Smart today announced that their new SMART Notebook Math beta is now available to download. This is a plugin that adds additional capability to your existing Smart Notebook 10 installation.

To quote the Smart press release:

SMART Notebook Math extends the capabilities of SMART Notebook software with a dynamic set of math-specific tools and features, so when you create and explore lessons on your SMART Board interactive whiteboard, you only need one application.

Designed specifically for middle and high school math classrooms, SMART Notebook Math has built-in features such as an equation editor and custom graph builder. You can manipulate shapes, use interactive measurement tools and even launch your Texas Instruments brand emulator from right within the software. SMART Notebook Math is also the first interactive whiteboard application to have handwriting recognition for mathematical symbols.

Try the beta today, and you’ll discover that everything you need to make math more interactive is in the software you already love. The beta ends October 1, 2009, and the Microsoft Windows version will be available to purchase in fall 2009.

Featuresof Smart Notebook Maths:

Equations:

  • Handwriting Recognition for Mathematical Symbols
  • Equation Solving
  • Equation Editing

Advanced Shape Creation and Manipulation Tools:

  • Regular Polygon Tool
  • Irregular Polygon Tool
  • Advanced Shape Manipulation

Measurement Tools:

  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass

Graphs

  • Dynamic Graphing
  • Custom Graph Builder

Texas Instruments™ Emulators

  • Launch and operate TI-Nspire™, TI-SmartView™ 84 and TI-SmartView 73 software from within SMART Notebook.

More on these features can be found here.

From the Smart Maths FAQ there is two important bits of information that you should know if you want to try this Beta out:

Do I need to uninstall SMART Notebook 10 to install SMART Notebook Math?
No, you do not need to uninstall SMART Notebook 10 software. However, it’s important to note that SMART Notebook Math is an extended version of SMART Notebook and will replace SMART Notebook 10.

When the beta has ended, do I need to uninstall anything?
Once the beta ends, you will need to uninstall the SMART Notebook Math beta, and reinstall and activate SMART Notebook 10 software.

So you can use it until October 1st 2009. Once that date is reached it will stop working and you will have to uninstall and reinstall Smart Notebook 10 (and reactivate it).

Smart has not yet mentioned how much the full version will cost when it is rolled out in November. I do hope it’s not too expensive.

If that hasn’t put you off, then you can download Smart Notebook Maths Beta here.

Let me know what you think of it!