Screencasting & The Flipped Classroom

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One of the many things I have found is that, there are just a LOT of resources (free and paid) that are available for screencasting. I find that as a current middle school science teacher and  math teacher (and former high school teacher), the “whiteboard” style screencast is an effective tool for delivering content to students. As part of my “flipped classroom quest” I have kept a running record of the websites, software…etc. I have found useful. If they help, great! Check them out below! Continue reading


Part 3B – Apple TV’s and their use in the Classroom

The Apple TV! Some might say “The what?” 

Believe it our not, this is not a TV. Some call it poor product naming, others don’t care. Either way, the little device known as the Apple TV is awesome!

I have previously talked about the apple TV in Part 3A – iPads and Airplay however, upon completing that post, it dawned on me that some of the amazing teachers out there might have questions as to how the apple TV should be set up*. Therefore, I have included some resources that I myself I have found very useful. Here are a couple of items of note:

  • You will need a VGA (video projection port) to HDMI converter for older projectors. ($50-$60). The KANEX VGA to HDMI adapter works well and is sold by Apple Online. You can go to the apple store to purchase one HERE.
  • Apple TV ($99)
  • VGA Cable w/ 1/4″ Audio Jack (Get it on amazon for pennies). The audio support is very important!

Instead of me rambling on, I have included video resources via YouTube and a publication that explain why you need the adapter and how the Apple TV works.

Adapter Review and Setup Video**

Apple TV Exploration (Kevin Honeycutt Video)

Macul Journal Summer ’13 (A publication put out by MACUL. You can find the pertinent info on page 18 of the article)

*NOTE: You will need a wifi connection to use the Apple TV. I recommend a wifi router like this one if you need something quick and simple. 

**NOTE: You don’t need the adapter if you have an HDMI port on your projector. 

Part 4 – Choosing and Purchasing iPads

The fourth-generation iPad, the iPad Mini, and the iPhone 5. Both the iPad 4 and iPhone 5 use Apple’s new A6 chip, which delivers jaw-dropping raw performance for a mobile device.
(Credit: CNET)

Suppose you have thought through all the logistical aspects of implementing iPads. Now, which one do you choose?

Each device pictured (iPhone 5 not really practical but iPod touch could work!), has its unique advantages, of which price is a major component. If you are a small private or parochial school with a limited budget the iPod or iPad mini might be your choice device.  But price comparisons aren’t the only reason to consider a smaller device over the larger ones.

When I am asked the question “Which device do you recommend?” I often times after asking questions refer people to purchasing the iPad mini. Here are my reasons.

First, the mini is cheaper. If you notice, the display itself is not that much smaller and comparably it still has one of the largest screens around! Battery life for the devices with the smaller screens are often times better and battery life is a very important factor when it comes to all day use at the k-12 level.

If you are looking to take pictures, video, use your basic apps…etc. the iPad mini can do all of that and more. If you are looking for a device that Continue reading

Part 2 – iPad Classroom Models

This is the Bretford iPad cart and it works with Generation 2-4 iPads and iPad Mini’s.

How does one deploy iPads in their school?

The answer…it depends.

The reason iPads are so well liked by teachers is because of their simplicity and because of their apps. In order to make the iPad useful in the classroom you need to be able to control both of these things across many devices. You will need to look at who you have on staff that can maintain these devices and what kind of budget do you have for apps (discussed in detail later)? More importantly, and more to the point of this post, how do you pick the model that works best so that the iPads are being used and teachers/students are not overwhelmed?

Here are Continue reading