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  1. 1. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 Promethean Training Prompt: Plan a technology training opportunity for teacher professional development. Include the following elements: 1. SMART goals 2. Planned activities 3. Expected outcomes 4. Measuring participants’ learning 5. Facilitating return of learning to classroom 6. Measuring outcome on student learning Professional Development Plan Overview Professional Development will take place in two half-day sessions, the first in September and the next in November. Participants may opt to attend follow-up mini- sessions over the course of the year and training materials will be available online. Building Technology Coaches will facilitate training sessions in their buildings using training resources common to all district schools. Training resources have been placed into modules which will be self-selected by trainees, under the guidance of district technology staff. Modules may be completed in any order but most build upon skills learned in earlier modules. Training modules are housed on a Web site developed specifically for district professional development: http://pbtraining.weebly.com/index.html (see Appendix A) Characteristics of Participants Professional Development was designed for teachers in a suburban K-8 school district who have ongoing access to a Promethean’s ActivInspire software. Rolling installations of Promethean Boards mean attendees will have had a variety of experiences and prior training. Also, in four of the six buildings, ActivExpression devices have been recently purchased for each classroom with the intent being that they will be used extensively to guide instruction. Teachers in the other two buildings (both K-5) have traveling sets of ActiVote and ActivExpression devices available.  Cohort 1: K-3 classroom teachers and Middle School math teachers had newly installed Promethean Boards in their classroom at the time of initial district
  2. 2. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 training sessions one year ago. The September training session will be their third formal training session since their board was installed.  Cohort 2: Remaining elementary staff participated in initial training sessions but did not have access to a Promethean Board at that time. The September training session will be their third formal training session overall, but the first since their classroom’s Promethean Board was installed.  Cohort 3: Remaining Middle School teachers have newly installed Promethean Boards in their classrooms. This will be their first exposure to Promethean technologies.  Cohort 4: Cohort 4 is comprised of K-8 teachers who have access to ActivInspire software but do not have a Promethean Board in their teaching space. Due to the variety of prior experiences with Promethean technologies, as well as varying levels of access to hardware, differentiated training materials and support systems are needed. Those individuals who desire greater support may complete all training under the direct supervision of technology leaders. Those who desire greater independence may complete the majority of training in their classrooms instead. SMART Goals S Specific NOVICEUSER By the end of the second training session, novice users will be able to  Calibrate the board  Access and download resources on district Collaborative Team Portal and Promethean Planet  Select and use ready-made flipcharts during class instruction  Use basic tools (Module 2)  Use Desktop Annotate.
  3. 3. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 INTERMEDIATE By the end of the second training session, Intermediate Users will be able to execute those tasks listed for Novice Users above and also  use Desktop Tools outside of ActivInspire.  use LRS for pre-made questions.  modify the content of a flipchart (Module 7).  use the Camera Tool to bring outside content into a flipchart.  access training resources and documents on District Web Portal and Promethean Planet. ADVANCED By the end of the second training session, Advanced Users will be able to execute those tasks listed for Intermediate Users above and also  register LRS devices and use ExpressPoll.  create a flipchart that is aligned with district curriculum.  evaluate the design of a flipchart (CARP).  use Screen Recorder to share information and student work.  upload completed flipcharts to Collaborative Team Portal. M Measurable Technology Surveys in August and May (Appendix B), along with LRS Questionnaires (Appendix C) at each training session will provide pre- and post-test data and measure participants’ ability to use specific tools and complete related tasks. A Attainable Participants will have 5 hours of independent work time during training sessions.  Content within training modules for Novice Users (1, 2, 3, 12) is expected to take about two hours but new users are likely to move slowly through the material.  Content within training modules for Intermediate Users (1, 3, 4, 7, 12) is expected to take over two hours and most will likely have time to spare for additional practice or other modules.  Advanced Users would need all the training time and more, to complete all content in related modules, but most advanced users will likely know much of that content already. It is expected that many advanced users will be able to focus on the LRS tutorial (Module 5), design principles, flipchart creation, and advanced techniques during training sessions. R Realistic Only those teachers with access to Promethean technologies (hardware, software, handheld devices) will participate in
  4. 4. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 Promethean Training Sessions. Promethean technologies are available in their classrooms and it is expected that teachers use them with increasing regularity and complexity over time. T Timely Promethean Boards have been newly installed in most participants’ classrooms. With rolling installations, Promethean technologies have been available in other classrooms for one year or less. Planned Activities: September Half Day In-Service 1. Needs Assessment In early August, when district mailings are sent to staff, the link to an online Technology Training Needs Assessment: (see Appendix B) will be included. Those teachers with greater experience using ActivInspire may choose to volunteer to serve as tech support for the September and/or November training sessions. 2. Technology Coach Meeting In late August, district technology staff members meet to review procedures and training materials and assign staff members and volunteer technology leaders to training groups. Staff members who do not submit surveys will be placed in groups based on expected levels of previous experience. Staff will determine building-specific set up and equipments needs for large group presentations and small group break out sessions. 3. Training Session (3 hours) a. Large Group Presentation: (15 minutes) District technology staff present overview of the day’s activities: Three Tiers of Users/Goals (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced), Web-Based Modules (http://pbtraining.weebly.com/index.html), Supports, and Timeline for the day’s activities. b. Break Out Sessions: (2.5 hours plus 15-minute break) i. Novice users and those in need of greater support, remain in large group space and use district Netbooks with ActivInspire installed,
  5. 5. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 during work time. Building Technology Coaches will be on hand for whole group direct instruction and individual support as needed. ii. Those with more experience or in need of minimal support, adjourn to a classroom with a Promethean Board and LRS devices. Staff use district Netbooks, with ActivInspire installed, and begin work with volunteer technology leaders on hand to provide help as needed. iii. Remaining staff work on training modules in their classrooms. c. Debriefing and Next Steps: (30 minutes) i. Staff members reconvene to debrief the day’s activities – what went well, questions, glitches, etc. ii. Encourage staff to continue using modules to review newly learned skills and information and look over other modules, as able, prior to the November In-Service. It is expected that some staff will choose to continue working on training modules while others will be less interested in using personal time to continue training. iii. Complete self-paced question set using ActivExpressions (Appendix C). iv. Participants complete district Staff Development Evaluation Form. Planned Activities: November Half Day In-Service 1. Survey Information In September, technology staff will review module surveys and LRS responses to determine if revisions will be made to training materials, whole group activities, or assignment of staff to training groupings. 2. Technology Coach Meeting Prior to November In-Service, district technology staff meet to review procedures and training materials and re-evaluate assignment of staff members and volunteer technology leaders to training groups. Staff review building-specific set up and equipment needs for large group presentations and small group break out
