If you had to list software that schools can’t live without somewhere just below Microsoft Word and Excel would sit SMART Notebook, the companion software for the popular SMART Board interactive whiteboard.
SMART Notebook has, until recently, only run on Windows and Mac computers, but with more schools choosing Chromebooks over standard desktops SMART has had to keep up with the game and released two versions of SMART Notebook for the web.
The first is SMART Notebook Express — a cut down version of the full desktop software — and the second is SMART Notebook Web — which promises to be a fully featured version of Notebook. Chromebooks don’t currently support SMART Board hardware — you can’t connect your interactive whiteboard to a Chromebook at all — but the web versions of Notebook at least let you view and edit files on the go.
How to open SMART Notebook files on your Chromebook
SMART Notebook Express
SMART Notebook Express is a cut down version of the desktop equivalent designed to let you open Notebook files and make minor changes in your web browser.
It supports features like the Screen Shade, the pen, and eraser, but outside of that it’s fairly limited. But if you want to be able to quickly open Notebook files without installing the full desktop application or run it on your Chromebook, SMART Notebook Express is perfect.
Express is also great if you’ve got lesson reources in SMART Notebook that you want to share with your class, as it’s accessible for free from any computer with a web browser.
SMART Notebook Web
SMART Notebook Web is a beta version of what is likely set to replace the desktop equivalent. At the moment the software is extremely limited, you can’t even save files, but it shows promise and actually runs better than the desktop version.
If it remains free, SMART Notebook Web will be an extremely popular tool in schools, but it’s very likely that SMART will start charging for this version of Notebook once it’s out of beta. Make your choice!