Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SMART Notebook or PowerPoint?

Since I started this blog as part of a technology course, I'm going to have a little fun with this and find out where everyone stands on this topic: Do you prefer SMART Notebook or PowerPoint for class presentations? I love using PowerPoint for my notes and presentations, but I'm just starting to get acquainted with SMART Notebook and I can see some obvious advantages. But...lets see what everyone else thinks........


  1. I prefer powerpoint myself but this could be because I am also more familiar with PP. I also would use more smartboard activities if I had a smartboard in my classroom. I just find the airliner to difficult to use in my math class. I also find it difficult to turn my current pps into smartboard exercises.

  2. I have to agree about the airliner issue. It just seems difficult, sometimes it connects, sometimes not, so plans can go right out the window if the technology does not cooperate. PPT is more reliable.

    I do not have a Smartboard, either, so my options are limited to a laptop connected to a projector and an airliner. Using the PPT means less equipment to go wrong.

  3. Now that publishers have added PowerPoint lessons to their textbooks, the ease of using this software makes it an easy choice for a teacher. One problem that I see for middle and high school is that soon every teacher in every block will be using it to bombard students with lecture notes. At that point it loses its novelty and therefore its effectiveness. While this 22 year old software is adequate for classroom use, is it really the best option? SMART Notebook software is very good and may still be used whether you use an Airliner/SMART Board or not. The gallery has been updated with many new graphics and the new Lesson Activity Toolkit allows teachers to create mini assessments (check points) throughout the lesson to gauge student understanding. After adding annotations to a SMART Notebook lesson, it can also be exported as a PDF to post on your teacher webpage or email to an absent student. When lecturing, some variety helps.