  6. 6. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 sessions and make adjustments as needed for the next training session. 3. Training Session (3 hours) a. Large Group Presentation: (15 minutes) District technology staff will present an overview of the day’s activities: Goals, Activities, Web-Based Modules, Supports, and Timeline for the day’s activities. b. Break Out Sessions: (2.5 hours plus 15-minute break) As before, staff members with greater experience and/or in need of less support with adjourn to an alternate location. Those in need of greater support remain in large group space and use district Netbooks, with ActivInspire installed, to access training materials. Building Technology Coaches and volunteer technology leaders will be on hand for individual support as needed. c. Debriefing and Next Steps: (30 minutes) i. Staff reconvenes to debrief the day’s activities. ii. Encourage staff to continue using modules to review and reinforce newly learned skills and information. Preview end-of-year survey in which participants evaluate their current level of functioning as it pertains to module content. iii. Complete self-paced question set using ActivExpressions (Appendix B). iv. Participants complete district Staff Development Evaluation Form. Expected Outcomes With ongoing access to training materials, and the availability of related technology resources and tech support, it is expected that participants will experience growth in their ability to use Promethean technologies effectively in their classroom instruction during the first half of the year and maintain that growth in the latter half of the year. Those teachers who are more self-directed learners and engaged in Promethean learning tasks, will become increasingly proficient as the year goes on. By
  7. 7. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 the end of the school year it is expected that all teachers who have access to ActivInspire software and LRS devices will feel comfortable with those tasks listed in the SMART Goals above, as evidenced by End of Year Technology Survey results. Measuring Participants’ Learning Staff Development Evaluation Forms from September and November Training Sessions, along with the August Technology Needs Assessment and the Year End Technology Survey (Appendix B), will be used to collect information about participants’ learning. The Staff Development Evaluation Form is a standard paper document whose use is required for all district staff development activities. Pre- and Post- Assessments The pre-assessment is an online survey - Technology Needs Assessment - which participants will be asked to complete at the beginning of the school year. Identical questions will be asked in the End of Year Survey, which will also be online. Online format will allow for easy tabulation and reporting of results for this large staff. Data will be disaggregated with pre- and post- percentages listed by school and text responses will be listed. District and school information will be shared with administrators and technology staff members. Any teacher-specific information that is received (those who put their names on the survey) will be shared with building technology staff. Information from the End of Year Technology Survey will be used to evaluate effectiveness of current year’s staff development and will be used to guide future offerings. Training Module Surveys Effectiveness of individual training modules, as well as learner time on task, will be collected via online surveys that are included in each of the 12 training modules. Information received will be used to revise training activities. Self-Paced Question Set at September/November Training Sessions
  8. 8. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 As part of debriefing activities, participants will use Promethean’s Learning Response System to answer a set of self-paced questions (see Appendix C). Questions relate to technical difficulties they experienced, how independently they worked, which modules they worked on, what level of support they would like in future, what learning they feel comfortable using in their classroom right away. In November, an additional question relates to how confident they feel about using interactive flipcharts and LRS devices in their classroom. With anonymous responses and expected 100% return rate, it is hoped that responses are an accurate reflection of current levels of functioning. Staff Development Evaluation Form Per union contract, all participants will complete the district’s standard Staff Development Evaluation Form in which they evaluate the professional development activities: best features, presenter knowledge, applicability to classroom, and suggestions for improvement. Facilitating Return of Learning to the Classroom Online format of training materials means that learning can continue well beyond the six hours of onsite training and those materials can be modified to meet evolving needs. Further, each building has a Technology Coach who is available to model lessons, team teach, and provide additional training and support as needed. Surveys embedded within training modules will facilitate ongoing revisions to training materials. Measuring Outcome on Student Learning While it is difficult to assess the affect of one aspect of teaching and learning on student learning, there are ways to measure impact of Promethean technologies:  Observational Data: Student time on task/engagement during learning activities in which Promethean technologies are used.  Anecdotal Evidence: Do kids “get it” quicker/better now than when the same content was covered in previous years? Progress through the curriculum – are
  9. 9. Promethean Training Professional Development Project EDTECH 554 - Fall 10 students learning it better and retain it longer? Less review and re-teaching means more new content.  Student Reporting: Information will be gathered via surveys at the beginning and end of the year for grades 3 and up. Questions: How many times each week is the Promethean Board used for interactive lessons (every day, almost every day, several times a week, about once a week, less than once a week)? The same question will also be asked in relation to the LRS. Data collection for other tech and district initiatives (laptop carts, for example) can also be included in order to minimize amount of instructional time used for data collection.
  10. 10. Appendix A: Promethean Training Web Pages
  11. 11. Promethean Training Promethean/ActivInspire Training - Home This Web site is the home to Training Modules for Promethean's ActivInspire software, interactive whiteboard, and Learner Response System. Developed for teachers in a K-8 public school district with Intranet-based resources, the majority of content in the training modules is applicable to any ActivInspire classroom. Online tutorials and training guides that were developed by Promethean may be accessed through the Promethean Planet Web site and links are provided. It is expected that users who access those materials have licensed copies of ActivInspire software installed on the computer(s) used to complete this training. Training modules may be completed in any order though skills learned in one module are often an extension of content from prior modules. Novice users would benefit from completing Modules 1 and 2 before moving on to other topics. More experienced users may find that reading the Module Overview on each page will provide information that will allow them to select modules of interest. Upon completion of each module, you will find a very brief survey. Completing the surveys will allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of the training modules and will impact future revisions. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet Create a withfree website Promethean Training - Home http://pbtraining.weebly.com/index.html 1 of 1 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  12. 12. Promethean Training Module 1: Introduction to ActivInspire Overview: In this module, learners will be introduced to basic terminology, tools, navigation, and training support for Promethean ActivInspire software. Completion of this module is expected to take about 20 minutes. Tasks: 1. View/Download ActivInspire QuickGuide: http://sites.fcps.org/trt/sites/default/files/amy/activinspir_toolbars.pdf For those attending on-site training, you will find this document in your training materials. 2. View Module 1 Tutorials: Click on the play button in the middle of the player window, or bottom left, to view. You may click on the arrows in the bottom right corner of the player to view in full screen mode. When videos are played on a full-size monitor or laptop, resolution is better when viewed within the embedded player. Clicking on the title at the top of the player will take you to the YouTube Web site. This six-minute video provides an overview of an ActivInspire flipchart and basic tools: This five minute tutorial provides an overview of Flipchart navigation and presentation options: Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 1: Intro to ActivInspire - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/1-intro-to-activinspire.