This week our Lovely Sam, from the Teaching & Learning team delivered an excellent session on how to use Active Inspire on the new Promethean boards we will have in our new build.
So what’s the rush? well…It is official we have 5 days left in the old building- a mix of sadness and excitement for any of us who have been here a few years! But it is time for a new adventure and we are certainly more prepared than we ever expected to be!
Sam helped show us that ActivInspire helps teachers bring lessons to life with rich, powerful activities that grab students’ attention, blending real-time assessment and real-world experience into the learning process.
There are 100s of reasons why you should use Active Inpsire in the classroom- And here are a few to get you feeling a little more confident and technologically aware…
Within this Playlist of videos you can learn basic elements such as using the toolbar, uploading and writing over PDFs, using the spotlight, magic ink and an array of exciting tools to bring your lessons alive!
Here are some of the ideas Sam showed us at Butterfly this week:
Everyone’s worry, everyone has I am sure had a panic about this- but fear not! The years and hours of planning lessons and SOW are safe- and can be used- but in an even better way!
Simply upload or convert to PDF and annotate until your heart is content- trust us it really does bring the lesson off the page/ screen and gives you so many opportunities to stretch and Challenge your learners. No two lessons will ever be the same again!
Variety is of course the spice of life!
Personally, this such a great tool ( if like me your handwriting could be better) With the ipad, at times, handwriting isn’t always clear- it depends on a few factors, stylus pens and the quality of them being the most impacting. However, with Active inspire you have the freedom to write on the board, and with one highlight and click, it is converted, in an instant to text- no more “Miss what does that say?”
With Sam being one of our amazing Art teachers, it was lovely to see the variety of tools she can already use on Active Inspire- and demonstrate the learning power these simple tools can have. Magic Ink is something very different and the kids love it! It could definitely be used in every subject and could be used as engaging starters or plenaries- give it a try! (the video explains how to use it!)
Lastly- the support you receive through Promethean Planet is out of this world-especially if you are a science teacher- you are very lucky- 1000s of resources and lessons ready, made and waiting for you to download and use! Go on have a browse this weekend!
Active Inspire has definitely Inspired us this week and having walked the new building yesterday, I know for a fact, staff at Westfield Academy are ready and patiently waiting to use these new ICT skills and become and technology Wizz kids in the classroom!
As always, any questions Please just ask.