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Annotating over your desktop

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Annotating over your desktop

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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Up and Running with Promethean ActivInspire

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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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