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Wednesday
Oct162013

Did You Share 5 Things Today?

While at an elementary school today, I helped teachers discover or rediscover some of the features of the Promethean Activboard …. 
 
We mainly focused on the menu bar and the resource browser …
 
There is so much you can do with all that is contained in those two places!
Here are a few things that could help them ….
 
And maybe someone you know …
 
1. What a great LiveBinder for ActivInspire Reminders! (I found it by visiting the LiveBinders site and searching for Promethean). One of the tabs that really jumps out at me is the one called Lesson Plans for Interactivity. The table on that tab not only lists tools for interactivity but also ways to fit interactivity into the curriculum without using technology!

2. I have probably been to more than my fair share of ActivInspire Basics trainings, but there are things I learn about that I may not remember exactly how to do since I do not use them everyday. There are many times when I know what I want to do and know that it is possible, but just can’t remember the steps to take to make it possible. That is when this Tips and Tricks sheet comes in so handy:http://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/school/tech/guides/ActivInspire_Tips_Tricks.pdf

3. On this “Cheat Sheet” teachers can find the ActivInspire toolbar with labels and even more! There are instructions for ways to customize the toolbar and explanations of the browser windows (resource, notes, object …):  http://techcoachpatti.wicomico.wikispaces.net/file/view/ActivInspire_CheatSheet.pdf 

4. I found these great ActivInspire Teaching Tips  from Promethean Planet!  I think these tips are good for beginners as well as great reminders for more advanced users.  You can find helpful tips on drag-and-drop activities, using page reset, pulling out objects, adding new pages from templates, and more! I like the way they are presented in narrative format accompanied by lots of pictures rather than just a bulleted list.
5.  After having her  Promethean board 7 years, Adrienne put together some tips for you to remember:
  • ” I now realize that I was not alone with my questions, concerns, fears and cluelessness about the infamous “board”. In order to dispel some of the rumors and fears surrounding the board and the software, I have put together my version of ActivBoard commandments.”

 

 

Sunday
Jan272013

Resources to Share!


Each week I share resources with the principals of some elementary schools in the school district where I work. 

I try to share one resource related to the Promethean ActivBoard, one resource related to the SMART Board, and one instructional technology resource that can be used by teachers regardless of the technology that may or may not be in their classroom.

I work with some schools that have one type of board, both types of boards, and limited access to interactive white boards, so I try to provide options so they can choose what to share based on their environment.

I also share the resources here since they can be used both at home and in the classroom!

 

 

 

Promethean:

From PCS ActivInspire Tips and Good WebsitesChanging Profiles and Customizing the Main Toolbox
 
There are preset profiles: Authoring, At The Board, Languages, Mathematics and Media.
*You’re probably default using the “ Authoring ” setting. These are all customized by Promethean, but you can add other things to the main toolbox, change the size, many things.
In ActivInspire, if you go to File-Settings , you’ll notice that you’re in the last tab. If you click on Tools (left column) you can customize the tools - setting appear on the right. For instance, I like to switch that top Default tool to Select, so that when I open up ActivInspire I don’t have the pen right away. You can change the default size, scroll down to customize Math tools, and more….
The other main thing I like to do is to go to “Layout” tab (Just below the drop down box for Profiles - Probably says Authoring for most of you). In this Layout tab, you can change the size of the Main Toolbox, number of colors displayed and a host of other things.
In the “Commands” tab, you can find commands that you want on the Main Toolbox and after you click on the command, go to the bottom and click “Add”, then it will appear over on the left. Then, you can move it up or down to customize that Main Toolbox with tools that YOU will use.
On the right side drop down box that says Main Toolbox will also let you customize the Marquee Handles that appear when you click on an object in ActivInspire.

Video Tutorial from youtube below on Customizing Main Toolbox:

SMART:

From TechieTips4Teachers: Let the Response Do The Work For You:

Want a program that grades your papers, provides instant student feedback, and gives you more time to teach? Then this is for you!  All you need to get started is SMART Response software and a set of Response clickers. This short video tutorial will show you how easy it is to get started creating assessments that work as test answer sheets. This will work with any multiple choice test format and is great for pre and post assessments like Dan Mulligan’s “Fast Five.” Questions can be tagged to correlate with specific SOLs and results exported into Excel spreadsheets for item analysis.
 
You can find a video to walk you through the process on TechieTips4Teachers 
 
 
Instructional:

A portion of an article From LiteracyHead: Climbing the Staircase of Complexity
Most of us have interpreted the way students “climb” the staircase of complexity, or the ways they ascend through levels of more difficult text, as very sequential, categorical, and linear … Perhaps, the staircase metaphor does work to help us understand the ways students need to read text at increasingly difficult levels in order to be ready for college and career. Sort of.

The problem is that the staircase metaphor is too tidy. Learning to negotiate text requires a set of skills that translates across text levels. What is likely to change across texts is the sentence structure, the text structure, and the vocabulary, among other things. So figuring out a harder text, often means spending time in easier texts in order to build vocabulary that will make the harder text accessible. Or, a student might move up and down text levels depending on the scaffolding of teachers or the subject matter of the text.

To see the rest of this interesting article, please visit this LiteracyHead Chatter Page as well as the Burkins and Yaris blog.
If you found this interesting, you may want to look at similar posts: Resources to Share Category
 
Piano Image Source: Liz Amini-Holmes’s piece, REAL PIANO CD COVER
Sunday
Jan202013

Resources to Share!

 

 

Each week I share resources with the principals of some elementary schools in the school district where I work. 

I try to share one resource related to the Promethean ActivBoard, one resource related to the SMART Board, and one instructional technology resource that can be used by teachers regardless of the technology that may or may not be in their classroom.

I work with some schools that have one type of board, both types of boards, and limited access to interactive white boards, so I try to provide options so they can choose what to share based on their environment.

I decided to share the resources here too!

My plan is to share the resources on my blog on Sundays!

 

 

 

Instructional Resource
To help my daughter learn how to spell her name, I made up a song. To help my daughter learn our home address, we  sang a song. Music plays a role in the remembering process.  Science is an areas where there are lots of facts and processes to learn.  Mr. Parr’s Science Songs  can help with that. You can find songs about a wide variety of Science topics!

Promethean
ActivInspire Magic Ink Instructions (uses the object browser too)

SMART
5 tips and Tricks for SMART Board 
Tuesday
Sep292009

I found information on a resource for global studies that I thought I would share
http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=1344

Story Cove- A World of Stories is an excellent collection of stories from around the world. The folktales come from a variety of cultures and places sharing timeless lessons and universal values. The stories are shared in two ways, as an audio story only, or as a movie. The stories have been collected from countries around the world including: Africa, Asia, Americas, Australia, and Europe. Students can explore the world through the stories told there.

Tuesday
Jul212009

Summer Challenge

I think this is a really neat idea for teachers to connect with technology. http://bit.ly/hccne