Asking instant questions

Use the Instant Question feature to introduce the SMART Response interactive response system to your students. Instant questions are individual questions you ask spontaneously—they aren’t part of an assessment. When you use the Instant Questions feature, you’re unable to type a question or assign a correct answer.

You can ask an instant question verbally, write it or type it on an interactive whiteboard and add objects directly onto the SMART Notebook page.


Ensure that you start your class and that all students are connected before you ask an instant question.

ClosedTo ask individual questions using the Instant Question feature

  1. Click the SMART Response iconSMART Response icon in the Mac menu bar, and then select Open Notebook Software.

    A blank SMART Notebook page appears.

  2. Click the SMART Response iconSMART Response icon on the toolbar.

    The Insert QuestionInsert Question icon and Start QuestionStart Question icon icons appear on the toolbar.

  3. Click the Insert Question iconInsert Question icon.

  4. Click one of the Instant Question buttons.

    The Instant Question dialog box appears asking whether you want to insert the question on this page or on a new page.

  5. Select one of the options.


    If you want to use the same option by default, select the Always perform this action option. You can change the default in the Preferences menu.

    A SMART Notebook page appears showing the possible answers to the question. The Response tab changes to Single Question, and the Progress button is selected.

    The question starts automatically and appears on the student’s display.


    If you haven’t started a class, a message appears asking you to select a class. Select a class, and then click Start Class.

  6. Present your question to the class.

  7. After all students answer the question, click Stop this question.

  8. To save the results, click SaveSave icon.

    To add another question without clearing the results of the previous question, don’t click Clear, and then repeat steps 2 to 6.