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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.
Once you've connected both the projector and the Promethean board to your computer, and you've installed both the ActivInspire software as well as the Promethean board drivers, you're ready to go ahead and calibrate your board. What calibration is, is a way for Promethean to know exactly what's being projected on what part of the board. Throughout this process, Promethean is going to give you small x's on the board, and it's going to ask you to take your pen, or your finger if you have a touch board, and to touch those x's. As you move to this process, Promethean's going to know exactly what part of the projected image aligns to what part of the board, so that as you write on the board, it appears in the correct location.
Starting the calibration process is really simple. You'll find the small Promethean icon in the upper right-hand corner on a Mac, or in the lower right-hand tray on a PC. Currently I do not have a Promethean board attached to this computer, and so my icon has kind of a red X over it. If your Promethean board is attached then this icon will look just like the Control Panel icon. It'll have the small Promethean logo on it. All I'm going to do is come down to Calibration, and here I have two options. I have 5 point, which is a quick calibration, and I have 25 point, which is precision.
5 point mean that Promethean's going to ask me to touch the upper left corner, then the upper right corner, then the lower left corner, then the lower right corner, then the middle of the board. So, five quick points and it's going to line the projector image to my actual Promethean software. A 25 point is much more precise. If you have a Promethean board with an attached projector and it's really hard for your projector to move, then I recommend doing the 25 point precision calibration. However, if your projector's on a table, or a projector cart in the middle of your classroom projecting towards your Promethean board, then I would highly recommend doing the 5 point quick.
The reason being is if your projector's moved at anytime, even if a student bumps the table that's holding the projector; you'll need to recalibrate your board and the 5 point quick is a fast way to do that. Once you select one of these options, you'll see the Promethean logo appear in your board. And all you have to do is follow the on-screen steps to click the x's, and you'll be automatically calibrated and ready to go.
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