Far and away one of the most powerful teaching and learning tools available right now is SMART Notebook. With a SMART Advantage license, this interactive lesson tool can be used with any projector, SMART Board, or Interactive Projector/Whiteboard (like the Epson BrightLink projectors installed in many Grand Erie classrooms). Recently SMART launched SMART Notebook 15 which comes with a handful of new & impressive features.
To see a full list of the features, check out this FEATURES page from smarttech.com.
A few of my favourite features (some new, some old) include:
- SMART Response VE – the ability to use SMART Response Clickers OR use SMART Response with ANY web-enabled device. Students can use their BYOD laptops, tablets, or smartphones to answer questions via SMART Notebook/SMART Response and the teacher receives instant feedback on student understanding.
- Extreme Collaboration (XC) – using any web-enabled device, students can send text from their device to the teacher’s device (ie. to the projector, SMART Board, or interactive whiteboard). The teacher can then gather the text into a collection as next steps to any lesson.
Note: in the fall, when SMART Notebook 15.1 is released, XC will be moved into the Lesson Activity Builder and called, “Shout it out”. At that time students will be able to send both words and pictures.
- Lesson Activity Builder – an easy way to create interactive, fun, game-based lessons in about 5 minutes.
- SMART Exchange – thousands of pre-made SMART Notebook lessons built by SMART and by other educators.
- Math Functionality – SMART Notebook 15 adds lots of great Math tools that were previously only available with an additional purchase. Examples include shape division, show line lengths/vertices/angles, equation editing, SMART Blocks, and many other tools powered by GeoGebra.
For a nice 6 minute overview of some of the new tools in SMART Notebook 15, check out THIS VIDEO from Danny Nicholson, @dannynic.
For more details, tutorials, and training opportunities, check out SMART’s Notebook Site and/or SMART’s Training Resources and/or open SMART Notebook 15, go to Help, then SMART Notebook Tutorial.
If you’re a Grand Erie teacher, check your email from me on June 26, 2015 for download instructions including our SMART Advantage Activation Product Key. Note that both teachers and students in Grand Erie have take the ability to install SMART Notebook on their personal devices so feel free to share with your students in the fall. Enjoy!
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.