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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.
The writing tools can also be used in conjunction with any presentation you're giving on your screen. So for instance, here I'm using the presentation's example flip chart, which can be found in chapter three of the exercise files. This particular flip chart is designed to be an interactive experience, where students can come up and actually move information around on the page itself. However, sometimes we'd like to highlight various things. So for example, if students aren't understanding where the force of motions are, we can actually annotate directly on top of this presentation. I'll go and select the pen tool. I'll add a width of 18. I'm going to come over to this aqua color.
And I'm going to show students exactly where one of the forces of motion is coming, by drawing an arrow. Now, during my lesson, I wanted to animate this particular force of motion. But sometimes, in the middle of a presentation, all you want to do is quickly remove every single annotation, so you can move forward with the lesson. I come down and select the spray bottle inside of my tool bar. And here, I have the option to quickly clear annotations. Using the pen tool or the highlighter in conjunction with the clear annotation allows you to quickly add text information onto the whiteboard, itself, during a presentation, without messing up the flow of your presentation.
However, sometimes, you want to add annotation, and actually save them as part of the slide. So, for example, if I wanted to find out where five grams and ten grams balance, I could go ahead and select five grams for the left hand side. I could select ten grams for the right hand side. And I could position them until the balance is perfectly level. Then, what I can do is I can go and select my pen tool. I'm going to come down to a width of six, I'll select black for the color, and I will say this is now balanced. In order to make this change permanent, all I have to do is go to File, and select Save, and that annotation will automatically be added to this page as an object.
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