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Sarah Penn

FRIT 7233
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Task Analysis: ActivInspire Basics


I conducted the task analysis using a topic analysis. I wanted to make sure to provide as much relevant
information as possible. My analysis helps the learner walk through all the components necessary to effectively
create an ActivInspire flipchart. The content structures identified in the topic analysis included facts (the
necessary components needed to make an ActivInspire flipchart), concepts (the concept of an ActivInspire
flipchart being an editable electronic lesson), and principles (an ActivInspire flipchart can be edited by users
and shared on Promethean Planet for other users).
Task Analysis Outline
1. Open ActivInspire
1.1. Double-Click on the ActivInspire Desktop Icon
1.2. Click the red X to close the ActivInspire Dashboard
2. ActivInspire components necessary to navigate while making a flipchart
2.1. File
2.2. Edit
2.2.1. Undo
2.2.2. Redo
2.2.3. Select
2.2.4. Clear
2.2.5. Reset Page
2.3. View
2.3.1. Full Screen
2.3.2. Next Page
2.3.3. Previous Page
2.3.4. Browsers
2.4. Insert
2.4.1. Text
2.4.2. Shapes
2.5. Tools
2.5.1. Pen
2.5.2. Highlighter
2.5.3. Fill
2.5.4. Camera
2.6. Help
2.6.1. Contents
2.6.2. Promethean Website
2.6.3. Promethean Planet
3. Benefits of resource packs
3.1. Curriculum-based templates
3.2. Assortment of tools, images, and activities
3.3. Easily downloaded from Promethean Planet
Script: ActivInspire Basics
Step
1

Action on Screen
Introduction

Narration
Welcome to this video tutorial on ActivInspire Basics for

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FRIT 7233
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creating a single or multi-layer flipchart. These flipcharts


are a great way to help captivate students attention while
blending real-time assessment and real-world experience
into the learning process.
Find the ActivInspire icon on your desktop. Double click
on the icon to open it up.

Locate ActivInspire icon on desktop.

Show what ActivInspire looks like.

As you can see, the Dashboard is always present upon


opening ActivInspire. You have all the options listed, but
since we are reviewing all the basics, we can just click the
red X to close it out.

Open ActivInspire Basics flipchart.

Now we will go over each of the basic components that are


frequently used to make flipcharts. Look at the Menubar at
the top of the screen. If you click on File, Edit, View,
Insert, Tools, and Help you can see all the options you have
while using ActivInspire.

Click on Main Toolbar.

The Main Toolbar is where you will go to find the


frequently used tools while making or using a flipchart.
You can dock it to the left, right, top, bottom or leave it
floating. I prefer to dock it to the top so it is out of the way.

Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Undo-Redo.

Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Select Tool.

The Undo and Redo Tools will help you by either reversing
or reapplying actions that you have performed.

You can use the Select Tool to click, drag and edit object on

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your page.

Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Clear Tool.

Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Reset Page.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Full Screen.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Turn Pages.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Browsers.

The Clear Tool has 5 choices of clearing either parts of the


page or the entire page.

The Reset Page will reset your page to the last save. You
just click on the Reset icon on the Main Toolbar.

The Full Screen allows you to view a flipchart in full


screen. I personally rarely use this option. It doesnt make
the flipchart much bigger than the regular screen. You also
have to be careful when exiting full screen or you will close
the entire flipchart.

To turn the pages on a flipchart, you must click the left


arrow to go to the previous page and the right arrow to go to
the next page.

There are several Browsers available. The most frequently


used ones are the Page Browser, Resource Browser, and the
Notes Browser.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Page Browser.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Resource Browser.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Notes Browser.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Text Tool.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Shapes.

The Page Browser allows you to see all the pages of your
flipchart. This reminds me of a Power Point.

The Resource Browser allows you to find and add items to


your flipchart from the Shared Resources.

The Notes Browser allows you to write notes about that


page. It may be directions or reminders to help with the
actions on the page.

The Text Tool is used to create text on the page. A toolbar


will appear on the top of your page with tools very similar
to word processing tools.

The Shape Tool allows you to add various shapes, choose


the outline color and width, and choose a fill color.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Pen/Highlighter.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Fill Tool.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Camera Tool.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Color Picker.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Drag-a-Copy.

The Pen and Highlighter tool are used to write or highlight


on the flipchart. You can choose a color by clicking a
choice on the color palette. You can also change the width
by selecting the present widths or using the slider.

The Fill Tool allows you to change the color of words,


shapes, objects, or the background.

The Camera Tool allows you to take snapshots of the screen


and use in your flipchart.

The Color Picker allows you to pick a specific color that is


not already on the color palette. You can replace one of the
colors. I always use white because it is the easiest to
change back again.

Drag-a-Copy allows you to make unlimited copies of an


item. You know it has been made drag-a-copy if it has the
hand and a green plus sign.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Tool Store.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Promethean Planet.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Click on Resource Packs.

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Click blue arrow at bottom left.


Show the ActivInspire Basics
homepage.

The Tool Store allows you to change any of the tools on


your Main Toolbar. This allows you to select the tools you
use most often to be easily accessible.

Promethean Planet has a wealth of resources and resource


packs. I often find flipcharts on Promethean Planet and
then tweak them for my class or to what I am teaching.

You can download and then import Resource Packs from


Promethean Planet or other teachers into your Shared
Resources for use in making your own flipcharts.

This concludes our video tutorial on ActivInspire Basics. I


hope this will help you engage students through interactive
tools and encourage them to interact and work together
throughout their learning process.