Smart Notebook App for the iPad Launched – A First Look

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.

Smart Notebook for iPad

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.

Smart Notebook in Dropbox


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.

Smart Notebook for iPad

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.

iTunes 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.

If you’re interested, you can download Smart Notebook app from iTunes here for £4.99 ($6.99 US)

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. is this app available for android?

  2. Danny, I am both inspired and intimidated by the amount of technology information you have posted on your blog. I recently inherited an interactive white board in my classroom when I had to switch rooms. To date I have not been able to integrate it into my instruction but I am reassured that your site offers step by step instructions for actually using the technology not just planning the lessons themselves. I’m hoping to have more time to figure it all out.

  3. @Joanne – not yet – I would guess that might follow eventually.

  4. In Smartboard I can select an entire equation (handwritten, disconnected symbols), copy and paste it. This is crucial to my lecture style. Can I do this with the

  5. I have recently been using this app, but have found that when I have sent the file by my e-mail the smartboard presentation is corrupted. Is there anyway I can avoid this?

  6. I haven’t tried that. I tend to use Dropbox – are you able to use that instead?

  7. Danny, maybe you can help? I bought the smart notebook app and tried different things, but i cannot change the textcolor, because i cannot scroll in the options box. I could change font and font size, but i cannot reach the change color option. Do you know if this is a bug?

  8. Hi – I am having the same issue. I did manage to get the colour change by clicking right in the bottom right of the options box (you can just make out the top of the colour square just below the thin grey line – and just catch it to change the colour. But like you I can’t scroll. Looking like a bug to me.


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