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SMARTNotebook for iPad (iPad only/$6.99)
The Smart Notebook app is a simplified version of the Smart Notebook software that is used in conjunction with SMART boards. It allows the user to complete SMART notebook lesson activities as well as create files using some of the tools that are found in the full-version of the Notebook software used with Smartboard. Some of these features include:
Opening files that were made in the full version to use on the iPad
Adding and editing objects in a file
Locking and unlocking objects
Using the drawing tools (pen, highlighter, eraser)
Working with shapes and shape properties
Adding and editing text and text properties
Adding images from the Ipad camera roll
Working with activities created in Notebook and with lesson activity builder
Recording sound to attach to objects
A number of options to share and import files (including Dropbox integration)
...and much more!
A detailed tutorial comes up on the main page when you open the app. This is much like the tutorial that is on the full version of SMART software.
The app is easy to use and navigate but it is what it says it is “a light version of the SMART Notebook Software.” For instance, there is currently no way to add clip art from a gallery when creating new lessons on your ipad. Your only options are from the camera roll or images you save from online places. Similarly, flash-based content, including SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit content, is not supported by Apple iOS devices like the iPad.
You can use the Smart Exchange or any site with premade lessons and download these to the app, however flash will not be supported.
Overall the app is exactly what it says it is and is great to use for another mode to work wtih SMART products. You can even use this without needing to have a smartboard or smart software on a main computer. The company is constantly updating this app based on user feedback so make sure to check regularly for updates. For a more detailed tutorial, check out http://www.youtube.com/user/SmarterClassroom and search for the app overview.
Mark Giufre, M.S. Ed.
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