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  13. 13. 3. Explore Training Resources: D109 Collaborative Team Portal: Log on to staff Intranet, then 'Collaborative Team Portal' in the right sidebar. Next, click on 'Elementary/Middle School Technology Resources' - content is the same for both at this time. Next, scroll down to section titled 'Training Guides' and click on the link titled 'Promethean and ActivInspire Flipcharts.' When the page re-loads, the content of the 'Training Guides' section will be replaced by Promethean resources linked by the district. Two of the linked resources are highly recommended for getting novice users off to a quick start: ActivInspire Quickguide (Step 1 above, last in the list) and ActivInspire Tutorial (5th one down). Copies of these two resources are available for those attending on-site training sessions. Promethean Planet Web site - User Guides and Documents: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us /support/user-guides-docs/ Module 1 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 15 minutes 15-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much detail for an introduction I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Create a withfree website 1: Intro to ActivInspire - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/1-intro-to-activinspire.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  14. 14. Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 1: Intro to ActivInspire - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/1-intro-to-activinspire.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  15. 15. Promethean Training When white calibration screen appears, click surface with pen to begin. Cross-hairs will appear. Use pen to click intersection of each set of cross-hairs that appears on the screen. Module 2: Using the Promethean Board Overview: In this module, learners will practice at-the-board skills including calibration, using the toolbox, board controls and set-up, and troubleshooting. For this module, learners (alone or in pairs) should complete each task at the board. Completion of this module is expected to take about 20 minutes - minus discussion. Tasks: 1. Calibrating the Promethean Board - Calibrating the board aligns the pen with the on-screen cursor/mouse. - There are three methods for beginning the calibration process. 1) Hover pen over white flame in the upper left corner of the board until the flame turns blue. 2) Right-click ActivManager icon in bottom right corner of monitor screen and select 'Calibrate.' 3) From dashboard, select 'Configure' then select 'Calibrate' from the menu. - Follow on-screen instructions. - For more detailed calibration instructions visit: http://thetrouble-shooter.blogspot.com/2009/10/step-3-calibrating-activboard.html 2. Using the Toolbox - Download and open training flipchart: Module 2 Flipchart - Follow directions on each page. - When finished, close the document. Do NOT save changes. - Reference List for Tools: http://www.slideshare.net/dklaus79/inspire-toolboxestoolbars-dk 3. Promethean Board Input/Output Box and Sound Controls View the first two minutes of this video tutorial to learn board set-up basics. Additional information about calibrating the board and an introduction to ActivInsprire software is found in the following six minutes of footage, should you choose to view that as well. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 2: Using the Board - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/2-using-the-board.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  16. 16. 4. Troubleshooting For future reference, basic troubleshooting tips can be found on the Promethean Planet Web site and troubleshooting guides linked below. In D109, the Promethean tech support contact person is your building's Technology Coach. Troubleshooting Guides can be found on the D109 Collaborative Team Portal by clicking on 'Promethean Board and Flipcharts' in the 'Training Guides' section of the Elementary/Middle School Technology Resources page. Please see Module 1 for detailed instructions on accessing those documents. Promethean Troubleshooting PDF: http://www.comancheisd.net/docs/5- PrometheanTroubleshooting.pdf Promethean Help document/Web site is available through the Menu/Help/Contents or via this link: file:///Applications/Promethean/Activsoftware%20Inspire/help/en_US/help_en_US.htm 5. Discussion Which tools and procedures within ActivInspire seem similar to other software applications you have used? Were there parts of the Flipchart Tutorial that were easier than others? What is it that made that easier for you? Is there something about ActivInspire that makes it challenging to use? What type of support do you think would help you become comfortable with it? Module 2 Survey: For this module I worked alone I worked with a partner I worked with more than one partner How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 15 minutes 15-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much to process for one module I didn't have expectations Create a withfree website 2: Using the Board - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/2-using-the-board.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  17. 17. What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 2: Using the Board - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/2-using-the-board.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  18. 18. Promethean Training Clicking on the Desktop Tools icon in your Toolbox will hide the ActivInpire window and a circular Desktop Tools icon will appear on your desktop. Mouse over the Desktop Tools icon on your desktop to access various features. Clicking on the Desktop Annotate icon in your Toolbox will hide the ActivInspire window but your Toolbox remains visible. Any tools that you would use in a flipchart are now available to use with any computer application. Annotations appear in an overlay layer on top of other content, not in the application itself. Module 3: Desktop Tools Overview: In this module, learners be introduced to and practice using Desktop Tools. Topics include: Accessing Tools, Wonderwheel, On-Screen Keyboard, More Tools, and Desktop Annotation. Desktop Tools provide the means to make any application (i.e., Word document, curriculum PDF) interactive and also enable you to easily bring outside content into a flipchart. Completion of this module is expected to take about 20 minutes. Tasks: 1. Access Tools Create Desktop Flipchart: To use Desktop Tool and Desktop Annotation, ActivInspire must be open. Many find that having an empty document saved on the desktop is a quick and easy way to have ActivInspire readily available. Commonly Used Tools: Two widely used features of ActivInspire are Desktop Tools and Desktop Annotation. Click on icons in your toolbox or access through Menu/Tools. Desktop Annotate can also be opened with a keyboard shortcut. 2. View Tutorials View Desktop Tools Tutorial: This six-minute tutorial will introduce you to the Desktop Tools and the Wonderwheel. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 3: Desktop Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/3-desktop-tools.html 1 of 4 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  19. 19. View Desktop Annotation Tutorial: This three-minute tutorial provides an overview of the Desktop Annotation Tool and possible uses. 3. Practice Using Desktop Tools and Desktop Annotation Desktop Tools: 1. Open a Flipchart. 2. Select 'Desktop Tools.' 3. Mouseover icons to review the available tools. Create a withfree website 3: Desktop Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/3-desktop-tools.html 2 of 4 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  20. 20. 4. Explore tools - skip ExpressPoll (Module 5) and Camera (Module 9). Desktop Annotation: 1. Select 'Desktop Annotate.' 2. Open a Word document and write/draw on it. 3. Erase annotations using the eraser tool or spray bottle/Clear Annotations. 4. Open a Web browser and open a map (Google Earth, Google Maps) that you might use in class. 5. Annotate the map - circle key features, add labels, etc. 6. Scroll up and down. Note that annotations do not move with the original page content. 7. Erase annotations using the eraser tool or spray bottle/Clear Annotations. 4. Discussion In what way can using these tools make your classroom instruction more effective? How can using these tools make something you were already doing easier? Which tools do you see yourself being comfortable using right away? Notes: - Desktop Annotation cannot be used with a document camera. When using a document camera, computer software and monitor images are bypassed. - Three Desktop Tools were covered in less detail in this module: 1) ExpressPoll/Voting is a complex topic and will be covered in detail in Modules 4 and 5, 2) the Camera Tool provides a means for bringing outside content into a flipchart and will be covered in Module 7, and 3) uses for the Clock Tool will be explored Module 9, Fun with Tools. - Toolboxes and Toolbars Reference: http://learning.prometheanplanet.com/mod/resource /view.php?id=7543 Module 3 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 20 minutes 20-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much information for one module I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? 