Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SMART Notebook Updates Coming to CFSD

Over the summer we will be upgrading to SMART Notebook 2014.  There are several technical reasons that lead to this upgrade and although it means your SMART Notebook software may look a little different in terms of toolbars and layout, we think you will appreciate all the new features that come with the latest version.

Read below for some of the highlights, or watch this video for a demonstration.

Key enhancements in Notebook 2014: (taken from SMART website where quoted)

New tools
"Easily create and deliver engaging lessons with new functionality in SMART Notebook, including a paintbrush pen and image editing tool."

Ink editing
"Enhance instruction with automatic handwriting recognition and conversion combined with intuitive text editing capabilities. Now you can edit, move, delete, modify or insert text objects without reaching for a keyboard."

SMART Response VE
"Seamlessly transition between lesson delivery and assessment. Students can respond to planned and spontaneous questions and quizzes from any Internet-enabled device, anywhere."  If you use or have used SMART Response, you can now have students respond from any device that has internet access. Great for classrooms that do not have enough clickers, or if you don't have access to any.

XC Collaboration Basic
"Stimulate collaboration and discussion while incorporating mobile devices into your SMART Notebook lessons in new and exciting ways." Start a collaborations session and students can contribute to the activity in real time via multiple web devices. 

SMART Notebook Math powered by Geogebra
"Improve math functionality for all grade levels with more than 55,000 math content objects and interactive activities for geometry, algebra, calculus and statistics. It supports both Mac and PC." Check out this video for a demo.SMART Notebook 3D tools
"Provide truly immersive learning through the use of 3D objects right in your SMART Notebook lesson."

SMART Notebook Connect
"Find and explore new content, resources and professional development within SMART Notebook."

This change will look minor for those of you using version 11.x. If you are still using 10.x, the toolbars will look different and it is a major feature enhancement.  We have arranged several opportunities to brush up on your SMART skills this summer.  Check the Professional Development Portal for details.  To check the version you are using, click the Help menu, choose About, look on the Technical Support tab.