I have had my students sitting in groups since the first day of class, but today I thought I would add more interaction and have them contribute to the board notes. There were 8 groups, and I have 4 Mobis. After putting a problem on the board (computer screen, writing with the Mobi and using software called Interwrite Workspace), I would give 4 groups each a Mobi and have someone from the group post their group’s solution. At first no one wanted to try it, but after a short time, they were all wanting to have a chance to write with the Mobi!
Some of the students had more fun than others – drawing pictures and fooling around on the screen, but it was OK because they were ENGAGED!
The first four groups would hand off their Mobi to the other four groups and we would work another problem.
I have to admit, some students were able to write using the Mobi better than I can, and I have practiced longer! You have to look at the screen while writing on the Mobi – a little challenging at first. For their first day, they did a great job!
They have really embraced the technology I use in class, starting with having 2 students take notes with Livescribe pens to share with the class on the website.
I created a webpage to house the daily notes for each chapter, starting with our first chapter: Chapter 9
2. I use a Mobi (from eInstruction) to present the lesson from anywhere in the room. An especially nice feature of the Mobi software, called Workspace, is that I can save the board notes and export them to a PDF file. I place on link in the calendar to the board lesson on the day the lesson was given.
*to see the actual board notes, you must go to the calendar and click on “board notes”, since they are an attached PDF file, I cannot link to it here.
3. The students use an online program to do their homework, which sends me a screen shot when they need help on a particular problem. Instead of trying to type back a response to them, I fully explain their solution using a Livescribe smartpen. I then send them the link to the pencast, and I also created a webpage to house all solutions to student homework questions.
This is just the first week of class, and the students have shown a positive reaction to these extra support features I have included on my website for them. I look forward to seeing how the semester progresses!
I wrote an article for Community College Week magazine about how I use technology to enhance teaching and learning both inside and outside of my classes. I was excited to find out last week that they accepted my article and it was published recently!
To find the article online, you need to click on the Community College Week website, and then click on the green “Technology Update” image to download the PDF. The article I wrote starts on page 13.
Today I gave a 3 1/2 hour hands-on workshop on teaching with technology, in Tucson, AZ
Looking at the screenshot of my website for the workshop above, you can see the major topics were:
Animationish (FableVision Learning)
Livescribe Pulse smartpen
Workspace (eInstruction – comes with the Mobi)
To see the full workshop, along with all the materials presented, you can visit my google website for the workshop. During the workshop I presented with the Mobi, and had the participants often answer questions using the CPS Pulse clickers (eInstruction). It was really a lot of fun!
If you view the workshop website, to have it make more sense, scroll down on the HOME page to see the schedule and follow the links IN ORDER that are in the schedule. When you make a google website, the side links are alphabetical, NOT in the order I presented them in!
The workshop was in a computer lab, so each participant was on a laptop. My 13 (soon to be 14) year old son was my technical helper during the entire workshop, walking around helping anyone who had questions. He also taught the part of the workshop on Animationish! He did a fantastic job and I was very grateful to have him with me! I hope he can help me during my 8 hour workshop I am giving in October! 🙂
In just a couple weeks I will be down in Tucson, AZ giving a hands-on workshop to teachers and administrators. They will have full versions of software in a computer lab to play with!
A representative from the AZ Department of Education emailed me and asked me if I would give a workshop this summer on using technology to teach math, and I jumped at the chance!
I, however, did not write up the introduction to my workshop, as you can see below:
I am actually teaching more than the Livescribe Pulse smartpen in my 3 1/2 hours. I am also going to focus on Animationish (FableVision) and Workspace (eInstruction), along with showing Jing and Google apps. I hope to have time to share a little about Hyperstudio5 as well!
I had a great time at ISTE! This is the first time I have ever been to a conference and stayed in the vendor area the entire time!
I worked with several companies while I was there. Every day I spent some time in the eInstruction booth showing folks how I use the Mobi, CPS Pulse student response clickers, ExamView and Workspace in my own classes. That was very exciting! I was so busy that I didn’t get any photos of their booth!
I also presented with Jim Marggraff, CEO and founder of the Livescribe Pulse smartpen at a breakfast on Tuesday morning. It was amazing to meet the man who invented the Leap Pad and the Livescribe Pulse smartpen! I presented the next day at their poster session as well.
I spent a lot of time in the FableVision Learning booth as well, with my friends Peter and Paul Reynolds and the FableVision Learning staff! I finally got to meet Peggy Healy Sterns, who created Stationary Studio and The Graph Club (Tom Snyder Productions). She is currently working on a new project called fab@school with FableVision and Mackiev Software (and other great folks). Photos and more information about this project if you click on the photo above!
You can see some photos of my adventure on the link below: It will take you to my Hyperstudio 5 stack on the web. If you are using a Mac, you need to use Safari, and on a PC, you need to use Internet Explorer (there is a plug-in for Hyperstudio for Safari and Internet Explorer). I had fun making it! Be sure to click on the pictures! Some will take you to other websites and some open videos! Pretty neat software created by my great friend Roger Wagner (Mackiev Software sells Hyperstudio 5), who spent some time showing me the ins and outs of Hyperstudio AND a chained Bible from the 1500s! I wish I had a photo of that
Over the next few weeks I will posting about some Educational Technology companies I will be presenting for, and working with, at ISTE 2010 in Denver.
Today I had a chat with some colleagues at eInstruction about my role for them at ISTE. I was selected to be one of the original cadre of National Certified Instructors for eInstruction, and recently underwent a fantastic 3-day training event in Maryland! I met some amazing teachers there, and learned more about several educational (and inspirational) products that I am very excited to share with other teachers at ISTE!
I will be working in one of eInstruction’s “sharing stations” (my terminology, not eInstruction’s) helping teachers form ideas on how to use the Mobi, the CPS Pulse clickers and Interwrite Workspace, to enhance any classroom activity or lesson.
The Interwrite Workspace software is the “heart” of the collaboration between the Mobi and the Clickers in an interative classroom experience. This software allows the teacher to present their lesson using any software on their computer or website, and then have students participate with the activity or lesson with both Mobis and CPS Pulse Clickers for immediate feedback. The Mobi also allows the teacher to walk around the room and engage with their students on a more personal and interactive level.
The Mobi is a mobile interactive whiteboard:
The CPS Pulse clickers work seemlessly to send immediate feedback to the LCD screen on the Mobi, and allows the students to input anything from letters and numbers, to math symbols!
If you plan on being at ISTE 2010 in Denver, please stop by the eInstruction booth and say hi!
I wanted to show my students a comparison of graphing a line to graphing a parabola. I quickly made a video using a Mobi and the Interwrite Workspace, both by eInstruction. The Interwrite Workspace allowed me to write on graph paper (using the pen on the Mobi) and to record everything I was writing and saying with their “record” tool! Not only was it a great introduction, but now that it is posted on the web, my students can go back and review it anytime they need to.