Monday, February 21, 2011

ActivInspire: Drag A Copy and More

Sometimes just knowing a few simple tricks in ActivInspire can save the day. In my last post I mentioned that I had put some action objects on my page by using the Drag and Drop feature. That sure saved me big time in front of those first graders when my tools mysteriously disappeared!
This is a link to a handout I created on how to: Drag a Copy, Drag & Drop, and Drag an Application. Here's why you might want to know how to use each of these features.

Drag a Copy: Anytime you want to use the same icon or image repeatedly you might like drag a copy. If you're asking students to drag the coins on the flipchart to demonstrate an amount, or if you ask students to put a sun or cloud on a weather map or calendar you'll want to use drag a copy. This saves you from guessing just how many pennies or suns you might need. Just put one and add the drag & drop action to it and you'll be able to drag a copy forever and ever.

Drag & Drop: Normally you and your students would use the toolbox to access tools. Some of the tools can be put right on the page so students don't have to search for the tools in the toolbox. The page reset button is a necessity for interactive pages. Drag & Drop lets you drop these commonly used buttons onto the page and possibly you'll be able to put your toolbox away.

Drag an Application: There are times you might want one of your computer applications to be at your fingertips within ActivInspire. For example, if you’re working with student photos you might want Photo Booth on your flipchart page so you can take pictures of your students and drag them right on to your page.

Download the handout here.

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