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SMART Notebook 2014 is coming!

SMART Notebook 2014 will soon be here. Along with the great software SMART Notebook which SMART is always improving there will be new “Add-ons” :

  • SMART Response VE – Assessment via any web enabled device
  • SMART Notebook Math powered by Geogegra – inside Notebook!
  • Extreme Collaboration Basic – students can send their contribution to the project via their web-enabled device
  • SMART Notebook 3D Tools
  • Ink Editing – handwriting converts to text and can be edited

You can find out about all of these enhancements – email!


Tech Showcase 2014 – Franklin-Williamson ROE #21

Intro SMART Notebook 11 Handout


Notebook 11.3 for Mac and Windows

Read these release notes before upgrading to the newest Notebook version 11.3. I will post if I learn of any great new features or issues.

The listed requirements are:

  • Pentium 4 processor or better
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 3 GB of free hard disk space
  • Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 operating system
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile for SMART Notebook software and SMART Ink
  • MicrosoftVisual Studio 2010 Tools for Office for SMART Ink
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.8 ActiveX control for SMART Notebook software
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.8 Firefox plug-in for SMART Notebook software and SMART Response software
  • Adobe Reader 8 or later
  • DirectX technology 9 or later
  • DirectX 9 compatible graphics hardware for 3D Tools for SMART Notebook software
  • Internet Explorer Internet browser 8 or later
  • Internet access to download SMART software

Notebook 11.3

SMART Board Tools  for Macintosh has been in the dock until the new version Notebook 11.3. (It has a red ‘x’ in lower right corner if the computer is not connected to a SMART Board.) When this is selected you can OPEN from the menu a Notebook file, show/close floating tools and many other tasks. In NB 11.3 it has been moved and renamed but it still works the same. The Tool looks the same but it now appears in a much smaller size and is now located in the top right menu bar. You will still select it and then go to OPEN to view the menu choices.

Using SMART Board Tools

You may have discovered that you cannot open another SMART Notebook file from the FILE – OPEN or FILE – NEW menu without closing the current file. I dislike (“hate” is too strong a word) having to close any windows open to get to the SMART NB icon on my desktop or having to go to the START Menu (WIN 8 will get it back, I hope) so I was thrilled to learn about SMART Board Tools when I attended my first SMART Trainning. It appears in the WIN Notification Area and looks like this:

The Tools are installed when Notebook is installed but the Icon may not show if it has not been used. In that case, use the up arrow (white triangle) on the left to open the box where the unused icons are stored. Grab the SMART Board Tools and drag to the Windows Notification Area. If you use it, it will stay.

To access the menu, as it says in the graphic, click the Notebook Tools icon and choose Notebook at the top of the menu to open a new Notebook file. Be sure to notice the other options accessible in this easy way!!

For Macintosh, the Notebook Tools appear in the Dock.

To access the Tools, click on the icon in the Dock, then hold on the Icon so the Tools will open or go to the top menu to access the Tools. Choose Notebook at the top of the menu to open a new Notebook file or open one of the other available Tools.

Links to more information on SMART Tools

Windows  or  Macintosh

If for some reason you cannot find the Tools – go to the Start Menu and under All Programs – SMART Technologies you should see the SMART Board Tools. Clicking on it will add the Tools to the Windows Notification Area but it will only stay until the computer is restarted. To make it stay you will need to add it to the Startup Menu on the computer. Go to the SMART Technologies folder in the Program Files folder on the C: drive. Locate the SMART Board tools Application, right-click, choose “create shortcut”. One the shortcut is created cut and paste it into the Startup Folder in All Programs on the Start Menu. A restart of the computer should see the SMART Notebook Tools icon in the Windows Notification Area or in the folder ready to be drug to the toolbar.

Notebook 11 – Upgrade to NB 11.2

If you are trying to decide whether to stay with NB 11 or upgrade to NB 11.2 – consider these two new features found in NB 11.2.

1) Do you often wish there was a quick way to switch from “entire page” view to “page width” view? (Entire page when viewing someone else’s page so you can see all without scrolling – Page width in the classroom to take advantage of the full width of the board.) NOW there is. You have a new tool to add to the toolbar “Entire Page/Page Width Display” Use the gear on the top right to open the “Customize Toolbar” menu. In the “Actions” tab, locate the tool and drag it to the menu bar.

2) Are you frustrated when you wiggle your finger on an object and it ungroups? No more do you need to “Lock” to keep this from happening. In NB 11.2, Edit – Preferences – General – under Shake Gestures, remove the check mark. You can always return to turn it on.


Notebook 11 – making the Toolbar your own

The most obvious addition to Notebook 11 is option to have two rows in the toolbar. I will show you how to change the toolbar, adding tools you use frequently and removing tools that you never use. The toolbar has three parts, Actions, Tools, and Contextual. 

Remember, “in context” means “at the moment” so the Contextual panel only appears when a Tool is selected that has properties that can be changed. If too many icons are added to the Actions panel or Tools panel, there won’t be room for the Contextual panel. Use Notebook 11 for a month or so, then move out the icons you never use and move in just those you do use regularly. You can make changes at any time, but be sure to leave space for the Contextual panel to open.

Click the gear symbol in the upper right corner of the Notebook 11 window. A window will open showing the choices for the Actions panel. You may drag any icon from the toolbar to the “Customize Toolbar” window and from the window to the Toolbar using my instructions for one or two rows. Again, don’t allow the toolbar to get too long.

Click the Tools tab to make those icons available for dragging to the toolbar. For example, if you find you use the Magic Pen every day, drag it to the bar so you won’t have to open the Pens tool to find the Magic Pen.

Once your Toolbar is the way you want it – your are ready to use Notebook 11! Come back here for more tips!


ITEC Des Moines, Iowa

Come visit us at Booth #100!! We have in-booth sessions and a SMART Notebook 11 double-session in Meeting Room 1 – today (Monday) at 2:15 pm. You can work with Study Buddy and KUNO. See Curriculum Loft in action! We have lots for you to see and do! Like us on Facebook (Bradfield’s Inc) and win a prize!

Notebook 11 is for you!

The busy school start-up time is complete – now it is time to look at Notebook 11 and all the new features! I hope you will come back over the next weeks as I review all the new parts of NB 11. There is an Internet Browser so you neverhave to leave Notebook to go to your favorite classroom web site. A new Add-on – Activity Builder – has many new applications in your classroom. Make or record your own sounds. Design your own Creative Pen! Design your own Menu Bar with new sections for organization. Definitely lots to review! See you soon!

Bradfield’s SMART Users Conference April 28, 2012

It was great to meet those of you who attended the conference last weekend. I enjoyed meeting those who attended my Bootcamp Sessions. I am sorry that my blog’s server will not accept my Notebook file so if you would like the file of Examples, please email me.