The Busy Teacher's Guide to the Interactive Whiteboard

This is a free self-study guide for any teacher who wants to learn (at his or her own pace) how to use their interactive whiteboard to engage learners.  Specifically it teaches you how to use ActivStudio (the Promethean whiteboard software).  It was written for Version 2 of the software but will open in later versions such as ActivStudio Professional and ActivInspire.

OK, I'm going to admit it - this resource is now quite old.  I wrote it in 2005-6 to help teachers learn how to use their interactive whiteboard for more than just showing PowerPoint presentations and it proved quite popular.  It was downloaded over 10,000 from the place I used to host it and I got some nice feedback on it from all over the world.

There are 4 units, each taking 20 to 45 minutes to work through. The units take you from the very basics of ActivStudio to more advanced functions, and also include teaching tips and activity ideas.

So here it is in its new home, and I hope some people will still be able to get some use out of it.  Click the attachments at the bottom of the page to access the guides.  They won't open unless you have ActivStudio installed on your machine, so if you don't ask your school's IT department for the disks.

Unit 1 - The basics: typing stuff in and writing
Unit 2 - Engaging Learners: using pictures and making simple activities
Unit 3 - At the board: using the magic pen and the whiteboard itself (you need to be in your classroom and stood at the board to use this one)
Unit 4 - Lots of useful stuff: resources, rulers, timers, graph paper, etc.

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