Today’s guest blogger is Rose Jenkins, from Midlands Technical College.

Like most people, I started using an active classroom board for two things, to write on it and to present PowerPoint presentations. But active boards like the SMART Board and the Promethean Board are so popular in K-12 education that I wanted to know what their drawing power was. In my investigation, I saw a lot of cute activities intended for a much younger audience. But I was still intrigued by the power and the interactivity of these presentations. So I began my quest for incorporating these tools into my college mathematics classroom. Here is what I found.

1. An active board is more than just an alternative or auxiliary tool for a PowerPoint presentation. The key feature of an active board is INTERACTIVITY. Unlike (most) PowerPoint presentations, an active board presentation does not have to be linear. So the order and timing in which things happens can change according to the user’s preference or need. Things can be moved around the screen with or without restrictions.

2. ACTION! Additionally to manually moving things, actions can be assigned to objects. These actions can affect the object that they are assigned to or some other actions. Some of the actions are show, hide, move along a path, make more/less transparent, flip around the x or y axis, angle incrementally and many more. With so many tools, one needs only a little imagination to make things happen.

Here’s a basic example video I recorded to show you how to add action to an object using the Promethean ActiveStudio software.

Here is another video to show you a variety of actions that can be used in the ActiveStudio software.

Thanks Rose for the post! 

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