Well, it’s finally here: the new Smart Notebook app for iPad!

This app allows students to work on Notebook files on their iPad, answering the question of how students can interact individually with the SMART board.

Some of the key features of the new app are:

  • Zoom and Pan – Students can zoom in on content.
  • Text – Students can insert text or edit existing text.
  • Pens – Student can draw with four colored pens and two highlighters.
  • Objects – Student can move, rotate, and scale objects. Double tap to delete and more.
  • Photos – Students can insert photos from the camera or camera roll.
  • Sound – Students can play attached sounds or record their own.
  • Auto-save – Students’ work is auto-saved.
  • Undo and Redo – This is nice and required feature!
  • E-mail files – Files can be emailed to the teacher for grading or saved.

You can get the app by clicking here.

When you first open the app, the first Notebook file that loads is a tutorial that highlights the key features. See my video below for some ideas on how to integrate this into a lesson.


Bob Jackman

Bob Jackman is a native of Utah. He graduated with a BA in Music Performance with a teaching certificate from Southern Utah University. Bob taught at Fort Herriman Middle School for four years teaching instrumental music. During that time he earned a Masters of Music from the University of Utah. He spent two years providing Microsoft operating system technical support and 7 years providing technology support for teachers to help them more efficiently use technology to help students learn. This was done while he was in college and while teaching in Herriman. Bob loves technology and education and is excited to put the two together and help teachers use technology to improve student learning. Bob Jackman is the Education Consultant Supervisor at The Chariot Group, Inc.

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  16 Responses to “Smart Notebook for iPad”

  1. avatar

    This is totally awesome! I’m really excited to give this app a go.

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    Now can you make a blog about how to go about writing a grant so that you can get iPads for student use in your classroom? :)
    This is awesome, btw.

  3. Thanks for the demo. You did a great job showing the features of this app and using various pages as a classroom solution.
    I appreciate your time you put into this. Have a great day

  4. What did you use to upload the file so the students could use a QR code to access the file quickly?

  5. I used dropbox. What I did is put the file in my dropbox public folder. Then I used the dropbox website to create a shortened link (On the website when you create a link, there is an option to shorten it). Then I used one of the many QR Code generators to take the URL and turn it into a QR Code. The shortened link made for a less dense QR Code, which makes it easier to scan.

    The main thing you need to do is get your file on to the internet somewhere where you have a URL to access it. So you can do that with dropbox, probably with other things like Google Drive, or SkyDrive, or the like. You could also post it to a school website, or any other place where it has it’s own URL directly to the file.

    Hope that helps!

  6. [...] Jackman has done a really nice video overview of the app’s capabilities. But my feature doesn’t get addressed in it. (And by the way, [...]

  7. Is there a way for students to then turn in the work they’ve done on the file on their iPad? And can it be easily erased so the next student using the iPad doesn’t have all the answers already?

  8. Yes, the students can email the .notebook file to the teacher. Right now email is the only way for that (I have heard rumors they are looking into other things). You can do that by clicking the export button (top right that looks like a square with an arrow coming out of it).

    Then to delete, the students click the button on the top left (Smart Notebook Content) and goes back to the list, and they can delete it from there. Just click Edit, Click the files you want to delete and then click the trash can at the top right. Also on the top right is an export button where you can email the selected files.

    If you are using this, please let us know how that is going!

  9. Can you record a lesson using this app? We use the smartboards at school, but I never find time to record my lessons on campus. I would love to do this from home, then uplad the video to Edmodo or SchoolTube.
    BTW, I teach 4th grade math and science

  10. This app doesn’t have the option for recording. I’m not sure if you can use another app to record other apps (I don’t think Apple allows that) but if it does, you could do that.

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    Can the app be used with smart files that have interactive features, like popping balloons and the sound feature?

  12. Dawna, unfortunately you can and never will be able to do any of the stuff in the Lesson Activity Toolkit that is based on flash. iPads can’t do flash and there is nothing Smart can do about that.

    Right now you can do pull tabs, and you can do sound, and you can do linking. What you can’t do right now is animations or the new activity builder. I know for a fact they are going to be improving this more. My guess would be these features will be added in the future.

    Another good trick is to keep the file size as small as possible. As I have played with this app it doesn’t do well with really large file sizes.

  13. [...] for a few hours over the $6.99 pricetag and reading tons of reviews I decided to give it a shot. This review by Bob Jackman was the clincher. He embraced what the tool could do and gave some practical ways to use it. After [...]

  14. [...] lines. Maybe they added more to that but that’s what I came away with. After looking at what Bob Jackman did on his video with some music lessons I’m thinking that something like this would work really well in a [...]

  15. A note to Lisa regarding recording. Smart Notebook’s recorder works great on the computer. I was looking for a similar kind of thing on the ipad and found ScreenChomp. Very nice, easy to use too. Great for quick tutorial type videos that you upload to their server or to Facebook. Not sure how to get them to other sites.

  16. avatar

    Jeff and Lisa, if you want to record other apps on the ipad, than using Reflection App (reflectionapp.com) will allow you to record anything on your ipad.

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