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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.
In addition to writing on and adding text to an ActivInspire page, ActivInspire also allows to annotate directly above our desktop. For example, if you have a PowerPoint presentation you're running, you can turn on ActivInspire and use the ActivInspire tools to annotate directly on top of that PowerPoint presentation. Or if you're trying to show students a website, you can annotate on top of the website. There's a few tips and tricks to using Desktop Annotate. Let's go ahead and dive into it. The first step is to go ahead and remove the main ActivInspire window.
We do this by turning on Desktop Annotation. Desktop Annotation has a small icon that's in the toolbox on the right hand side. I can also access this by going to Tools in the top navigation, and choosing Desktop Annotate. What essentially happens, is the top navigation menu is gone. The ActivInspire window is completely gone. And we can see the actual desktop directly below. Currently, I don't have anything on my desktop. So this desktop now acts like a blank page that I can draw on. Using the same toolbox, I can select things such as the Pen, and I can go ahead and draw directly on my desktop.
Typically when using Desktop Annotation, I'm not moving through multiple pages. And so I can actually go ahead and help clean up and maximize the space that I have to draw by removing the page browser. I'll do that simply by clicking the Close button. Now, there are a few downsides to using Desktop Navigation. You'll notice that my top menu's no longer there. So some of the features that I'd like to select, including those such as screen capturing or turning on the screen recorder, I no longer have access to. I'm only able to use the items that are in my Toolbox. However, right next to Desktop Annotation, we have something also known as Desktop Tools.
If I click Desktop Tools, my entire tool bar, as well as any annotations, will automatically disappear. And it'll open for me a icon based menu. Here I have access to a lot of the tools that would typically be found in the upper navigation menu. Including my screen recorder. In order to go back to my regular desktop annotations, I can simply click the Return to Flip Charts icon. And here I'm right back to my toolbox and my regular annotations. When I'm finished annotating on top of my desktop, I can go ahead and close out of this by clicking the Desktop Annotate icon.
You'll notice that it brought straight me back to my untitled and blank page. It also created a new flipchart called, Desktop Flipchart. If I select this flipchart, you can see that it automatically takes me right back in to Desktop Annotation. And my original annotations are still there. I can also then save this desktop flip chart for use at a later date.
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