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Up and Running with Promethean ActivInspire

with Aaron Quigley

Video: Recording videos

Built directly in ActivInspire is a powerful screen recorder that allows you to make short video clips of anything on your computer. This screen recorder, even though it's made by ActivInspire, it actually does a full screen capture. This allows you to not only record ActivInspire, but also record anything run on your computer. So you can record web pages or show students how to use a different program. In order to use the screen recorder, the first thing we need to do is to go ahead and turn it on. We can access it by clicking on Tools in the upper navigation. Going to More Tools > Screen Recorder, and then selecting one of the two options.
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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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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a Promethean board
  • Syncing your computer with your Promethean board
  • Creating new presentations
  • Annotating over your desktop
  • Recording videos
  • Adding timed quiz questions
  • Controlling interactions in the Property Browser
  • Using Magic Ink
Subject:
Education + Elearning
Software:
ActivInspire
Author:
Aaron Quigley

Recording videos

Built directly in ActivInspire is a powerful screen recorder that allows you to make short video clips of anything on your computer. This screen recorder, even though it's made by ActivInspire, it actually does a full screen capture. This allows you to not only record ActivInspire, but also record anything run on your computer. So you can record web pages or show students how to use a different program. In order to use the screen recorder, the first thing we need to do is to go ahead and turn it on. We can access it by clicking on Tools in the upper navigation. Going to More Tools > Screen Recorder, and then selecting one of the two options.

We can do a full screen recorder, which is going to record literally everything you can see on your screen. We can also select an area screener quarter. This is going to allow us to pre-define one section of the screen, and only make a video of that particular section. So, for example, if I was going to create a short video showing my students this scale that's on the screen, they don't need to see the toolbox on the right hand side or the page browser on the left hand side. So I'm going to and make a short area screen recording for my students. I'll select the Area Screen Recorder, and now I need to define what area I actually want to record. I'm going to come up to the top right hand corner of this particular ActivInspire page, and I'm going to click and hold, and then drag out a box that covers the rest of the ActivInspire page.

When I release this box, I can now use my cursors to slightly position it exactly where I want it. What's going to happen now when I launch the recorder is only things that happen inside this box will be recorded. Anything outside of the box will not be recorded. Let's go and click Launch Recorder. Now there's a few things I'd like to point out before we get started. You notice at the top of the screen that the File menu has changed. It now says Screen Recorder instead of ActivInspire. That's because the Screen Recorder is actually a separate application. It's running at the same time as ActivInspire. If I were to look at my Start menu or my Application bar, I'll actually see a new application is opened up.

This is important because this application may actually move behind the object you're recording during your recording session. So, for example, if I come back and I click on the scale, you'll notice that the recording button disappears. The Screen Recorder application's still there, it's just in the background, and ActivInspire is now the foremost application. This becomes important, because when I'm ready to stop my recording, I need to actually go back to those navigation buttons. And sometimes I have to go back to the screen recording application to get them to appear. The first thing I'm going to do is to go ahead and move the buttons outside of my recording area.

That way they don't show up when I start this recording. When I'm ready to get started, I can go ahead and press the record button. The first step is to go ahead and determine where I'm going to save my recording and what its title is going to be. I'm going to just select my Desktop and call this Student_Video. Now when I click the Save button, it's going to start recording automatically. Let's go and create a short video for our students. Hi students, we're going to go ahead and take a look at how various weights impact a scale. I'm going to add ten grams to the left side, and I'm going to add five grams to the right side. Notice what happens to the scale as I move the ten grams closer to the fulcrum.

Now that I'm done with my recording, I'm going to go back to my screen recording application, and I'm going to click the Stop button. I'm going to go ahead and minimize ActivInspire so we can take a look at that video we just created. Hi students, we're going to go ahead and take a look at how various weights impact a scale. I'm going to add ten grams to the left side. So you can see that with a few simple steps, we were able to create a video for our students. This is a great thing if you're starting to use a flipped classroom model. If you're not familiar with the flipped classroom model, it's where you move the introduction of content outside of the classroom walls. When students come to class, then you spend 100% of the face-time doing extension activities, one-on-one coaching, and helping students master the content.

You can create small videos of introduction to content and have students watch it at home the night before class. I hope you enjoy making screen recordings, and that this can be a beneficial tool to you and your students.

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