3: Desktop Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/3-desktop-tools.html 3 of 4 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  21. 21. Promethean Training Module 4: Introduction to Learner Response System Overview: In this module, learners will be introduced to the Promethean Learner Response System, component parts, benefits, and possible classroom applications. Learners will also be provided an overview of procedures for creating questions, using ActiVote/ActivExpression handheld devices to respond, and viewing results. Completion of this module is expected to take about 20 minutes. Tasks: 1. View Tutorials This five-minute video, part of the ActivTips series of video tutorials on Promethean Planet, will introduce you to the Promethean Learner Response System, its component parts and possible classroom uses. Click on the image below to view this tutorial. This ten-minute video walks you through the procedures for creating a question using the Questions Wizard, adding page/question content, editing size and alignment, running a vote, and viewing results. This tutorial uses ActiVotes but the process is much the same for ActivExpressions. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 4: Intro to LRS - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/4-intro-to-lrs.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  22. 22. 2. Review LRS Resources There are several routes you can go to learn more about Promethean's LRS. The PDF document (first bullet) can be downloaded and viewed on your own classroom computer or your home computer. Those who are attending on-site training will find that document in the training materials. Click on the links for the other two bullets to view materials online. LRS Quickstart Guide (PDF): http://learning.prometheanplanet.com/file.php /127/LRS_QSG.pdf?forcedownload=1 Information about Activotes and Activexpressions on Promethean Planet: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/support/hardware/learner-response-systems/ The Promethean Free Online Course is the bulk of content for Module 5: LRS Training. Module 4 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 20 minutes 20-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much detail for an introduction I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Create a withfree website 4: Intro to LRS - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/4-intro-to-lrs.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  23. 23. Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 4: Intro to LRS - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/4-intro-to-lrs.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 8:59 PM
  24. 24. Promethean Training Module 5: Learning Response System Training Overview: In this module, learners will complete of a series online tutorials on a variety of topics: Registering and Renaming Devices, ExpressPoll, Questions Wizard, Viewing Results, and Displaying Results. Completion of this module is expected to take at least 40 minutes. Task: Complete Promethean's Learner Response Systems Course This self-paced course is comprised of a series of tutorials which will guide the learner through the various aspects of integrating the LRS in classroom instruction. The optional assessment at the end will allow the learner to gauge his/her level of understanding. Go to Promethean Planet Web site: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/1. If you're not already registered, register now (it's free).2. Sign in.3. Mouseover on 'Professional Development' in horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page.4. When drop-down menu box appears, click on 'ActivLearning' and review page content.5. When ready, click on 'Take an Online Course.' You will find this link at the bottom of the second box from the left, titled 'Convenient Online Courses.' 6. Select 'Free Learner Response Systems Training Course' from the list of courses on the page.7. In the area under the heading 'Enroll Now' click on 'Enroll for FREE Learner Response Course.'8. Read the introductory information in the top box.9. Skip Section 1 - FREE LRS Webinar. It is expected that learners complete the online trainer before registering for a Webinar. 10. Read Section 2 - Overview11. If your classroom uses ActivExpressions, complete Section 3. If your classroom uses ActiVotes, complete Section 4. If your classroom has access to both, I would recommend the ActivExpressions Tutorials as content for ActiVotes would be covered as well. Helpful Hint: View the following screencast for tips on navigating these tutorials. Click arrows in bottom right corner of the player to view full screen. 12. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 5: LRS Training - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/5-lrs-training.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  25. 25. Module 5 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 30 minutes 30-45 minutes more than 45 minutes If you viewed the screencast tutorial, did you find it worth your time? Yes, it was worth my time. It helped me get off to a good start Yes, it was worth my time. I think I would have been OK if I didn't watch it, but I'm glad I did. No, it was not worth my time. I think I could have figured it out on my own. I didn't watch it. What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Create a withfree website 5: LRS Training - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/5-lrs-training.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  26. 26. Promethean Training Module 6: Design Principles Overview: In this module, learners will be explore design principles that enhance the effectiveness of instructional materials. Learners will learn about best practice in the area of visual design and discuss sample Flipcharts. Completion of this module is expected to take about 30 minutes. Tasks: 1. Read about Design Principles - Basic Visual Design Principles (PDF) <--- in training materials for on-site participants - 5 Common Visual Design Mistakes (blog) <--- this is especially good!!! - Visual Design Principles (Web site) - Basic Principles of Visual Design (Web site) 2. Explore Flipcharts on Promethean Planet Go to Promethean Planet: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/ Mouseover 'Resources' in the navigation bar at the top of the page. If you see a specific category you would like to explore, click on it. If not, click on 'Resources.' Take a few minutes to explore. You can preview flipcharts within the Web site so there is no need to download any documents. 3. Explore Flipcharts on the Internet Use your search engine of choice (i.e., Google, Yahoo, etc.) and enter your search terms. Note: Entering the terms 'Promethean Flipchart' on Google will give you about 330,000 hits. There are some good resources listed but more specific terms will narrow your results. With your partner, continue to evaluate flipcharts based on principles of good design: simplicity and CARP - contrast, alignment, repetition and proximity. 4. Locate Flipcharts on D109 Intranet D109 staff log on to the district Intranet then click on 'Collaborative Team Portal' in the sidebar. Next, click on your grade level/content area. In the sidebar, mouseover '_____ Resources' and select 'Promethean Flipcharts' from the flyout menu. As you move forward with Flipchart modification and creation, it would be good to know what resources have already been created for your grade level/subject area. 5. Discussion Working with a partner, discuss a few of the Flipcharts you found. Remember, we are considering design only, not subject matter content. Not sure what to look for? Think: CARP. Keep in mind what you learned from the blog post above, "the visual design should complement the learning experience and not compete with it." Which of the design principles are followed in this Flipchart? Is there something about the design that is especially good? What would you do to improve the design? Module 6 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 20 minutes 20-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 6: Design Principles - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/6-design-principles.html 1 of 2 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  27. 27. Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much detail for an introduction I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit Create a withfree website 6: Design Principles - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/6-design-principles.html 2 of 2 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  28. 