Promethean Board Ideas

Hi! It’s me again!

I am going to training on Wednesday to learn how to use the Promethean Board and it’s software.  I know when I posted that I was getting a PB many of you shared what you like and don’t like about them…so my next question is:

Where do you find the books/lessons/flip charts/media that you share with your kids?

Do you have any sites I should look at for ideas?  I’m staring from nothing.  I’ve looked around Promethean Planet a little and am finding it hard to find anything, so any advice on that site would be good to…is it easier just to create your own flip charts?

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on July 9, 2012, in Promethian Board. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I would love to participate! 🙂

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  2. I know a lot of people love the flipcharts from Promethean Planet, but for some reason I haven’t used them much. I probably need to review the site a little more myself. I have made some of my own flipcharts, but like anything else, it takes some practice to make them. They can be very simple or very complicated, but it’s kind of fun to make them. It can also be very time consuming. I use projectable books (Reading A-Z, Wegivebooks.org, Tumblebooks etc.). I think most textbook adoptions have online resources and I use these for math and Language Arts a lot. If you add a document camera then you can project your own books or activity pages, workstations, etc. You can make the board work as a workstation by using any online site like Starfall. Just remember that anything that is on your computer can be projected onto your board, so you probably already have a lot of resources that you like to use. I sometimes just model writing using my document camera. I just got an iPad from our district and I’m told that you can download an app for about $10.00 that will work like an Activslate and let you manipulate your board from anywhere in the room. I can’t wait to try it out and see. You are going to love your board and wonder how you ever taught without it – guaranteed!

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  3. Hello! When you go on promethean planet don’t be too specific when you search for things. Just type in one or two topic words (like Frogs or Life Cycle) and then search through the things that come up for the age group you want. Don’t limit it to kindergarten because a lot of the right things come up under the 6-8 category. I just modify them a bit if necessary. Starfall, tumblebooks, bbcbitestrips, are all good. If I can figure out how, I can send you some flipcharts that I’ve made myself. I love making them. The more you practice, the faster you’ll get at making them.
    I’m on mat leave this year, so I’m not making any charts right now, but if I make some later in the year I’ll send those to you.
    Enjoy your board. It’s the best.
    Maureen

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    • This makes more sense to search for a broad category…I found the ActivInspire software last night, but I’m going to wait until my training tomorrow and see if our district has purchased a site license for it before I buy my own…

      Kristen 🙂

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  4. I had the opportunity to use one this summer at another school in our district. It was very helpful teaching some skills in reading and math. However, I used compass learning site instead of promethean planet because it was too time consuming to find activities on promethean planet. And, I don’t have one in my classroom. But, I would love to have one it keeps the children engaged longer.

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  5. Cindy Hensley

    I use Promethean Planet to find already created flip charts and just tweak them if I need to. Since so may states are using the Common Core Standards now, we may not have to change very much on the flip charts we find. I have planned to make or find one for math activities related to our new Standards since the one I had last year is outdated. It focused too much on the Calendar and money. Since we’re not teaching the months, days, etc. and money, I won’t be able to use. it. It would be great if we could share any appropriate flip charts that we find. Thanks for letting me join your group!

    Cindy

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  6. If you get the newest software, you’ll be able to import smartboard files (there are more goodies from them than promethean in my humble opinion). I also convert powerpoints to flipchart files a lot because I do not have the flipchart software at home – where I make all my stuff!
    Mrs. Cobb’s Kinder Sprouts

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  7. I was a Kindergarten teacher for many years but I am now trying to be home with my kiddos. In this change I was fortunate to get a job with a company called Digital Nation which is under 4 A+ educators. I create lessons for SMART and Promethean boards for teachers to use in their classrooms. The subscription isn’t cheep we did just start offering a personal web access only membership for $250 a year which you could share with other co-workers. Most of our subscriptions are for schools or school districts but I have no idea how much they run. With or with out a subscription you can sign up for our free newsletter which will give you a free lesson every month and web 2.0 ideas for all grade levels. The website is 4aplus.com to sign up for the newsletter and click on digital nation if you want to learn more about what we offer.

    As a teacher I would say learning the software will be the most beneficial. Once you understand it there are amazing things you can do. It can be very time consuming to create in depth lessons but if you understand the program you can take lessons from Promethean Planet and adjust them to make them work for you. My son’s preschool teacher used her SMART board as a center. The students could sort, match, count, and read independently or in small groups. I was amazed at how much she used it with 4 and 5 year olds. I have so many ideas for when I go back to teaching. 🙂 Good Luck!

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  8. Kristen,
    Did they mention how to open a Promethean file in Smart Notebook? I see a lot of wonderful interactive flip charts that won’t open in the latest version of Notebook, and none are interactive. I hope there is a conversion tool someday!
    Maggie

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  9. I like to use smartexchange. I am not sure if you can use it without registering, but it has tons of great activities.

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  10. I am training our para-professionals in the use of the promethean board in their classroom next week. I am looking for some pre-made activities that would be educational for 3-5 year olds. I am a high school mathematics teacher at Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center South in Miami Fl. Our students are girls that are either pregnant or already have children. We offer a full-time nursery for the children with pre-school education.

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