As a 21st century educator, you might very well have an interactive whiteboard and a set of iPads in your classroom or at least have access to such equipment and tools. Now you can use these tools in tandem, whether you have a Smartboard, Promethean board or other whiteboard brands using the Smart Notebook iPad app. This app allows you to create and interact with files created with the Smart Notebook software. The features of the Smart Notebook app are impressive, especially with the most recent update earlier this year. One of my favorite features is the direct access to files saved in Dropbox, Google Drive and/or your iCloud Drive. Here are some tips for getting the most out of this app.
1.) Of course, the first step is to download the app from the App Store. Click here to download the app or use the button below:
2.) Rather than creating a Smart Notebook lesson from scratch (a.k.a. “reinventing the wheel”), try searching the Smart Exchange website for high-quality lessons created by educators and educational publishers. Register for free at http://exchange.smarttech.com/register.html.
3). When you use the Smart Exchange website, you can find lessons in several ways. There is a general search tool that allows you to filter by subject, grade level, lesson types and more. Aside from the regular filtered “Search” feature, you can also search for lessons using the “Standards-Aligned” search feature to look for lessons matching specific curriculum standards, including Common Core.
4.) No matter which way you search, when you find a Notebook file you want to download, click the “Download” option under the description of the file and save it to Dropbox, Google Drive or your iCloud Drive. (Note: The other option for files is to “Open in Smart Notebook Express”. Smart Notebook Express is a web-based interface that does not work on the iPad but is a good option for viewing Smart Notebook files on your computer if you do not have a license for Notebook software.)
5.) Smart Notebook files downloaded from the SMART Exchange website can be opened on the iPad as long as you have saved them in Dropbox, Google Drive or your iCloud Drive. All you have to do when you open the app is connect to the storage tool you use with your login information and you can find your saved files. As you can see below, I opened a Smart Notebook file from my Dropbox storage inside the Smart Notebook iPad app.
6.) All lessons can be customized, even after opening inside the app. If there is a page in the lesson you do not want, you can delete it by selecting that page in the Page sorter on the left side and selecting the “Delete page” icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
7.) Lessons can be created using the app but the toolbar is more limited than it is on the computer software program.
8.) If you would prefer to keep searching for Notebook lessons online rather than creating your own, here are a couple of other places to look for pre-made Notebook files.
9.) Stay tuned for more interactive whiteboard resources… coming soon!
10.) One more important note to consider… if you find a Smart Notebook lesson that has great content but some has interactive content (such as Flash-based objects from the Lesson Activity Toolkit), please remember that those pages will not work on the iPad There is still plenty of content that works on the app so do not let this keep you from using the app. All you need to do is delete the pages with Flash content in the app and keep the pages that have non-Flash content. I find plenty of lessons that have non-Flash based objects for students to manipulate on the iPad.
Currently, this cost of this app is $5.99 and is definitely worth the price! If you have any questions or comments about the Smart Notebook app or using your Smartboard for instruction, feel free to contact me.
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