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Inspire to Update Inspire

Attention all Promethean ActivInspire users!  This is not a test…

A couple of weeks ago Promethean released a new update to their ActivInspire software.  Like most updates, they have corrected some errors that have been occurring in their software and made a few other small changes.  A couple of the changes I have noticed is that the little push pin icon is different to lock your toolbars. They also now have helpful little “tooltip hints” to remind you of the nuances of the software…see below:

One of the bigger changes that this tech nerd has noticed is that they have totally revamped the question wizard, which they now call the “Question Manager” for votes and expressions.  I really like the changes they have made!  Everything you need is accessed from one page now.  You work with different panes on the same page to complete your questions.  You also have the ability to create multiple pages of questions without having to enter the question manager each time.   Want to use the same type of question over and over?  Copy and paste onto a new page…all from the manager!

To help you along with the updated wizard, new cheat sheets are being posted in the icafe resources section.  Look for the ones labeled for the “New Question Manager.” You can also access them here…

Inserting Questions for Votes and Expressions

Inserting Self-Paced Question Sets

It is time to update ladies and gentleman…move on to the newest, the brightest, the best Promethean has to offer!

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ActivInspire Containers Made Easy

Paul in a BarrelLoving ActiveInspire but would like that little extra push to really get the best out of the product? Visit the planet…Promethean Planet!  Among other things, Promethean has many short, useful “How to” videos , called ActivTips, on their site that are great for a quick tip or lesson on their software.

A recent video posted addresses containers.  Cointainers are a great way to have students self-check their work.  For instance, if the activity is matching words to their definitions a container will only allow the correct answer inside it.  If a student tries placing an incorrect answer in the container it will “spit it out” prompting the student to try again.  Great news…they have a resource pack with the containers already created!  Drag them from your resource library and it is done…ingenious!  This will save you a ton of prep time.  Check out the video here… http://bit.ly/hF0HOD

After watching the video, if you are as excited about this as I am, go to Promethean Planet and search for container resource packs.  There are two I have downloaded so far…”ContainersEasy1″ and ContainersEasy2.”  A tutorial comes within each resource pack to show how to use the containers.

For further help, don’t forget to check out the Resources section on our icafe website.  There are many cheat sheets that have been created to help with the Inspire software as well as many other technology tools.

Have fun creating…I can hardly CONTAIN myself!!!

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Student Response System Showdown

The thought of getting 100% student participation throughout your lessons probably seems unrealistic, and at times even impossible. After all, you have that group of students that dominate classroom discussions, while others are too shy to speak up. Don’t forget about the ones who think they know the right answer, but the risk of getting it wrong outweighs their desire to participate. With student response systems, EVERY child has a voice and the opportunity to participate in a nonthreatening environment. It also doesn’t hurt that in addition to the empowerment that the students feel, the teacher is gaining valuable assessment data through quality, engaging lessons. Plain and simple, it is a win-win situation.

How can I use a response system in my class?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a student response system.  Many get stuck in the mindset that response systems can only be used for test reviews, which could not be further from the truth.  In fact, that would be an incredible waste of a system.

Visit Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching for a list of activities and examples.

Which response system do I choose?

Of course you would ask this, after all it is the golden question.  It truly depends on your individual situation.  Do you currently have a SMART or Promethean board?  If so, I would strongly consider going with the response system that correlates with your board.    Are you a data king or queen?  To those of you that answered yes, I would suggest a CPS system, as they have the most comprehensive reporting options.  Do you by chance teach at the secondary level?  If this is the case, I would encourage you to choose either the Promethean Activexpressions or SMART Response XEs, as these have texting capabilities.

Check out the comparison chart below to help you arrive at a decision.
Student Response Systems Chart

Click here to download a pdf version of this document.

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