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5 interesting things that you can with Shapes in ActivInspire

Posted by rosiemacalpine on November 19, 2009

The new version of ActivInspire offers lots more choices for using shapes and lines in your teaching. Here are five ways that you may not have thought of before (n.b. some of these tools are available with other IWB software, some are unique to ActivInspire).

1. Making irregular shapes with the Line-Chain shape 


When you use the Line-Chain shape, each click of the pen adds another angle to the shape. Ask students to draw an irregular pentagon, octagon etc, or set challenges ‘Draw an irregular pentagon with one angle of 45 degrees’.


2. Use the rectangle tool to create a Mondrian style painting


The rectangle tool can be dragged to any size or shape. Either change the fill of each shape to red,yellow or blue before you draw, or draw all the shapes in white. Then use the paint bucket to fill in different colours.


3. Matching shapes and outlines

image When you choose a fill for your shape, try using the ‘no fill’ option. This allows you to draw a shape without any fill colour. Then, use the paint bucket tool to fill your shape. When you move the shape, you will find that the outline and the fill move separately. You can then drag the fills and outlines to different areas of the page and ask students to match them.


4. Colour blending using transparent shapes

image Draw any shape and fill a primary colour. You may prefer to delete the border (see previous example) or use a very thin one.

Click on the centre of the shape. On the Object Edit toolbar that appears above the shape, click on the sun icon. Drag it to the left until the shape is semi-transparent. Now duplicate the shape and make them several different colours. Overlap the shapes to see the new colours that appear.


5. Sticky shapes for brainstorming and charts

image Draw three shapes at the bottom of your page. Select them and add ‘Drag a copy’. While the shapes are still selected, go to the Properties Browser and open the Container section. Change the first drop down menu to Can Contain: Anything.

Now you can drag infinite number of shapes onto your page and write on them. The writing will stick to the shape so you can move it around without losing the writing.



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Ultra high resolution art work on Google Earth

Posted by rosiemacalpine on September 30, 2009

This one has been available for a while, but it is well worth a look.

Open up Google Earth. In the ‘Fly To’ box, type ‘Museo del Prado’ and click on the magnifying glass.


You will now fly off to the ‘Museo Nacional de Prado’ in Spain.


Zoom in until you can click on the ‘Masterpieces’ link at the front door of the museum. Click on this button.



Click on a picture to see it in high resolution. I’ve chosen ‘Emperor Carlos V on horseback’. Click on the picture to fly inside the museum.

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Then zoom in on the picture to see incredible detail. Below is a close up of the Emperor’s face. Notice the cracks in the canvas – amazing!


Remember that if you have an ActivBoard by Promethean, you can use the right click button on your pen to zoom in and out in Google Earth.

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Crayola brings art to life on the IWB

Posted by rosiemacalpine on September 11, 2009

I was very excited to discover this beautiful online drawing and painting site from Crayola. Unlike a lot of online drawing sites, the tools look realistic. Crayons make a waxy line on the page, and paint strokes can be built up to create a darker line.


The Crayola wheel lets you choose from nine different drawing tools. Each tool has colour and line thickness options.

I also loved this site because it reinforces, rather than tries to replace, traditional art tools. After a few minutes on the site, I was itching to buy some glitter crayons and nice white paper to recreate childhood memories!

You can print your artwork – I would also suggest teaching your students to use the camera/ capture tool that comes with your IWB software to take a screenshot of their work. Then you can create a gallery of student’s art work in your class.

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Lovely online drawing tool

Posted by rosiemacalpine on November 27, 2008

There’s a few of these around, and I’ll post some more in the coming weeks.

Odopod’s offering is simple, but beautiful.


I’m not an artist so I stayed with something simple. I had a look at the sample sketches however, and some people are creating beautiful things with this tool.

I’ve used drawing software in the classroom mainly as an introduction to using the whiteboard. I think it allows children and adults to experiment with pen pressure and positioning, in an environment where they can just scribble and make mistakes.

What about other primary teachers, or primary/ secondary art specialists? Do you think this website would have a place in your classroom?

Sketch by Odopod

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