28. Promethean Training Module 7: Modify a Flipchart Overview: In this module, learners will practice editing skills and use them to modify a flipchart. Completion of this module is expected to take at least 30 minutes. Tasks: 1. Select a Flipchart to Modify Select a Flipchart to practice with and download it. Remember, you can use a Flipchart from the D109 Collaborative Team Portal, Promethean Planet or an Internet search. D109 staff - if you are using a red Netbook, remember to delete the file at the end of today's In-Service activities. Please make sure that the flipchart is complex enough (several pages, text and images, interactive components) to provide sufficient content for you to edit. Remember: There are a great many resources available on this Web site. Like all resources we find on the Internet some will be better than others and, for those we consider using in our classrooms, ensuring alignment with district curriculum is top priority. In case you're having difficulty finding a Flipchart to play with, here are some possibilities: *Primary - Telling Time: http://www.thelighthouseforeducation.co.uk/oldsite/promethean/flipcharts /numeracy/Readandwritethetimeoclockandhalfpast.flp *Intermediate - Homophones are Suite!: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/common /download/67094/22572/HomophonesAreSuite.flipchart *Middle School - World Maps: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/common/download/66785 /22474/World%20Maps.flipchart 2. View Tutorials: View this five-minute tutorial to learn about ActivInspire Browsers. Accessing various browsers will provide you with additional information and ways to modify the Flipchart. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 7: Modify a Flipchart - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/7-modify-a-flipchart.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  29. 29. View this nine-minute tutorial on using the Camera Tool - a very useful resource for bringing content into a Flipchart. 3. Editing Practice: Note: If you need a refresher on using the ActivInspire tools below, you will find a walk-thru flipchart in Module 2, Task 2. Use Design Mode: At the top of the flipchart you will see a small square with a snowflake inside it. If the square is blue, you are in presentation mode - items that are locked or part of the background cannot be changed. If the square is orange, you are in design mode - everything in the flipchart is editable. If the square is blue, click on it and it will change to orange (that's what we want). Edit Text: Click on the "T" in the toolbox then click inside a textbox. Edit text as you would in a word processing document: change size, color, make it bold/italic etc., modify content/wording. Note: See Module 2 to review of how Toolbox tools are used. Re-size Images/Objects: Click on an image or object/shape and you will see a strip of icons appear along with "handles" on the corners and long edges. Grab a handle to re-size. Adjustments made using the handle on the bottom right - the circle with a slash through it - will retain the aspect ratio (it won't look stretched or squished). Modify Images/Objects: Click on an image or object/shape. Look at the icon strip, if the "Group" icon is lit up, click on it. That will ungroup shapes which will allow you more ways to manipulate them. Try each of the icons and see what they do. Camera Tool: Watch the ActivTips video "Camera Magic." Go to ActivTips and scroll down in the player window - Camera Magic is about two-thirds of the way down in the list. Next, use the camera tool to take pictures of things in your flipchart and to bring images in from your desktop or Internet browser. Try out each of the five options: Area, Point-to-Point, Freehand, Window, and Full Screen Snapshots. Delete and Re-Order Flipchart Pages: To delete a page, simply click on its thumbnail in the Page Browser then press the 'Delete' key. Another option is to click on the icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail and select 'Delete' from the menu. To re-order pages, click and drag them to where you want them to go. As you drag the page and heavy black line will indicate the position - just drop it where you want it. 4. Modify a Flipchart Create a withfree website 7: Modify a Flipchart - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/7-modify-a-flipchart.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  30. 30. Now it's time to put your new editing skills to work! When modifying a Flipchart, we think about curricular content, design principles and building in interactive components. Easy "fixes" are adjusting colors and size for better viewing and making sure visual elements (clip art, backgrounds) enhance instruction rather than distract the learner. See what changes to can make to improve a flipchart's curricular content and design. Module 7 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 30 minutes 30-45 minutes more than 45 minutes What is your opinion about the amount of content in this module? Too much - it seemed overwhelming. It was a lot to cover but was manageable. Just right. Needs more content/detail to adequately cover topics. No opinion. What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 7: Modify a Flipchart - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/7-modify-a-flipchart.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  31. 31. Promethean Training Module 8: Create a Flipchart Overview: In this module, learners will be guided through the process of creating a flipchart. Topics will include: lesson planning, interactivity, basic tools, evaluation, and sharing. Tasks: 1. Review Flipchart Fundamentals http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/professional-development/flipchart-fundamentals.aspx Visit this page on Promethean Planet which presents six steps for creating quality content for your students: Step 1: Use proven lesson planning strategies Step 2: Maximize student participation Step 3: Start with the basics Step 4: Use existing resources Step 5: Sharpen your skills Step 6: Share ideas and lessons with others 2. Plan Your Lesson Select an upcoming lesson that would benefit from the addition of flipchart interactivity. The best flipcharts aren't necessarily the ones with all the bells and whistles, they are the ones that address specific learning targets. Review lessons on Promethean Planet to see if there is a flipchart you can use or modify for your needs. Use the ActivIspire Flipchart Rubric (PDF) to guide your work: http://www.prometheanplanet.com /documents/uk-us/pdf/professional-development/activinspire-flipchart-rubric.pdf Sketch it out. Jot down ideas and/or create a simple paper-and-pencil draft of how you want your flipchart to look. See Module 6 for a review of design principles. Gather resources. If district-owned curriculum materials will be used there are often digital copies available. Copyright friendly images may be found at Wikimedia Commons, Clker.com, and OpenClipArt.com. Bookmark Web sites and online resources that will be used or paste links into planning documents. Remember, everything your students see in the flipchart should add meaning to the lesson. 3. Create Your Flipchart Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 8: Create a Flipchart - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/8-create-a-flipchart.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  32. 32. Review use of tools as needed. If you are new to ActivInspire and haven't looked at Module 2 yet, that would be a good place to start as it introduces commonly used tools. For more with tools, see Module 9 and Promethean's ActivTips. View online handout as needed: http://www.youblisher.com /p/30693-ActivInspire-Final-Handout/ Add content to your flipchart. Save early and save often. There is nothing more frustrating than losing a document you've spent a lot of time on. Organizing your flipcharts into folders will make them easier to find when you need them. Click on Object Browser to see layers. Every image, button, or text box you put on the page is a separate object and sometimes they get hidden behind each other. In the Objects Browser, click on an item in the list to see where it is on the flipchart page (handles will appear). Drag list items up and down to place them on top of, or underneath, other objects. Anything higher on the list will be on top of those things that are lower on the list. For a review of the various browsers, see the browsers tutorial in Module 7. Click on the Notes Browser and add notes to each page (i.e., overview, interactivity, suggested activities). For flipcharts you will be sharing, this will be very helpful for others who use your flipchart. When you use the flipchart in the future it will refresh your memory. Edit content, design, and functionality. Use ActivInspire's spell check feature to check individual pages or the entire document. On pages with interactive components, make sure you lock those components that you want to keep in place. Also, do a run-through at the board to make sure everything works the way you want it to. Use rubric (Step 2 above) to evaluate your flipchart and make final edits as needed. 