There’s been a lot of excitement around the release of the new version of Inspire. We’re now up to 1.5 and it’s totally free (as always) to upgrade. If you already have the software simply run Inspire, head to the help menu at the top of the screen and select “Check for Updates”. The software will help you through the rest of the steps 🙂
So… what’s new?
Well, most of the new features in this version have come about as a result of the new Activboard 500 Pro.
This new board, in a very similar fashion to SMARTS new offering, allows users to use both hands and pens and finally gives us the gestures we I have been waiting for! All made possible by upgrades in Windows 7 and Mac OS 🙂
The list from the Planet says we now get:
“Dual User pen and touch capability
Delivers new and extended learning opportunities – use with ActivBoard 500 Pro. Enhanced user collaboration and engagement feels intuitive and natural – use the right tool for the right task.
Brand new Question Manager
Everything in one place to quickly create, edit and manage questions and question sets. Create a single question in seconds, generate question sets in an instant. Drag and drop, cut, copy and paste information and questions across pages and flipcharts.
Enhanced Self-Paced Learning
Supports Assessment for Learning activities with individual students, groups and whole classes. Teachers and students gain immediate feedback via meaningful data. New ‘Groups’ feature brings a new dimension to collaborative learning – greater engagement for the student, immediate information and analysis for the teacher
And There’s More …
* Set Square is the latest addition to the maths tools.
* Use with pen and touch to move with your finger, draw a line with the pen.
* 6 new languages – Basque (Euskera), Catalan, Galician, Indonesian, Irish and Slovenian ”
I have to say though that I was expecting something a little more interesting in the maths tools department and another bonus element or two… My guess is that these fab tools (which are in the pipeline) have been dropped in the priority cue to make sure full functionality is stable on the 500 pro!
All updates are gratefully received and there are some funky toys to play with here if you have a set of voting tools 🙂
On the subject of Licensing… I am waiting for some confirmation from Promethean on this one. So far they have confirmed that “standalone licenses are on the local [Adelaide] product list” as soon as I get more news I’ll finish my blog post about what you and cannot use Inspire on. This post will also include an explanation of SMARTs license too.