What’s New With SMART Notebook 16

notebook-sixteenSMART Technologies has done a great job at keeping up with regular updates and improvements to their Notebook software, and Notebook 16 is no exception. Here are some of the improvements and new features that you will enjoy using in this new version:

SMART Response 2
The next generation of SMART Response makes it easier to create and deliver formative assessments during class. Getting started is much easier now that Teacher Tools has been eliminated. SMART Response 2 works through SMART lab and is equally as easy to use. It currently only has multiple choice questions, but expect to see additional options added over the coming year. It is currently found in the add-ons tab.

Image Search
This feature makes adding pictures that are royalty-free so much easier. You can also choose between clip-art and photos. It is powered by Bing and can be found in the add-ons tab.

Widget Upgrades
SMART is moving away from Flash due to many problems in the past with stability and version conflicts. They currently have 50 HTML5-based interactives to replace some of the old Flash-based interactives, such as timers and math games. They can be found on the SMART Exchange by browsing by file type: Widgets.

SMART lab Activities
Easily access pre-made SMART lab activities on the SMART Exchange right within SMART Notebook. A link can be found in the Gallery tab. Alternatively, you can go to the SMART Exchange and browse by file type: lab Activities.

Improved Installer
If you are doing the standard installation, this means you don’t have to click as many buttons. A custom install option exists where the user can select from all the previously available options. A 45-day trial option is available as well if you don’t have your product key.


Compatibility & History of Software Versions

Want to know which versions of Notebook software are compatible with your operating system? Here is a simple infographic to help:

Notebook Versions 11.4-16


And to show SMART’s commitment to investing in and improving Notebook software, here is a quick recap of the new and updated features for previous versions. For a full list of features, visit Software Release Notes.

16 – April 19, 2016
New: Response 2, Image Search, Widget Upgrades
Updated: Installer

15.2 – December 8, 2016
New: SMART lab: Speed Up, Label Reveal, SMART Ink for Adobe Reader
Updated: Shout It Out!, SMART lab Themes, SMART kapp add-on, YouTube add-on

15.1 – August 6, 2015
New: SMART lab Activities: Match ‘Em Up!, Fill In the Blanks, Rank Order, Shout It Out! (mobile support)
Updated: SMART lab image support

15 – April 23, 2015
New: Lesson Activity Builder (SMART lab), Concept Mapping, Shapes and Angles (previously in Math Tools)
Updated: Browser (YouTube), GeoGebra

14.3 – December 9, 2014
New: Lesson Recorder, Link objects to Select, Pens, Eraser tools
Updated: Page Sorter, Locked Objects, Screen Shade (change color), Picture Transparency

14.2 – September 9, 2014
New: SMART Blocks
Updated: Math Editor, object animation

14.1 – June 10, 2014
New: Math Editor
Updated: Touch Recognition, Text Pen, 3D Tools

14.0 – April 14, 2014
New: Text Pen, Paint Brush, Cropping Mask, GeoGebra, Notebook Connect, XC Collaboration
Updated: Calligraphic Pen, Software Improvements


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 an Account Manager at The Chariot Group, Inc.

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