Up and Running with Promethean ActivInspire
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Up and Running with Promethean ActivInspire

with Aaron Quigley

Video: Using Magic Ink

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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Using challenges
  2. 6m 34s
    1. Understanding the Promethean technical setup
      1m 47s
    2. Accessing the Promethean Knowledgebase
    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
    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
    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
    11. Solution: Create a button that will save page annotations
      3m 2s
  6. 59s
    1. Next steps

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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
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Aaron Quigley

Using Magic Ink

Another great way to add interactivity to an activInspire presentation, is by creating a magic looking-glass. A magic looking-glass essentially is going to use something called magic ink that will allow the user to move an object around, and use that object to look through something. So, for example, over here on the interactive presentations flip chart, I have a magic looking-glass already put together. This looking-glass, when I take it and put it on top of top-level items, it makes them disappear. So I can only see what's below them, or the middle or bottom level items.

Let's go ahead and go back to our genotypes flip chart, and talk about how we can make this exact, magic looking-glass. Now earlier in this chapter, using the resource browser, we found this looking-glass and we pulled it out and put it on our page. Here, if I take the looking-glass, I can see that's it's currently the top most level item. As I move it around the page it's always on top of every other object. If your looking-glass disappears behind any of the objects as you move it around, then you'll need to head over to the object browser and to make sure that the revealer or your looking glass is the very top object in the top layer.

Now this looking glass is designed to look through all top layer items. So when you look through the looking glass you shouldn't see the HT, HD, or HR objects which are our rounded boxes. It'll show you then, everything that's in the middle layer. Let's go ahead and start making this looking-glass. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and resize this object. I'm going to grab its Anchor tool, and I'm going to make it just a little bit bigger. The reason I'm making this bigger, is it's going to be easier to add the magic ink on the inside. The Magic Ink tool actually comes in as a square.

And so even though this was rounded, the bigger that it is, the easier it will be to fill in with magic ink. To access our magic ink tool, I'm going to go to Tools, and I'm going to select Magic Ink. Now this next step is really important. What I'm going to do, even though I can't see it, I'm going to fill in this entire looking-glass with magic ink. As I overlap the magnifying glass a little bit you'll actually see the magnifying glass start to disappear as if I was erasing it. As you do this, you need to do it in one consecutive drawing, that means I can't lift my finger off the mouse.

When I click and I start scribbling in magic ink I need to make sure I do it in a single take. So let's go ahead and get started. I'm going to go ahead and click, and as I can see, part of the magnifying glass is disappearing. I'm going to try to erase almost all of this kind of cream-colored, that's going to make sure that I'm overlapping the magnifying glass and getting to all of the edges with my magic ink. As I complete this circle, you can see that I've done a fairly decent job of making sure I'm getting all the way to the edge of the magnifying glass. Now, because there's also a middle to this, I'm going to come back through and I'm going to just kind of scribble around to make sure that I'm filling in the entire magnifying glass with this invisible Magic Ink.

Now I've held down my cursor the entire time and I'm going to go ahead and release it now. On the left hand object browser, I now see Pen1 with the Magic Ink symbol. When I select this, I can see my magic ink that now appears over here on top of the magnifying glass. This ink is actually what's going to allow us to see through the first level. If I grab my Select tool, and go ahead and grab the ink, I can drag it down, and as you can see, I am already able to make all the top-level items disappear. I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z on the PC to replace that ink directly above the magnifying glass.

Now what I'd like to have happen is I want the ink to be below the magnifying glass. I want to bring back the rest of the magnifying glass rim. To do that, I'll grab the magic ink in the object browser. And I'm going to drag it directly below the revealer or the magnifying glass. Then, what I'd like to have happen is I want these two different objects to act as one object. And I'm going to do that by grouping them. Using my cursor, I'll just drag a box that touches both the magnifying glass and the magic ink. And I'll be careful not to touch any other objects on my page.

Now that they're both selected, I'm going to come down to the group button and I'm going to click it until it has a yellow background. This means that my magnifying glass and magic ink have now been grouped together. With them grouped together, I'm going to go ahead and reduce it back to a smaller size, and now when my students are at the board, they can grab the magnifying glass, bring it down, and the top-level items will automatically disappear and they can view the information that is directly below it. Using this technique, you can create entire pages with hidden information and allow your students to discover it during your class lesson.

I hope you enjoy using Magic Ink and your student find it is a fun way to interact with your Promethean board.

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