Are you looking for ways to TECHnify your classroom? EMS ISD Instructional Technology has some equipment available for checkout for district teachers and administrators.
20 iPad Minis are available to checkout, with priority given to teachers that have completed the D3 (Digital Literacy and Differentiation for Diverse Learning) and/or 21st Century Learning Design trainings. Currently, teachers can request iPad Minis through Eduphoria: Forthought. Soon, teachers will be able to reserve them through their own campus library system.
Dell Venue 8 Tablets
20 Dell Venue 8 Tablets are available for checkout, with priority given to teachers that have completed the D3 (Digital Literacy and Differentiation for Diverse Learning) and/or 21st Century Learning Design trainings. Currently, teachers can request Dell tablets through Eduphoria: Forthought. Soon, teachers will be able to reserve them through their own campus library system.
EMS ISD Instructional Technology has 24 Swivl Captures that are available for checkout for any district employee. The Swivl is robotic platform that can be used for recording presentations or class lectures/discussions. Users will connect a smartphone, tablet, or other recording device (not included with the Swivl) and can either record directly to the device or use the free Swivl app to record a video of the presentation.
Small Wonder Cameras
These small cameras are comparable is size to a Flipcam and are very easy to use. The screen is easily flipped for self recording.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder
The voice recorders make capturing audio in your classroom extremely easy. Simply turn on, and press record to capture good quality audio. Even better is that the audio can be easily transferred to your computer and uploaded to your website.
Ideas for Classroom Use
Record presentations and reports (this encourages more thought, better speech, and inflection from the students)
Narration of class experiments or projects (let the students share from their perspective)
Interviews (this could be of a student recommending a book to read, or students explaining a learned concept or skill)
News reports from historical events
Share class events
Make a commercial (for a product, book, strategy)
Create a student created class news podcast (have a student record a quick report of the week/month's events)
Literature reports (students can explain why others should read a particular book, see example below)
Record a student reading his/her writing (this helps students hear words they've used repeatedly and recognize grammar mistakes)
Record class songs (beware of copyright)