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  • What resources do I need to teach from home?

    Posted by Mary Manske on May 18, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Our admin has recently asked if there is anything we would like to facilitate possible future e-learning. I brought home my (terrible) Elmo with me and have been using that and I have a MacBook. What else should I ask for? Do I need a green screen? (What exactly would I do with it? Just no longer have the weird wreath-halo I wear now?) A halo light? A webcam? (Can’t I just use the one on my mac?) Should I get some other sort of mic?

    I have been doing mostly asynchronous because synchronous did not work out but would love to if I could figure out how to get my kids to show up.

    Direct me to “How to teach from home for dummies” please!

    Katrien Vance replied 2 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    May 18, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Hi @mary-manske

    This is something on the minds of so many right now. Unsure if you had a chance to check out our most recent live webinar, but we went through some ideas and some tools that might be helpful. The replay will be going up here with another “from a distance” webinar we did recently as well.

    As for the equipment you might need, you don’t need much. I might suggest thinking about what you’re hoping to do first and then we can try to think of what tech tools might be useful for you to snag… what specifically are you hoping to do either synchronously and/or asynchronously?

  • Mary Manske

    May 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I did do the webinar. I have some ideas for specific instructional tools, but they are asking about those technical things specifically (I believe they’re trying to buy it out of the rest of this years budget so it has to be “things.”) Also my principal loves tech. We have a separate method for things like subscriptions, so this is equipment.

    As for how I hope to teach my classes, my Stats class I run as much as IRL as possible. I use my document camera and Zoom, students work in breakout rooms and we come together to debrief. In real class, students are putting the answers up as we go (I am not explaining this well–its sounding like awful teaching) so a way for them to be annotating a common document would be great. But if not, still discussing and discovering things on their own and then putting that together as a class.

    For my Algebra classes, here’s fantasy class:

    Everyone logs on to Meet so they can hear/see me and joins a Desmos activity. We discuss our focus and then work through the activity together. I can pause them and share snapshots like I would if I was in class, can offer feedback both via screen and out loud and discuss class misconceptions. Then we would switch over to our notebooks to consolidate. Somehow, I’d also figure out how to have them do a remote version of VNPS (I have not spent time thinking about it because this is the third level of fantasy and I can’t even hit the first).

    And reality class:

    Assign a Desmos and suggest they do it with me at 2. Actually do it with a max of 5 kids. Leave feedback on other kids Desmos that I’m sure they totally read and reflect on. Make short videos of the notes for their notebooks for reference (copies of printed materials available). Do some example problems.

    So I need a document camera (new one) but the rest I already have. So I was trying to figure out what else might be helpful. The only thing I could think of was sound as I bet mine sucks but I wasn’t sure if I should just use AirPods or something. Do you think there is anything there worth upgrading?

  • Katrien Vance

    June 21, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I am also curious about what document camera to get. I would be buying it with my own money, so I’d like to make a good choice! I can connect to a computer, as the IPEVO V4K does, and then Chromecast to the TV in front. I don’t think I can afford the wireless option. I like that the V4K works with Chromebooks, as that’s what we have. For handwritten things, it seems like I would either be bringing kids’ work to me to project or moving my computer and camera to them. I also feel like I could make teaching videos if we have to go back to completely remote learning (right now, we’re planning to be in person but offer an online complement).

    While we’re on the topic of tech, I’d also be curious to know how to reach students who are at home from my classroom. A camera mounted in the room (my phone on a tripod?) that captures the whole class? Assign a kid to be camera-person for each class, so that they can follow me, see the board, see the tables? What has anyone else tried in terms of recording their class?

    Thanks, Mary!