Limits in Plain English [[RELOADED]]

Back in October, I posted a video from the ongoing “Calculus in Plain English” series that my students have created about Limits. It was great and recieved a lot of positive feedback from students and colleagues. So, when I was asked by my principal to submit a technology project for our district’s digital media fair, it was a “no-brainer”…we had to enter “Limits in Plain English! My students were wa-a-a-a-y more tech savvy in December than they were when they orginally made the video, so we took a few days to update the original video with screencasts and sound effects. We also had to create a 2-minute intro/trailer for the project, which you see above. I am very happy with the result and think my students should be very proud! They used Google Docs to collaborate on the script. Here is a quick screencast I made to show how my students use Google docs for projects like this:

Screencast-o-matic.com is a website where you can create FREE, no-download required screencasts through any Java-enabled browser.  It took all of five minutes for my students to figure out how use this awesome tool to update the instructional segments of their video.

Check out the new, IMPROVED Limits in Plain English!!!

More fun (and work!) with Google


Although I’ve been an Android user for the past few years, and I am always advocating all things Google, it wasn’t until recently that I integrated Google tools fully into my classroom repertoire. This year, I had my students create Gmail accounts on the first day of class, and I have posted our course calendar on Google calendar. I have been posting daily discussion topics, homework, test and quiz dates, holidays and more. I am also in the process of going paperless by putting all of my handouts in the Google Docs “cloud”. NO MORE COPIES!!! Check out this link to see how I use Google Docs to store handouts for my GEE Prep class. OK, maybe a few things need to be run off, but, for the most part, I am putting things online for my students to view and avoiding a lot of time at the copy machine. I have also been using Google Docs as a collaboration tool for my students to work on projects online. It alows them to co-edit one dynamic document that they can all take credit for. Here is a video that explains the process.

I have really enjoyed watching my students use this tool. As a matter of fact, I had to leave class for a meeting one day, and I was able to watch my students work remotely from my computer. I could literally see what they were typing as they typed it. I was even able to give them feedback using the chat tool integrated with Google Docs. In addition, I am using Google Docs as a repository for class notes taken on my interactive whiteboard. At this point, a student has the job of exporting the notes to pdf at the end of class and uploading them to our Docs folder. Here is an example of that:

All in all, as always, I love Google. I am always finding a new (FREE) tool to use in my classroom. My next step is to become a Google certified educator. When I start working on that, you know I will share what I learn right here! Happy Googling!