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What is ActivOffice?

A software plug-in that incorporates the interactive features of ActivInspire within Power Point.  The ActivInspire tools are embedded within the PowerPoint menu to quicly access for: annotation, assessment, math tools, revealer, spotlight and data collection.

Why Use ActivOffice instead of ActivInspire with my interactive whiteboard or slate?

  • Simplifies lesson preparation and delivery.
  • Works directly within Power Point
  • Easily integrate assessment using Promethean's Learning Response System (ActivExpressions)

Features: Presentation Toolbar, Question Manager, Annotation, Import/Export Results, Slide Show Toolbox

Materials Needed

  • ActivOffice Installed on your computer.  Contact your school based Technology Coordinator to install ActivOffice.
    • ActivInspire is NOT needed to run ActivOffice.  It is a standalone plug-in for Power Point
    • ActivInspire and ActivOffice cannot be open simutaneously
    • Exisiting Power Point slides can be used with ActivOffice.
    • Previously created question sets can be input through the Question Master
    • Teacher and self pace test can run through ActivOffice
  • Interactive Whiteboard or Slate
  • ActivExpressions to get the full functionality of the software but not required.



Texting in class? Nope. They're TESTING in class!

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At first glance it may look like the student on the left is texting on his phone during class, but he's actually texting on task.  Students in Mr. Van Bloem's AP English class at Walkersville High School are using Promethean ActivExpressions to complete a practice test on George Washington.

Class started today with each student receiving their own ActivExpression registered to their name, a copy of a reading about George Washington, and a paper version of a multiple choice test.  After reading the selection and completing the test on paper, answers are then entered into the ActivExpression.  Mr. Van Bloem's computer collects all the responses, which students submit at their own pace, and a bar graph keeping track of their progress is displayed on the screen.

Once the test is completed the students will receiver their individual scores as well as a chance to review any of the questions for which they entered incorrect answers.  Final scores are also tabulated in an Excel spreadsheet for easy grade collection.


3 Ways to Use ActivSlates for High School Science

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Walkersville High School Science Department is always looking for new technology to improve instruction and engage students.  Under the direction of WHS Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator Nus Hism, the teachers have been using MacIntosh computer stations, ActivSlates, and a variety of software to enhance the curriculum.

Today we reviewed "3 Ways to Use An ActivSlate in Science"
1.  Use it as a mouse to control your computer from anywhere in the room and "annotate over desktop" at any time
2.  Import .pdf files into flipcharts so you can mark-up and manipulate the same papers you'd normally use with the document camera
3.  Download pre-made flipcharts from

Click here to download and check out the ActivInspire flipchart we used!

Or check out one of the flipcharts from Promethean Planet used as examples in the list below.

Removing Marquee Handles from Objects - ActivInspire

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Students may accidentally resize objects when trying to click and drag them across the board. Removing marquee handles is helpful to avoid having this problem.

Follow the directions below to remove them from objects.  Be sure to save these settings under profile you have named appropraitely for students.

1. Click File>Settings>Command tab.
2. In the second dropdown menu, select "Marquee Handles."  Now go back to the first dropdown menu and select "Marquee Handles."
3. Select the first option "Stretch Top" or "Stretch Top Left."
4. Click the "Remove" button.
5. Repeat the "Remove" process for each of the marquee handle options. (See the picture below.)

Marquee Handles

6.  I usually leave the "Freely Move Objects" icon.  When ready to save, click on the icon with the disk and pencil = "Save Profile As."
7.  Save under a name that you will remember to use for students.  Click "Done" when finished.

Marquee Handles Saving Profile





Great Expectations - April 12th, 2012

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Presented by:

Kelly Kirby = (Pinterest)
Michael Hakkarinen = (Livescribe and Pixie)
Cristina Runkles = (Livescribe and ActivInspire 1.6 Features)



o 4:30-4:55 – Whole-Group in Staff Development - Livescribe

o 5:00-5:45 – First Session – ActivInspire, Pixie, Pinterest breakout sessions in labs

o 5:50 – 6:35 – Second Session - ActivInspire, Pixie, Pinterest breakout sessions in labs

o 6:40-7:25 – Third Session - ActivInspire, Pixie, Pinterest breakout sessions in labs

o 7:25-7:30 – Online evaluation

ActivInspire 1.6 Features Resources: 

o Instructional Flipchart for this evening

o ActivInspire TRT Page - Resources and Tutorials

o Updating your School Computer to ActivInspire 1.6

o Embedding HTML into ActivInspire 1.6

ActivInspire: The Next Steps - April 17, 2012

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April 17, 2012

AM Session (Secondary) - 8:30 - 11:00 AM
PM Session (Elementary) - 12:30 - 3:00 PM

Presented by Technology Resource Teachers:

Cristina Runkles:


Do you already know how to use existing ActivInspire flipcharts, but now you are ready to edit them to better fit your needs?  This sessions is for you!  "ActivInspire: The Next Steps" builds on the skills presented from the fall after-school sessions.  You will learn some basic skills needed to modify an existing flipchart, such as: design mode, grouping and ungrouping objects, layering objects, editing text, and simple color tricks.  Participants will also learn how to modify pre-made templates that can be modified for any content.  The newest features of ActivInspire version 1.6 will be presented, which includes embedding HTML code (such as for YouTube videos or Quizlet games) into your flipcharts.  You will learn how to make the most of your toolbar by modifying profiles and toolbars.  Finally, there will be the opportunity to download flipcharts from Promethean Planet to practice the skills from the workshop.

