A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?
May03

What’s New in Smart Notebook 16?

SMART have just released version 16 of Smart Notebook.  On the whole, it’ll look the same as older versions, but there’s a few new features worth knowing about. Such as: Image search Tool You can now easily add images to a Notebook page, without having to leave the software. The new Bing-powered image search automatically filters for royalty-free images, allows you to toggle between clip art and images and has safe-search...

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A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder
Feb03

A Video Guide to The Smart Notebook 15 Lesson Activity Builder

The Lesson Activity Builder (LAB) is a relatively new feature of Smart Notebook, which is really coming into its own in version 15.2 with a few new games added. It lets you create interactive games very quickly using a simple wizard. Just type in the answers and it will do the rest. The Shout It Out game is also worth a look if you have tablets or other devices in the classroom. It allows for brainstorming activities where words and...

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How to download older versions of Smart Notebook
Sep08

How to download older versions of Smart Notebook

I’m writing this post because I get asked this question a lot during my Smartboard training sessions. Whilst a lot of schools have signed up for the latest version of Smart Notebook 15, and have paid for the new Advantage licence, a lot of schools are still running older versions. And when they need to reinstall an older version of Smart Notebook, the new download page has been causing some confusion (although it has been...

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Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?
Apr24

Smart Notebook 15 is out. What’s New?

SMART have just released the latest version of SMART Notebook, their interactive whiteboard software. Version 15 does not look very different to version 11 or 14, but there are a few new features and updates to some tools that are worth taking a look at. If you haven’t upgraded to 14 yet, here’s what you’ve already missed! I’ve put together a short video which shows some of these features: Lesson Activity...

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Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro
Feb25

Control a SMARTboard with an iPad and Notebook Maestro

SMART Notebook Maestro will let you connect your iPad to your SMARTboard wirelessly, and let you interact with a SMART Notebook file. You can annotate, add images and move objects around from your iPad, anywhere in the classroom. This quick guide explains how to quickly get the app connected to SMART Notebook. Requirements. For this to work, you will need SMART Notebook 14, and a valid advantage licence. You will need the latest...

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Webwhiteboard – An Online Whiteboard in your Browser
Feb07

Webwhiteboard – An Online Whiteboard in your Browser

Webwhiteboard is a new website that provides users with interactive whiteboard software that runs in a web browser. It will run on any brand of interactive whiteboard, all you need is a web connection. There’s nothing to install, and your whiteboard files live in the cloud so you can access them anywhere. Having your files in the cloud also means you can easily access them on tablet devices such as iPads without having to...

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Smart Notebook iPad App Updated with More Tools.
May01

Smart Notebook iPad App Updated with More Tools.

The Smart Notebook iPad app has had a bit of an update, with some more useful tools and features being added. And it looks a lot better for it! New features include better integration with Dropbox to keep your SMART Notebook files up- to-date across multiple devices. One tap on the Dropbox icon in the SMART Notebook app for iPad file manager and you can quickly login to your Dropbox account to import and export SMART Notebook files....

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SMART Notebook 2014 : Coming Soon
Mar19

SMART Notebook 2014 : Coming Soon

There’s a new version of SMART Notebook on it’s way. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a beta yet, so this is what I can glean from various press releases and video announcements. Notebook 2014 sees the introduction of the ‘Text Pen’. This is a new, and improved handwriting recognition tool.  The updated tool allows you to edit text by making gestures with the pen.  Gestures and slashes with the text pen tool...

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Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released
Mar03

Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released

Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration was a very interesting plug in for Smart Notebook 11 that added additional collaboration features. Students could text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop. I’ve written about the beta version of Extreme Collaboration in the past (which you can read here), but the exciting news is that this  is now out of beta and the full version, rebranded as XC Collaboration,...

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Smart Notebook 11.2 Released : Default page colour and more!
Jun06

Smart Notebook 11.2 Released : Default page colour and more!

SMARTboard users will be interested to know that a new version of Smart Notebook, 11.2, has just been released. You can download it now from the Smart Website. As well as the usual bug fixes, there’s a few new features that I’m quite pleased to see. The first is that you can now set a default background colour for all your pages. This is something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Now you can choose a different...

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Allow student collaboration with your SMARTboard with the XC Add-On
Feb04

Allow student collaboration with your SMARTboard with the XC Add-On

The Extreme Collaboration beta add-on for SMART Notebook brings student collaboration from mobile devices to the SMART Board so students can text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop. In fact you can use any device with a web enabled browser. Use this for brainstorming – collecting ideas from the class, random polling of opinions, language work, question/answer etc. Basically, to get this to work,...

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