Component 3 (pen app): Since I wasn't using Smart Notebook for recording, I thought I'd try out some other new pen apps for writing my notes on the tablet. The one I like the best so far ishttp://xournal.sourceforge.net which has a lot of the features I use in Smart Notebook. I don't use all the Smart Notebook bells and whistles anyway. I just need to be able to write notes on my tablet and export these notes to a pdf file. Xournal does all I need!
Component 4 (CAS): I was thinking I'd have to dump VTI and use SAGE instead to do my graphs and calculations on the fly in class. However, I installed WINE with yum and, believe it or not, VTI works fine. I can still use SAGE in Firefox via http://www.sagenb.org if I like, not to mention http://www.wolframalpha.com too!
Component 5 (audio): My wireless mic worked without a glitch in this new Linux environment, as is to be expected, since the base reciever plugs right into a standard PC Mic socket, so Fedora recognizes my wireless mic as if it were a standard wired PC mic.
Now, I can do all my SmartBoard lessons and recordings in Linux without Smart Notebook. Maybe I won't even use Windows at all! Prior to this I did use screencast-o-matic in Linux to record a class without the tablet. However, this was only convenient in AP Computer Science as I don't use a pen app there, but simply type in a text editor or on the command line!
Teaching with Technology,