Note: This session is designed to build on the skills from the fall session. Participants should come to this session with some basic ActivInspire experience: opening flipcharts, using the pen tool and the select tool, turning pages, erasing objects, and adding text. 


Objectives: Participants will learn to:


  • Learn how to use Design Mode to edit and create flipcharts
  • Lock and unlock objects
  • Edit text
  • Group and ungroup objects
  • Layer objects
  • Reorder pages
  • Copy pages into new flipcharts
  • Use simple color tricks
  • Edit template pages
  • Access new features of ActivInspire 1.6
  • Make the most of their toolbar and profiles



  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Editing Flipcharts and Templates Instruction
  • New Features of ActivInspire 1.6 Instruction
  • Profiles and Toolbar Instruction
  • Independent Time
  • Conclusion
  • Evaluation Survey: (You must use Firefox or Google Chrome Browser for the survey link to work)

Training Resources:

Dynamic Paper: Create your own digital math manipulatives

Dynamic Paper is a new online application from NCTM Illuminations and worth checking out if you teach math.  As quoted on their website,

"Need a pentagonal pyramid that's six inches tall? Or a number line that goes from ‑18 to 32 by 5's? Or a set of pattern blocks where all shapes have one-inch sides? You can create all those things and more with the Dynamic Paper tool. Place the images you want, then export it as a PDF activity sheet for your students or as a JPEG image for use in other applications or on the web."
See picture below. It shows the Dynamic Paper application where you can create all kinds of math manipulatives, save them as a JPG (or PDF) and then insert them into Promethean flipcharts.  Of course, you can also achieve the same result with the ActivInspire camera as well.  However, Dynamic Paper allows you to create PDFs, handouts and flipchart manipulatives that are all the same so it is easier for students to follow along. Create NETS, graph paper, number lines, number grids, tessellations, shapes and spinners.
dynamic paper
After you save your manipulatives as a JPG, insert them into ActivInspire! Move them around and manipulate them in math lessons.  (See below)
dynamic paper activinspire

ActivInspire 1.6: Equation Editor

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Equation Editor

1.  To open the 'Equation Editor,' select 'Insert'.

2.  Select 'Equation'.

3.  Click on the page where you wish to insert the equation. The 'Equation Editor' will open. Choose the desired equation symbols and templates.  Click OK to add the equation to your flipchart page.

4.  To edit an existing equation, with the 'Equation Editor' tool selected click on the equation or double-click on it with the 'Select' tool.


Try creating the following sample equation: 

1.  Select 'Insert' and 'Equation.'

2.  Type 'V' in the space provided.

3.  To insert a fraction click on the template indicated.  Enter 4 for the numerator and 3 for the denominator. 

4.  To insert another symbol click to the right of the fraction.

5.  Click on the template indicated to insert a pi symbol.

6.  To insert the power symbol click on the template indicated. In each box type in 'r' and '2'.

7.  Click Ok to add the equation to your flipchart page.


Tip:  Reuse your equations!  If you use a certain equation a lot or derivations of that equation, save it in your Resource Browser by dragging it into My Resources.  When you need the equation, you can drag it out from My Resources to your flipchart page.  Edit the equation by double-clicking on it. 





ActivInspire 1.6: Page Extender Tool

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Page Extender tool

1.  To open the 'Page Extender' tool, go to 'View'.

2.  Select 'Page Extender'.

3.  The tool is displayed at the bottom of the flipchart page but can be moved to any position.  Click on the 'Page Extender' tool and the current page is extended by 10 percent. The 'Page Extender' can be used multiple times on one flipchart page.  Use the scroll bar on the right side of the flipchart page to view more of the flipchart. 


Original Flipchart Page with Page Extender tool:


Flipchart Page After Clicking on the Page Extender:


4.  To close the tool, go to 'View.'

5.  Select 'Page Extender'.

ActivInspire 1.6: Draw Shape from Center

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Draw Shape from Center

In ActivInspire, when you use the 'Shape' tool, shapes are created by dragging from the top left.

In ActivInspire 1.6, you can change this setting so that shapes are created from the center.

1.  Go to 'File'.

2.  Select 'Settings'.

3.  In the 'Edit Profiles' window select 'Tools'.

4.  Under 'Shape Tool' click on the drop-down menu.

5.  Select 'Center'.

6.  Click 'Done'.

Notice how when you choose a shape it is created by dragging from the center.

Drawing a shape using right-click will override what has been selected in Settings. Note: This setting applies to all shapes.

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