll. Even features such as Infinite Cloner still work. Hold your finger down on an image/text to get the option to turn it on or off.
If you have files that you wish to open in Notebook then the simplest way to do this is to put them into your Dropbox on your computer and then open up the Dropbox app on your iPad. Click on the Notebook file you want to open, and click on the icon in the top right corner. It should give you the option to open in Notebook.
Opened files will retain many of the features of the computer version – although features such as magic pen, screen shades etc are not available. This app is going to be best used with simple drag/drop and rub/reveal resources.
Files created on the iPad can be emailed back to you by the icon in the top right. Sadly I couldnt see a “send to Dropbox” option. But you can also get hold of the files by connecting your iPad to iTunes when you next sync.
There are several ways to display resources to your class. One would be via a VGA cable and the other would be via an Apple TV via airplay. AirServer and Reflection would also work. I’ve covered some of these ideas before if you want to use your iPad as an alternative to your inteactive whiteboard.
To get Airplay – double click on the home button, slide to the right, and click on the AirPlay button. You should get an AppleTV option. If your AppleTV is connected to your projector then you can project your notebook file to the class.
It’s an interesting app, and if you are looking for a way of interacting with Smart Notebook files on your iPad then it’s worth a look.Be aware that it won’t let you “use your Smartboard” on your iPad – that’s not quite how it works.
For teachers who are looking at replacing their Smartboard with an AppleTV/Projector/iPad combo then this does add another level of useability – especially as you can open pre-prepared Notebook files. You’ll still need a Smart product in-school to legally unlock the Smart Notebook software on your computer though.