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SMART Notebook Web software enables lesson planning wherever you are

SMART recently released two new versions of their Notebook software, designed for educational use on SMART Boards. SMART Notebook Web and the SMART Notebook app for iPad bring all the benefits of Notebook to a wide range of devices, enabling teachers to create interactive content and activities without needing access to a SMART Board.

Using either the web-based application or the iPad app you can create basic multimedia files and learning activities that you can then view and use on any SMART device. For example, you can add text and change the font, size and colour; you can use the digital ink to write, draw and highlight on the screen in a number of colours and thicknesses; and you can draw shapes and then move, scale, rotate, copy and paste them wherever you want, at the touch of a mouse on your PC or finger on your iPad. You can also add images and sounds. On the iPad you can pull in images from the camera roll or use the built-in camera to take photos you include in your presentation; you can also record sounds to use.

Documents can be imported from a number of cloud storage services or you can visit the SMART Exchange to download ready-made activity packs and other material you can customise. Everything you create can be synced using DropBox so you can access it from any device, meaning you can start working on a SMART activity on the computer at work and then finish it later at home on your laptop. Once you’re in the classroom, you can either import your files straight onto the SMART Board or you can transmit them directly from the iPad, either via an Apple TV device and AirPlay, or by connecting an HDMI or VGA adaptor to your iPad.

Another exciting innovation is the Extreme Collaboration add-on. It’s still in beta at the moment but looks set to revolutionise the way classes collaborate on SMART devices. The software allows students to text their contributions via their mobile phones, and all their ideas are captured and displayed on one Notebook page. This would be especially useful for lessons such as PSHCE, where students may be uncomfortable contributing to sensitive topics out loud, because the tool means everyone can contribute anonymously.

To find out more about the new SMART Notebook Web software or the iPad app, or to discuss using SMART Boards in your educational setting, call us today on 0118 336 0010.

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