Collaborative learning software release features increased web integration

SMART Technologies Inc. announces SMART Notebook 11 collaborative learning software, which will enable teachers to integrate online resources into SMART Notebook files.

A new embedded web browser allows teachers to insert a live browser page directly into a SMART Notebook file. Users can then write, draw, and drag and drop content on the page. Version 11 includes widgets such as a dictionary and translator, which will let users handwrite a query, receive the answer and move that answer to the SMART Notebook software page. Other features include:

Activity builder - Creates activity objects that react to actions with animations or sound
Enhanced contextual toolbar - Responds to actions by giving users the required tool choices when they choose a certain object
Crayon - Creates authentic crayon drawings on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard
Customized creative pen - Builds a unique creative pen from any image
Reset page - Brings SMART Notebook software page back to its last saved state to instantly start again
Gesture recognition - Supports four-touch interactivity for the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 8070i interactive display. Also recognizes new shake gesture to group or ungroup objects.
Audio recording - Records sounds directly into a file

SMART Notebook software is included in the price of all SMART Board interactive whiteboards. Version 11 will be available for free download to existing license holders for SMART Notebook in spring 2012. The collaborative license for SMART Notebook can be purchased separately for US$599 in the United States.