As we headed into day 2 of the flipped class conference, I was really excited about some of the discussions that are coming up with educators from all over the place. Some of the big takeaways from today:
LiveScribe – If you can write with a pen, you can do a screencast. This is a great tool if you’re not into using a tablet. You can still have the feel of paper and pen without having to mess with learning how to use a tablet.
- Pros – Easy to use, low learning curve, cheap ($50 for 2GB pen), all videos are taken care of LiveScribe (hosting, etc), very portable.
- Cons – No editing power (what you do is what you get), no images or video can be included, audio and pen writing only.
I am not a Moodle user, but I’ve wanted to be and I am planning on working on using it on my own next year (unless my district has it already). I’ve already tried to look at adding test questions with a lot of variation, but I couldn’t figure the interface out. Then, I met Phil McIntosh. He teaches MS pre-algebra and algebra and is the Moodle WHIZ. You can connect with him on twitter by following @MisterMcIntosh.
Just to give you an idea, he has test banks that have almost 9,000 combined questions. He has worked very, very hard over the last year to develop well-balanced, reliable, test questions that focus on best practices. His seminar was incredibly precise and organized and you definitely need to get in touch with him if you’re having trouble with Moodle or if you want help setting up a thorough, well-organized test bank.
Again, today was a great time of collaboration with other educators and some great ideas being shared. Its very exciting for me as I continue to meet other teachers that are feeling challenged and excited about flipping their class. Tomorrow is the last day and I’m hoping we can make some new connections that will continue to push teachers to try and improve their methodology.