You’re supposed to try something scary, right? Well, screencastifying a recent conference presentation was a new challenge for me. I mean, who really likes the sound of their own voice? However, if it means sharing your ideas with an appreciative audience, it’s worth it. So I launched the screencastify extension on my chrome book, grabbed a snowball mic and a comfy chair, and hit ‘record’.
Apparently the YouTube video editor only allows 15 minute clips of video to be uploaded at a time, so my talk about moving ‘beyond the book report’ is broken into three sections. I certainly wish I had a voice for radio…in person I’m the excitable teacher who gets red in the face and uses a ridiculous amount of hand gestures. Somehow this doesn’t transfer over well when it’s just audio.
Nevetheless, here’s a first for me. Thanks for asking, Lori McKee. I just know you’re steering those pre service students into the next generation of inspirational teachers!
‘Maker’ has been one of the buzziest terms of the last 12 months. I’m still trying to reconcile how this is different than a ‘creator’, but regardless of the term I think it is pretty cool that we are recognizing the importance of building and designing things – whether they be digital or concrete. In the spirit of ‘making’ I tasked my handy dad with an iPad storage cart project. My parameters were complicated. I only have two available outlets to charge a class set of iPads. I also need to be able to securely lock up the devices when necessary. Finally, my budget cannot even approach what the cost of pre-made iPad storage carts go for in stores (Yikes!!!).
Together we wrestled with a few concepts. Then my dad thought of something similar to a tool cart hack he already had in his garage and the project was a go! Check out the tutorial video. I’m so pleased with the final result.
Classroom iPad Cart Hack
DIY time. I don’t want to pay big bucks for something I can make. $60 of materials and I now have five portable recording booths that can be used in the classroom! Why? 21st century students voice-type, overdub, narrate and explain their thinking…primarily with iPads. A room is super noisy, though, so how do you accomplish multiple recordings in a day? More importantly, what are the quality of these recordings? By placing the iPad inside this ‘studio’ students can almost eliminate all background noises – even while sitting at their desk in a busy space. Students think they are doing something really important when they are asked to grab a mini studio – and they’re right!
STEP 1 – Purchase bins that are large enough to stick an iPad and a few hands inside. Also purchase a bumpy foam bed topper. A queen size was perfect for the five I made.
STEP 2 – Start measuring and cutting. This won’t be a pro job, so cut yourself some slack 🤔. I used one large piece like a letter U for the wide sides and bottom. I then cut two side panels from leftover foam.
STEP 3 – Attach foam with an adhesive spray or perhaps, as mentioned by a coworker after I had already finished, use Velcro sticker strips. Much cleaner!
STEP 4 – You’re already done! You just saved yourself money, created student buzz and made classroom recording a daily possibility.