SmartNoteBook 11 Is Now Available For Download

The new SmartNoteBook 11 software became available for download on Monday.  The software is a major upgrade from SmartNoteBook 10.

Full of new features you, really should consider downloading the new version to your computer at home.  When you download you can either download just the SmartNoteBook 11 software or download the Response software and SmartNoteBook 11 software at the same time.

Remember as a teacher with a Smart product in your classroom, you are allowed to download the software for free onto your home computer.

Link to the download for SmartNoteBook 11 only.  Choose PC or Mac

Link to Response software and SmartNoteBook 11.  Choose PC or Mac

SmartNoteBook 11 has a new layout of the Toolbar very similar to Office 2010.  Tools are now grouped.

And there are lots of new features!  Here are a few of them as discussed by James Hollis of the blog teacherslovesmartboards.

Activity Builder – You are going to love this feature!

This is a new feature that allows you to create interactive drag-and-drop activities that actually respond to student choices. For example, you can create a Animal Classification activity that spins the correct answer and plays a positive reinforcement message when it is dragged to the correct location. If a student drags a wrong answer, it can play a short audio feedback and bounce the answer back to its original location. This new feature is extremely easy to use and provides a powerful method to reinforce information in an engaging manner.

Audio Recorder

With the new version, you can now record audio directly inside Notebook and attach it to an object in one step. You can even save the object with the new recording in the Gallery for later use. This is an extremely useful feature of Notebook 11 and one that should be utilized as much as possible. The only issue with using Notebook 11 to record your audio is that the audio will not play on earlier versions of Notebook.

Embedded Web Browser

This is a great new feature that lets you view a web page directly inside Notebook by inserting a Web Browser object onto any page. You can even save your Web Browser object in the Gallery. One of the really useful features of the new Web Browser object is the ability to drag both text and images from the browser object to your Notebook page. I can already think of lots of great uses for this feature!

Customizable Creative Pen

The Creative Pen lets you draw using a collection of small images like a star or a smiley face. This is a fun pen option that is currently available in earlier versions of Notebook. In Notebook 11, you can now add your own image to the Creative Pen collection.

Improved Toolbar

The new Toolbar in Notebook 11 is fantastic! It actually responds and displays Property options automatically depending on what type of object is selected. For example, if you select a Text Object, the Toolbar will automatically display options for changing the basic properties of the text including font type, font size, alignment, color, and even transparency. This alleviates the need to use the Property Tab to set most of the object properties.

Create Freehand Shapes

Notebook 11 now gives you the capability of creating a freehand shape that you can modify just as you would any other shape that you create using the Shape Tool. To create a freehand shape, just draw something with one of the pens and make sure it is enclosed (or almost enclosed) and then click inside your drawing with the Fill Tool. Notebook will create a shape that is the same size as your drawing. You can then change the size, fill color and even the line properties of your new shape. This feature gives you a very easy way to fill in a freehand drawing.

Full Screen Page Border Guides

This feature allows you view a page border guide when creating Notebook lessons. This is an extremely useful tool to use to ensure that you do not place objects below the boundaries of a full page. When objects are placed below the full page boundaries, it may cause your page to narrow when viewing in Full Screen mode on the SMART Board.

Fading Pen

You can now set your pen drawings to fade away after a specific amount of time has passed without using the Magic Pen. This allows you to customize your pen properties and still be able to make your drawing disappear.

And there is a lot more to like about the new SmartNoteBook11!


Online File Conversion – Audio-Video-Ebooks-and More

Many of us have used Zamzar for file conversion of audio and video but a new online FREE service does even more.  Online-Convert will convert the traditional audio and video files but also converts Ebooks, Images, Documents, Hash Tags and Archives to many other formats.

Select the type of conversion that you want to perform and then use the drop down menu to choose the format that you want to convert the file TO.  Then click GO.

This will take you to another Internet Page where you will Click the Browse Button to Select your file or Paste in the URL of the file.  Example: A YouTube movie URL.

There are other selections that you can make concerning the quality of the conversion and audio.  I usually leave these alone and click Convert File.

The file will be uploaded, wait for about a minute, and then a window will open asking you to download the converted file.

