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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.
One of the great things about using a Promethean board with the ActivInspire Software is it allows you to build presentations that do not require you the teacher to be at the front of the classroom. Your presentations can be interactive. Students can come to the board and they can interact with the different elements on a single page or within a single flip chart. This way, students can double-check their work. Students can come to the board and perform certain actions in order to answer questions. Throughout this chapter we're going to build a single page with a variety of interactive elements. We're going to draw upon some of the most used skills and techniques to create interactive presentations where your students can interact with the board.
Here's a few examples about what we're going to create in this chapter. This particular page has a variety of stylistic elements that we're able to easily add without having to create them, such as the background and some of these graphics. It then has a really basic problem on it, where it asks students to identify a homozygous recessive, homozygous dominant, and heterozygous genotype. If students are unsure or need to check their work, they can grab the grid behind each box and lift it up to double check to see if they got the correct answer for those various genotypes. Students also have the ability to grab the magnifying class and drag it down, and they can peer through the box to quickly look at the answers.
These are great techniques that you can use in the classroom, and students can come to the board and check their work when they're ready. We're also going to add some interactive elements, such as the ability to click on an icon and automatically display a ruler on our Promethean board. Or we can click on a clock icon and immediately bring up a clock so that we can add quick count down or count up timers. Let's go ahead and dive into building this exact page inside of ActivInspire.
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