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Smart Notebook App Moves to iPad

Smart Technologies will release an iPad version of its Smart Notebook app this summer, the company said. The new mobile app, which will retail at $6.99 and be available in the Apple app store, is designed to let students use its collaborative learning software on personal or school-owned iPads.

The Smart Notebook on iPad is designed to make many of the tools available on the Smart Board interactive whiteboard available to students on their mobile tablets, including interaction with teachers. The app is designed to let students open any Smart Notebook file from an e-mail or file-sharing Web site, write, erase, add text, move objects, and insert images. Students can also use the iPad camera roll to drop images into Smart Notebook software pages.

Specific application features of the new iPad app include:

  • Page sorter view so users can view, add, or delete Smart Notebook software pages;
  • Zoom and pan to adjust page views;
  • Image insert;
  • Pen tools, so students can write on the software page in a choice of four different colors; and
  • Object control that lets users delete, rotate, move, and scale objects.

Additionally, the app supports AirPlay for Apple TV so students can share iPad screens. This summer’s planned version of the application will support United States English. Later versions, available in fall 2012, will support Spanish, United Kingdom English, French, and German.

With Smart Notebook for iPad “students and teachers stay on track and save time by being able to work with the same material on both interactive displays and iPads at school or at home,” the company said in a news release. Smart Notebook itself has already been activated by more than 6 million teachers with more than 40 million students in 175 countries, Smart Technologies said.

About the Author

Jim Barthold is a freelance technology reporter. He can be reached at jimbarthold@comcast.net.

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