Promethean Boards

Surf's UP!!! Grab Your Boards...
All of the definitions you'll need to know:

Promethean Board:
the physical product that is bolted to the front of the room.

the software that lets you use the Promethean Board.

 the wireless, battery free "mouse" that allows you to work with the Promethean Board. The Activpen will let you hover over the screen,
pushing the pen in on the screen is equivalent to a "left-click", pushing the button is equivalent to a "right-click".

There are a multitude of free, online tutorials that I suggest you use to extend your thinking and use of the Promethean Board. I would suggest Googling or searching YouTube for Activinspire Tutorial Videos. Additionally, Promethean Planet is a network of educators that share templates, lessons, etc. that you can use in your classroom. Finally, I have included some other training materials I have used to pull this tutorial together to help you along the way.

To get started, turn on the computer, and start up Activinspire. While in Activinspire, I chose to use the Primary settings, it seemed to be a little more basic, and easier for me to click on the Promethean Board. Once you have it started up, the menu will give you several options...of course the sky is the limit for how far you want to go with your Board. To get started, we'll consider three uses of the Promethean Board for things you already do in your classroom. These lessons are based on the premise that you would be using Tegrity to record your lesson, and that Activinspire would capture the document (s) that you create. Our students may not want to watch or review the video of the lecture, but they would review the documents you annotate.

1. Use the Promethean Board as a flipchart. You can use the flipchart feature to mark up the whiteboard, using full color, images, etc. and save this document to share with students, or save as a classroom artifact. There are great downloads you can access, as well as tutorials online to help make the flipboard more interactive.

2. Start with a .DOC, .XLS, or .PDF file. Pull up a document file to mark up, annotate, and comment on during your discussion. You then can save this document and provide it to your students for later. A perfect example of this is using it to mark up a rubric that you would like to discuss with your students so they understand your expectations for the assignment.

3. Start with a PPT file. Many of us use powerpoint files for classroom lectures and as a visual aid. This allows us to stay away from the dreaded disease of "powerpointlessness" and make our lecture more interactive. Mark up, and annotate your PPT during the lecture and include comments or questions your students may have written right into the file.

The only way to learn is to play, have fun...and start paddling out now!!!

A great, quick (six minute overview of Activinspire)

Two great support docs to use while getting up and running...
Twenty Easy Steps to Using Activinspire
Activ Inspire Training Manual