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I've been looking for a new tablet. In the process, I've been reading about how the different systems handle inking, and how well they work with Camtasia. I ran across this post by Stacey Roshan, a high-school math teacher using a flipped-classroom model. I thought some of her ideas were great, and reproduce them here with her permission:
It's a beautiful October afternoon here in Kentucky, and I'm enjoying some much needed down time on the back porch. Best wishes for a restful weekend to everyone, as we get ready for the back half of the semester.
This year I decided to try out Facebook as an additional course management tool for my flipped biochemistry course. Now I will caveat this by saying I was hoping to seem somewhat "cool and trendy" to my students while utilizing an online tool that is live, user friendly and can be accessed from any device. However; I'm pretty sure if professors, such as I, are utilizing Facebook for the classroom, then it’s probably no longer "trendy", but o well, it is still darn useful and the students are using it. (I considered Tumbler or Instagram...
Creation of resources for students in a flipped classroom, especially videos,can be a time consuming process. Experience with Camtasia and Captivate demonstrated that the numerous editing options meant I was spending far too much time editing videos. With so many tools available, I felt the need to make everything "perfect" but quickly realized that I needed a simpler tool with less options. Explain Everything, a screencasting app for the iPad, became my tool of choice. It does everything I need, but not too much, and only cost $3.
Gary Meints teaches p-chem at Missouri State University. Intrigued by his recent comments on our post about delivering video content, I asked Gary if he could provide a sample video or two. I was completely unprepared for what he sent me - I've been chuckling about this all day:
Over the past couple of years, student success rates have become a big deal to me. Maybe it's because I went back to school in my early 30s, with a wife, three kids, and a full-time job. Or maybe it's hating to see students take out college loans, only to come away empty-handed. Or maybe it's just what we teachers do.
Thanks to the pioneering work of several of my colleagues at Murray State, I was introduced to the tablet PC in 2006, and have used it in my classes ever since. However, even though tablets have become mainstream, I'm continuing to search for a tablet that can handle the needs for a flipped classroom, such as annotation, recording/editing, and projection.