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Getting Organized


I have heard from several people that they would like to see some of the educational videos I have created.  I realize there was a pull down menu at the top of my blog for it, but I never actually organized the content I have created in the past.

In the past 6 months I have had to wipe both my Mac and my Windows machine (long stories), so some of my videos are now “lost’, but luckily YouTube still has a small collection.

I finally got organized today and separated my videos into categories.  If you look along the top of my blog, you will see a category called “Animations/Videos” :

Most of my videos fall in to four categories of  “How-To” videos, “Educational Teaching Videos”, “Flash Animated Tutorials”, and “Livescribe pencasts”.  I will be adding some Animationish videos after this Fall when I have my students creating some.

I created the “How-To” videos to teach others how to use software or hardware.  Here are the categories I have in that section:

I plan on adding more videos to this section in the near future, so some of the categories do not have any links yet.

The next main category I have been creating videos for is in “Educational Teaching Videos”.  These are short videos I have created for my students to introduce a topic we are studying in the class.

As you can see when you look through the Educational Teaching videos, I was trying out several types of hardware/software to see what worked best.   I used the eInstruction Workspace software for a “whiteboard” in some videos, and recorded and edited with Camtasia studio.  In other videos I used a Lumens HD Ladibug document camera.  I found the document camera to be better for me when I am actually needing to record working with actual objects like base ten blocks and fraction circles.   I will hopefully be making more videos using these this semester. I will try to keep up with posting them here so I don’t lose them again!!

Most of the tutorials/lessons I have created for my students in the past year are Livescribe pencasts, but I find when I need the lesson to be more visual, a video is better.    My livescribe pencasts are organized by topic on THIS PAGE.  I have quite a few pencasts collected there.   When I had to wipe my computers, I lost all the original pencasts, so for now I cannot change any of those pencasts into PDF’s to download.

Lastly, about six years ago I started created Flash animated tutorials to help my students in my Math For Elementary Teachers classes better visualize the math they will be teaching. I strongly believe visualization is key to understanding!

The Flash animated tutorials are housed on a separate area (outside of my blog).   They are organized by arithmetic topic:

For example, clicking on the “1/3” would take you to the fraction tutorials, and the “2” will take you to the multidigit whole number operations.  This type of tutorial takes me a lot longer to create, so I do not have many in some areas (like decimals).   Instead, I am starting to create more interactive tutorials using Hyperstudio.  To see a few of those interactive tutorials, CLICK HERE.

These are still a work in progress, but I promise to continue adding here so check back!



My Latest Article for Livescribe: From Traditional to Innovative

I was asked recently to write an article for Livescribe about the Math Foundations workshops  that were created by the team I was a part of this summer at Mesa Community College.    To read about the transformation of Mesa Community College’s Arithmetic course, the article I wrote is posted on the Livescribe Education Blog

The article contains a link to the new Math Foundations website that houses links to all the Livescribe pencasts, Flash animations and workshop handouts created by the team this past summer.   Check it out and let me know what you think!

Clip to Evernote


Snagit Beta for Mac and my final 3D Flash

Today I downloaded the Beta version of Snagit for Mac!  I am so excited!  I have it on my Windows computer, but I usually use my Mac since I have Adobe Web Premium on it, and have really missed out on using Snagit.  Jing is great for a free program, but Snagit is amazing!

*Here is a link to download the Beta Version of Snagit for Mac

… and here is a link to the final version of my Flash animation that introduces Volume


Fun creating a Flash Animation for a 3D image in 3D!

Today I spent quite a few hours building “blocks” (cubes) from scratch in Flash and placing them into
3 dimensional space to fill a rectangular prism!

It was a visually interesting problem to try to figure out which cubes to put in first, and
which ones had to be on a higher layer in Flash then the other ones!

Plus I had to try to get them to “fit” into a geometric rectangular prism. (OK, I gave up, they didn’t fit exactly!)

The end product wasn’t too bad though! (this is a JING video taken of just part of the Flash animation)


Welcome to the NEW domain for Tech4MathEd!

Welcome to my new “home”

I gave in…I became aware today of the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

I was using the FREE WordPress.com, but was not able to embed any of the flash based files I wanted to.   So I took the plunge over to WordPress.org and got my own domain for a WordPress blog so NOW I can embed Flash!

I am still trying to decide on a theme, because the theme I was using there isn’t available here.   I also need to straighten up some of the blog postings that got messed up in the transfer, but I WAS able to go ahead and embed EVERY file I had wanted to earlier, including:   Livescribe pencasts, YouTube videos, Prezi presentations, Jing and Camtasia videos!   Deep sigh of relief!  I hope you will join me on the new site for my blog!   I could use some suggestions on the theme, too 🙂

Sue Glascoe

~following my North Star!


Visual Math – Creating My Own Flash Animations

subtracting Fractions

I have been teaching the Math For Elementary Teachers course for about 8 years now.    I love using manipulatives to help the students better understand WHY the “rules” work.   When the class was over, however, they didn’t have anything to look back on to see the manipulatives we used in “action”.   There were drawings and explanations in the textbook, but nothing that would simulate what we had done in class.   So, several years ago I decided to learn Flash so I could create my own animated tutorials to help my students remember the REASON behind the math, and not just the rules!

I learned Dreamweaver at the same time so that I could create a website to house the animations.     I decided to not only house the animations in their respective courses/chapters, but I decided that it would be beneficial to others if I created a separate website as well that housed the animations by topic.

Check out some of my arithmetic animations at:     http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~glascoe/arithmetic/arithmeticindex.htm I am still in the process of creating many more.    Eventually I will also create some that are interactive (where the students can move the objects around).   I have so much technology on my plate right now that I have to keep moving back and forth between projects!   I find it better to have too many passions in life, rather than too few!


Intermediate Algebra online modules

online module

This year I have started teaching my Intermediate Algebra courses as hybrid, with 4 days face-to-face and 1 day “online”.

For the online day, I create a module for the students to view before attempting the homework and taking a quiz that day.  I try to make the online modules very similar to what I would have taught that day in class.   I have tried a variety of technologies to get my lessons across visually, with sound, and also animation.   I create my own Flash animations, use my Livescribe pen to work out problems which I record and place on the module webpage, and I use Jing to crop screen shots from the textbook or homework assignments.   In the following module I opened up with an avatar using Voki.

View my Intermediate Algebra online module


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