Aug 142012


You can find these resources later by using the Promethean or Interactive White Boards tags on my site at: or
First Things First – Orient The Board
  • To calibrate the board, right-click on the ACTIVControl icon in the system tray or on the top left of the board.
  • Choose “Calibrate” and touch the arrows around the board with the pen.
  • Help button (or anything else) not working correctly? You may need to download and install the needed drivers for your operating system.
Promethean ActivInspire Interactive Whiteboard Resources:

Have an iPad? You can use these apps along with the built in AirPlay capabilities of your iPad to use it as a “slate” to wirelessly interact with and control your board/computer:

ActivInspire Flipcharts – Kinda like a chalk board, but so much better

  • With ActivInspire software, you can quickly access all lesson materials from one convenient location. Intuitive tools and features enable you to easily create, deliver and manage interactive lessons. You can also add graphics and multimedia content instantly to any assessment or lesson.
  • Create your lessons beforehand, at home or at school, or during class on the fly.
  • Save Flipcharts for later use, or export the pages as images, PDF’s, or web pages to share with your students (It’s a great idea to make these resources available to students and parents from your web site) – In ActivInspire, head to File –> Export to see the options.
  • Demo the ActivInspire Tools
Apr 062011

Today we'll spend some time getting reacquainted with your SMARTBoard or Interactive White Board (IWB). The goal of today is to make this as much of a hands-on experience as it can be for you all. PLEASE don't hesitate to ask any questions you have or that pop up during the training.

See the attached SMART Demo Notebook File, along with a PDF version of the same document.

We'll??also take a little time to introduce you to your new computers – you have both a new operating system AND a brand new version of Microsoft Office that you may have never seen before. I don't have a lot of experience with either Windows 7 or with Office 2010, but thankfully I know where to find EXCELLENT quick-guides for these new tools.

I can't re-post them here, but all of the quick guides that I'll share with you today came from Custom Guides Quick References. You can follow that link and after a quick registration gain access to the following guides, along with almost any other software or operating quick guides you can think of – both on the Mac and PC:
  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010 Overview
  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Mar 222011
Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Looking for some ideas on how to use your Interactive Whiteboard? Below are a variety of web sites and resources that UEN gathered just for you.


Preschool Interactives

UEN gathered a variety of online activities that are appropriate for Preschool aged children. They are organized by Letters, Numbers, Me and STEM.

K-2 Student Interactives

UEN’s collection of online games for kindergarten, first and second grade students is perfect for your Interactive Whiteboard.

3-6 Student Interactives

Engage your whole classroom and promote collaboration by displaying these grades 3-6 online interactives.

7-12 Student Interactives

See your 7th – 12th grade students get excited about learning with this collection of interactive games and tools.

PBS KIDS Interactive Whiteboard Games

Here is a collection of interactive whiteboard games from PBS. Like their programs, all of their games are age-appropriate and vetted by educators.

Thinkfinity: Student Interactives

Thinkfinity provides free online learning interactive games and activities for students of all ages.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

These online manipulatives and activities allow K-12 students explore and examine math concepts.

Shodor Interactivate

This is a popular set of interactive online materials for math and science education – for grades 3 through 12.

This site offers a bank of visual teaching-aids and interactives for the Science classroom.

Thanks to the good folks at UEN for bringing these great Interactive White Board activities and eMedia videos together for Utah teachers.

Spread the word!

Nov 162010

Classroom response systems are becoming more and more prevalent. If only the clickers didn’t cost $70 a piece on top of the interactive white board setup.

Even with the limitations and potential issues of time, speed, and availability of student cell phones, I still like the idea of Poll Everywhere for introducing teachers to this sort of on-the-fly formative evaluation of student learning.