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ActivBoard Users Group

ActivBoard Users Group
· New update currently available (3.7.19)
· Version 4 is coming soon (big changes?)
· Go into Dashboard and check for updates that we should be able to do without a tech person from the county

· Promethean Planet
· Promethean Learning
· Resource packs (holidays, seasons, months, . . .)
· Support can now be found in Promethean Planet as well as a Blog and Forum area (ActivStudio v3 features and benefits)

· Main Menu – Studio Settings – Spell Checker
· NC Resource Pack?
· Main Menu – Customize – Tool Store (to add options to flip chart creation)
· Container Technology
· Resource Library

· Math Tools:
· Protractor (draw along edges and create pie pieces)
· Ruler (draw shapes, mirror across lines of symmetry, rotate, turn, slide)
· Compass Tool

· Magnifying Glass
· Tool: Magic Magnifier (look for lessons on Promethean Planet)
· Layers

· Annotate Over Document (dashboard settings)
· Press button beside flip chart hide/show button on main menu and a black box will appear along the outer edge
· Allows you to write, highlight, draw, . . . on documents
· Click arrow tools for links to work
· Press squeeze bottle tool to clear annotations

· Power Tools: Area Video Recorder
· Area screen
· Define area
· Press record
· Save on desktop
· Makes it into a windows media file that can be posted to a website
· Laptops allow recording voice as well as actions (so can be posted for students to look at to review when needed)
· Records in high resolutions, so needs to be done in small sections

· Active Arena (coming soon?)
· Will use a different pen and require a board update
· Pen will respond to a different frequency, so you can write with 2 pens at the same time (technology not used by any other interactive board)

· Doggy Attendance FlipChart has a video running in the background (animated .gif file quicktime movie)

· Design Mode
· Right Click – insert – video file link
· Open as a place holder
· Start automatically
· Loop?
· Don’t show video controller


Integration Ideas: PowerPoint (DEN Webinar)

Integration Ideas: PowerPoint (DEN Webinar)
Presentation can be downloaded from Dennis Swain’s Blog (DE Streaming Professional Development)
“There's much more to Discovery Education streaming than just watching videos. Learn how to take content from DE streaming and integrate it into PowerPoint to create dynamic lessons for your classroom.”

Embedding and hyperlinking in PowerPoint
Why we do it: make movie files more engaging, easier to present/share, makes PPT and learning more interactive
Embedding: placing a document, video, sound, image, etc within the framework of a slide
Advantages: looks pretty, stay within the presentation
Disadvantage: lose ability to fast forward and rewind movie files
Saving files is really key when showing and sharing presentations
Discovery Education Streaming Videos are segmented and organized by topic, grade, subjects, . . .
Small file size works best (small chunks)

Select Video (or image or sound) in DE Streaming
Click on blue disk – Save – Make a new Folder (put ppt and all digital media in one place to prevent links from breaking and images not showing up)
Save to Hard Drive when done (it will work if saved to CD or thumbdrive but pulling from a second source may slow things down)
INSERT tab is crucial to using digital media

Look for and download Images and Sounds as well as videos on DE Streaming

Image Size – Medium (small is for thumbnails and large is best used for color prints)
Anything you download from DE Streaming can be used for classroom and student purposes within your building/district

Highlight Word -- Insert – Hyperlink (shortcut: right click to hyperlink)
You can also hyperlink images as well as words

Embed Audio by Insert – Movie and Sound – Sound from File (folder)
You can actually move the sound icon off the screen so it is not viewable but is still there (check for it to automatically start)
Leave the icon and start on click to help students and.or presenter know there is sound on a particular slide

Embed a movie file using Insert also (choose automatic or when clicked)
Draw Viewable area
Disadvantage: doesn’t allow you to really control where you are in the file, so make sure you know when you insert it
Simple Machines by Renny, Meredith, Suzanne, Paula
What are Simple Machines? Click the picture to watch the video (possibly include multiple images on the same slide?)

Discovery Education Streaming – Professional Resources Tab
Great Resource for using digital media
Teaching Tips: Embedding Videos in PPTY, Using MovieMaker to Create Own Movies Interactive Whiteboards, Mapping Software, Project Demonstrations, etc . . .
Advanced Search: Editable Files (changing the file you download to better suit your needs by possibly adding something to it) edit
In case you can’t find what you are looking for in the Professional Development Tab, you can search the Blogs on DEN (Discovery Educators Network)

STAR Educator Benefits
Possible Events: show others how to hyperlink/embed videos, images, and sounds


"No Mind Left Behind: Using Media to Reach All Students"

“No Mind Left Behind – Using Media to Reach All Students”
DEN Webinar October 25,2008
· Today’s students are not longer the students our schools were designed to teach
· Current Kindergartners will graduate from high school in 2021: What kinds of jobs will be available then? What are we doing to prepare them for that?
· Disciplined Mind (creativity to construct knowledge_
· Synthesized Mind (takes in info and transforms it into something brisk, clear, and repeatable
· Creative Mind (takes info and builds content . . . in the world of tomorrow: “I create, therefore I am”
· Respectful Mind (knowledge of others and around us and the differences)
· Do Podcast for Week in Review
· Nettrekker
· BrainPop
· Inspiration
· Flip video to let kids do themselves
· Movie Maker
· Free (mind mapping tools for collaboration)
· Assign TV watching as homework (Watch and evaluate plot, setting, characterization . . .)
· Take statistics from Playoff games
· Datainspiration
· Inspired data
· Voicethread
· Gabcast
· EduWiki
· If Thomas Jefferson were chatting online with you, what would be some questions you would instant message him with? What would be on his IPOD? (characterization activity?)
· Writing Prompt Builder in Discovery Education
· Assignment Builder in Discovery Education
· Wikis are a great way for sharing and creating
· (all around the world day)


Arts Team Page

I am really pushing to get a Visual and Performing Arts Page (focus of our magnet) added to the school website. I talked with Pilson today about forming a subgroup of the magnet marketing committee to help promote the magnet system around the system. The system's magnet webpages have not been updated. Our page will be soon and then we will link it to our school page.
I saw some magnet brochures from certain schools, and I was thinking that maybe we could try to create a online brochure with this page and its focus.


Tech or Treat

Tech or Treat (DEN Webinar)
Oct. 28, 2008
The host shared some of his tips and tricks and then opened it up to let others share as well.
· (new site to check common usernames to see what sites they are used)
· (FREE safe email and blogs for students . . . you can also link up with other gaggle classrooms for online projects)
· (FREE video ideas worth sharing . . . one recommended by Sir Ken Robinson “Do Schools Kill Creativity)
· (site reads to students)
· (FREE book site that has books you can embed in your blog)
· (live broadcast site that is one you can’t just jump in and learn)
· (music site)
· ( short streaming videos about almost every element)
· (makes complex ideas like technology easy to understand)
· (international learning and teaching project designed to help students ages 9-15 grow into knowledgeable, responsible, and empathetic adults
· (personalized google page)enha
· Google preview (inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.)
· (create, publish, share, and discuss comic strips)
· (custom mosaics and jigsaw puzzles from digital pictures)
· (create animated movies in a few minutes)

  • (collection of children’s books to use with smartboard or interactive whiteboard, 713 books available, you can also create and publish own books exciting