Promethean Board: A Vital Tool for Creating Active, Engaging Lessons, Morris, Fall 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C22
Instructor: Lorraine Morris
Location: All 9 (3 hour) classes will be held in person at either Barre City School or Barre Town School (TBD). The balance of time will be online.
Dates and Times:  Every Thursday from: September 26 – November 21 (9 classes)From 4:00 – 7:00 (27 hours) **Online discussion 1 hour 20 mins per week (13 hours)
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,100 (VT-NEA member) $1,400 (non-member). Set by and payable to VT-NEA.

Note: Please register directly with the VT-NEA. If you wish to take the course for credit, VT-NEA will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description


This hands on course will provide Promethean users with a solid understanding of the impressive potential of the Promethean Board. Through lecture, readings, hands-on experience, practice, and reflection, participants will learn advanced strategies for creating, organizing, saving, and sharing engaging flipcharts (Promethean’s presentation model) that will directly tie into each participant’s lesson plans. In addition, online resources and other extraneous technology devices (Elmo/Ziggy), as well as other online platforms for lesson building (ClassFlow, Google Classroom) will be introduced to enhance and build participant’s repertoire for creation of interactive and engaging lessons. Participants will be expected to use these devices and resources to assist in developing high interest, current, content rich, and Common-Core aligned flipcharts. Participants will also read and understand a variety of texts that focus on physiological processes and strategies for interactivity and engagement to promote long term learning. 

With the influx of Promethean Boards in many schools in the State of Vermont, this course is designed to ensure that teachers are provided with the training and resources needed to utilize the Promethean Boards to provide 21st Century instruction.

Audience: PreK-8 Educators


Course Goals and Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of the structure of Promethean Software and desktop organization so they can readily access, save for long-term use, edit, revise, embed, share, etc.
  • Participants will seamlessly enhance their daily instruction using technology by:
    • Gaining a deeper understanding of how to navigate through and utilize the more advanced techniques and tools of the Promethean Board, such as: shapes, text, annotating over desktop, camera tool, incorporating resource library, and resource packs, etc.
    • Becoming fluent in the use of additional multimedia resources, such as: Elmo/Ziggy, online videos, and pictures, also videos from a Flipcamera (or comparable).
  • Participants will engage in the learning, discussions, and hands-on practice of skills necessary for the purpose of:
    • Developing and organizing goal specific, interactive, and engaging flipcharts.
    • Examining flipcharts participants have created in relation to lesson goals, possible assessment, student engagement. Also, analyzing process to discover successes, struggles, next steps.
    • Analyzing the impact a flipchart, being shared by others in the class, may have on student's learning, as well as, use for teacher in regards to objective of lesson, student's understanding and possible assessment opportunities.
  • Participants will reflect and discuss brain research, strategies for enhancing motivation, engagement and interaction in content lessons.

Required Texts

(VT NEA will be giving scholarships for resources)


Marzano, R., Pickering, D. and Heflebower, T. The highly engaged classroom. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Research, 2011

Peer-reviewed articles:

Glisczinski, D. (2011). Lighting Up the Mind: Transforming Learning Through The Applied Scholarship of Cognitive Neuroscience. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 5(1).

Dekker, S., Lee, N., Howard-Jones, P., & Jolles, J. (2012). Neuromyths in education: Prevalence and predictors of misconceptions among teachers. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 429.

For additional course information

Lorraine Morris

For additional registration information

Juliette Longchamp
(802) 223-6375

Register online now!