Registering a Promethean ActivSlate

e-Learning is often asked about registering ActivSlates.  The instructions below assume that the user has an ActivSlate and an ActivHub  that is plugged into a working USB port.  The ActivHub will flash green when installed properly:

This post uses images of the ActivSlate 60, but it will apply to older models as well:

Step 1 – Access the Device Registration screen:

From the Dashboard:

or from the Voting Browser:

Step 2:  In Device Registration, select ActivSlates and click Register:

Step 3:  To Register one ActivSlate, select the number 1 and click Next:

Step 4:  A PIN code with instructions are displayed in the next window:

Step 5:  Power on the ActivSlate.  Click once on the Registration button (the flame) on the ActivSlate and enter the PIN code from ActivInspire by clicking the PIN code buttons on the ActivSlate:

Step 6:  In ActivInspire click Finish.  The ActivSlate LCD screen should display ‘REGISTERED’ for a moment, then should switch to a signal meter (similar to a cell phone signal meter) that is full:

A successfully registered slate can be used to navigate a computer and perform other mouse functions like left and right clicking also enabling the teacher to be mobile.  It also allows for another piece of technology to put in your students’ hands.  There have been a few occasions where we had to repeat Steps 4-6 to get the slate to register.  If you have difficulty with this, please see your Media Specialist or Computer Lab Manager.


HallConnect: Uploading Documents

When uploading documents to HallConnect you want to be aware of the following size limits:

  • 1 MB – Submission to wiki pages.
  • 5 MB – An attached file to an assignment, forum, blog, or journal post.
  • 15 MB – Submission to discussion board, blog, or journal, including all attachments.
  • 15 MB – Announcement or assignment submission, including all attachments.
  • 250 MB – Author-generated course content files.
  • 2 GB – Course import packages.

Here are the basic ways in which you can upload documents to HallConnect:

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HallConnect: Content from Safari Montage, Atomic Learning, and…

If you have started thinking about inserting content into HallConnect you may have already considered some county subscriptions and wondered how others are inserting them.  County subscriptions are preferable to school or individual subscriptions as all of our users that will search our repositories will be able to use them.

SAFARI Montage is a content management system that you may already be familiar with as many Hall County teachers uploaded assets to SAFARI Montage after “mining for digital assets” during 2011 post-planning sessions.  SAFARI Montage contains student/ teacher made assets, county subscriptions and some school-level subscriptions.

Once you have found the right video, chapter of a video, playlist, etc. from SAFARI Montage follow the permanent links icon and select the School Guest Student Account style, copy this link and paste it under the Choose Web Site … button.  As soon as you insert the link, preview it to be sure it is as expected, then select OK.

Adding Safari Montage Content

Adding Safari Montage Content

Integration with SAFARI Montage into HallConnect is not yet complete.  Until that integration is complete your students will need to open another tab and sign into SAFARI Montage (the same way they log onto a HallCo computer) to view the desired content within HallConnect.

Notice that if you want students to open another tab it is a good idea to insert an Instructor Note to Student with this item, but you may also want to already have practiced this procedure or noted the directions in an item viewed prior to this document or somehow how make it part of their logging in procedures.

An optional item enhancement is under the Visibility and Completion tab to the right. You already know the length of the video, chapter, or playlist from SAFARI Montage.  If you desire you can set the required amount of time to be spent on this item.  This item will be marked as completed when that amount of time is spent on that item.  Additionally you can mark that the student has to complete this item before moving on to the next item.  If you set a time in minutes that means the video will need to play for a certain duration before the student can go to the next item.  You may want to use this only with required viewing and sparingly to keep the novelty alive.

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HallConnect: Objectives Pane, Covered versus Assessed

Have you noticed the Objective Pane in HallConnect keeps track of how many times a standard has been covered and how many times it has been assessed?

HallConnect Objectives Pane Covered versus Assessed

Not only does it keep track, but the color of this data has a meaning.  Gray meaning nothing has been aligned to this standard, red meaning the standard has been assessed yet not covered, and green to signify it has been covered and assessed.  You can see from the figure on the left that covering a standard even once gives it the green status.

You may wonder which items that you can add to your HallConnect Syllabus are considered covered and which are considered assessed then.


In the center of the Syllabus page is where content is added,objectives are aligned, and you can see which type of item will count as assessed or covered.  When clicking on the green plus Add button you will see these choices:

HallConnect Syllabus Add Which Are Covered and Which Are Assessed

Notice the light gray line between Custom Activity and Editable Content?  Everything above that is considered an Assessment by HallConnect and everything below that is considered covered by HallConnect.  Consider the differences between Assignment and Editable Content, while providing nearly the same opportunity to present information, Assignments has grade book settings and Editable Content has only completion settings.  Consider also the difference between Custom Activity and File of Web Site, both can select from a File or Website, but Custom Activity offers grade book options where File or Web Site does not.

If you are uncertain if an item should be for a grade or not when creating it, start out with it only covered, or for no grade.  There is an option to Change to gradable Activity, but there is not an option to convert a graded activity to a non-graded activity.

HallConnect Change to Gradable Activity


How Can I Add Bookmarks To The Home Screen?

When it comes to making the most of instructional time with students, many teachers can be come frustrated at the amount of time it can take students to type in web addresses in order to access websites.  Placing bookmarks on the home screen of your Xooms will allow a single-click pathway for students to quickly and accurately access websites to enhance learning.

How to Create a Shortcut on Xoom