SMART Technologies has announced the April 2015 release of SMART Notebook 2015 collaborative learning software. The latest version of the collaborative learning software will offer a number of new features, including the lesson activity builder and concept mapping. Additionally, new features and content partners for SMART amp will, together with Notebook, unlock the full collaborative potential of students, teachers, interactive displays and mobile devices, according to the announcement.
SMART Notebook 2015 offers:
All-new lesson activity builder, which allows creation of learning games and activities in less than five minutes. Teacher can create sophisticated and visually appealing educationally appropriate activities in a few steps, create multiple interactive activities from the same content to reinforce specific topics and involve students in the lesson creation process. Lesson activity builder introduces elements of gamification to any SMART Notebook lesson, including buzzers, randomizers and timers.
Concept mapping, a feature highly requested by educators and one of the most widely used activities in science and social science. It encourages discovery and allows visual organization of concepts to promote a deeper level of understanding.
SMART amp is a cloud-based software that lets students co-create content on a digital canvas to enable anywhere, anytime contribution and collaboration on student devices. It provides teachers with real time insight into student learning and contribution and gives them a consistent platform for integrating technology in the classroom with any student device or interactive display. New features added to SMART amp include:
The ability to write math equations using common symbols and superscript subscript, which allows users to edit math equations and work collaboratively on math problems in a workspace
Object attribution, which exposes the learning process by providing visibility into individual student contributions in a collaborative workspace
An enhanced Grouping feature allows teachers to group students into their own workspaces in a few clicks. Teachers can modify the groups by simply dragging students from one group to another.
Single sign on to access content from Discovery Education USA and TigTag UK
Three new content partners – LessonPix USA, FortunaPix USA and Educandus Brazil – bringing the total number of content partners to 26
SMART amp is also now available in French and Spanish.
SMART Notebook 2015 will be available for download on April 9, 2015 for customers with an active SMART Notebook Advantage subscription. The suggested price for a single, annual renewal for SMART Notebook Advantage is $54 in the United States and £34 in the U.K. Volume and duration discounts are available. Prices outside the United States and the U.K. will vary.
SMART Notebook perpetual licenses are included with the purchase of all SMART interactive displays. Regular updates and add-ons are available with an active Notebook Advantage subscription. Notebook licenses are also available for all other brands of interactive hardware, with licensing for individual classrooms, as well as options for school and district standardization. The suggested price for individual SMART Notebook licenses starts at $299 in the United States and £299 in the U.K. (including a one-year subscription to Notebook Advantage). Volume discounts are available. Prices outside the United States and the U.K. will vary.
SMART amp is now available with a suggested price of $8 per student annually in the United States and £5.38 in the U.K. Volume and duration discounts are available. Pricing will vary outside the United States and the U.K. For more pricing information on SMART Notebook and SMART amp, please contact your SMART authorized reseller.
Source: SMART Technologies Inc., smarttech.com