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Learning 2.0 A Colorado Conversation

What it is: “Education is conversation. Conversation creates change. The future of education does not exist in an isolated world of theory conveyed through abstract conference sessions. Instead, it exists in conversations that begin with a robust learning network that is ever-expanding and just-in-time. Learning 2.0 is not the beginning of this conversation, rather it is a stopping point; a time to talk about the visible difference that we all seek. We read. We reflect. We write. We share. We learn. Come join us for a day of conversation about learning and technology.” Learning 2.0 A Colorado Conversation is “ a conference/unconference/meetup for teachers, administrators, students, school board members, parents, community, and anyone else who is interested in education. There is NO COST for attendees to join the conversation.” Participants can attend in person or virtually.  This year Learning 2.0 takes place on Saturday, February 20 at Loveland High School.  Learning 2.0 is in it’s third year.  I attended for the first time in 2009 and throughly enjoyed the conversation, learning, and collaboration.  You can’t beat the price (free) and even luch is included (who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?!).  Sessions range from leadership, classroom practice, to professional development.  Round Table discussions end the day (I am hosting one of these). Tips: Be sure to register for the event here and add your name to the attendee list here.  I look forward to the conversation and hope you will join us (in person or virtually). Are you joining the conversation?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Fun & Games, Geography, History, Interactive Whiteboard, Language Arts, Math, Middle/High School, Music, PE, Phonics, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Social Studies, Software, Spelling, Teacher Resources, Websites | Posted on 05-03-2009

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What it is:  ActivInspire is a new software from Promethean that is free!  The free edition is a ‘personal’ license that can be used by anyone.  The ActivInspire software works with ANY interactive whiteboard (SMART, Mimio, Wiimote Whiteboard, eBeam, etc.)  and even for those of you who do not have an interactive whiteboard, use the software with just a computer and projector!  The Promethean Planet website has thousands of lessons and resources that are free to access and can be used with ActivInspire to engage your students.  ActivInspire has two launch options, the first is to launch in Primary function.  In Primary, ActivInspire is very user friendly for primary elementary students.  The second option is to launch in Studio with tools that are perfect for older students.  ActivInspire works on Windows, Mac, and Linux based machines.  Some of the goodies in ActivInspire include interactive protractors, rulers, clocks, grids, and more.  New power tools include intelligent shapes and handwriting recognition.  There are themed templates for fast and easy lesson building.  ActivInspire supports flash files that can be embeded in Flipchart lessons.  ActivInspire can open SMART and PowerPoint files, making it quick and easy to pick up any lesson and improve it.

How to integrate ActivInspire into the classroom:  ActivInspire is software that can keep students engaged in any lesson in your curriculum.  The software is incredibly intuitive and makes it easy to create amazing interactive lessons.  The lessons (flipcharts) can be saved and shared among colleagues.  Begin building a library of interactive lessons for your students.  Be sure to visit Promethean Planet for thousands of ready made (FREE) flipcharts and activities to use with the ActivInspire software.  


Tips:  To see the possiblities of the ActivInspire software, take a look at Flipcharts created by the developers of ActivInspire.  Promethean also has a great set of support tutorials that will have you up and running in no time! 


Leave a comment and tell us how you are using ActivInspire  in your classroom.

Comments (3)

Thanks for sharing

I have visited the website of ActivInspire. Where do I download the free version of Promethean as mentioned on your page in the top paragraph?

They either moved the place to download for free or discontinued that as an option. Anyone using/working for Promethean that knows if you can still download ActivInspire for free?

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