What is a Promethean Board?
People mistakingly refer to Promethean Boards as SMART boards. In fact, SMART is a brand name of one of the many types of interactive whiteboards that are available to teachers. The Promethean Board allows anything that can be seen or done on a computer screen to now be accomplished standing at the board. Touch the board using the ActivPen to interact with your computer. Utilize the ActivStudio software to enhance your lessons with activities and simulations and many extra features that turns your board into a multimedia experience.

Important Points:
  • You can only use the ActivPen with your Promethean board, therefore, keep it in a safe place.
  • You CANNOT use regular dry-erase markers on this board. Please make your students and substitutes aware of this.
  • If your board is not wireless, place the board in an area of the room that does not have high traffic. Tripping on cords can be a safety hazard to your students and can potentially harm your board in the process.
  • If your board is not mounted to the wall, you may have to calibrate your board when you turn it on for the day. Calibrating the board tells the board exactly where your computer image in located on the screen, allowing you to interact with it very precisely.
  • If someone bumps your board while you are using it and it moves out of place, you will need to recalibrate.
  • Teach your students to stand to the side of the image they want to see on the board when they come up to it. If they stand directly in front of the board that is connected to a regular projector, they won't be able to see the image.
  • Explore the Resources Library for templates, activities and backgrounds that can be used immediately in your classroom.
  • Explore Promethean Planet for more lessons for your Promethean board that can be downloaded and used immediately.

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Resources Available for ActivStudio software:
(All of these were created by Cristina Runkles, except for "promethean tutorial" which was created by Amy Boehman)

Click the link below for a list of websites that work especially well with an interactive whiteboard for your classroom:
List of Websites for the Interactive Whiteboard

Helpful sites for the Promethean Board:

**Promethean Planet**: Promethean Planet is a free online community of over 200,00 members, designed to provide Activclassroom teachers around the world the ability to share new and innovative lessons

**Promethean World** online tutorials for the Promethean board

**Promethean Learning**: Take free, short classes online to learn more about your Promethean board