Imagine the scene…
You are in the middle of an important sentence, bound for glory, waiting the warm adulation of your students (perhaps a tad hyperbolic) and then…
YOUR PEN RUNS OUT!
You have no spare and in a fit of frustration decide to kick the nearest thing, the bin, which duly obliges by explodings everywhere covering the carpet in the cous cous, a particular favourite of one of your mature students.
Pens running out are just some issues that teaching staff face when it comes to doing board work, this is particularly pertinent in technical subjects such as mathematics which require a myriad of examples to be written as such.
If you are reading this, then you will probably have had one of the following issues:
- Board Pens running out
- Glass Boards hard to read
- Boards sometimes not available
- Difficult to do graphs, technical drawings, 3d etc…
- Board work cannot be captured effectively (i.e. lecture capture)
The last one on the list is particularly important, as lecture capture has become a standard practice for a lot of teaching staff and is fast becoming an expectation of the students.
So what are the solutions? Well over the course of the last academic year, I spent a good portion trialing a solution with the Foundation Mathematic students.
The idea came from videos like the following from the Khan Academy:
So how to replicate this?
Using the latest hardware and software available from ITS:
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260
- Laptop/Tablet Hybrid (University Image)
- Office 365 (OneNote, PowerPoint)
- Panopto (Lecture Capture)
The Lenovo ThinkPad has a built in touchscreen and a digital pen which allows you to write on the screen. With the use of Microsoft OneNote and on occasion Microsoft Powerpoint, I could project the screen, annotate live and then use Panopto to capture this for the students to use at a later date.
This resulted in the following (note that this is sped up, so the audio is not available):
A short survey was given to the students to ask them how they rated this experience, the results are below.