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Presenting….my syllabus!

I have been spending the past few weeks trying to think of better ways to get my future teachers to be more engaged in their learning. I have decided to model several ideas after a great friend of mine who writes the amazing Teaching College Math blog, Maria Andersen.

Not only am I going to use hands on manipulatives and technology (like I have been) to teach with, but to help my students organize their thoughts and the material for the course, I am going to have them create a Prezi, a Wiki, a Blog and a Mindmap. One fourth of the class will be doing each of these for every test. Each student will rotate through the 4 types of online tools for every test (but not in the same order as the rest of their group). All students will also create a google website to house links to all of their creations and any notes or other information they want to add, along with their service learning journal. The website will be private and they will only share viewing privileges with me. The other 4 online components will be public and shared with the rest of the class.

I am hoping that not only will they have a better feel for the material in each quarter of the course, but it will be theirs to keep online and reuse the ideas and links when they become teachers. It will be helpful for them to study for each test because all 4 types of models will be created by the class for each test, and they will be able to use one another’s to help them study.

I decided I would model some of the types for the students, by creating my syllabus as a Prezi, and also in a mindmap format. (I will write a new blog entry when I finish my mindmapped syllabus).

I thought it would not be as helpful to show them the syllabus in Blog format (they can see this blog for ideas), and my syllabus is already on a website (just not a free google one). I am still contemplating whether to show an example of my syllabus as a wiki.

Here is the first pass at my syllabus as a Prezi:

Clip to Evernote


Teaching with Manipulatives on the Web!

Over the past few weeks I have used my Lumens HD 265 Ladibug document camera several times to show hands on materials (manipulatives) and activities online!

Here are a couple of examples of how I used it online:

Ex 1)    I taught an online session on how I teach with technology in my classroom.  One of the examples I used was to have all my students using fraction pieces while I taught with them from the front of the room.

So the students can see what I am doing with the pieces, the Ladibug document camera can show my hands moving the pieces live during class, projected onto the screen. (These still images and the video below were all taken by the Lumens DC265 Ladibug!!)

To demonstrate this to the participants online, I was able to share my desktop in the session, and show the document camera’s live feed running on my computer screen!

I was even able to toggle back and forth between the Ladibug document camera’s view, and the other programs I was running on my computer to teach the session!

Not only can you show what you are holding and teaching with live through the camera, but the Ladibug HD 265 also records video and audio!  Here is the same lesson above, but the video version, which I can now post online for students to see.


(Why won’t the blog let me embed an .mp4 file??)

Ex 2) I was creating a video for my students on how to use the graphing calculator.   I no longer need to capture the screen of the calculator using  special software!

I can show them which buttons to hit and the screen, all at the same time!

I can even zoom in on the screen so they can see a graph more clearly:

Or zoom in on the equation used to create the graph…

All of this can be done live during class, or I can record the calculator lesson directly from the Ladibug camera and then post the lesson to my website!

Above you can see the menu that “floats” on my desktop when I am using the document camera, making it very easy to switch to any other program or back to the document camera, also allowing me to zoom, take still images and video with the camera!

I can’t wait to teach my Math For Elementary Teacher’s class in a few weeks!  No more overhead projector, no more graphing calculator overhead…just the document camera to show all the manipulatives and the calculator both as I teach, and as online lessons for outside of class!


My next technology journey!

I have been having several interesting conversations with Roger Wagner, the creator of HyperStudio, lately about teaching with technology.   He passed on some great teaching ideas!      It would be really fun to use my Lumens DC265 document camera and HyperStudio 5 to create a stop-action movie!   I could also record a “normal” movie and insert it into a HyperStudio stack to be part of a larger project for my students….the wheels are turning!   I sure wish there were more than 24 hours in a day!

To learn more about HyperStudio go to:  http://www.mackiev.com/hyperstudio/

Roger Wagner also has an area on Facebook for folks interested in sharing their ideas about how to use HyperStudio in education called HyperFest Central

If you use HyperStudio PLEASE send me some of your projects, I would LOVE to see them!  I am just re-learning HyperStudio after taking a long vacation.   When I create my first project I will be sure to share it here!


Recording with a Lumens document camera

I just got a Lumens DC265 Ladibug  document camera to try out!   I created a couple of videos for my students using it.  It is amazing!

Here is the first video I made for my Intermediate Algebra students, showing how to put quadratics into “vertex form”.

Here is the link on YouTube

Here is one of the videos I made using it for my Intermediate Algebra students, showing how to derive the Vertex Formula.

Here is the link on YouTube

I am finding it much easier to embed the videos straight from YouTube, rather than trying to change the format of every tool I have to work well with Dreamweaver and other website software I use.


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