You are Finished, File Converted.  Very quick and Easy.

The Ebook converter could be very useful for individuals who have different Ebook readers.




YouTube For Schools – Announced

Last Wednesday YouTube announced a new site titled, “YouTube For Schools.”

YouTube For Schools has several benefits:

  • Videos are filtered and appropriate for school use
  • Teacher AND student access
  • Thousands of videos available
  • Customizable – Teachers can create playlists
  • Up to the minute content
  • FREE – With many of the same videos available through a pay services.

Schools must join as a District or Individual School. There are also changes that must be made to the school filtering system to allow the flow of YouTube For Schools content.

Once you have the filter changes in place YouTube For Schools can provide a wealth of valuable learning content to your school for FREE!

Talk with your administration today about allowing this content!

Webcam Fun – Create Unusual Images for Your PowerPoint

We have to have some fun once in a while and the site Neave Interactive allows you to do just that!  There are several interactive applications on the site but the one I am going to discuss here is for the webcam.

I have my students create Music Videos in PowerPoint and this site can be used for creating some great effects for the videos.

There are over 30 effects that you can try.  Each picture can be downloaded as a .jpg photo for use in other programs.

Me, Normal, well as normal as I get.

Feeling Stretched!

Having a wedgie!

Totally Underwater!

Is that an Alien?

Try Neave Interactive for fun or turn on your creativity!  Your students will love seeng you as the Alien they thought you were!





10 Interactive Smart Notebook Pages You Can Use – Part 1

Finding the interactive Smart Notebook files in the Smart NoteBook Gallery is not always easy.  To help make this easier I have put together a file of ten (10) interactive pages that you can easily use in your lessons.

Link to the 10 Interactive Smart NoteBook Pages File

Anagram Example – All pages can be easily edited.

Smart NoteBook page examples include: Anagram, Multiple Choice Quiz, Vocabulary Match, Image Match, Image Timeline, Note Revealer, Tiles Match, etc.

Note Revealer – Show the next part of your lesson when your are ready by clicking on the number.  Great for Marzano Goals!

Download and Open the Smart NoteBook file.  Open your lesson file.  Use the Restore Down  icon in the upper right corner of the window to make a smaller window.  Do this for both open Smart NoteBook Files.  Arrange the smaller windows so that the 10 Interactive Smart NoteBook pages file window is on the right and your lesson window on the left. Drag and Drop the pages you would like to use into your lesson.  Edit the pages and your lesson is ready to use. – Fantastic Resources for Science K-12 is a collaborative project of the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, PA. is organized around the National Science Education Standards and focuses on sharing with Science educators, “the newer and emerging “learning tools” of science education.” 

The tools include, “real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, remote instrumentation,  micro-worlds, and imaging, …” All of their linked tools are reviewed by a panel of Science teachers and Scientists working in various Science fields. 

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Web links are included for each Science topic and grade level. welcomes your participation.  Contact  George Mehler

Where are all the teachers? – On twitter

Haven’t tried social networking yet?  You are not on Facebook, come on, you most likely are and you have found FaceBook to be a fun and great resource for what is going on among your friends!

But have you used the same type of social network in your professional life?  What is going on out there?  Have you developed a professional network of friends?  Do you need some new ideas for that lesson or have one to share?

Where do you think I get all of my ideas for oldteachnewtech?  Blogs, Tweets, RSS feeds, etc.

In the latest rankings, Twitter was still the number one resource being used by teachers for collaboration.  Give it a try (view the movie below to get started) or try one of the other sites listed below that are a little more organized.

The top 5 teacher sites for sharing ideas, blogging, discussing curriculum, sharing of resources, articles, videos, discussions, leave your own comment, … are:

Twitter   – World wide sharing of information on all topics

Classroom 2.o – Join other teachers sharing ideas

Teacher 2.0 – A network of teachers sharing ideas

TeachAde – Sponsored by NEA, teachers are sharing ideas

Edweb – Join other teachers sharing ideas

Let Wyatt help you get started with Twitter and send out a tweet of what you are interested in finding or sharing!     The world will answer!

Getting Started with Twitter