by MARK WEST
Ever wish you could display an ipad2, iphone or the like on your Promethean Board? How about if it showed up on your computer with OS 10.6.8+? Reflection (go to their site) uses AirPlay to send the picture to your Mac. The free download is time limited, but for $14.99 you can even record a video of your device.
The Current ActivDriver on Mac OS is 5.8.46 and the latest ActivInspire is 1.7.58968
You probably call this the "Apple Key", but it's officially called the Command Key and it is located near your spacebar. It is used on a Mac much like the control key is used on Microsoft Windows®; example: control-c on Windows copies and on a Mac we use command-c; control-v pastes on Windows and command-v pastes on Mac OS.
The Option Key is located near the Command Key and is sometimes called the ALT key. This key can frustrate a Windows user, as it doesn't work as a Windows ALT key does (you'll often use the Command Key on Mac where ALT is used in Windows), such as when tabbing through open applications: on Windows it's ALT-Tab, on a Mac it's Command-Tab.
The Control Key is located near the Command Key and has special funtions on a Mac (see "Right Clicking" below).
On Windows, Alt+F4 will quickly terminate a program.
On Mac OS, Command+Q will quickly terminate a program.
On Windows, when a program stops behaving properly, you can press Control+Alt+Delete to invoke the Task Manager to make an application stop.
On Mac OS, you can accomplish the same thing by pressing Command+Option+Escape; this invokes the Force Quit menu and you can make applications stop.
Sometimes you need to right click. On most computers it's easy, as they come with a two-button mouse. On Mac OS, you typically find a single-button mouse.
You can plug a two-button mouse in to a Mac and it will work. The reason is because two-button mice work on Unix and Mac OS is a Unix variant that uses parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix.
You can also "right click" on a Mac with a single button mouse. To do so, you can do either of the following:
The purpose of this blog is to communicate ideas to teachers and share best practices in regards to the use of technology in education. My role as a School-Based Integrated Technology Specialist is to help teachers implement technology as part of their teaching strategies to improve student achievement.
According to the findings in Robert J. Marzano and Mark W. Haystead 's FINAL research (July 2009), page 41,
"Considered as a set, one might predict relatively large percentile gains in student achievement under the following conditions:This blog is designed to help the instructor become more familiar with ActivInspire which should assist the instructor becoming more confident in the use of Promethean's ActivClassroom, which includes the use of ActivInspire.
Graphic Organizers (K-12)
Weekly Top 10 Downloads
Resources For Pre-K and Kindergarten
Resources For Grades 1-2
Resources For Grades 3-5
Resources For Grades 6-8
Resources For Grades 9-10
Resources For Grades 11-12
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Wheel of Fortune
Words With Buddies Spelling Game (K-12)
Using ActivInspire's Question Manager
Forwarding K12 email to pcsstn
The Latest Promethean Planet Notice
Flow charts are not just for organizational hierarchies. They are good for showing the steps of a process, especially if you have a class that needs concise directions. Click here for lucidchart
Full On Screen Timer
Need A Full Screen Timer (larger than the one in ActivInspire? Such as for timed writing assesments, etc.)? Try http://www.timer-tab.com/
Add Animated Glitter Text (create an animated GIF and use it in your flip chart): http://www.familylobby.com/create-glitter-text-graphics.asp
I wouldn't overuse the effect, but every once in a while, it can spice up a bland page to make your students take notice of something important.
Everyone knows you work your fingers to the bone in education. But if you work your ActivPen's nib off, you may have some control issues with making appropriate contact with the board. Compare your ActivPen's nib with the image above. A new nib (or pen tip) can make the difference!
I'll use the acronym tag and highlight words in gold; if you aren't used to the acronym tag (it's very rarely used, but is really handy), if you see a word in this blog that looks like this: NETS-T I not only made it a hyperlink (it will send you to a web page), but if you hover your mouse over the word, it explains what the acronym means. If you see something like ISTE, please note it's not in orange, so there's no hyperlink, but if you hover your mouse over the word, you still get the definition.
ISTE has standards for students, teachers, technology leaders and facilitators, and even administrators; you may find them here:
Please note that some of these are easily met within your daily routine, and I'll be blogging about them out of order, trying to address the ones you may feel less comfortable with at first.
Mrs. Vickie Dillehay uses her Promethean Board in her Cornerstone Middle School 7th grade Science class to show students the parts of an animal cell; the students decorate a cookie with candy to help them remember where things are and what they look like in a cell. They also review what each structure does. Of course the cell-e-bration ends with students eating the cookie. Promethean Boards and cookies to help students learn science: how do you top that?
Using your Promethean Board for every day tasks like this (even if the kids don't interact with the board, the kids built cookies interactively to create the cell) builds your confidence in using it. And being confident with your Interactive Whiteboard is one of Marzano's keys to success with it (see Phase I results, p. 41 of Robert J. Marzano and Mark W. Haystead 's FINAL research (July 2009)).
You'll need to know how to Import A Resource Pack
TRC-4 (portables) Download the TRC-4 remote guide
TRC-5 (non-portables) Download the TRC-5 remote guide
Tandberg Connections - E-learning, FREE virtual field trips, High Definition Video Conferencing, and Internet Video Conference resources.
videochampion.com - also has those guides, as well as other documentation in the "Access Resource Center" section.