A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)
Sep20

A Guide to Downloading Interactive Whiteboard Software for Student Teachers (and others)

At this time of year I spend a lot of time running interactive whiteboard sessions with student teachers. Most of them would really like to be able to download the IWB software to their own laptops so they can practice using it for when they begin teaching. Annoyingly, this is not an easy thing to do if you’re a student teacher. To use most IWB software you need a licence key. The teachers in the placement schools will have been...

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Promethean Announce ActivInspire v2.0 with ClassFlow
Aug14

Promethean Announce ActivInspire v2.0 with ClassFlow

Promethean have just announced the release of ActivInspire version 2.0. This new version represents a key milestone in ActivInspire with the integration of the new ClassFlow functionality. I have yet to download and install it myself yet, but here’s the details from Promethean: Be aware that ActivInspire 2.0 WILL NOT auto-update when “checking for updates”.  You have to download the product and install it....

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New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice
Jan19

New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here’s some help and advice

Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to...

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ActivTips – hints and tips videos for Promethean ActivInspire
Oct25

ActivTips – hints and tips videos for Promethean ActivInspire

If you are a Promethean user then you really should take a look at the ActivTips area of Promethean Planet. There you’ll find short video tutorials on how to complete a variety of functions in ActivInspire, from creating containers to working with Magic Ink. Watch the ActivTips video on the site, or you can download it to your iPod by subscribing to their podcast. After the video, be sure to download the associated flipchart so...

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Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer
Sep20

Interactive Whiteboards #101 : A short primer

At this time of year I find myself running a lot of interactive whiteboard training sessions for schools and colleges on how to get started with their IWB and to get going with the basics. I always direct them back to this blog to check out the IWB Guides area on here, so I thought it would be useful to collate a lot of the basic ideas that I hand out. So if you are a newly qualified teacher soon to be embarking on their teaching...

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ActivInspire Training Videos and Resources
Jan12

ActivInspire Training Videos and Resources

Here are two very handy links if you are an ActivInspire user and are looking for ActivInspire training materials. ActivInspire flipchart creation help and resources : This wiki has some very useful ActivInspire helpsheets and handouts, including help on using containers and actions. There are sheets for other software such as Audacity, Excel and Photostory too. ActivInspire Training videos : These videos, produced by Denver Public...

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Annotate Word Documents with Promethean ActivMarker
Dec20

Annotate Word Documents with Promethean ActivMarker

This post was inspired by a Promethean ActivInspire training session that I delivered recently. An English teacher wanted to annotate on top of Word documents, but didn’t want to use the transparent flipchart, or capture sections of text with the camera and annotate them within ActivInspire. It is possible to do this, using a  little known tool that comes bundled with ActivInspire called ActivMarker. It’s a slightly hidden...

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Promethean ActivInspire Training Resources
Dec15

Promethean ActivInspire Training Resources

Here’s a summary of the Promethean ActivInspire (and ActivStudio) training resources that you’ll find in the Guides section of this blog. Promethean Helpsheets Using Desktop Tools in Activinspire Making an Anagram Starter in ActivInspire ActivSoftware Inspire Studio Toolbars ActivSoftware Inspire Primary Toolbars Activstudio 3 Toolbars ActivExpression voting guide Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids...

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Promethean ActivInspire 1.6 released
Oct19

Promethean ActivInspire 1.6 released

Promethean have recently released version 1.6 of their ActivInspire software. If you are already an Inspire user then it’s free to upgrade. As well as some bug fixes and feature tweaks there are new features such as an equation editor to allow you to create equations and add them into the flipchart page. These can be edited once on the page. To use the equation editor go to Insert and Equation. To upgrade – open...

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Check your Interactive Whiteboard Gallery
Sep16

Check your Interactive Whiteboard Gallery

One of the issues that I find when I go into schools to deliver Smart or Promethean whiteboard training is that quite often the software on teachers computers is not installed completely. The software will work fine, but the bank of resources that’s comes as part of the install is often missing. This is a real shame as, on both Smart and Promethean boards, the gallery contains loads of very useful images and interactive...

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Moving Between IWB Platforms
May02

Moving Between IWB Platforms

This post is in response to a question raised on the Whiteboard Blog Facebook Page. Stephen Taylor wanted to know what his options were when moving away from a SMART school to a school that uses other boards. There are a few options open to teachers in that position. And also for those teachers heading the other way, away from Promethean boards. Moving away from SMART 1. Import into ActivInspire If you are currently using SMARTboards...

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Video Guide : Desktop Tools in Promethean ActivInspire
Apr25

Video Guide : Desktop Tools in Promethean ActivInspire

Another quick video tutorial. This time showing how to find the Desktop tools in Promethean’s ActivInspire software and use it to take screenshots. More tutorials can be found on the Guides page....

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