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Video: Adding objects and connectors

While teaching with the Promethean board you can use objects and connectors in order to show relationships between items. If you're an English teacher this is a great way to help students organize a paper by having a visual flow chart and using connecting lines to show the relationship between characters. The first thing we need to do is to go ahead and start adding some objects on to our page. I'm going to start by using some shapes. On the toolbox, I'm going to go and select the Shape icon, and I'm going to select the rounded square. Here I'm just going to go ahead and drag out a few rounded squares on this particular page.
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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 objects and connectors

While teaching with the Promethean board you can use objects and connectors in order to show relationships between items. If you're an English teacher this is a great way to help students organize a paper by having a visual flow chart and using connecting lines to show the relationship between characters. The first thing we need to do is to go ahead and start adding some objects on to our page. I'm going to start by using some shapes. On the toolbox, I'm going to go and select the Shape icon, and I'm going to select the rounded square. Here I'm just going to go ahead and drag out a few rounded squares on this particular page.

Under a page browser, I'm going to come over to our property browser Then choose the Select icon and choose one of the boxes. Under our property browser, I'm just going to minimize absolutely everything except for the label. The label allows me to add some text to this particular box. I'm going to go ahead and type out setting and then click down to the font size. Here I'll increase the font size to about 18. Now I can come up to the word setting in this box and position it where I'd like it to be positioned. When I click outside of the box, I can now reselect the box and move both the word and the box around.

This is a quick way to create some organizational elements that we can then link together. I'm then going to come down and choose one of these other three boxes. I'll go to its caption and I'll put School. Once again I'll increase the font size to about 18, position the text. I'll click to the next box, call this one Wilderness, increase its font size again. I'll do the same thing for these next two boxes. Okay so now that I've got these boxes with appropriate captions on them I know that we're talking about a setting for a possible story. Maybe this is part of a class brainstorming.

These were the ideas that students came up with. To show that the setting's the most important thing that we're dealing with, I'm going to select its box. I'm going to come back to the property browser. And I'm going to go and select a different font And then also increase its size to about 30. This will allow us to quickly see that setting is what we're dealing with, and we're now going to make some connections between these other areas. To make the connections, we're going to click on the Connector icon. The Connector icon looks like two small blue dots with an arrow between them. Here we have a variety of connectors that we can use, I'm going to go ahead and select this dotted line to show that all four of these things connect to Setting.

To make a connection I'm going to hover above one of the boxes, select one of its anchor points, click and then drag it over to another anchor point on another box. Now that these two boxes are connected, if I come back to my Select tool. And then choose to move the location of school. That connection's going to stay with it. I'll come back to my connectors. Make sure that the dotted line is selected. I'm going to come back to Setting. And I'm going to go head and make some connections from setting to all of these different settings that we're working with. So now that I've got those connections made, no matter where these are on the page, they're all going to link back to Setting.

Now, a few of these settings are actually connected to each other as well. Let's go ahead and come back to the connectors, and this time, I'm going to use a curve to show there is some slight connection between them. So, for example, the forest here is actually connected to the wilderness. So I'll start at the forest, click and hold, and drag down to the wilderness. The lake here is also connected to the wilderness, so I'll start at the lake and drag down to the Wilderness. So, I can see right away that the Wilderness has three connections to it. Using my Select tool, I'm going to grab the Wilderness, I'm going to drag it towards the top of the screen and then move the rest of these down a little bit.

So, based on the class brainstorm we did, the setting that has the most connections to class ideas is the Wilderness. And the Wilderness might be the appropriate setting that we should use for our in class iii. Now, we've used Shape so far to make connections. But you can actually use any object that's on the page to make a connection. For example, I'm going to come over here to Text and I'm going to go ahead and start typing out characters. I'm just going to format this text by making it a little bit larger. We'll select 22 and we'll Bold it. I'm going to use the width adjustment to make sure it's all on a single line. And now I'm going to come back to my connectors icon. Here I'm going to use a double lined arrow.

I'm going to select it. I'm going to click on characters, and I'm going to go and select setting again. So now I've connected characters and setting together. So if I click on my Select tool, and I come back to characters and move it around, it is now connected to setting. Using these tools is a great way to go through an outline for a paper. You can show relationships between various items. And you can even have a class brainstorming session that helps keep you organized.

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