4. Share Your Flipchart Before sharing outside of your school district, double-check district policies. Copyright protected images and content should not be shared. Exceptions: If you hold the copyright you may share as you wish use Creative Commons to license your work. Flipchart content that is derived from district-owned resources (science book, for example) may be shared within the district. Many districts have an Intranet in which teachers may share resources amongst themselves. D109 teachers are encouraged to upload flipcharts to their Collaborative Team Portal. Flipcharts can also be uploaded to Promethean Planet. Again, please check your district's policies before doing so. Module 8 Survey: What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Create a withfree website 8: Create a Flipchart - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/8-create-a-flipchart.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  33. 33. Promethean Training Module 9: More Fun with Tools Overview: In this module, learners will be introduced to and practice using a variety of tools and techniques: Math Tools, Other Tools, customizing your toolbox, and advanced techniques (containers, restrictors, and embedding media/links). Tasks: 1. Explore Math Tools Use tools to model and practice measurement. You will find all the math tools in the toolbox when using the Mathematics Profile and tools can be placed in the toolbox for any profile by customizing your toolbox (see #4 below). Ruler: Click on the ruler in the toolbox or tools menu to add it to the page and activate the ruler's menu. Click on the ruler's menu icon to modify attributes: Top Scale, Bottom Scale (mm, cm, in, none), and Show Angle (checked, unchecked). Mouseover the rule to activate move/rotate capability and use handles to shorten or lenthen the ruler. To remove the ruler from the page, click on the small menu icon and select 'Close.' Protractor: Click on the protractor in the toolbox or tools menu to add it to the page and activate the protractor's menu. Click on the small menu icon to modify attributes: Full Protractor, Half Protractor, Arc, Closed Arc, and Show Angle. Adjust size and rotation as with the ruler. Mouseover curved edge to adjust size. To remove the protractor from the page, click on its menu and select 'Close.' Compass: Add compass to page and modify attributes via menu icon as with the ruler and protractor. Use pen modifiers to select color and thickness then click and drag pencil lead to rotate compass and draw. Calculator: Click on the calculator icon to open the gadget. The calculator does not become part of the flipchart. Dice Roller: Click on the die icon to open the gadget. Like the calculator, it does not become part of the flipchart. Use drop down menu and slide to adjust number of dice and speed. Click "roll" to roll the dice and 'Output to flipchart' to send that number to the current page of your flipchart. The number will appear with whatever text format settings (font, size, color) are currently selected. The dice roller and calculator are accessible outside of ActivInspire via the Desktop Tools Wonderwheel. 2. Explore other ActivInspire Tools Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 9: More Fun with Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/9-more-fun-with-tools.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  34. 34. Magic Ink: View the "Eraser vs. Ink" video in ActivTips (it's about two-thirds of the way down this list in the player window). Magic Ink is a very dynamic tool for flipchart interactivity! Revealer: The revealer allows you to cover part of a flipchart page without altering its content. The revealer can be opened from the top, bottom, or either side to reveal content underneath. Revealer color and animation speed can be modified in Edit/Profiles (Authoring)/Settings/Effects. Click on the color cube to change the color: select a color from the palette or use the Color Picker (eyedropper) to choose a color that matches your flipchart page or "World" color. Spotlight: The Spotlight masks page content allowing just a portion to be seen. Unlike the revealer, that portion may be anywhere on the page. The Spotlight can be circular or square and the size can be altered by clicking and draging the border. A number of attributes can be modified, including border color and thickness, in Edit/Profiles (Authoring)/Settings/Effects. Use the Properties Browser to add/remove Page Tools in your flipchart. Steps: 1) Navigate to desired page in flipchart, 2) Open Properties Browser/Tools, 3) Select revealer or spotlight from Page Tools drop down menu, 4) Select desired Revealer/Spotlight Mode, 5) Go to the next page in the flipchart and select desired page tools. "Tools Off" will remove any tools that were on the previous page. "As Before" will retain tools used in the previous page. Default is "As Before." Handwriting Recognition: This allows you to "type" at the board without using the onscreen keyboard. Handwritten text is converted to typed text and can be edited (color, font, size) on the spot, as you would any other text. Shape Recognition: Drawing made with the pen tool will be converted to a standard shape. Clock: The clock can be used to see the current time and can also be used to count up or count down during an activity. Time can be displayed in analog or digital form (or both) with or without a second hand, 12 or 24 hours. Clock size can be adjusted and the clock tool is one of the desktop tools available outside of ActivInspire. Click on the down arrows to use the clock to count up or down a desired number of hours/minutes/seconds. 4. Customize your Toolbox Now that you have had a chance to explore a number of tools, it's time to customize your toolbox. Deleting unused tools (clutter) will make it easy for you and your students to locate the tools you need and adding often used tools will eliminate the need for navigating menus during instruction. By default, ActivInspire has five profiles: Authoring, At the Board, Languages, Mathematics, and Media. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to customize your toolbox and marque handles: Create a withfree website 9: More Fun with Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/9-more-fun-with-tools.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  35. 35. 5. Advanced Techniques There are many advanced techniques that will add functionality to your flipcharts. Here are a few tutorials to get you started: Containers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KPNsLSftUs Restrictors: http://mediasuite.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=a0u7pv2u Embedding media/links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y83fts1PZs Explore ActivTips, User Guides and online tutorials on Promethean Planet for more information. Module 9 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 20 minutes 20-30 minutes More than 30 minutes What is your opinion about the amount of content in this module? Too much - it seemed overwhelming. It was a lot to cover but was manageable. Just right. Needs more content/detail to adequately cover topics. No opinion. What was the most useful component of this module? Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 9: More Fun with Tools - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/9-more-fun-with-tools.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 9:00 PM
  36. 36. Promethean Training Module 10: Screen and Sound Recorders Overview: In this module, learners will be introduced to and practice using the Promethean Screen and Sound Recorders and learn about options for share recordings. Completion of this module is expected to take about 15 minutes. Tasks: 1. View Tutorial In this two-minute tutorial you will be introduced to the screen recorder and the process for making a recording. 2. More About Screen and Sound Recording Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 10: Screen Recorder - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/10-screen-recorder.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  37. 37. You can use the Screen Recording and Sound Recording tools while at the computer or at the board. If you are recording at your computer and it has a built-in microphone, no other equipment will be needed. If you are recording at the board or computer without a built-in mic, you will need a microphone. A headset microphone, or any other computer microphone with an 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-connector will work. At the board, plug the microphone into the jack that is labeled "MIC to PC." A USB microphone can be used as well. Plug the cord into the USB port on the Promethean Board and the microphone will work as it would if plugged into the computer's USB port. If you don't want to see the recording tools during video playback, you can hide them. Select 'Edit/Profiles/Settings' then 'Recordings.' Next, check the box that says "Hide screen recorder toolbox whilst recording." Select 'Fullscreen recording' to capture the entire flipchart. Select 'Sound recording' for audio only. Before recording, you will need to tell ActivInspire where you want the completed recording to be stored. Select 'Edit/Profiles/Settings' then 'Recordings.' Next, check on the drop down menu that says 'Sound recordings'. If you select 'Add to flipchart' the sound button will appear on that page. If you select 'save to disk' the audio file will be saved on your computer. Clicking 'both' will send the audio to both locations. 