1. Join Promethean Planet
forall teachers. It's not just for Promethean users. You'll find PowerPoint presentations,worksheets and other resources. If you are an ActivInspire user, then the ready-madeflipcharts and resource packs will also prove to be invaluable. Use them 'as-is' or treat themas a starting point for your own lesson materials and adapt to your own needs.
2. Invest in a large USB stick
With the software installed on your own computer, it's easy to prepare lessons at home andbring them into school on a USB stick. It's probably best to then copy the files to your userarea at school and run from there rather than running them directly from your stick. Thisalso means you have a backup copy in case you accidentally make changes.
3. Sign up for Dropbox
Dropboxis a free service that gives you some space in "The Cloud" for file storage. Itcreates a folder on your home computer, which you can copy files into. Those files then getuploaded to your private space. You can access those files from anywhere via the Dropboxwebsite.
4. Start with the basics
Don't try to overload yourself with all the possible bells and whistles that your whiteboardsoftware can do. Familiarise yourself with the basic tools that you can use every day and behappy in how to use them.Be sure you know how to use the following tools:
Pen / Eraser
– being able to handwrite on the board like you would on a regularwhiteboard is an essential skill. Look for the colour palette to change the pen colour,and also the pen thickness. The eraser will rub out everything written in pen, it won'tremove shapes or text. Write a little larger and slower than you normally would. Don'tworry if you run out of space on the board, you can either make the writing smallerafter you've written it, or just go to another page. You can have as many pages as youwant, so don't try to cram everything on to one.
– use this tool when you want to interact with something: movesomething on the page or make it bigger/smaller. Click on the selection tool and thentap on an object to bring up the blobs that let you stretch/rotate/move it about.
– when preparing a flipchart, it's better to type in the text than try to writewith a mouse. Simply click on the text tool then click on the page to add a text box.You'll have the usual text formatting tools that you're used to in Word. You can alsocopy and paste text in exactly the same way that you can in something like PowerPoint.Each text box can be moved on its own – you can use this to build matching activities: