SMART Notebook 11 is scheduled to be released April 2012. There are too many new exciting features to cover in this post, so let’s take a look at one of my favorites.
Previous versions of Notebook software allowed mp3 sounds to be linked to objects, but if you wanted to record your own sounds you needed to look outside of Notebook software to accomplish that task. This led Windows users to programs like Audacity and MAC users to apps like Garage Band. For the semi-advanced audiophile, these external programs offered fancy bells and whistles. However, many teachers found the learning curve of these programs a barrier to simply recording sounds. Notebook 11 now makes this a very simple process.
1. To link sound to any object on the page, simply click on the item to select and then click the drop-down arrow to reveal the options. As before, Sound is found toward the bottom. Notice the option to record a sound clip found in the middle of the pop-up window. Most laptops have integrated microphones and should be ready to record. Newer desktop PCs and Macs also have integrated microphones.
2. Click the “Start Recording” button. When you’re done click the same button that now reads, “Stop Recording.” Note that recordings are limited to a total length of sixty seconds. That should be plenty for most classroom applications.
3. At this point your recording is given the very generic name, “Recorded Sound.” You can rename the sound if you choose.
4. Want to hear what it sounds like? Just click “Preview Recording.” If you like what you hear the only thing left to do is decide if you want the sound attached as a corner icon to to the object.
5. Click “Attach Recording” and you’re done! Simple, and you never have to leave Notebook software!