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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.
Before you begin using your Promethean Board, the first step is to make sure you have it properly setup. There's a variety of board types out there, and the best thing is to always follow the instructions that were included with your board. In every Promethean Board setup, there's three main players. There's the board itself. There's your computer that's connected to the board, as well as a projector. Even if you have a projector that's attached to your Promethean Board, this setup is functioning the exact same. There's one slight variation to this, and that is the Promethean Board table. If you have a Promethean Board that projects its own images, then the projector is not part of the board itself, and it's pre-calibrated.
However, for most Promethean setups, these will be the three main players that you need to be concerned with. As you interact with your Promethean Board, whether through a touchscreen or using the Promethean pen, it sends a signal back to your computer. The signal says this part of the board was touched and this is the action that should take place. The computer takes that signal using the Promethean drivers and then sends its signal out to the projector. The projector now knows what part of the Promethean Board it should send writing to, or your graphic to. The setup's important to understand because the computer ends up being the key player.
It controls both the board and the projector. Often, if you're writing on your Promethean Board and it looks like the letters aren't lining up to the part of the board that you touched, it's usually not the board's issue. It's often a computer calibration issue. Also, if your projector seems to be sending images that aren't correct onto the board, once again, that may not be a Promethean Board issue. It might be a configuration in your computer. Your computer itself needs several things in order to make sure that the Promethean Board and the projector are in sync. One of those things is ActivInspire software, which we're going to dive into in-depth in the rest of this course.
The second thing are the Promethean drivers. In a couple videos, we'll go ahead and show you exactly how you can access and download both ActivInspire and the Promethean drivers to make sure that your board and projector are always in sync.
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