3. Practice Making Screen and Sound Recordings At the board or a computer, practice making screen and sound recordings. Remember, you can access the recording tools through 'Tools/More Tools/Sound recorder and Screen recorder. If you are using a PC, the file will be saved as .avi. If using a Mac, the file will be saved as .mov. When you have finished a recording, open the movie/audio file so you can see how it turned out. Note: Sound quality of your recording will only be as good as the microphone you are using. If you have more than one type available, consider trying different ones to see which gives you acceptable sound quailty. If you don't want to pick up room sounds a headset microphone will work well. If your goal is to include classroom sounds, a desktop microphone may serve your purposes well. 4. Sharing a Screen Recording If you will be uploading the movie file or linking it from a Web page/blog, consider providing a link to a player: DivX Plus Software for Windows or DivX 7 for Mac is the best way to watch your DivX AVI files. MOV files can be viewed with Quicktime: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ Screen Recordings, like any other digital file, can be shared by sending them as an e-mail attachment, putting them in a shared network folder, or in a digital drop box. Screen Recordings, like any other video file, can be uploaded to YouTube and shared via a link or by embedding. For school use, it is recommended that YouTube videos be shared with students and shown in class via SafeShare.TV link (http://www.safeshare.tv/) instead of accessing the video directly from YouTube. Module 10 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 15 minutes 15-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much detail for an introduction I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Create a withfree website 10: Screen Recorder - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/10-screen-recorder.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  38. 38. Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 10: Screen Recorder - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/10-screen-recorder.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  39. 39. Promethean Training Module 11: ActivInspire Without a Promethean Board Overview: In this module, learners will find tips and tricks for taking advantage of Promethean technologies in classrooms that do not have a Promethean Board installed. Completion of this module is expect to take about 20 minutes. Technology Decision-Making: When school districts determine which teaching locations will be outfitted with technology resources many factors are considered, not the least of which is available funding. If your classroom is one that does not have a board, it could be due to any number of factors. Perhaps you are slated to get a board in the future, but your classroom is not in the "first wave." Perhaps you teach in a location in which equipment security and safety is an issue, so there will never be Promethean Board in that location. Never fear, there are a great many features of ActivInspire that can be used without a Promethean Board! Tasks: 1. Software ActivInspire software may be downloaded from the Promethean Planet Web site: The free version of the software comes with basic tools. Full features may be accessed if/when the software is registered. Schools that purchase Promethean Boards and ActivInspire software are licensed to install the software on multiple computers. For those attending the on-site training, your building Technology Coach can provide you with a registration code that will unlock the full features of ActivInspire. With ActivInspire installed on your classroom computer or a laptop, and a projector at your disposal, you're ready to go! 2. At the Computer Authoring and modifying Flipcharts is typically done at the computer so those tasks are identical whether you have a board or not. The Learning Response System is used exactly the same way with or without a board. Student responses go to a hub that is attached to the computer - the screen is for viewing only so a projected image on a "regular" screen works just as well as a board for this. Using the LRS is a powerful tool as ongoing formative evaluation allows instruction to be modified on the spot to meet the learning needs of students. If there are Promethean Boards in your building there are likely several sets of ActiVotes and ActivExpressions as well. Share :) The screen recorder can be used equally well with or without a board. As long as there is some means of input - keyboard, mouse, ActivSlate - audio and visual content can be captured. 3. At the Screen Work-Arounds The author of this training site used the ActivInspire software in the classroom for six months prior to having a board installed and found several work-arounds. Here are some possibilities: Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 11: ActivInspire Without a PB - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/11-activinspire-without-a-pb.html 1 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  40. 40. Use the Mouse: Using the mouse on the computer parallel's what the ActivPen would do on the board. Instead of standing at the board, you or your students could to be at the computer next to the board - still interactive and still viewable by the whole class. Magic Mallet: Have students use a Magic Mallet, or other non-metalic pointing device, to 'move' things on the screen. Yes, they will quickly figure out that it is you using the mouse to follow the path that the Magic Mallet travels, but a bit of silliness helps make it fun. The students' actions with the Magic Mallet (pointer) won't actually control the software - wherever they made the Magic Mallet go, you will use the mouse to follow the same pathway. Even with a board installed, keeping the Magic Mallet handy will make reaching to the top of the board quite easy (a very inexpensive alternative to an ActivWand). Drag and Drop: Using Drag and Drop instead of writing with the pen tool allows students to easily manipulate content from the screen, using a pointer or Magic Mallet. If you have a fill-in-the-blank activity, include a word bank so students can "drag" their choice onto the line. Text Tool: Are you working with text? Instead of writing on a Promethean Board using the pen tool, add a text box and type in the content. 4. Challenges and Opportunities There are obvious limitations if you don't have a board to work with but you would be surprised at how much you can actually do. You will likely find that some learning activities will still work much better with a chalkboard or document camera. Being open to finding ways to include Promethean interactivity in your lessons will open up learning opportunities for your students. Interactivity and student engagement may not be as high as it would be with a Promethean Board, but it will likely be greater than if you didn't use the software at all. Should you have the opportunity to teach with a Promethean Board in the future you will have provided yourself with a great head start and it will certainly ease the way once the board is installed. 5. Practice and Discussion Using the ActivInspire software, projector and a pointer, work with a partner to practice following a Magic Mallet (pointer). Take turns with one partner navigating a Flipchart while the other uses the mouse to complete the actions. Locate some completed Flipcharts (see links in Module 7). With your partner, discuss how they could be modified for use in a board-less teaching space. Discuss: What subject areas or topics do you think would lend themselves to using the ActivInspire software sans board? Discuss: What subject areas or topics do you think would lend themselves to a more low-tech approach? Module 11 Survey: How long did it take you to complete this module? Less than 15 minutes 15-30 minutes more than 30 minutes Did module content meet your expectations? Yes No, I was hoping for more detailed information No, too much detail for an introduction I didn't have expectations What was the most useful component of this module? Create a withfree website 11: ActivInspire Without a PB - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/11-activinspire-without-a-pb.html 2 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  41. 41. Do you have any suggestions for improving this module? Submit 11: ActivInspire Without a PB - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/11-activinspire-without-a-pb.html 3 of 3 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  42. 42. Promethean Training Module 12: Exploring Promethean Planet Overview: In this module, you will be introduced to the resources and information available on Promethean Planet, the support site for Promethean hardware and software. If you completed earlier modules in this series you will have seen the site already - this is your chance to explore more deeply. If you are new to Promethean Planet, this module provides some structure for exploring a rich resource. Completion of this module is expected to take at least 15 minutes. View Introduction: This two-minute introduction to the Promethean Planet Web site provides an overview of various resources that may be access through the site. Explore the Web Site: 1. Register If you are not yet a registered user, take the time to register now - it is a very quick process. Those who are attending on-site training are encouraged to use their school e-mail address when they create their account. 