26 February 2014

Handwriting Recognition Using SMART Notebook

While you are writing at the board or using the SMART Podium, you can quickly convert the handwriting into text.

If you plan to do this, however, you may want to be more careful with your penmanship as the recognition features do not translate chicken scratch very well.

In a nutshell, select the text you have just written and access the dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the box that appears around your text. In the menu that appears, the first option will be to "Recognize". This will be followed by whatever the software thinks you wrote. Select it and your handwriting will change to text.

Here is a short video so you can see how it works.

How might you use this feature with your future students?

Have an awesome day!

24 February 2014

Timed Saves - SMART Notebook

Have you ever...

forgotten to save your work?
been working for a long time and have the application or computer crash on you?
lost all of your work because of it?

Did you know that in SMART Notebook, you can set it up to automatically save for you?!!

Here is how...

From within your SMART Notebook application,

1. Click File
2. Choose "Timed Saves..." from the dropdown menu

A dialog box will pop up.

3. Choose a time that works for you
4. Click Next

On the next screen

5. Choose a file format that works for you.
6. Click Next

7. Provide a name for the file
8. Click Save

That is it!

**Please note that this is session based which means after you close the file, the settings are gone and you will need to set them up again the next time you open a Notebook file.**

I hope this was helpful.
Have an awesome day!

18 February 2014

Get the Activity Toolkit!

Don't miss out on some great tools!

You probably have a great deal of fun content to work with in the SMART Notebook Gallery that came with your installation.
But do you have all of it...?
Make sure you have the Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0
Here is where you can check to see if you have it.

You Will See the Activity Toolkit in Your Gallery Menu

Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0

This hidden gem is worth the time to track down and install. Here is how...

From within your Notebook Software program

1. Click the Gallery Tab
2. Click on the wrench
3. Hover over 'Check for Updates...'
4. Click on 'Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0'
**If you get a popup box - click 'Yes'**
5. Select checkbox for Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0
6. Click 'Next >>'
7. Wait for it to download and install
8. Click 'Finish'
Now you should be able to see the Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0 in your Gallery Menu. The pictures below will show the process with the numbers matching the steps above

Now you will have access to more than 750 additional items including keyword and image dice, sorting activities, and a word generator!

Have an awesome day!