If only SMART Notebook could be as much fun as test driving cars! Sometimes it seems like a terrible x-girlfriend that you cannot get rid of. Our school, like many, purchased a number of these boards over the years and we have had mixed results. Some of our teachers love them, use the Lesson Activity Toolkit, and all the features. Then on the other side of the spectrum others use it strictly as a glorified overhead projector. I can't help walking by, shaking my head, and wondering why we spent the extra few thousand dollars for the interactivity. Regardless, now we have the boards and the training is ongoing. Like any other piece of technology it requires users to become familiar with the features and how they can actually integrate it within their classrooms.
Speaking of, shameless plug, if you know anyone in the Duluth, MN area that wants to sharpen their skills check out this SMART Board course I am co-teaching this summer. We extensively cover integrating the software into our classrooms heavily in this course. It's all about you, your classroom, and a SMART Board.
Throughout the years I have not had a great experience with SMART and their software for Macs. It has gotten better, but there was an incident earlier this year when the software got updated and the board drivers did not. This caused major issues and most of the staff had to be manually reverted back to the old version of the software (not a fun time in the IT department). Some times the software works great, but at other times it seems to crash. If there was ever a reason to buy a PC emulator it might be for this software to run properly.
Well, as technology continues to change so does SMART Technology and their software. I downloaded this new version of the software the day after it was released and had mixed results. Here is a quick video showing some of the new features in Notebook 11: