Epson Easy Interactive Tools

Epson Easy Interactive Tools look a bit classier and give you some good options than the regular whiteboard tools which come with the Epson.These tools will work on any whiteboard, not just an Epson. It’s actually a good idea to do it this way. The tools which come with the board are straightforward , do not confuse people and do the job. When you are ready to move on, you can download the Easy Interactive Tools and watch this video which explains everything slowly and well. You can actually see what you can do and you can play the video and practise using the tools at the same time. That is a great way to learn because you are under no pressure to suddenly be good at something which might take a little bit of time for you to master. I use the option of showing things on the board and annotating it as I teach. It really means I can focus the learning and add to what I have selected as a visual part of my lesson. It means I can do things which are more complicated. I can erase it all in two clicks and then see how far we have come as a class. My capacity to use more and better resources is increased because of the options supplied with the Easy Interactive Tools. I have mentioned them in passing before because downloading them was the first thing I did when my new board was installed. The regular tools do a lot of the work for me but to have choices means I can change delivery modes easily and make better use of my board.

Working with whiteboards

adobe pdf It can be very annoying when you change whiteboards to find things displaying differently. If you have one area and set your laptop up on that board then it’s not a problem. If you use boards and dataviews of different brands on a regular basis , then you will work through the issues. If you have to change, though, and you are displaying something which isn’t as it should be , you might just have to talk your way through it. Main thing is to look at the whole screen for cues. Pdf files are something which display differently from one whiteboard/screen to another. Sometimes they will be illegible because they are displaying too small and you just cannot see that percentage box where you can adjust it. Next best thing are the + and – symbols which might be in a different place on the screen but they will still be in the toolbar. You might be used to looking for them in the middle…and then they’ll change and show up to the left. It isn’t easy because there are so many things which can change with a computer display. It is always a matter of looking but when you can’t see it…take a deep breath, relax and just carry on. It’s technology. If it’s going to be silly, let it be. You’re not.

It’s all in the corners with Windows 8

metro interface Windows 8 seems to me to be a mix of Apple, tablet , Ubuntu and then Windows. A best of. Visually it can be quite stunning. I don’t like the raging bright colour combos of the metro screen but I can see it might have wide appeal and in a classroom on a whiteboard the metro interface would create a lot of interest and could be landscaped to target specific learning areas, needs and specifics. Windows 8 is colourful and has some good transition effects, really interesting visuals and so could provide quite a dynamic interface in a classroom. It can then be just Windows and you can do whatever you normally do on Windows. In Windows 8 the corners are significant. Bottom left is a hotspot for the metro interface. Top right gets you to the side toolbar. Bottom right is minimise and top left I really am not sure! Run the cursor along hte top of the screen and you see a hand. Pull it down and you will minimise that desktop and can create another. I have survived on ALT F4. Without it I’d be lost. It is how I shut screens down when there is no obvious way to shut them down. It is how I shut down the computer from the desktop. The power button is in SETTINGS!!. Press the Windows key and C and the toolbar will come up at the side of the screen. Click on settings and there’s the power button. In the metro screen you can click on your picture. it gives you the option to log out. When you do that you will see the power button bottom left. The lack of ease with the shutdown could create security problems. If you use your picture on metro then you can easily find it. Looking for the power button in settings is not obvious and so provides a security issue on shared computers. It also means some people might just turn their computer off and not give data enough time to save. It seems odd not to have an obvious power button, but still , the world is odd at the moment.

Promethean Board Pizzazz

I have a Promethean Board but there is no way I can use it like Paul Kercal. This man is using his time and talent to show us that our classroom technology rocks! We can all aspire to be this energetic, enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated. He works cross platform so that he is automatically showing the world and his students that diversity is classroom strength. He can teach fluidly as he is using technology but he also allows himself to engage with it so that he and his talents can provide vigour and depth to education and learning. He is talented, that is certain. He is also someone who learns how to use his tools properly and to good effect. He doesn’t skate across the surface of learning. Skill , talent , iteration and then the willingness to take his knowledge and apply it on another device and in another arena. I told you he was good. His YouTube videos are such an inspiration for using technology in a classroom and making it shine.

Connect iPad to Whiteboard

ipad on whiteboardIn yesterday’s post I explained how I connected my iPad2. When I was talking to my year 8 class after recess they were quite excited I could do that and so in today’s lesson I connected my iPad and showed them the applications they could download onto their iPads, iPhones or iPod Touches. I tried connecting my iPod Touch to the whiteboard. There was no picture but I did have sound! That might be useful perhaps with music or podcasts. I was able to show students the applications useful to their learning of French and the cuisine applications I had. I also showed them a little French story. On another day I’d like to be able to show them the sorts of applications they can use for school. My plan is to try and get them to use their mobile devices better for French but also familiarise them with the applications we can load on to the iPads for their individual use. They were certainly keen to do that but loading applications onto an iPad takes quite a bit of time and is not easily achieved. It will happen but just not yet. I took the photo left of my whiteboard with the iPad display , which displays best with the iPad on landscape, with my Macbook. I transferred the image to Dropbox and then opened Dropbox on my computer at home and wrote this post. The iPad connection will offer a bit more variety in my classroom.

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