At the end of last school year I did a lesson “on the fly” with my ActivBoard when I realized that the music we were working on needed to be re-written so the mellophones had the melody that was written in the alto sax part. Using the board, I quickly wrote out the part. Of course, you can do that on a regular white board, but the great thing about doing it on the ActivBoard was that at the end of the lesson I printed out the new part for my students so they could practice. I also saved the flipcharts I did as my lesson plan for the day (created a file on my computer with the name of the class, the date, and what we were studying). Now if the principal asked me what I taught that day, I could show him.
I had one of my students take video with my cell phone, which I then transferred to my computer and uploaded to VodPod, an online video hosting social network. Thanks to the great features in WordPress, I can share those videos with you- just click on the videos located in the sidebar (and please don’t judge me too harshly on my teaching method!) I was very nervous putting this raw footage on the internet- I guess deep down we all have our insecurities about others watching us teach!
Oh yes- another thing that took so long for this post was getting permission from my school district and working through the legal ramifications. That is a subject for another post, perhaps on Mustech.net about how we are going to come to grips with the legal issues of a free and open classroom.