Education Fast Forward Debate #5 : 10th July
Jul03

Education Fast Forward Debate #5 : 10th July

Education Fast Forward (EFF) brings together leading global experts from the world of education to discuss the topics that matter most. The forum addresses the key challenges facing governments, educators and employers both now and in the future, and aims to find practical resolutions. The next Education Fast Forward debate (EFF5) is entitled From Learner Voice to Global Peace. It will be held on July 10, 2012, at 3 p.m. (GMT+1). In...

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Promethean announce their Projector Promise
Jun26

Promethean announce their Projector Promise

For many schools, maintaining the projectors can often be an expensive business that’s not always considered when buying a whiteboard. To help with this, Promethean yesterday announced their new Projector Promise. The Promethean Projector Promise allows schools to purchase equivalent or comparable replacement projectors and lamps at preferential pricing. This furthers Promethean’s commitment to their customers by protecting...

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Integrating Promethean ActivExpression With BrainPOP
May11

Integrating Promethean ActivExpression With BrainPOP

If you are a BrainPop user, did you know that you can use the quizzes on their excellent website with your Promethean ActivExpression or ActiVote handsets? If you didn’t know that, and want to find out how, then here’s a guide by teacher Steve Figurelli on how to do this. For additional information – click on either the BrainPop or BrainPop UK links below then click on the Quiz Integration tab. You’ll also find links...

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Promethean ActivEngage Mobile – Voting on iPads and other devices
Apr11

Promethean ActivEngage Mobile – Voting on iPads and other devices

Promethean have just released ActivEngage, which will be of interest to schools that have started to roll out iPads and other mobile solutions in the classroom. Or for schools that are looking at a “Bring Your Own Device” approach. ActivEngage is a software-based learner response system for use in schools that have invested in 1:1 laptop initiatives, computer labs and mobile handheld devices for learners. It allows...

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Using BrainPop with Promethean ActivExpression Quizzes
Feb17

Using BrainPop with Promethean ActivExpression Quizzes

If you are a BrainPop user, did you know that you can use the quizzes on their excellent website with your Promethean ActivExpression or ActiVote handsets? In order to run the quizzes, you will need to download and install a Flash Bridge which acts as the medium between your voting device and your BrainPOP UK quiz, enabling the two to interact together. When this is done, you should see an additional button when using a quiz which...

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Promethean Science and Technology User Group
Feb10

Promethean Science and Technology User Group

Thanks to Promethean for making me a “SuperUser” of their Promethean Planet website. What this means is that I’ll hopefully be putting up a few blog posts on their website once or twice a month, making and sharing some whiteboard resources and generally hanging about a bit more on the Promethean Planet forums. What this also means is that I’ve set up a special User Group on the Promethean Planet website which...

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An experiment with the common .IWB file format in Smart/Promethean (and now Easiteach/Mimio)
Jan31

An experiment with the common .IWB file format in Smart/Promethean (and now Easiteach/Mimio)

A new feature with the latest version of ActivInspire is the ability to export your files as the Becta-driven .IWB file format. This is an interesting step for Promethean to take since previously they’ve removed the ability to move your files out of their own flipchart format – even removing the old ActivStudio/Primary feature of being able to export to PowerPoint. For teachers who don’t want to be “locked...

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ICT Reviews for Schools – Whiteboard Guide
Jan24

ICT Reviews for Schools – Whiteboard Guide

You may not know this but PC Pro magazine produces an occasional supplement for education called ICT Reviews for Schools. The free guide is packed with buyer’s guides, reviews and features to help schools spend their IT budgets wisely. Issue 4 is just out, and this time features a very interesting article written by Terry Freedman entitled “Getting the most from your interactive whiteboard”. The guide also includes...

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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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Embed HTML Codes into Promethean ActivInspire
Dec14

Embed HTML Codes into Promethean ActivInspire

With the latest update to Promethean’s ActivInspire software you can now use embed codes from YouTube (and other sites) and embed the video directly into your ActivInspire flipchart page. First go to the YouTube video that you want, click on share, then copy the embed code (looks like both the old and new embed codes work) Once you have copied the code, switch back to ActivInspire and click on Insert then Link and Embedded HTML...

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Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids
Oct24

Promethean ActivInspire – Adding Graph Paper and Grids

One of the things that I often get asked by teachers when delivering whiteboard training sessions is how to get graph paper onto their whiteboard screens. With the old ActivStudio/ActivPrimary (and also in Smart Notebook) you had to select these grids from the resource library. With ActivInspire this has been made a lot easier. The grid is always there on the page, it’s just hidden by default so you can’t see it. Although...

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