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Tuesday Tech Tidbits February 27, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
February 27, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tool of the Week: Light Board at EHS!

Exeter High School has recently constructed a light board (thanks to Richard Pratt for finding the information and having the vision, and Doug York for constructing the lightboard and supporting filming and editing with it. The setup at EHS looks similar to what you see above. The light board is located in the Television Studio in A203 and is overseen by Doug York.

What is a light board?

A light board is made out of glass or plexiglass and supported on a board-like frame so it is upright. The glass is illuminated by a light source. The markers used on the board appear to glow (especially if the Expo fluorescent markers are used!).  When a person is writing on the lightboard and being filmed, you will notice that you will appear to be in reverse in the video! There are ways to counter this (Doug uses Adobe Premiere to flip the video horizontally and make it appear right sided!). You can also point a camera at a mirror so you can skip flipping the video in the editing stage. You may recognize how the lightboard video looks from online videocasts such as some of the lessons in Kahn Academy.
I tried out the light board, with Doug York filming (and editing the below video). I hope this video inspires you to try it out and create your own flipped video lessons!

How can I use this in my class? 

Light boards are great for flipped classroom lessons, especially because your students are seeing you, and your gestures, and writing. It is a great way to replicate an in-class experience in a low tech kind of way!
You can add any media to your presentations (photos, video clips, slideshows, Google Sheets, Docs, etc.) that can really enhance and gain your student's attention.
In the video, you saw me add my name. This was done post-production in Adobe Premiere. I drew the line so Doug knew where to add the name.
If you want to try the light board please contact Sandy Blanc, Doug York, or Richard Pratt. I am happy to work with you to create a lightboard lesson! :)

Teacher Tech Days- Wednesdays!
TOMORROW: Open Technology Questions- if you have a question about something, come on up!
Where? A223

When? Wednesday at 2:30-3:30 pm on February 22, 2017

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