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Adding clocks and timers


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Up and Running with Promethean ActivInspire

with Aaron Quigley

Video: Adding clocks and timers

Throughout a lesson, I often use a timer to make sure that my students are staying on track, and I'm also making sure I finish my class on time. Inside of ActivInspire, we have the ability to embed a variety of timers. We can add a timer just on the board that will be there regardless of what page we're viewing, and we can also embed timers directly into pages. Let's go and talk about how we can add these clocks and timers to our flip charts directly inside of ActivInspire? The first type of timer we can use will be projected on the board, regardless of what page is being displayed. This is also known as the ActivInspire clock.
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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
    3. Using challenges
      39s
  2. 6m 34s
    1. Understanding the Promethean technical setup
      1m 47s
    2. Accessing the Promethean Knowledgebase
      48s
    3. Downloading ActivInspire software and Promethean drivers
      1m 58s
    4. Syncing your computer with your Promethean board
      2m 1s
  3. 28m 55s
    1. Exploring the ActivInspire interface
      4m 32s
    2. Creating new presentations
      2m 7s
    3. Using ActivInspire as a whiteboard
      3m 26s
    4. Annotating over your desktop
      2m 30s
    5. Handwriting and shape recognition
      3m 52s
    6. ActivInspire presentations
      4m 40s
    7. Recording videos
      3m 56s
    8. Challenge: Create a video that demonstrates how to use a website
      39s
    9. Solution: Create a video that demonstrates how to use a website
      3m 13s
  4. 20m 39s
    1. Writing tools
      4m 53s
    2. Annotating presentations
      1m 48s
    3. Math tools
      3m 47s
    4. Adding objects and connectors
      4m 41s
    5. Adding clocks and timers
      2m 56s
    6. Challenge: Create a self-answering, timed quiz question
      34s
    7. Solution: Create a self-answering, timed quiz question
      2m 0s
  5. 37m 22s
    1. Considerations for interactive presentations
      1m 31s
    2. Using the Resource Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Styling objects in the Property Browser
      8m 17s
    4. Controlling interactions with the Property Browser
      6m 30s
    5. Adding property actions
      2m 57s
    6. Drag-and-drop actions
      1m 4s
    7. Using Magic Ink
      4m 33s
    8. Locking items
      3m 21s
    9. Utilizing prometheanplanet.com
      1m 19s
    10. Challenge: Create a button that will save page annotations
      39s
    11. Solution: Create a button that will save page annotations
      3m 2s
  6. 59s
    1. Next steps
      59s

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Promethean interactive whiteboards bring the immediacy of touch to your teaching. Learn the tools and best practices for using one in your classroom, in this course from author and educator Aaron Quigley. Aaron shows how to set up your Promethean board; download ActivInspire, the software that drives Promethean boards; and get started creating new presentations that include video, quizzes, and annotations. He'll also focus on teaching methods that get your students actively involved with the Promethean board, and offer challenges along the way to test their skills.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a Promethean board
  • Syncing your computer with your Promethean board
  • Creating new presentations
  • Annotating over your desktop
  • Recording videos
  • Adding timed quiz questions
  • Controlling interactions in the Property Browser
  • Using Magic Ink
Subject:
Education + Elearning
Software:
ActivInspire
Author:
Aaron Quigley

Adding clocks and timers

Throughout a lesson, I often use a timer to make sure that my students are staying on track, and I'm also making sure I finish my class on time. Inside of ActivInspire, we have the ability to embed a variety of timers. We can add a timer just on the board that will be there regardless of what page we're viewing, and we can also embed timers directly into pages. Let's go and talk about how we can add these clocks and timers to our flip charts directly inside of ActivInspire? The first type of timer we can use will be projected on the board, regardless of what page is being displayed. This is also known as the ActivInspire clock.

To turn the clock on, we're going to go to Tools, followed by More Tools, and then select Clock. Here we have a clock that's displayed and I can position it anywhere I'd like on top of the page. If I create a new page, and I click between the pages, the clock stays in place. It is not page dependant, it's ActivInspire dependant. Even if I opened up a new flipchart, the clock would still be there. Now the clock has several options that we can configure. I can choose to have a digital clock. I can have the analog clock with no information, or I can have an analog clock that also shows the date and time.

I can also choose to turn this clock into a countup timer. The up-arrow for countup. Or a countdown timer, the down-arrow for countdown. So, for example, I might have this clock open so that students can see what's going on. And then maybe I'd like to say, you have exactly 5 minutes left in this particular project. I can click on the countdown timer. Type in a 5. If I'd like to, I can choose a sound to play. I can also have it perform a certain action at the very end. And then click OK. Now, one nice thing about the actions, is if this particular page contained a question.

I could have this timer advance to the next page, and the next question at the end of 5 minutes. This way if you're using your Promethean board to give a quiz, using the student response system. Your timer will actually determine when you move on to the next question. In addition to using this clock which is outside of the pages, I can also choose to embed various timers directly on the pages themselves. I do this by selecting the page I would like to embed the timer, and then I'm going to choose my Resource Browser. Under my Resource Browser, I'm going to open up Shared Resources. I'm going to come down to Lesson building tools, and click on Gadgets.

Here we have a variety of gadgets that I can embed directly on the page, including countdown timers. I'm going to grab this countdown timer, drag it over to the page, position it where I like it and then release it. I now have a countdown timer that's built directly into this page. So, if I come back to my Page view, I can see that as I go to my second page that timer's no longer there. In this page, I can quickly click the number of minutes students have and then click the play button. This timer we will now count down from 2 minutes and at the end of the 2 minute period the timer will stop. Unfortunately this timer does not have the ability to add in functions such as advancing to the next page or performing an action when the timer goes off.

Using the page timers in conjunction with the ActivInspired clock is a great way to make sure that your lesson always flows and that students have a clear understanding of the time expectations as you move throughout your class.

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