I have been super busy over the last few months and will be writing more often in the new year. I have a few big projects to finish up and a course that will be ending this month. Just another quick post.
Smart Notebook, is free software that you can use if your school or district has purchased the Smart Board brand of interactive whiteboards. Here are a few alternative ways to use Smart Notebook software.
Turn Any Document into a PDF
Many district networks are locked down from installing free software or donâ€™t include software that will generate a PDF for you. Sure you can use online PDF generators but when you install Smart Board software you have a PDF generator built in.
Open up your document and print to the â€œSmart Notebook Print Capture.â€ This will pull your document into the Smart Notebook. Then go to the File Menu and Export your Notebook file into a PDF. You can play with your settings until you get a decent PDF version of your original document.
Need a FLV Player
If you donâ€™t have a Flash Video player on your computer use Smart Notebook. It has a built in FLV player so that you can play Flash videos that you download for video sharing web sites directly in Smart Notebook. http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php
Open Promethean Files
Just say you wanted to use a lesson that was made for the Promethean brand of interactive whiteboards and has the .flp file extension. No problem, go to file import and change the â€œFiles of Typeâ€ to â€œAll Promethean Files.â€ You can import those lessons into your Smart Notebook.
Download Flash Content for Offline Activities
You can use an SWF downloader to move flash web site content from a web based artifact to an item in your Smart Notebook gallery. (Beware of copyright infringement – always ask permission donâ€™t assume).
1-Use an SWF Catcher (I use the SoThink Add-in for Firefox)
2-Go to your favourite flash web site and Hit Alt+C (if your using SoThink)
3-Download the file to your computer.
The SWF file can be embedded into a Smart Notebook file or your library. This will only work for stand-alone SWF files that are not connected to a database.Share and Enjoy -