Sounds and Music

SMART Notebook supports the .mp3 audio format, whether or not your computer is connected to a SMART product.
Need to find sounds and music for your Smart Board Lessons? visit

Adding sound effects in presentation

  1. Save the sound to your computer (mp3) it is best if you save it to a file
  2. In Smart Notebook, add the sound file to your attachments (paperclip) and then you can drag it from the attachments folder to the notebook page and it will work nicely OR go to Insert (menu) - and choose Sound -browse your sound & decide where you want to click to play it.
  3. If you choose in the corner, there will be a speaker.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Don't forget to site where the sound came from. To do that you just need to highlight the source in the address bar, copy it, and paste it to your smart page. It should automatically link it. A world will appear. Be sure to group it with the sound.
  6. If you would like to link an object or image to a sound, click on the object, click on the drop down arrow, click on "Sound", and then browse for the file you saved.

Sites you can use to convert files

  1. Free software to convert sound files to .mp3 files (You can convert 5 files per day using this free software)
  2. Free software to convert sound files to a .mp3 file (you'll have to wait to get an email before you can finish downloading your video so it may take longer).
  3. Another way to convert between file formats is to download free program called audacity. You can also edit music in this program. You will find it on the web at:

Audacity - Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

tutorials on how to use Audacity -
When I was using Audacity, I had trouble with my voice recording playing at the correct speed. I had to download the lame file from here Use the one under the zip option.
Video tutorials on YouTube for editing
Basic Overview
More Advanced

Where can I get sounds and Music?

1. A nice site that has lots of sound effects from TV, Movies, and various other sources...and its free! (If the files are not .mpg files, you will need to convert them to insert them into Smart Notebook)

Please realize that .wav files will need to be converted to .mp3 files to work in Smartboard. But remember that .wav files work in PowerPoint
2. good, short, free, easily searchable sound bites
3. finds audio files in mp3 format. There are popular songs, instrumentals, as well as sound effects. You can search by Title, Album, Artist, or you select Genres, then choose from the vast variety of music types, including Instrumentals and Sound Clip. There may be some inappropriate sounds, so I would not share this site with students.
4. **** - This site provided me with some music sounds without words to use to open new units and provide excitement.
5. Looking for free software to dowload YouTube videos, to convert video from one file format to another, to convert audio from one file format to another, or to burn CDs or DVDs? Try FreeStudio at
7. This is where you can find the phone call to the office.

Using a microphone

1. If you are using a microphone, be sure you are in a quiet environment, check the properties to make sure the computer is configured to use it, the mute button is off, the microphone is checked on, and use Smart recorder to record. I added this Smart recorder icon to the top of my Smart toolbar by opening the properties in Smart and clicking and dragging the icon in place.
2. Use your iPhone as a microphone. Record your content using the voice recorder feature. I emailed the memo created to myself and opened it in iTunes. I then converted the recording to an mp3 file and was able to embed it into my Smart Notebook file. The sound is clean and clear. This helps greatly as I do not have a microphone in my classroom, but always have my phone