2. Menu Hover your mouse over the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page to see sub-categories and related links. For a video tour of the Promenthean Planet "Mega-Menu" visit: http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/planet_guide/w/wiki/handy-quot-how-to-quot-videos.aspx 3. Lessons If you haven't had a chance to explore the lesson flipcharts, take a few minutes to see what's there. Select Resources/Resource Type/Lessons. Filters in the sidebar allow you to limit search terms and entering keywords in the search bar will narrow your search even further. Look for the drop down menu in the upper left corner of the results window - you can sort results. Home 1: Intro to ActivInspire 2: Using the Board 3: Desktop Tools 4: Intro to LRS 5: LRS Training 6: Design Principles 7: Modify a Flipchart 8: Create a Flipchart 9: More Fun with Tools 10: Screen Recorder 11: ActivInspire Without a PB 12: Exploring Promethean Planet 12: Exploring Promethean Planet - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/12-exploring-promethean-planet.html 1 of 2 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  43. 43. Lessons are age and subject specific flipcharts that have been created and uploaded by Promethean Planet members. Most flipcharts can be downloaded free of charge and all can be previewed in the Web page. Those attending on-site training and are using red Netbooks, are asked to wait until they are at their classroom computer to download files. Previewing flipcharts is a great way to get a feel for the ways in which interactive components can be incorporated. Below you will find links to a few lessons that are particularly well done. You will note that they follow the design principles discussed in Module 6, utilize a variety of tools, and contain multiple opportunities for student interaction. Perimeter and Area: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/Resources/Item/55839/perimeter- and-area National Geographic Explorer: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/common/download/65866 /22169/NGS_EE_NovDec10_1022.flipchart A wonderful feature of the Promethean Planet Web site is the ability to search for Lessons by State Standard: Resources/Search By State Standard then use drop down menus. While any good flipchart will help engage learners, alignment with district curriculum is of primary importance. 4. Resource Packs Resource Packs are downloadable files with backgrounds and images you can use in your own flipcharts. Select Resources/Resource Types/Resource Pack. As with Lessons, filters in the sidebar allow you to narrow your search and you can sort results. Seasonal as well as subject matter specific Resource Packs are available. 5. ActivTips ActivTips are a series of short how-to videos that demonstrate the use of various tools and features of the software. Select Professional Development/ActivTips. On the ActivTips page you can scroll through the list of topics and play the video right on the page. You can also click on the link to subscribe to the ActivTips podcast and get past episode of interest and have new episodes delivered to your iTunes. Take a few minutes to explore ActivTips. 6. Support Hardware: Newest drivers are available along with technical information allowing those using ActivInspire on their personal computers to keep software up-to-date. D109 teachers, all updates for school equipment are done for you - do not download anything please. User Guides and Docs: Many of the documents linked within these training modules can be found on Promethean Planet. They provide excellent text description and visual support for using ActivInspire. Quickstart Guides are a handy for novice users - they are brief and provide quick reference for commonly used tools. Software: Find the newest information here and download the Personal Edition of ActivInspire for home use. Check with your school's Technology Coordinator to see if registration codes are available - this will enable you to turn your Personal Edition into the Professional Edition at no charge. There is no survey for this module. Create a withfree website 12: Exploring Promethean Planet - Promethean Training http://pbtraining.weebly.com/12-exploring-promethean-planet.html 2 of 2 12/6/10 9:01 PM
  44. 44. Appendix B: Technology Needs Assessment (August) End of Year Technology Survey (May)
  45. 45. Technology Needs Assessment - Promethean (August) End of Year Technology Survey - Promethean (May) Format: Online, names optional August Instructions: With rolling installations of Promethean Boards and varying access to software and equipment, district staff have differing levels of prior training and experience with Promethean technologies. Answering the questions in this survey will help us to meet your learning needs. Please complete and submit survey on or before (date). May Instructions: As the year draws to a close, technology staff members are evaluating the effectiveness of this year’s staff development and are beginning to plan for next year. Answering the questions in this survey will help us continue to meet your learning needs. Meeting time will be used to complete this survey (staff meeting, department meeting, team meeting, etc.). Name (optional) School: (choose one)  School 1  School 1  School 3  School 4  School 5  School 6 I consider myself to be  A novice user of Promethean technologies. I have had little/no training or experience yet.  An intermediate user of Promethean technologies. I am comfortable with basic tools and know my way around a flipchart.  An advanced user of Promethean technologies. I am comfortable using most/all of the tools as well as advanced techniques (i.e., containers, restrictors, screen recording) 1. Select the statement that best represents your experience using ActivInspire software. (choose one)
  46. 46.  I have not used ActivInspire before.  I use ActivInspire less than once a month.  I use ActivInspire several times a month.  I use ActivInspire about once a week.  I use ActiveInspire several times a week.  I use ActivInspire almost every day.  I use ActiveInspire every day. 2. Select the statement that best represents your experience using a Promethean Board. (choose one)  I have not used a Promethean Board before.  I use a Promethean Board less than once a month.  I use a Promethean Board several times a month.  I use a Promethean Board about once a week.  I use a Promethean Board several times a week.  I use a Promethean Board almost every day.  I use a Promethean Board every day. 3. Which ActivInspire tools do you feel comfortable using? (select all that apply)  Pen  Highlighter  Eraser  Fill  Shapes  Connectors  Magic Ink  Camera  Handwriting Recognition  Shape Recognition  Revealer  Spotlight  Camera  Ruler  Protractor  Compass  Calculator  Dice Roller  Desktop Annotate  Desktop Tools  Dual User  ExpressPoll  Sound Recorder  Screen Recorder  On Screen Keyboard  Clock  Tickertape  Spell Check 4. Which ActivInspire tools would you like to learn more about? (select all that apply) (same list as #3 above) 5. Which flipchart tasks do you feel comfortable with? (select all that apply)
  47. 47.  I have no experience with flipcharts  Navigating a pre-made flipchart  Modifying a pre-made flipchart (add/delete pages, text, shapes and images)  Designing a flipchart (curricular content, design principles, interactive components, promoting higher level thinking)  Creating a new flipchart (use tools and techniques to implement your ideas)  Adding containers to a flipchart  Embedding links and media in a flipchart  Using the Resource Browser (adding resources to it, using resources from it)  Using the Object Browser (layering, locking, and hiding objects)  Using the Notes Browser (viewing, creating, formatting)  Using the Property Browser (viewing and modifying properties)  Using the Action Browser (add action buttons to a flipchart page, adding action to objects)  Using the Voting Browser (running a vote, viewing and exporting results) 5. Which Learning Response System (ActiVote, ActivExpression, ActivSlate) components do you feel comfortable with? (select all that apply)  I have no experience with Promethean’s LRS  Using LRS devices with a pre-made question  Using the Questions Wizard to add questions to a flipchart  Questions “on the fly” with ExpressPoll  Registering Devices  Questions with multiple choice and True/False answers  Questions with sorting and Likert scales (ActivExpressions only) 6. Which Promethean technologies and tasks would you like to learn more about? (text field) Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Note: If you would like to serve as a Promethean “Go-To” person and provide learning support to other teachers during the September and/or November Promethean training sessions, please e-mail your building’s Technology Coach.
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