SMART Notebook, the cornerstone of SMART Technologies, has been one of my favourite Ed Tech tools for many years now. Both teachers and students love using SMART Notebook for creating interactive lessons for all subject areas and all age groups. In Grand Erie, many classrooms are using SMART Notebook with projection systems including standard LCD projectors, SMART Boards and Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors. Recently, SMART launched Notebook 14 which includes several major feature upgrades and updates from the previous Notebook 11. Some of the key new features include SMART Response VE, Extreme Collaboration (XC), GeoGebra Math Tools, and 3D Tools. All of these features start as a 90 trial and remain in place for all SMART Advantage Subscribers (which is available to all staff and students in Grand Erie).
My personal favourite of all the new features is SMART Response VE. This version of SMART Response allows a teacher to use any student devices (netbooks, tablets, laptops, smart phones) as clickers to poll students and ask a variety of question types that would previously only be possible using expensive class sets of clickers. The teacher simply needs to create the questions in SMART Notebook 14 and send the students to response.smarttech.com, where they can answer the questions. As the students submit their responses, the results are collected by SMART Notebook for the teacher to review in real time. This type of immediate feedback is extremely powerful in helping inform the teacher’s next steps. With this information the teacher knows right away whether the students need a simple clarification, or if they need to pause and rewind, or if they are ready to move on.
To learn more about SMART Notebook 14 and some of the new features available to you and your students, check out the SMART Page on the Grand Erie Ed Tech Wiki. A special thanks to Lynda Kilpatrick for organizing and updating the SMART resources on our Ed Tech Wiki.
And don’t forget about the SMART Exchange – a collection of THOUSANDS of SMART Notebook lessons that you can download for free and use right away or modify to suit your students’ needs.
Feel free to comment here if you wish to share a feature of SMART Notebook that you and your students like to use.