Here is the presentation I used recently to introduce Skype to teachers on campus:
I am looking forward to what they decide to do with this great FREE tool.
I recently polled my staff on various technology training topics. Surprisingly the most requested training was on Skype and webcams. What is the hook with Skype and how can it be used in education?
I started putting together a wikipage on the ins and outs of Skype and uses. I can see how this can make a difference. Today I was researching through my PLN on twitter and ran across a presentation by Robert Marzano who was emphasizng the need for feedback and how interactive whiteboards and clickers helped provide that for students. This got me thinking about how vital videoconferencing could be on doing the same thing.
Student could connect with others, explain learning, and perform a band piece to an expert and get immediate real-world feedback on their learning. No longer are they doing the work for the teacher to see, but for a real person that they can see and talk to. I am getting more excited about Skype.
Back in the fall I spent the morning with the 7th grade math teachers on campus. The focus of our training was how to use webcams in the math classrooms. Mainly with the idea that a webcam costs under $100 and a document camera costs well over $700. Our tech ed teacher built stands for the cameras and the teachers were sent back to their rooms to see what they could do with them. (See Original post: http://www.robinstechtips.com/?tag=webcam)
So what ever happened with those web cams? The teachers are using them as document cameras to show how to work problems and as a clear way to model the use of manipulatives. They have also taken advantage of the video capabilities. Natalie Ortega has led the way with establishing her own YouTube channel to organize the videos for quick reference:
Here is one of the latest videos to be posted:
These videos are being created as she teaches the class. What a great resource for those who are absent, or need to see it again once they get home! Parents who are trying to help their students can see how they were taught to tackle the problems.
The stands for the webcams are finished, so I thought I would post the final product.
The webcam slides in the slot of the wooden arm and the wing nut tightens to hold it securely in place. The camera is then plugged into the computer.
A special thanks to Jamie Redden, technology education teacher, for designing and building these stands!
Recently I heard about people using webcams as document cameras. We decided to give it a shot on campus in the 7th grade math classrooms.
We purchased the Logitech 9000 webcam and the Tech Ed teacher is building a stand for the camera so it can be stationary wherever the teacher wants to place it (within reach of the USB cord of course). The teachers and I participated in a half-day hands-on training/brainstorming session. Here is the results of that time.
The teachers took a comp test that they gave and solved each problem for the students so they can study to retake the test for a higher grade. They also used the avatar feature of the webcam to film an introduction to the video. Movie maker was used to bring the entire product together.
Special thanks to Rich Thomas, Natalie Ortega, Patrice Barlow and Siri Ralph for sharing their work! (The video below is only part of the final product.)
I have gathered all ideas I could find online for other uses of webcams in the classroom and have placed them on my wiki: http://teachwiki.wikispaces.com/Webcams. Please feel free to add any ideas on the wiki or in the comment section below.