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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.
When you first open ActivInspire, it'll automatically open up a flip chart called, untitled. You can see that the flow chart's been added to the top flip chart menu. And I can also see that it has a star after it, meaning that it has not been saved. This flip chart also has one blank page that's added. And we can see that blank page in the page browser. Let's go ahead and create a new flip chart. And talk about when we should add flip charts versus pages. To create a new flip chart, I'm going to select File from the top menu, and I'll come down to Flipchart. Here, I have a new untitled flip chart, the first thing I'm going to do is to go ahead and save this by going to File, and selecting Save.
I'll go ahead and give this flip chart the name of interactive whiteboard, and then click Save. You can now see the name of the flip chart is at the top of the screen. Typically, when I'm thinking about creating flip charts, or adding new pages, I like to align them to my classes. If you are a middle or high school teacher and you have various classes that come in throughout the day, then I highly recommend having a new flip chart for each individual class. Even if throughout that class session, you have a variety of information and things that you're going to talk about with your students, I would add additional pages for those different content areas. One of the benefits to this is at the beginning of the academic day, you can simply open up all of the flip charts you're going to use, and then just simply click to the next one as different classes come in.
Inside of the flip chart, we then have the ability to add additional pages. Now there's several ways that I can create new pages. If at any time I select a page, I can choose its Option icon and I can go to Insert a Page. Here I can insert a blank page before or after the pages I've selected. I can add a desktop snapshot if I'd like to show students exactly what's on my desktop. And I can also import a variety of activities, templates and themes directly from this menu. As you create your flip chart, if all you're trying to do is add a new blank page so you can continue to work, the fastest way to do that is on the right hand toolbox.
Simply click next page. If there is no next page in your flip chart, ActivInspire will automatically create the new page for you, and you can see that it's been created in the left hand page browser. As we move throughout this course, and continue to create class content, I will continue to highlight why I choose to create new pages versus new flip charts.
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